May 2, 2015 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.
May 2, 2015 Slow Food Bali in Let’s Eat! Magazine
Check out the full article here.
March 17, 2014 Krupuk!
So happy to see Krupuk make the 2014 Saveur 100. And with such a stunning picture!
March 17, 2014 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.
January 27, 2014 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!
January 26, 2014 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.”
October 10, 2013 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.
October 10, 2013 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!
September 24, 2013 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.
September 18, 2013 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
Hello Jero, Thanks for your interest in this event. We had such a positive response, that we will run it again in a couple of months, with additional recipes. Best wishes! Slow Food Bali— Mary Jane Edleson on Moringa Oleifera – Power Tree, Super Food
Please let me know if there are any cancellations as I would really like to attend this event. :-) If not, please organise another one. Thanks so much. Jero Wulan— Jero Wulan on Moringa Oleifera – Power Tree, Super Food
Hi Mary, I would be interested in helping to organize a forest honey event through our bee project Ratu Lestari Alami.— Kelly on Why Wild Forest Honey?
Thanks, Meg! Maybe you would like to work with us, and help organize another event like this!!?? It would be fun! We have the good contacts, and just need to arrange a venue & date. The last event was fully subscribed, and everyone really enjoyed, especially the comparative "tasting".— Mary Jane Edleson on Why Wild Forest Honey?
DO you have another event like this happening this year (2016)? I would love to learn more and support local, wild honey - and purchase some to benefit these communities and conservation <3— Meg on Why Wild Forest Honey?