Craving a Bit of Bali


I had an intense craving for this Balinese side dish we made during our cooking class in Munduk while we were there for our honeymoon. It’s a spicy, sweet, and sour combo of mixed vegetables that’s mouthwatering good. So… I decided to make it! It turned out delish even though we don’t have all the exact ingredients here in the US. It’s kind of amazing so I thought I’d share the recipe.

Here’s what it looked like when we made it in Bali….

And here’s what mine looked like….

How to make Balinese Jukut Urab at home… 1) Cut long beans in to small pieces, 2) add 1 cup blanched snake beans, 1 cup blanched bean sprouts, 1 cup roughly chopped blanched spinach, 1/2 cup chopped sauteed onions, 1/4 cup sauteed fresh red chile, 2/3 cup grated roasted coconut. 3)Blend 1 large red chile, de seeded and finely chopped, 3 wedges of kaffir lime, 1/4 tsp white pepper, 1/4 tsp sugar, salt to taste, and 1 tablespoon oil for dressing. 4) Mix dressing into the salad and plate. 5) Garnish with  roasted peanuts, crispy fried ginger and garlic.

Tip: It’s best after a few hours so it has time to soak in all the flavors. I used chinese long beans instead of snake beans, kale instead of spinach, green chile instead of red, and regular sweetened coconut from the baking aisle. It was still just as good as I’d remembered!

Recipe adapted from here.

Enjoy! XOXO, MT

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The Next Chapter


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Our time in Hawaii is coming to an end. So far it’s been the perfect getaway (minus the fact I’ve had to work a few hours each day). Be sure to check out all our photos on Instagram #trekwiththeTs. We’ve had a blast exploring hidden beaches and discovering new places all to ourselves, eating a little of everything, fooling around on the family farms, and finding ourselves at the beach at least once a day. One day I will live here and the Mr. will be able to call it home once more.

The next chapter of our lives is starting! This weekend is the first wedding of the season for me and we drive to San Diego on Monday to start setting up our home. I can’t wait to do so many things and explore a whole new area of California. Life can’t get much better right now and I’m damn thankful for all the things we’ve been blessed with. Bring it on!

XOXO, MT