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Cooking and Dancing - two of my favorite things!!

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7 September 2013

Cooking class today!! We made our way down to Via Via which is south, about 30 mins by becak from our GH.

We met Made our instructor and our two classmates – James and Alex from the UK. Luckily, they also have adventurous palates, so the two dishes we decided on were a little out of the norm.

Our menu: Rendang Chicken, Aubergine (eggplant) with Sambal, Coconut Rice, Fried Morning Glory (aka Asian Spinach) and Fried Tempe with spicy Caramel sauce and Krupuk.

Off to the local market to pick up some items we needed: chicken, eggplant, spices, spinach, tempeh, raw krupuk and also some treats to have with coffee before we start cooking. Our treats were purple sweet potato muffins, sticky rice with chicken inside and small, yummy green coconut treats.

Market in Yogya near Via Via

Market in Yogya near Via Via

Ladies at the Market

Ladies at the Market

Lady at the Market

Lady at the Market

Purple Sweet Potato Muffins

Purple Sweet Potato Muffins

Steamed Rice with Chicken inside

Steamed Rice with Chicken inside

This class was a little different from other classes we have done. It was half demo, half participation but with a small kitchen, only four of us and family style serving, it worked out great. Alex and James, it was great sharing class with you.

Made and James in the kitchen at Via Via

Made and James in the kitchen at Via Via

Cooking - first we've done it a while

Cooking - first we've done it a while

Tempe with Caramel Sauce

Tempe with Caramel Sauce

Caramel cooking with chilies, palm sugar, lime and a little salt

Caramel cooking with chilies, palm sugar, lime and a little salt

The feast - Rendang Chicken, Coconut Rice, Eggplant and Sambal, Spicy Spinach and Tempe with Spicy Caramel Sauce

The feast - Rendang Chicken, Coconut Rice, Eggplant and Sambal, Spicy Spinach and Tempe with Spicy Caramel Sauce

With James and Alex our cooking partners - enjoying our feast

With James and Alex our cooking partners - enjoying our feast

After class, we made our way back to the GH but this time we took two becaks – it’s up hill most of the way and with the two of us …it’s just not fair on only one.

No dinner tonight, we were still full from lunch. We did do some travel planning for AU though.

8 September 2013

Finally was able to SKYPE with Brenda this morning. It’s been difficult to get in touch with the fourteen hour time difference.
More website work…almost caught up.

While I was working on the front porch of the GH, Sammie told me that a friend had free tickets to the International Ramayana Dance Festival at Prambanan that evening. Would we like to go?? Of course…that would be wonderful. His friend owns one of the local tourist businesses and
when his friend dropped off the tickets, we were also able to arrange to have one of his drivers for the evening.

Penny, a lovely, older lady from the UK, who is also staying at the GH will be going also.

545ish, our driver arrives and it’s off to Prambanan! The traffic was a little crazy but we got there in plenty of time. We found great seats in the area our tickets designated and enjoyed a wonderful evening of international Ramayana dancing. The festival is actually a four night event. Tonight we were treated to dancing from Malaysia, Laos and my favorite, Philippines.

Entry way to the Ramayana Ballet Theater

Entry way to the Ramayana Ballet Theater

Ramayana Theater stage area

Ramayana Theater stage area

Dancer from Malaysia

Dancer from Malaysia

Lead Male Malaysian Dancer

Lead Male Malaysian Dancer

Malaysian Dancers

Malaysian Dancers

Dancer from Laos

Dancer from Laos

Philippine Dancers at the Ramayana Dance Festival

Philippine Dancers at the Ramayana Dance Festival

Philippine Dance Group

Philippine Dance Group

Ramayana ballets are not unique to Yogyakarta. This ballet company is one of many to use dance and drama to tell the epic Hindu story of Ramayana. I must admit that I am not up on the complexities of this story but it seems to have all the issues of life and relationships.

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