Indonesian Cooking Class, Visit to Tenganan Bali Aga Village, and Farewell Dinner

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Our final bike ride

It's another busy day ahead -- and our last night together as a group.  We started with a light breakfast at 7 with tea, coffee and toast with tomatoes, avocados and cheese grilled to perfection.  It was quite nice.  Part of our group went for a market tour -- I opted to do another ride on this morning.  I was joined by KC, Francoise, and Jundre.  Our drivers all came along on the ride too -- for the first time.  It was great to have them all along with us.  We did a 15 mile ride through a couple of really charming villages.  Nothing too hilly or strenuous on this ride.

After the ride, I showered and had a little more pool time with Jundre.  Irika came back from the market trip -- she had bought me a Balinese hat for the party that night.

Bali Aga weaver
  She is so sweet!

The hotel offered an Indonesian cooking class taught by the head chef (Wayan, naturally).  We made two salsas and a peanut sauce as a start using mortars and pestles.  The mortar and pestle is a real must for authentic Indonesian cooking.  We learned to make chiken satay, banana leaf wrapped fish, chicken with coconut milk and orange juice, and pork with tomato juice and curry.   We also learned how to make traditional Indonesian fried rice -- called 'Nasi Goreng' as our side dish.  Each of us had our own hot plate and cooking area (and apron), and we had to make all of the dishes except the chicken in coconut milk and the pork dish.  I got to make the chicken dish, and Cecilia did the pork dish.

Man with Fighting Cocks in Village
  When we were done, we sat down to the amazing meal we had prepared.  It was really quite easy and delicious.  It may be hard to find some of the ingredients back home though!  I had a ginger limeade with my meal -- and vowed I must make that at home when I returned, as it was so good.  Probably even better with vodka!!  At the end of our meal, we were each given a certificate attesting to our training, and an apron to take home.

That afternoon, we shuttled to the Tenganan Bali Aga Village.  The Bali Aga are known as the 'original Balinese' people -- those who were here before the Hindu and Moslem invasions.  It's a walled village of about 300 people.  The village is a closed society -- in that you must marry within the community -- or leave.

The Fire Ball Fight
  There were a lot of men with fighting cocks in baskets throughout the village.  Evidently there is a thriving market for fights here!  Some were very brightly colored -- almost neon colors -- so they must use dyes. 

The people of the village are great weavers of cloth and baskets.  The cloth that is woven here is called double-ikat weave-- as it is the same on the front and back of the cloth.  It's truly beautiful and unique -- I bought a table runner of the material that is really superb.  I also got a couple of hand carved masks here, woven placemats (cured in smoke so they won't rot -- and they smell wonderful), and an artwork of Borung, one of the major gods here.  It was really a fun place to shop, and you feel good about buying here, as it supports this unique village economically.

The Good Monkey with his followers

For our last night together, we had a great farewell dinner at the Alilla Mangiss.  Most of us dressed in native garb -- I wore a silk shirt I had purchased earlier in the trip, my fish sarong and the hat Irika got me at the market today.  We started with Arak Attacks again, and then went out to watch a pre-dinner show that was arranged for us.  We sat on the lawn of the hotel property -- and watched a special dance made up of all male performers.  It was called the Fire Dance, starring a Good Monkey and a Bad Monkey.  Cute young boys about 7-9 years old ran around at the beginning of the performance with torches, while the older men chanted in rhythm.  It was quite animated.  The real action started when the Good Monkey and the Bad Monkey started flinging fireballs at each other!  The lawn started blazing as the fire balls crashed around the actors!  Definitely not something that would be approved in the US by EPA or OSHA regulators!! When the Good Monkey finally defeated the Bad Monkey, he spat on the Bad Monkey's genitalia and then tied it up with rope and lit it on fire!  Not sure the the significance of that!!

Our farewell dinner was also out on the lawn under paper Chinese lanterns.

At Farewell Dinner with Kat and Nancy
  I had a black bean, jicama and tempeh salad, then poached local reef fish.  For dessert, I had sorbet with mango and passion fruit. 

We had a white elephant gift exchange among all the Backroads guests -- and I ended up with a bottle of sweet soy sauce and regular soy sauce as my gift.  I also got a prize for knowing the names of all the support crew -- (Wayan Narta, Anom, Made and Pak Bandi) -- it was a great book of traditional Balinese stories.

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Our final bike ride
Our final bike ride
Bali Aga weaver
Bali Aga weaver
Man with Fighting Cocks in Village
Man with Fighting Cocks in Village
The Fire Ball Fight
The Fire Ball Fight
The Good Monkey with his followers
The Good Monkey with his followers
At Farewell Dinner with Kat and Na…
At Farewell Dinner with Kat and N…
Rice paddy near Candi Dasa
Rice paddy near Candi Dasa
Roadside shrine near Candi Dasa
Roadside shrine near Candi Dasa
Poolside at Alila Mangiss
Poolside at Alila Mangiss
Woven Textiles at Tenganan Bali Ag…
Woven Textiles at Tenganan Bali A…
Fire Dancers
Fire Dancers
Fire Dance
Fire Dance
The lawn caught fire from the Fire…
The lawn caught fire from the Fir…
The Bad Monkey defeated by the Goo…
The Bad Monkey defeated by the Go…
The Good Monkey being feted after …
The Good Monkey being feted after…
Farewell dinner on the lawn
Farewell dinner on the lawn
Larry and Cecilia at Farewell Dinn…
Larry and Cecilia at Farewell Din…
Ted and KC at Farewell Dinner
Ted and KC at Farewell Dinner
Nancy and Kat at Farewell Dinner
Nancy and Kat at Farewell Dinner
Candi Dasa
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