No globe tonight…Mr Minter and I are having a date night inspired by his Valentines gift from The Spicery. Fantastic gift, if I say so myself. A years subscription and every month Ian receives a date night through the post, which contains a recipe card, a list of ingredients and all the herbs and spices needed to cook a three course meal…
Situated of the island of Indonesia we find the island of Bali which is a province of Indonesia and The province also includes smaller islands close by.There are inhabitants of approximately 4 million and is the home to most of Indonesia’s Hindu minority.
The island of Bali is a popular holiday destination and is well known for its extremely urbanised arts including:
Bali has seen a rise in tourism since the late 20th century and every year The Indonesian International Film Festival is held..
Bali is part of the Coral Triangle with a high variety of sea life and various species and by contrast the 500 reef building coral species are seven times as many as the Caribbean.
Cuisine from Bali is one of the most “complex” cuisines in the entire world using an unbelievable amount of varying spices, mixed with fresh meat, fish and vegetables. Part of Indonesian cuisine. Balinese food exhibits native traditions and that of Indonesian cuisine. Rice is used as a staple and almost always accompanied with vegetables, meat and seafood and typically like most Hindus beef is rarely or never consumed. Because of Blai being a popular tourist destination there are many cookery schools dotted around running courses of Balinese cooking. Food stands, markets – particularly at night – and fruit sellers often sell local delicacies. Westernised food is available if required, because of the tourists along with other indigenous cuisine.
Our menu was all organised for us so all we had to do was cook…
Our starter was Satay pork, however the recipe does say that beef can be used, so Ian opted for beef. Easy starter in as much that all the included satay marinade spices are added to soy sauce, stir in the beef/pork pieces and leave to one side until ready to cook..
The peanuts are crushed or blended until fairly smooth and then they are dry fried until the turn golden brown, spices added and coconut milk and cook until thicker….This is sooo simple.