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Kitchen with Class PDF Print E-mail

Expand your knowledge of cuisine at one of three very different cooking schools in Bali.

Asojourn in Bali can be about more than relaxing with sun, surf and rice fields. Visitors and residents alike can take advantage of the opportunity to learn new tricks, at the hands of chefs who open their kitchens as cooking schools.

In these kitchens, which range from Balinese home-based schools to the astounding dream kitchen at Four Seasons Jimbaran, students can discover cuisines from across Bali and the world.

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Fabulous Destinations - Paon Bali Cooking Class PDF Print E-mail

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!).

The day began with our included breakfast (we have a choice of 6), we settled on English with fresh juice, fruit salad with yoghurt, eggs with hash brown, tomato, baked beans and your choice of bacon, sausages or ham plus toast and tea or the famous Bali coffee (I'm not a coffee drinker, but it looks thick and black and syrupy and no amount of milk seems to turn it white! However I've heard it's quite delicious .... as for the coffee that is made by collecting the droppings of a cat ......?).

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Bali Cooking Class Is a Family Affair PDF Print E-mail

There are cooking classes that feed the mind. The instructor demonstrates the process of creating a particular dish — chop this, prep this, mix everything together and simmer until tender. These classes are functional and efficient.

Then there are cooking classes that not only feed the mind, but also the soul.

The participants are not merely taught how a dish is done, but become immersed in an experience.

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Bali cooking Class Is Food for the Soul PDF Print E-mail

There are cooking classes that feed you information. The instructor gives a demonstration of how to create a particular dish chop this, prep this, mix everything together and simmer until tender. These classes are functional and efficient.

            Then there are cooking classes that feed the mind and the soul. The participants are not merely taught how a dish is done, but become immersed in an experience. They are shown where the food comes found from and invited into the cook’s home to get a feel for how people in this particular culture live,

            So imaging this for a cooking class in Ubud, Bali. First, a trip to the traditional market where ordinary people do everyday shopping. Second, a drive up to the paddies to see how the rice is grown. Finally, a warm welcome at the home of the Balinese family who will teach you how to prepare their cuisine amid the backdrop of an organic garden.

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When in Bali, polish your cooking skills PDF Print E-mail

The delicious smell if chicken satays being barbecued on a small outdoor grill is wafting towards me as I sit at a long table enjoying a refreshing Bintang (beer).

            It’s hot and humid but a soft breeze waft up from the valley floor below, helping to keep me cool after a few hours spend chopping, mixing, pounding and cooking.

            I am at the Paon Bali Cooking School at Laplapan, near Ubud, in Bali and I am about to enjoy the fruits of my labour.

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Another wonderful tour was taken with Paon Bali Cooking Class PDF Print E-mail

Another wonderful tour was taken with Paon Bali Cooking Class (paon-bali.com). We have taken other cooking classes in Vietnam and these have always been just us and a cook. This was different, being a group of around 14 but it was still a really fun experience. As with all cooking tours, the morning started with a trip to the local market to explain all the local ingredients. For us, it was a confirmation of what we already knew but it was also an insight into just what the fertile soils and climate of Bali will actually grow. The range is amazing.

The cooking was done at the family house and we were again treated to further insight into Balinese life. Each house has a temple, a meeting area, living areas and special accommodation for the senior couple. Each compound may have more than 15 people living in it, all with obligations and duties to the family. The obligation is taken very seriously.

 

We were all organised into cooking teams and worked together to prepare an 8 course meal. The main “basic curry sauce” underpinned much cooking, as did the peanut sauce. The result was truly delicious.

 

 

 Ubud itself is a most relaxing place. The laid back approach and lack of hard selling is a real bonus. One gets quite tired of working with hard selling market types. You still need to be prepared to bargain down a price but it is all done in a wonderful spirit of mutual fun and the result is never too hard on the pocket. As a culinary experience, Ubud doesn’t quite rate with Vietnam or Singapore but some well priced eats can be found easily. The climate is better too, with the temperature a little cooler than down on the coast. A good place for a rest.

 
Cooking class takes on whole new meaning PDF Print E-mail

I’m sitting at a table setting of genuine Balinese elegance, gazing through the wide green banana leaves, across a deep ravine towards tall coconut trees. The qualities of these trees have led the Balinese to describe them as “magical”.
    A ceramic vase, set on the table, holds seven strands of tuberoses, one red rosebud and a small banana leaf.
The crisp white tablecloth is overlaid with sparkling silver cloth.
The simplicity of the cotton, coffee coloured napkins is heightened by the dark teak chairs.

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Magic Of grassroots dining PDF Print E-mail

I’m sitting at a table setting of genuine Balinese elegance, gazing through the wide green banana leaves, across a deep ravine towards tall coconut trees. The qualities of these trees have led the Balinese to describe them as “magical”.

            I’m here because I came across a brochure advertising “Authentic Balinese Cooking in a traditional Balinese Village”, an all-day affair that includes personal pick up and delivery, a market tour, cooking class at the family compound and a guide tour through the rice fields, all for about $A35.

            The enterprising Wayan and his wife puspa have created the package and they are determined to give you a wonderful experience. As promised, they picked me up at 8.15am sharp. Wayan is the driver and tour guide, he has good English and delivers an interesting description of village life and customs.

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