Greetings and Sunshine from Bali!
Alas it’s been a little quiet here on the blog front, though that’s due to one week of paradise abroad, assorted satay meals, sandy beaches, sunset walks and tanned bods. Along with a side of Iced teas, Gin & Tonics, exotic coffees and dinner & dance shows.
There’s no doubt that an island get away is good for the soul, even better when those poor winter toes haven’t seen the sunshine for a good few months now and you arrive home looking like the poster child for a Le tan ad, (if only!) The best part is, that you (the readers) can all travel along with me, via clicking each image to a video link on Tastemade.
The food was incredible, the smells were incredible, (with the) scent of hot spices and exotic fruits intermingling with the humidity and warm balmy evenings. More so, as everyone would agree when looking for their perfect Eat Pray Love there’s that extra special moment, when you stumble across something new and the scenery is breathtaking…
Didn’t I say breathtaking?!? When standing at the top of rice fields and terrain in Ubud, I’m staring at that incredible sculpture of man made beauty and thought “wow!” this is the terrain in which rice is grown. That white rice which I both love to eat, write and photograph and blog about on many numerous occasions, is grown in such a pristine and beautiful environment and tended to with care by these people, so I can enjoy and be nourished by it…just that very thought should take all our breaths away.
If there’s one thing that travel can do for you, it’s to discard those inhibitions which you might have harboured before. One of those might have been to drink some coffee which was pooed out of a cat’s bum….errr, what did you say?!? (You ask!) Oh yes foodie friends, in my great pursuit to try many things beyond the comfort of even my wildest dreams (my sweetheart) and I partook of a very well known and infamous caffeine craze.
Kopi Luwak is coffee beans collected from the refuse or faeces of the Asian civet. Due to the beans being indigestible by the cat, the caffeine content and robust flavour is somewhat altered by this process. It can fetch up to $100USD per cup in some countries and as a result, it’s changed the history/future of this product.
On a more serious note, I should just mention that this particular type of coffee is not for everyone and it especially has garnered a lot of scrutiny due to the nature of how it’s produced and processed, (i.e.) whether through natural feeding or forced habits. At this incredible farm, almost akin to a cellar door, the creatures roamed in larger day cages and slept in special pens at night. The actual amount produced was all taken care of and hand processed, not via some huge machine but over a little frying pan and a wooden stove by a man. It’s ground and sifted by hand and sold from a modest little hut.
I know that these great guides and locals depend on their industry for their livelihoods, so yes, I actually did enjoy meeting these people and seeing how they created something which is by most accounts, deemed as a world class cup of coffee. This is one of those experiences, that I would simply out down to being in Indonesia at the time. I had no further desires to experience this elsewhere, other than surrounded by the local guides and people, on the edge of a tropical rainforest and rice field and in that very moment.
Happy travels & Cooking, all. I have some great videos & more recipes coming up inspired by my travels soon on YouTube, so stay tuned!