Archive for December, 2011

In the permaculture garden we also grow basil – Balinese lemon basil as well as western basil.
The land at Jiwa Damai is blessed with fertile grounds – and the basil bushes are growing really well !

Western basil growing at Jiwa Damai

We use the basil to make basil pesto – Today we want to share with you the recipe for our old fashioned basil pesto.

Balinese lemon basil from the permaculture garden

For our flavourful pesto we use the Balinese lemon basil from the garden, combined with stronger flavored Italian basil.
At first all the leaves have to be cut in tiny pieces.

Cutting the basil

Once the basil is cut, we add garlic, olive oil and shredded parsley.
Et voila – the pesto is ready to be eaten.

Basil pesto

Enjoy with fresh pasta !

Selamat makan!

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Our latest project here at Jiwa Damai is to produce dried fruit and vegetables. We only use the organic produce from our permaculture garden, grown without fertilizers and chemicals.

For this purpose we invested in a food dryer / raw oven used in the raw food kitchen.

This is the first batch of bananas ! They are air-dried at very low temperature to retain the flavour. What an incredible sweetness !

Dried bananas

We also dried tomatoes and hot red peppers.

Dried tomatoes

Dried peppers

We pack the fruit and veggies in FDR recommended plastic bags to retain the flavour.

These products can be bought at Jiwa Damai.

Come by and taste for yourself!

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In August we wrote a post about the potato tower that we built in the permaculture garden.

Since it proved impossible to grow potatoes in the wet soil here at Jiwa Damai, we decided to create a tower that is filled with stones, sand and earth, so the water is able to flow through it and that the potatoes are kept dry.

Digging a hole in the garden for the tower

Now, that some months have passed, we can finally see the results !

The potato plants are growing really well.

Potatoes growing in the tower

We can’t wait for the harvest & to taste our homegrown organic potatoes 🙂

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