Snail of Approval featured on InBali.org!

The folks over at InBali.org ate their way through the whole list of Snail of Approval awardees! That’s some serious slow foodie dedication!

Check out their journey here.

 

Slow Food Bali in Let’s Eat! Magazine

Check out the full article here.

 

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Slow Food Bali in Let’s Eat!

Slow Food Bali in Let's Eat!

Slow Food Bali in Let’s Eat!

Krupuk!

So happy to see Krupuk make the 2014 Saveur 100. And with such a stunning picture!Krupuk

The Ibus of Ubud Cuisine

Ubud Now and Then has a new series of blogs written by Janet De Neefe about the amazing icons of Ubud cuisine.

Ubud has been the home to a wok full of Balinese mums
 who have been satisfying the hearts and appetites of international
 visitors for many years. These ‘domestic goddesses’ have helped shape 
the eating style of Ubud and set it on its dining feet. Their recipe
 for success has been simple: home-cooked food served with lashings of
 gracious Balinese hospitality.

I often feel shy to be a non-Balinese, 
expounding knowledge on Balinese food amongst these spice divas. I bow
 to the humble and lasting contribution they have made to our beloved
 town. And writing this article took me into a time-honoured space that 
also made me somewhat nostalgic. That’s what memories do, I guess.

The first one was about Ibu Canderi  and the second about Ibu Okawati.  A great idea and we look forward to the next installment.

Organic Seed Alliance

 

Our Slow Food Bali Convivium Leader is heading to the 7th Organic Seed Alliance Conference!

The biennial Organic Seed Growers Conference brings together hundreds of farmers, plant breeders, researchers, university extension, certifiers, food companies, seed production and distribution companies, and other organic stakeholders in two days of presentations, panel discussions, and networking events. The agenda is packed and includes 70 experts in the fields of organic plant breeding, seed research, enterprise development, seed economics, policy, and more.

Can’t wait to see what we can put into practice in Indonesia and Bali. It is a long-held dream of Slow Food Bali to help set up the first Indonesian Seed Bank, so we hope this is the first step towards realizing that goal!

 

 

 

Meet the Salak

Great article from the Smithsonian Magazine, all about the salak. Slow Food Bali would love to see this become a passenger on the Ark of Taste!

“First you open the snake skin,” he says, plucking up one of Monsaro’s salaks and making quick work of its covering. Inside, lobes of garlic-like meaty fruit await. “Then, clean off the little skin,” he instructs, indicating a thin, film-like coating encasing each segment of the yellowish white fruit, like that found on a boiled egg. “The white salaks are the best,” he shrugs, handing us the more-yellow-than-white fruit. We pucker up at the salak’s unfamiliar acidity and spongy texture, which leaves our mouths seemingly both dry and full of citrusy juices at the same time. Within each lobe, a few more nibbles expose a large, dull seed in the same shade of brown as the snakefruit’s exterior.”

 Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/meet-the-salak-the-ubiquitous-indonesian-fruit-youve-never-heard-of-115942678/#ixzz2rUJJ9M8d

 

Kopi Luwak and Animal Cruelty

We have been watching with interest as the media begins to uncover the true story behind the kopi luwak (coffee from from civet cat feces) industry in Indonesia. So many people around the world and tourists who come to Bali seek this novelty product without realizing that they are feeding an incredibly cruel practice. More information can be found in articles such as this one from The Guardian, Civet coffee: Why it’s time to cut the crap.

“Kopi luwak is now rarely wild: it’s industrialised. Sounds disgusting? It is. The naturally shy and solitary nocturnal creatures suffer greatly from the stress of being caged in proximity to other luwaks, and the unnatural emphasis on coffee cherries in their diet causes other health problems too; they fight among themselves, gnaw off their own legs, start passing blood in their scats, and frequently die.  Wild luwaks – the trapping of which is supposed to be strictly controlled in Indonesia – are caught by poachers, caged and force-fed coffee cherries in order to crap out the beans for the pleasure of the thousands who have been conned into buying this “incredibly rare” and very expensive “luxury” coffee.”

 This is not a sustainable or fair food product. We hope consumers around the globe will recognize this and stop contributing to animal cruelty in Indonesia.

Ubud Writers and Readers Festival

Every year the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (UWRF) brings amazing people to Ubud and Bali to speak on issues ranging from literary, to musical, political, environmental, and even culinary. The lineup this year for us Slow Foodies is impressive. Not only are some of the biggest champions of Indonesian culinary traditions (William Wongso, Farah Quinn) appearing, but so are international experts like Stephen Lansing. Stephen is an authority on the subak (ricefield irrigation) system of Bali and will be speaking at several sessions during the festival. The full list of his appearances can be found here on the UWRF website.

The Taman Baca space will also have a Kitchen this year, with cooking demonstrations, tastings and talks from incredible resource people. Slow Foodies, rejoice!

Hari Tani Nasional 2013

The most important people to appreciate and recognize today and everyday- our farmers! Today is National Farmers Day (Hari Tani Nasional)  in Indonesia.  We hope you take a few minutes everyday to try and form a better connection with your food producers in Bali and around the world.

Subak system under threat

Incredibly disturbing news about the subak irrigation system:

“The integrated rice-field irrigation system of Bali, Indonesia, has been awarded World Heritage Cultural Landscape status by UNESCO. It has maintained agricultural ecosystem services for over 1000 years but might not survive its popularity. With over 2 million visitors a year, the Balinese subak rice-field irrigation system is in danger of being loved to death. The landscape and its cultural traditions are so popular, farmers are selling their rice fields to developers, taking out of production about 1000 hectares a year’, said Steve Lansing, an ecological anthropologist who has been studying the system since 1974. ‘Because the entire system is integrated, when a few terraced fields are sold, the taxes on neighbouring farms increase, putting pressure on more farmers to sell, which threatens the viability of the whole. At the current rate of loss of rice fields, all subak are under threat and unless something is done in the next few years, the entire system could collapse’.
- See more at: http://blog.worldagroforestry.org/index.php/2013/08/30/balis-world-heritage-rice-field-system-on-brink-of-collapse/#sthash.YtzZJssu.dpuf

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