Cooking lesson at Bali Asli - Divine!!!

Trip Start Dec 25, 2012
Trip End Jan 01, 2013

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Bali Asli

Flag of Indonesia  , Bali,
Thursday, December 27, 2012

Today was our cooking class, all of us except Sam had
booked to do this well before we left for our holiday. Sam was going to have
this time for himself, but at the last minute decided to join us, but only to
watch, not to cook. As I knew from the website the place we were going to was
quite lovely I thought he might enjoy the view and surroundings.


Although our driver was 45 minutes late, the scenery to
Bali Asli, going over the hill to Amlapura was beautiful and we instantly let
go of any misgivings. We picked up Penny, the Chef and owner of Bali Asli and
Margaret and Bob, who had shopped in the local markets and were part of our
class, and made our way to the magnificent Bali Asli, where we all were stunned
into silence or an overdose of adjectives by the beauty before us. I hope the
photos will do some justice to the environment that Penny has created and can
only urge anybody coming to Bali to visit this most amazing place.


Once we were all settled and had some attention for our
cooking lesson, then Penny began. As we were doing "A day in the life of a
Balinese woman" we started with making an offering to the gods and from
there went through each dry ingredient and then the spices we would be using.
The Balinese do not cook with herbs, but use a lot of spices, chilli, salt,
garlic, fried sweet shallots to name a


Sam was our official photographer as we ground, stirred,
threaded, smelt and tasted our way through the making of several dishes: the
staple of many dishes, Bumbu Bali (can be mde in a large quantity and frozen
for up to  6 months); Sate Kablet using
red snapper; Tipat Sentok (steamed veges with rice cooked in a palm leaf
basket) this was mine and Vicki's favorite; Be Celeng Base Manis (slow cooked
pork with cinnamon and star anise); Kare Ikan Dan Udang (fish and prawn curry)
and for dessert, Dadar Gulang (sweet pancakes filled with coconut and palm


 The five students with Sam, the official photographer then sat down to enjoy the entire meal,
with a glass of white wine for me and some home made ginger beer for Vicki and
Darryl, while Sam enjoyed a mango beer!


We eventually had to leave for our hotel, where we all enjoyed a swim and a rest. Vick and I chose the Crazy Kangaroo for dinner, as Sam was insisting on some duck or a steak. We were picked up at 7.30pm and while the name is a bit off-putting, it was actually very good and we all enjoyed our meals: pepper steak for Dazza, T-Bone for Vick, pork spare ribs for Sam and
Mahi Mahi fish for me. There was a great band, called the 10 o clock band that
played 80's music, that even in the heat made you want to get up and dance.
Unfortunately Sam got some severe leg cramps so our dancing was short lived!
Vick and I got up and grooved while Darryl just listened and grooved more
quietly in his chair. after much stretching and leg massaging Sam made it to
the dance floor again, where we bumbled our way through a slow jive. All in all
a fabulous night out and a  fitting end to a sublime day in Bali!!

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