A place of great natural beauty - August 17th 2015

Sweet potato desert

Sweet potato desert

Yesterday Wayan made a sweet potato salad for us that was just steamed sweet potato from his mother’s garden, a little salt and freshly grated coconut. It was sensational! He followed it with a sweet potato desert dish that was mashed sweet potato with a cube of cream cheese in the centre. It was formed into four patties, each one coated with breadcrumbs, pan-fried until golden brown and served with a drizzle of chocolate sauce. Hard to believe anything could taste so good.

For dinner Erica had spiced local chicken cooked in banana leaves with rice. Another culinary gem. I partook of his Chicken Fried rice which though its sounds a little pedestrian I can assure you it was not. The spicy chilli flavour was as good as it gets. Another winner for Chef Wayan!

Off this morning to 5 days on Amed beach overlooked by Mt Agung. Another new adventure and we are champing at the bit!

A great drive with a great driver/guide to The Volcanic Beach Bungalows right on the black sand beach. Drive was stunning passing even more beautiful rice paddies with Mt Agung towering over them. Passed through a Snake Fruit plantation on the way. We had seen the fruit in the Klungkung market but were unaware it was fruit of a very prickly palms

Mt Agung beyond rice paddies

Mt Agung beyond rice paddies

Black sand beach

Black sand beach

View from where I sit

View from where I sit

Amed is a region really, although it does have a town centre. Our Bungalow is sited such that as we sit where I am writing this blog only the black sand beach separates me from the Bali Sea to the North. To the West over the beach and sea looms the mighty Mt Agung. Either side of us on the beach are many fishing boats ready to put to sea. Amed was, and still is primarily a fishing village as much of Bali’s coastal villages were before rampant tourism.

We plan to relax for the rest of today on the beach and maybe go for a walk later. This is a place of great natural beauty like we have not seen before.