Casa Luna … what a wonderful restaurant, the best of Bali [imagebrowser id=30]
One thing we appreciated in addition to the ambiance was that owner Janet De Neefe founded the Ubud International Writers Conference, which has become recognized world-wide for the top writers it attracts. The conference includes author readings and allows folks to meet face-to-face.
However, this post is about a Casa Luna recipe this traveler enjoyed—not at the restaurant, but back at home. It comes from Janet’s wonderful book describing what it was like to come from Australia, meet a local Balinese man … and fall in love with the man and with his Bali. It’s a good read about a woman who immerses herself into another culture.
One tasty recipe from her book is for Acar, or fresh carrot and cucumber salad. Grab 1 carrot, 2 cucumbers (peel and cut up both), 2 Tbs of white sugar, 1 tsp sea salt, 1 shallot (peeled and sliced), 1/2 cup rice vinegar, and one cup water. Mix the sugar and salt into the vegetables, crushing and bruising to release the flavors. Add the vinegar and water. Put in the refrigerator to cool … nice and tasty for a hot day!