The Golden Land, Burma (now called Myanmar), has some of the most beautiful landscapes and temples in the world, as well as the friendliest people.

A Shan Romeo and Juliet Story

A romantic true tale of the children of two families who made Channa Dhal tofu and hated each other living in a village in the middle of the mystical Inle Lake in Shan State, Myanmar (Burma).

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Vote for Hella Delicious Recipe Videos!

Hey everyone,

Hope you all are enjoying yourselves and have had marvellous weekends. I have entered a couple of videos in a couple of competitions. Please if you have a spare minute can you vote for them?

As most of you have noticed we got fed up with google ads last year and got rid of them, as a result Hella Delicious is actually an unofficial not-for-profit site which provides lots of information free of charge to help everyone with finding their own best rituals and foods for health and freedom, so if you can donate a minute to vote for these videos you will be doing us a HUGE favor 🙂 (Ok–so I have a few amazon ads of my favorite books on here, but we the grand total from them is still under a dollar!)

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Traditional Fire Balloon Festival, Burma

I was looking back over some of my diary entries during the time I was working in Shan State at a beautiful hotel called Inle Princess Resort on the shores of the mystical Inle Lake. During this time I was training some of the kitchen staff in baking and pastry skills as well as sourcing various baking items for the hotel. I will hopefully get around to posting some of the other adventures I had soon as well. It was a really wonderful and unique experience. I lived there for around four months.

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Traditional Shampoo and Urban Laundry

Inle Princess ResortI first came across soapnuts when I was living in Myanmar/Burma in 1999. I was working at a remote hotel on the shore of the mystical Inle Lake in Shan State. My oven was made from a large barrel and was wood-fired, whenever the kitchen staff noticed me making a move to try to get the fire under the oven going myself, they would quickly send the kitchen’s expert fire-maker to take over. They had already learned the hard way that they would be completely smoked out of the kitchen if they let me attempt it myself.

The staff at the Inle Princess Resort were really a fun bunch of people, we would go to the five day farmer’s markets early in the morning and stuff ourselves with treats of fried Shan tofu and cups of sweet, strong and delicious Burmese tea, on the walk home the girls would always amaze me with their taken-for-granted knowledge of nearly every plant and it’s medicinal benefits that we passed by. They would rave to me about the wonders of the traditional Burmese shampoo. The next time we were at the market they showed me bags hanging from strings full of a yellowish liquid with these soapnuts, tamarind pods and various other herbs in them. I gave it a try and was soon a convert. Although the shampoo didn’t suds up quite as much the shampoos I was used to, my hair was soon gleaming with a healthy shine.

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