Going to describe what it was like to eat in a home in the "back of beyond"of Asia. Our the NGO friends ate in similar fashion, though their foods were somewhat less regional & often were recipes from their own ethnic backgrounds. That's me having lunch on the floor at our friend's home. I know. It looks like a picnic.
Shoes always removed just inside the door.
Wooden floors always painted a rusty red.
Most meals were eaten on the floor.
Cloth/blanket spread on floor of largest room .
Corbagges (long rectangular pads) & pillows around perimeter.
Same cultural delights served at each gathering.
Tea brewed with loose tea leaves.
Usually first cup poured & then poured back into teapot.
Then tea is poured for everyone.
Dishes of nuts, dried fruit, raisons & candies.
Meat & onion filled pastries, little cakes, cookies.
Piled up fruit - persimmons, pommagranets, apples, tangerines.
Flat round bread called 'non', torn and handed around to the guests.
Sometimes the national dish is also served, osh:
Rice, meat and vegetables cooked in a very, very large pot.
(Photo blurred for privacy & yes they are holding the Muhalleh quilt)
A grapevine in our friend's yard. It seemed everyone had a grapevine. Dried raisons are in abundance - stems always left on.