In this blog, you will find mostly traditional home cooking from the South-West of France where I grew up: Bordeaux and the Bay of Arcachon on the Atlantic coast, as well as traditional recipes from the East coast of Bali in the Indonesian Archipelago where I live most of the year with my husband Komang.
Cabanes Tchanquées, Ile aux Oiseaux on the Bay of Arcachon
Pasir Putih, the beach near our house
La Dune du Pyla, near Arcachon
Blue Lagoon, Padang Bai, Karangasem
La Pinède behind the Atlantic ocean
Coconut trees in Karangasem
If these recipes often have many steps, they are in no way complicated and above the reach of anyone who enjoys cooking, they just require time and attention. And sadly, too often nowadays, we think we do not have time.They are not "fancy food" either, they have been prepared and eaten at home by generations of people in both places. If I stray sometimes and change something, I always make a note of it.
Please, do try some of these recipes, the time involved is often mostly in the cooking and it is nice to do all the preparations chatting with family members or friends and, of course, if you are not cooking alone, many hands, big and small, will make the work go quicker and more enjoyable.
preparing octopus satéMany recipes are best prepared in large quantities and can be reheated later or frozen for one month or so.
These recipes are not "Slow Food" either, some of them are long because that the way they are and the way they should be prepared, without shortcuts. Some require just a few ingredients and not much time to prepare.
I have decided to include them because they are part of everyday life in both Bali and France and we eat them on a regular basis.
With the threat of Monsanto depleting our seeds heritage and all kind of factories producing most of our "food" and dictating what we eat, I think it is important to, at least, record and transmit these recipes.
I am not a food snob, I will eat anything prepared by someone who cares enough to feed me, I am grateful for nourishment, period!
And since I am French, I have to contradict myself and say that you will find as well untraditional recipes in this blog. I have marked them as (NT) in the Recipes Index. They are sometimes twists on old recipes, or when discovering new foods during my travels, I have an "epiphany moment". They show, as well, the influence different cultures have had on French food (the legacy of colonization and its sometimes delicious culinary consequences...).
And new traditions are always in the making.
life is full of sweet discoveries!