Snake for Breakfast

I’ll try just about anything once. This morning Ketut was excited. He would bring me a special Balinese breakfast, fruit and tea and…snake.  I’m sure my face registered an element of concern. I asked, “Is it a Balinese dish?” Ketut was all smiles, “Oh yes, makanan kecil, snake.” Well, I LOVE Balinese food and I also have an incredibly tolerant digestive system. “Okay,” I said, “Good! Snake for breakfast! Good!”

So while I’m waiting for this unusual treat to arrive I put on Balinese music and try not to think too hard about what might appear. When I am served fish it comes whole, head, fins, tail, and eyes. The eyes are the worst. I have yet to see a live snake in Bali. What might a breakfast snake look like?

Now, as a storyteller I’m about to do a flashback to yesterday morning. Ketut and Sudi, my neightbor, and I were pouring over the pictures in the Indonesian cookbook I had purchased. We were especially drawn to the large dessert section. They are works of art, and why wouldn’t they be? The same women who make these confections also create the amazing fruit arrangements for ceremonies and the decorations for weddings and cremations. They are a fabulously creative bunch. The photos were gorgeous, mouth-watering, and Ketut explained that all of these delights could be found at the early morning market. We chattered awhile longer then went our separate ways.

About this time (back to my story) I heard Ketut’s soft “Hallooo,” letting me know he had returned with breakfast. “Yes, masuk Ketut, come in…” I was sitting in my breakfast spot on the balcony. Ketut lowered the tray and WOW! In a flash I knew my mistake. The word Ketut had been meaning to say was SNACK! In Bali those dreamy desserts I had been drooling over the day before are called by the English word snack, not dessert, not snake! I started laughing hilariously, a thing I do a lot here. When I explained to Ketut what I had been expecting to appear for breakfast he lost it too. When he could finally talk again he said, “People eat snack, snake eat people!” Well, yes, sort of! And we laughed again.

Here’s the photo of my SNAKE BREAKFAST!

The morsel I found wrapped in the banana leaf was, oh my…delicious!  And the striped goodies were a close second. So life continues to be a series of delightful surprises and before a thought can even become a wish, it is granted.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Diane Struble
    Aug 16, 2012 @ 23:02:50

    Thank heavens for confusing accents. Snack, anytime! Snake, never! You do better with whole fish than I would. I have been to Asian restaurnts where fish was served as in Bali and knew that it was not for me. I love some fish cooked to perfection. I can clean fish (or, at least, used to be able to do so), but that is the only way I want to see a whole fish unless it is swimming.

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  2. Lottie Nevin
    Aug 17, 2012 @ 01:26:55

    Ah! Lapis my favourite and probably also the reason that I’m a stone heavier than when I arrived. I’m an absolute sucker for those sweets. Don’t you just love the lost in translation that happens a lot here! Snacks and snakes, brilliant!

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  3. Henderson Threads
    Aug 17, 2012 @ 06:37:39

    Loved this story.

    Sent from my iPhone

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  4. Jan Borchers
    Sep 08, 2014 @ 10:18:09

    LOL, quite funny, and what a relief (for me anyway)! I can picture you and Ketut laughing it up…

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