Monday, August 06, 2012

In My Kitchen, August

For the second month in a row I'm actually not in my kitchen (are you sensing a pattern here).

The Boy and I booked ourselves a week long winter-getaway to Bali.  Our private villa (with it's OWN PRIVATE POOL) also came with a maid, the lovely Ketut, who would come each morning and cook us breakfast. What luxury!!!   I did laugh at the stove top compared to my brother's monster stove in last months post...though I did have one very similar in my little studio flat once upon a time.


Each morning Ketut would cook us up a killer breakfast complete with banana pancakes and a mixed juice (the mixed fruit juices are one of my favourite things about traveling in Asia).  We'd top our fried eggs with ABC Sambal Sauce and ABC Kepis Manis which seems to be a staple on every table in Bali.  It's hard to believe that after this enormous feast we'd be off searching for lunch in just a few hours time.


One of my favourite things about visiting other countries is exploring the amazing world of International Supermarkets of Mystery as my friend Miss Chicken calls them! On first taste Seaweed Pringles are a prime example of Yum-Yuk in action, but they are salty and full of artificial flavours...so turn out to be really addictive.  The Tempe Chips on the other hand, not so nice. I really LOVED the "real" Tempe so this was a bit of a let down (I ate the whole pack though just to make sure I definitely didn't like them).


The Boy and I arrived home on the weekend and it's back into my own kitchen I go - boo.  My mint plant has been going gangbusters lately and survived my holiday (without watering) really well.  I've been busy making fresh mint tea using this teeny mortar + pestle the boy gave me.


As for what I'll be cooking this month...hopefully I'll be cooking up another holiday soon!

23 comments:

  1. Wow how much fin would your villa with your own pool be! And cooked breakfast to boot!
    It all looks so good :)

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  2. Wow Miss Piggy...love your new look! Bali looks amazing, a private villa and private pool, that is the way to holiday! Seaweed Pringles, gourmet or maybe not?!

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  3. Fresh new look Miss Piggy... love the little mortar and pestle! And mint tea, yummy!

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  4. The mortar and pestle filled with mint is quite special- as is the whole Bali experience, I'm sure.
    I love the grouped pictures- almost scrapbooked and fun to let the eye roam from photo to photo.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Great post. So jealous of your lovely holiday and your own personal breakfast cook! I want a breakfast cook. Actually a cook for any time of the day would be fine by me! ;)

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  6. Yay for supermarkets of mystery! I love tempe chips, they're my favouite Indo snack. I'd be hooking into those seaweed ones too. (love the new look!)

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  7. Wow, you had me at banana pancakes and mixed juice! Sounds like a perfect winter getaway trip! Love the look of the blog too:) and homemade mint tea - yum!

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  8. Ah! I have been following your lovely trip on Instagram! I am a massive fan of foreign supermarkets too, guess that is why we are fodd bloggers!

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  9. omg I thought I came onto the wrong page! Loving the new template :) mmm your trip makes me so jealous, never been to Bali but it's definitely near the top of my go to places!

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  10. Gorgeous post Mel, what a fabulous getaway!! Sounds just perfect. I adore the new look of you blog, very very lovely!,,

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  11. Love the new layout Mel! Kind of sad that I dont get to see Miss piggy anymore! Glad to hear you had a blast in bali! :)

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  12. I'm so glad you had a lovely time away in Bali but I would have to agree with you in that as sad as it is to come home from a holiday, the best thing is being able to cook again and in your own kitchen xx

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  13. Loving the new look. Pool.... Maid...... Hello, what an awesome getaway!

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  14. your maid made me think of that car insurance ad...lols! arent u lucky to get some warmth in this winter!

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  15. Your Bali trip looked amazing. I also love exploring international supermarkets and seeing what they have. I'm always amazed at the variety!

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  16. Hi Miss Piggy! Hope you're enjoying your hols in Bali! But isn't it ABC Kecap Manis (sweet soy sauce), though? hehe :)

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  17. Bali! I'm so jealous - I can't believe there are Seaweed Pringles.

    By the way - love your social media icons! Glad my tutorial helped :)

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  18. Wow, how cool was your trip to Bali! I loved following it on Instagram! Sounds like you had a lovely time, thanks for sharing it all with us!

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  19. Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by & leaving a comment for me. For some reason my new blog template won't let me reply to each comment...d'oh! It looks pretty, but I've had a few glitches as I'm a techno-bimbo. As for saying good-bye to Miss Piggy...I was worried she might hunt me down and tell me not to use her picture anymore. LOL.

    heidiannie - I'm a retired scrapbooker! I just use Picasa to make my photo collages...very easy.

    irene - thanks so much for picking that up. D'oh!

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  20. I love Bali, was jealous seeing your pics!

    Those seaweed pringles look disgusting! haha the colour kind of makes me think they are mouldy!

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  21. So much goodness in this post. But I'm stuck on one detail. Isn't Ketut the name of the Balinese healer in Eat Pray Love??? Ah, I do love that movie. Hope your week is starting well!

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  22. whoa villa, private pool and maid w/ daily breakfast. heaven! id totes overstay my visa! and i've had weirder pringles. in taiwan i had a weird lamb flavour. wasnt pleasant, but for research purposes.

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