Exploring the Angami Tribe

Exploring the Angami Tribe

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THE ANGAMI TRIBE

A day in Asia’s first green village

Resistance and Resilience

Visiting the village of Khonoma in Nagaland was an immersive experience into the heart of the Angami tribe, a community rich in history and culture. Let me take you through my journey of discovering this remarkable place and its people.

A glimpse into HISTORY

Khonoma is famously known as Asia’s first green village, but its history is steeped in resistance and resilience. In the 19th century, the Angami warriors fiercely defended their territory against British colonisation. The historic Khonoma Fort stands as a testament to these battles, where local warriors displayed incredible valor. The village also commemorates Guybon Henry Damant, a British officer who was killed in Khonoma, with a memorial highlighting the intense conflict and the villagers’ determination to protect their land. This fierce independence is still evident in the village today​

The Importance of the Morung

One of the most fascinating aspects of my visit was exploring the Morung. Traditionally, the Morung serves as a communal space where young Angami learn from their elders, absorbing stories, folk songs, and essential life skills. Today, it remains a pivotal place for community gatherings and dispute resolutions, showcasing the deep-rooted traditions that define the Angami way of life​.

Witnessing Traditional Practices

I was incredibly lucky to witness the preparations for a traditional Angami wedding. The ceremony involved smoked pork and beef, cured and hung above the fire, imparting a unique flavor that is distinct to Naga cuisine. The use of ingredients like ginger, garlic, and various jungle herbs creates a culinary experience that is both familiar and exotically new. Henao, a local villager, graciously invited us into her home and shared the secrets of preparing these traditional dishes​
HENAO, MY CULINARY GUIDE

From Warriors to Green Warriors

Khonoma’s transformation from a village of warriors to a green village is remarkable. The village banned hunting and deforestation, creating the Khonoma Nature Conservation and Tragopan Sanctuary to protect their rich biodiversity. This shift has not only preserved their natural heritage but also set a model for sustainable living.

Sustainable Living Practices

Walking through Khonoma, I was struck by the terraced paddy fields, lush with greenery and irrigated by an intricate system of bamboo pipes. These fields are more than just a farming technique; they are a beautiful representation of the villagers’ respect for the land. The village’s commitment to sustainable practices, including organic farming and the use of solar energy, highlights their dedication to preserving the environment​.
Visiting Khonoma is an immersive experience into a community that beautifully balances its rich history with a forward-looking approach to conservation and sustainability. I invite you to join me in exploring this extraordinary place and its people, who continue to inspire with their dedication to preserving their culture and environment.

Recipes: Indonesia

Recipes: Indonesia

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WILL MEYRICK RECIPES: INDONESIA

Archipelago Flavors

Indonesia’s culinary landscape is a treasure trove of flavors and traditions, with each region offering its own unique dishes and ingredients. My travels through this beautiful country have allowed me to uncover the secrets of its diverse cuisine. From the fiery sambals to the aromatic bumbus (click here), Indonesian food is all about bold flavors and rich textures. Join me as I share these incredible recipes, bringing a taste of Indonesia into your home.

MIE AYAM PANGSIT (Indonesian Chicken Noodle)

Savory seasoned noodles topped with tender, flavorful chicken, a delightful blend of traditional Chinese and Indonesian culinary techniques.

JIMBARAN STYLE GRILLED FISH

Savor the flavors of Bali with Jimbaran-style grilled snapper—succulent, smoky, and bursting with rich spices.

Nasi Pecel Malang Style

A Javanese salad, Malang style, with fresh vegetables and a savory peanut sauce. It’s a delicious and nutritious meal.

Balinese Babi Guling (Spit Roast Pig)

A spit roast pig marinated with traditional spices. It’s a festive and flavorful centerpiece for any celebration.

Jukut Undis & Babi Genyol

A traditional Balinese mixed pork rice dish. It’s a comforting and satisfying meal with rich spices and tender pork.

SOTO BABI (Balinese Pork Soup)

A Balinese style pork soup filled with tender pork and fragrant spices. It’s a hearty and satisfying meal.

Tum Bebek (Spicy Minced Duck)

A Balinese spicy minced duck dish wrapped in banana leaves. It’s a delightful and aromatic treat.

Roroban (Balinese Curry)

A Balinese curry made with a blend of local spices and coconut milk. It’s a comforting and flavorful dish.

BAKSO MALANG (Meatball Soup)

The Tugu Hotel Malang meatball soup with a rich and flavorful broth. It’s a beloved Indonesian classic.

Lawar (Balinese Long Bean Salad)

A traditional Balinese salad made with long beans, grated coconut, and aromatic spices. It’s a vibrant and healthy side dish.

