|Fabulous Destinations - Paon Bali Cooking Class|
Holy moly, I think I've gained at least 2 kilos today! I am currently reclining on my day bed with the iPad propped on my enormous belly (after all the food we ate at Paon today I should probably have declined afternoon tea .... but they brought DONUTS!).
We were then collected and taken to the Ubud markets to start our Paon Bali Cooking Class and meet up with the lovely Puspa and our fellow students of whom there were 17 (including Lee and myself).
Puspa then introduced us to the various ingredients we would be using for the day, galangal, ginger, turmeric, eschallots, chillies, palm sugar etc.
We then went through the meat and fish sections (call me a coward but all I could think was damn, I really hope we're not eating fish today!).
Next was the fruit and vege sections where I tried my first snake skin which was absolutely delicious and once peeled looked remarkably like a big bulb of garlic.
(Lee is bored so has decided to head off for another massage whilst I finish our blog. Quite frankly the prospect of lying on my tummy or having someone massage it fills me with horror ...... I really shouldn't have eaten that darn donut!).
It was then all hands on deck to chop, slice and pound our way through a massive number of ingredients. It was very hands on and we got to swap tasks to try different things thank heavens as our first task was to grind the peanuts for the satay sauce, and after yesterday's strenuous activities my arms were quite tired so I was happy to move on and slice the eschallots and garlic.
Have you ever seen a mortar and pestle this big before! All the boys had a go before the young sous chef beside Lee had to finish the job off!
Our menu today which we both cooked and consumed, included a fantastic clear mushroom & vegetable soup, coconut & snake bean salad, deep fried Tempe in sweet soy sauce, steamed fish in banana leaves, minced chicken sate, Gado Gado (vegetables with peanut sauce) - below are a few of the dishes for our table of 8 ..... we ate extremely well!
But wait, there's more! Here's the chicken in coconut curry which Maryann from Melbourne is happy to take full credit for lol :
We finished with a gorgeous dessert of boiled banana in palm sugar syrup :
And of course there were plenty of Bintangs on hand to wash it all down.