Thursday, November 29, 2012

Bali {day3}

Day 1  ::  Day 2  ::  Day 4

We spent the morning of day 3 attending a cooking class.  Just like the bike tour, we had taken a cooking class on another trip {in Taiwan} and now it's becoming a tradition when we travel.

Our 1st stop was Payangan market.

In America, Mc Donald's or Dunkin Donuts is where we stop for a "fast food" breakfast.  In Bali, the locals stop at the market for their "fast food".  Suckling pig is a popular dish in Bali where a pig is gutted then stuffed with spices and roasted over a fire for 4 hours.  This pig is sold with a side of rice as "fast food".

This adorable woman kept saying "cute" to us in Balinese while were visiting the market.  I think she's more deserving of the term!

Many stray animals "live" at the markets because they know scraps will be dropped or discarded for them to eat.  A cat walking across fresh produce in America would warrant a call to the Board of Health, in Bali, it's normal.

Unlike myself, Balinese LOVE them some chili peppers!
{I want to frame this in hang it in my kitchen}

If I lived in Bali, I'd probably be on a 1st name basis with this woman, we cook with a lot of onion and garlic at home.

Our guide, Sang, telling us about long beans

Jason loved the snake skin fruit.

This fruit was so fascinating to me!  Each mangosteen has an image of a flower on it.  The number of petals on the flower indicate how many pieces of fruit will be inside!

See?!?!  5 petals, 5 pieces of fruit!  How cool?  It tasted pretty good too!

This lady was making offerings that you can purchase so all you have to do is add the food portion from the food you cook.

Public transportation in Bali...we chose to take taxis everywhere we needed to go!

After we left the market, Sang took us to his family's compound where the cooking lesson took place.  Families in Bali live on compounds.  Each compound houses multiple generations. The eldest family members live in a building at the north of the compound and each family has a family temple that is located in the north east corner of their property.  When a couple is married, the wife leaves her family to live with the grooms family on their compound.  I'm sure Sang told us more, but this is all I remember right now.

This is not a good photo but I thought it was interesting enough to share.  These are rocks located on the left side of the entrance of Sang's grandparents house.  Under each rock is the placenta of male children that live on the compound and they make daily offerings here each day (I'm not sure at what age the offerings cease).  The placentas from female children are placed to the right side of the entrance.

This is a lumbung where rice is stored.  

Upon our arrival, we were served delicious fried bananas.

Most of the ingredients we used in our dishes

My handsome chef frying peanuts for our peanut satay!

Chopping shallots, peppers, garlic, turmeric and ginger

Making the peanut satay sauce.

The men cooking {there was a wonderful couple from Australia/Italy in the class with us}

Jason and I with our instructor and most of the food we cooked.

Sang and his mother showed us how the offerings are made each day.

Sang's momma making an offering to bless our food and the tools that were used to prepare the food.

She also showed us how to make fresh coconut oil and then sent a small bottle home with us as a gift.

All of the food was delicious, easy to prepare and healthy!  After we filled our bellies we spent the afternoon/evening relaxing on the beach but I'm including those photos with day 4 so this doesn't get out of control.


Chantal said...

How fun! Love your photos!