Saturday, February 27, 2016

Cooking in Bali...

One of my favourite things to do when going to a place with a completely different culture is to eat as much of the local food as I can.  Indonesian staple diet is Nasi Goreng, a rice dish and I had that frequently - and loved it.

I never thought I would actually want to cook on holiday but my DIL and I did exactly that...

We started with a tour in a fruit and vegetable market....



 Those long beans are called snake beans and can get up to a metre long.... I would need one bean for a meal!!

I don't remember all the herbs...


.. one sweet old dear insisted we have some flowers in our hair, the most delicious scented jasmine


... chilli's feature alot in Indonesian food....


... chopping knives, (the one regret I have is not buying one of the knives)


... trying exotic fruit ... this is Rambutan, which tastes very like lychee.


... in the vehicle on the way to the cooking class we stopped off at a paddy field and had a bit of a chat about the family ownership of these....


... our teacher for the day.. what a character and runs it so well...


.. this is the outlook of the kitchen/dining area.... how wonderful.....


... lots of grinding of nuts, herbs and spices....


... and lots of chopping too....


.. using the special Bali blender.....



works well.... though I might stick to the one you just push the button on!


... all our ingredients ready to start the cooking


It was DIL's birthday .... she chose to spend it with me in the kitchen!!!


cooking up the pastes for flavouring... smelt amazing


... we both had turns ....


... we made mushroom soup for starter.... it was very good...


... cooking the satay chicken on the Bali BBQ - using coconut husks which keep nice and hot and little smoke...


.. the view from my dining seat....


.. our table of mains.... tuna in the front there... snake bean and cocunut salad in the middle and chicken satay on the sticks...



... my plateful... I might have gone back for seconds (!!!).  There is also a chicken curry, gado gado (mixed vegetables) and Tempe Kering (my favourite)


... a closer look at Gado Gado (it has cabbage, beans, bean sprouts, tofu and cucumber and is served with a peanut sauce) - very yum


.. for desert there was cooked banana and jackfruit served with coconut cream....


Delicious way to spend a day....

Righto, Gotto Go... I need to source some ingredients I think (we were provided with recipes which also give alternatives to some of the ingredients. 


10 comments:

Michelle Ridgway said...

Everything looked so fresh,colourful and delicious. So nice to do it together...and it your hard work xx

Jennifer said...

That does look yummy! When will Fiona's Indonesian Kitchen be opening for business, because I would like to make a reservation?

Anonymous said...

Hi my lovely friend,sounds like lots of fun,the food looks yummy and so good that you will be able to make these dishes at home xx

Jane Galley said...

what an interesting way to spend the day

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

This looks fabulous....hope you did get back to have seconds....I'm sure I would've lol!

Doreen Auger said...

Wow! That all looks wonderful (and it's 6:30 a.m. here!!!!)!!! Love chicken satay!!!!

Allie-oops Designs said...

Keep my plate warm, I'll be right there - that food looks AMAZING!!!!

Elyte said...

What a terrific opportunity for you all.

Karen S said...

I am now very hungry!!!

Raewyn said...

Wow, what a great experience cooking in another culture.. so many veges, etc, it looks so good!

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