To be honest, it still felt like a dream! The temperature was humid, but not unbearable - perfect for our first breakfast together in the outdoor restaurant area.
The morning really began when we were given a tour of the resort's organic garden. Can you guess what this is?
It's fresh nutmeg! We also were shown what wild cinnamon and clove plants look (and smell) like. Also, one of the worlds most beloved products, in its natural form: the cacao pod:
Plus, ohmygoodness, look at this adorable baby pineapple.
Clad in aprons and knives in hand, we each followed instructions to chop ingredients for our various dinner dishes, including fresh garlic, shallots, red chilies, lemongrass, ginger, and turmeric root.
We walked through the village and soaked in the beauty of the rice paddies which covered so many sprawling hills.
Lunch was served back at the resort, which I ate in between sessions of wading in the pool.
More time by and in the pool passed by as we awaited our evening event: a cooking class taking place in the home of Dewa, our guide. I have such enormous gratitude for Dewa and his family for inviting us into his home, teaching us about Balinese housing and family traditions, and putting up with us as we worked-but-mostly-watched-his-family make dinner for everyone.
The outcome of everyone's hard work was well with the wait. All seated together, we enjoyed good conversation, incredible local flavors, and sniffles from the heat from the chilies!
My favorite part, perhaps, were the fresh corn fritters... so crunchy and just the right amount of spice. Please forgive me for not knowing the names for each of these dishes, but keep posted for an eventual link to some recipes for these beautiful dishes.
The night was rounded out by some evening yoga and a final convention of retreat guests before bed to enjoy lemongrass tea, fresh fruit, and a light & delicious cake for a guest's birthday.