IKAN NYAT-NYAT (Balinese Crispy Fish)

A Balinese fried fish dish with a spicy and tangy sauce. It’s a delightful and crunchy treat.

SATE BABI BUMBU MERAH (Balinese Sate)

Balinese style pork satay marinated with a red spice paste. It’s perfect for grilling and sharing.

Tipat Tahu (Tofu Rice Cake Salad)

A tofu rice cake salad with fresh vegetables and a savory peanut sauce. It’s a light and delicious dish.

AYAM SISIT (Spicy Shredded Chicken)

A shredded chicken dish infused with kampoeng-style spices (from the village!). It’s a flavorful and versatile addition to your Indonesian menu.

Garang Asem Bandeng (Milk Fish Stew)

A Peranakan milk fish stew with tamarind and spices. It’s a unique and flavorful dish.

Bebek Goreng (Balinese Crispy Duck)

This deep-fried duck, marinated and slow-cooked to perfection, is served with lawar and sambal matah, capturing the rich flavors of Bali.

SOP KEPALA IKAN (Balinese Fish Head Soup)

This aromatic soup offers a savory taste with a refreshing aroma, highlighting the unique flavors found in the fish head.

Garang Asem Bandeng (Milk Fish Stew)

A Peranakan milk fish stew with tamarind and spices. It’s a unique and flavorful dish.

JIMBARAN STYLE GRILLED SQUID

Freshly caught and perfectly grilled, this dish captures the essence of Bali’s seaside culinary tradition, offering a smoky, savory delight.

SAMBALS & BUMBUS

Sambals and bumbu are fundamental elements in Indonesian cuisine, essential for adding depth and flavor to a wide variety of dishes. Sambals are spicy condiments made from chilies and other fresh ingredients, providing a vibrant kick. Bumbu are aromatic spice blends that form the base of many traditional recipes. Together, they create the rich and diverse taste profile that defines Indonesian cooking. Explore these basics to unlock the authentic flavors of Indonesia in your kitchen.

SAMBAL MATAH

A traditional Balinese raw sambal made with shallots, lemongrass, and chilies. It’s the perfect condiment to add a burst of flavor to any dish.

SAMBAL KECAP

A simple yet delicious Indonesian sauce made with soy sauce, chilies, and shallots. It’s a versatile condiment that pairs well with grilled meats and vegetables.

SAMBAL HIJAU

A green chili sambal made with green chilies, shallots, garlic, and lime. This vibrant condiment adds a zesty kick to grilled meats, seafood, and rice dishes,

SAMBAL BAJAK

A cooked sambal made with tomatoes, shallots, and chilies. It’s a robust and flavorful addition to your Indonesian culinary repertoire.

BUMBU MERAH

A red spice paste commonly used in Balinese cooking. This aromatic blend of chilies, garlic, and shallots brings a depth of flavor to any dish.

BUMBU KELE

A versatile spice mix that adds a rich and aromatic touch to Indonesian dishes. Perfect for marinades and stews.

BUMBU BASE GENEP

A fundamental spice paste used in many traditional dishes. This aromatic blend of spices forms the base for countless recipes.

Recipes: China

Recipes: China

HOMERECIPES ▸ CHINA

WILL MEYRICK RECIPES: CHINA

Culinary Heritage

Traveling through China has been an unforgettable culinary adventure, where each region offers its own unique flavors and cooking techniques. From the fiery spices of Yunnan to the delicate nuances of traditional dishes, Chinese cuisine is a treasure trove of rich, diverse, and vibrant food culture. Join me as I share recipes inspired by my travels, bringing the authentic tastes of China into your kitchen.

NANJING LAMB SKEWERS

Inspired by Xinjiang street food, these “Nanjing” skewers are a breeze to cook at home. I first discovered them in Nanjing, and their flavors bring back fond memories. Enjoy this popular Chinese kebab in your own kitchen!

BA PAO: CHINESE PORK BUNS

These soft and tasty buns are easy to make with a good kitchen beater, bringing the authentic flavors of a Chinese New Year celebration into your home.

YUNNAN STYLE CUMIN LAMB

Marinated in a blend of dry roasted spices including cumin, cinnamon, and star anise, this dish offers a succulent and richly spiced experience that is quintessentially Yunnanese.

YUNNAN ANGRY FISH

Cooked with Szechuan pepper and two types of chili sauce. Served with chili vinegar and pickled chilies over beansprouts and spinach, this dish is a vibrant representation of Yunnan’s bold flavors.

