With AccessibleIndonesia you get insights into life in Indonesia! Today we are invited to cook at Villa Pertiwi. The villa is located on the outskirts of Denpasar in the northeast and this is where Verena from the NGO Wheelchairtraveller for barrier-free travel information lives. Verena made adjustments to ground floor and the beautiful pool side, to provide wheelchair users with barrier-free access.
The common living area in this small, beautiful villa is fully open. We sit on red sofas in the cool wind of a big fan, holding organic fruit juice a la Verena and looking out over wild tropical gardens behind the pool.
The Balinese cooking ingredients are now laid out on a large wooden table: ginger, lemongrass, galangal, coriander, candle nut, turmeric, bay leaf, tempeh and tofu, large red chilies, small green chilies, banana heart, dragon fruit, pineapple – the list is long and exotic.
The AccessibleIndonesia team went to the market early in the morning to have everything nicely fresh. Maureen is supported by Dewi from Bali, who is very familiar with the local food specialties. Yanti, who does the housekeeping at Villa Pertiwi, is now ready to show guests how all these ingredients are prepared.
In Indonesia, men are just as interested in cooking as women, they often and extensively talk about special recipes and know exactly which ingredients can further refine a dish. Therefore, our driver and guide do not want to miss the opportunity to cut veggies and tell us about the history and peculiarities of their local spices. Guests are invited to join in and cook or to watch, just as they please.
In the end there was a wonderful dish called Lawar on the table, a typical Balinese, delicious specialty.
After dinner we sat together and talked with Verena and the AccessibleIndonesia team about Bali, the country and the people, time flew and we almost had to tear ourselves away from this magical place as there are so many other things still to see in Bali!
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