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Galungan Day

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This month, Bali is celebrating Galungan Day, one of the most important religious ceremonies. Galungan is celebrated every seven months to celebrate the winning of the Good over the Bad and to give thanks to the Gods for a prosperous and happy life. For this festive day, families are gathered for days before organizing fresh fruit offerings, suckling pig and festive decorations symbolizing their gratitude to the Gods.
The festivity of Galungan Day starts 5 days before the actual ceremony day and ends with Kuningan ceremony.  For non-Hindu residents of the island, the beautiful line up of Penjor will be a beautiful reminder that Galungan is approaching. The decorated curved bamboo pole is erected a few days before Galungan as a monument of victory for the Gods.
Penjor are usually decorated with colored coconut leaves with intricate carved design. Amazingly, simple tools such as pocket knives or kitchen knives are often used to make such a beautiful craft. On the lower section of the penj…

Easy Gluten Free Recipes

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Gluten is a protein found in several types of grains, wheat, barley and rye for example. You may think that living a gluten free diet means a life of no pasta, pizza, bread or pancakes. Here are 2 basic recipes that are gluten free and perfect for everyone.Gluten Free Pasta 250 Grams of Rice flour2 Egg yolks4 Whole eggs4 Tablespoon of Olive Oil4 Tablespoon of Water50 Grams of Psyllium huskPinch of salt
Mixed all ingredients together, adding extra rice flour if the dough is too wet or water if the dough is too dry and crumbles.
Form the dough into a ball, cover with plastic wrap and let rest. Roll through a pasta maker carefully as the dough is not as pliable as regular pasta dough. The fresh gluten free pasta sheet is perfect to be cut as fettuccine and can be stored in refrigerator as long as 5 days.
When dinner time comes, take the fresh pasta out and cook in simmering salted water for 4 minutes. Toss the pasta in your favorite tomato sauce and voila! Dinner is served!


Gluten Free Pancak…