YUNNAN STIR-FRIED YABBIES

Prepared with a rich, homemade spice paste. This recipe combines simplicity with complex flavors, using easy-to-find ingredients to create a dish that captures the essence of Yunnan’s culinary tradition.

BLACK CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP

This dish features ‘kimchi’-style pickles, mint, coriander, and chili, creating a harmonious blend of flavors that will transport you to the heart of Yunnan.

Northern India

Northern India

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WMTV: NORTHERN INDIA

Majuli Island, Nagaland, and Ziro Valley

Traveling through Northern India has been a mesmerizing experience, filled with rich cultures, stunning landscapes, and unforgettable flavors. In this playlist, we start with the tranquil beauty of Majuli Island, home to unique traditions and serene vistas. Then, we dive into the vibrant energy of the Hornbill Festival in Nagaland, exploring the music, dance, and incredible cuisine of the Naga people. Finally, we journey to the picturesque Ziro Valley, where lush greenery and local flavors create a truly enchanting adventure. Join me on WMTV as we explore these incredible destinations together.

EPISODE 1: MAJULI ISLAND

Majuli Island: located in Assam, India, this off-the-beaten-track destination offers a unique experience for travelers looking to explore something new.

EPISODE 2: KAMALABARI SATRA

Join me as I discover the fascinating history of Kamalabari Satra, its unique architecture, and the various cultural practices that have been upheld for centuries. Don’t miss out on this captivating journey through Majuli Island’s rich heritage.

EPISODE 3: HORNBILL FESTIVAL

Join me as I explore the vibrant Hornbill Festival in Nagaland! Discover the rich culture of the Naga people through their traditional music, dance, and, of course, incredible cuisine.

EPISODE 4: KHONOMA AND THE ANGAMI PEOPLE

Visiting Khonoma is more than a trip; it’s an immersive experience into a community that beautifully balances its rich history with a forward-looking approach to conservation and sustainability.

Immersed in the Hornbill Festival

Immersed in the Hornbill Festival

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NAGALAND’S HORNBILL FESTIVAL

stepping into a different world

A Journey to the Heart of Nagaland

Arriving in Kima, the state capital of Nagaland, I felt an immediate connection with the place. The vibrant energy and the warm hospitality of the locals made me feel right at home. The streets were alive with colors, sounds, and the tantalizing aroma of traditional Naga dishes. As I made my way to the festival grounds, I felt a sense of excitement and anticipation building up inside me.

The Hornbill Festival is a grand celebration of Naga culture, held annually to showcase the heritage of the sixteen tribes of Nagaland. Entering the festival grounds was like stepping into a different world. The mesmerizing display of folk dances, traditional music, and the lively atmosphere was both welcoming and exhilarating.

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Walking through the festival, I couldn’t help but marvel at the intricate decorations and the beautifully crafted moangs. Each moang represented a different tribe, adorned with traditional artifacts and symbols. Seeing how each tribe preserved and celebrated its unique identity was fascinating.

CULINARY DELIGHTS AND WARM ENCOUNTERS

Exploring the traditional kitchens set up within the moangs was one of the highlights of my visit. The Naga people take immense pride in their culinary heritage, and witnessing their cooking techniques up close was a privilege. The aroma of smoked pork, combined with a variety of fresh vegetables, filled the air and piqued my curiosity.

WITH ZACHI
I was particularly fortunate to meet Zachi from the Angami tribe, who graciously invited me into his kitchen. Zachi shared with me the secrets of Angami cuisine, emphasizing the importance of locally sourced ingredients and simple, yet flavorful cooking methods. His passion for preserving his culinary traditions was truly inspiring.

CULTURAL IMMERSION

Beyond the culinary delights, the Hornbill Festival offered a glimpse into the soul of the Naga people. Their folk music and dance performances were not just entertaining, but deeply rooted in their history and way of life. Each performance told a story, connecting the past with the present, and I felt honored to be a part of this cultural immersion.

REFLECTIONS & MEMORIES

Reflecting on my time at the Hornbill Festival fills me with a sense of gratitude and awe. The Naga people’s warmth, resilience, and dedication to preserving their heritage left a lasting impression on me. This journey was not just about discovering new flavors, but about understanding and appreciating a rich cultural legacy.

I captured many beautiful moments during my visit, which I will be sharing on Instagram. These snapshots offer a window into the vibrant life and traditions of the Naga people, and I hope they inspire you to explore and appreciate the diverse cultures of our world.

Nagaland’s Hornbill Festival is not just an event; it’s an experience that stays with you long after it’s over. As I continue my culinary adventures, I am more committed than ever to celebrating and sharing the diverse flavors and cultures that make our world so rich and fascinating.