Showing posts from August, 2011

Beef and cabbage soup Rendang

Unlike " beef rendang" thick slice beef with thick coconut chili's sauce and cook simmer for long time,this beef and cabbage rendang are soupy dish,and made by cut thinly sliced beef.

Baked Yellow rice

As an Indonesian I love fried rice,I always made fried rice whenever I had leftover rice, but this time instead of fry I bake the rice with vegetables and beef sausage as optional, You can make this rice  dish as vegan-vegetarian dish too,just omit the sausage.

I use the beef sausage just to use up leftover but you can use any meat sausage you likes, adding sliced baby bella mushrooms in this baked rice is perfect, I recommended especially for vegan or vegetarian.

Ingredients :
8 cups cooked rice/cold/leftover1 can whole kernel corn1 can butter bean8 oz slices baby bella mushrooms6 oz beef sausage/ chicken sausage/estimates  ( optional ) cut in cube2 cube beef/vegetables bouillon1 onion/chop2 clove garlic/chop2 Tbsp butter plus for grease For the spices ingredients 1 teaspoon cardamom powder2 inch lemon grass/thinly slices or powder1 tsp turmeric powder1 teaspoon curry powderpinch of black pepper/white pepper1/2 tsp red pepper flake ( optional )1/2 cups coconut milk Preparation: Heat o…

Roasted tomato basil soup

To my friend bridget Thank you so much for sharing the recipe of "roasted tomato basil soup " I like it so much, I do follow your recipe except, use any tomatoes what I have on hand  from  our little garden need to use up soon, And I'm glad that I use these basil from the garden too,,
This kinds of soup is something different from my " Asian foods" I never have it until last week at your house and  I enjoy it,,,,I think I use to much red pepper  though, because I noticed  Mark was sweating when he ate the soup :)
sorry I didn't taste it,,,I'm still fasting LoL,,,,and of course is not Too "spicy hot" for me and you,,,,you know I'm not follow measurement on red pepper part  obviously i did on purpose :)


3 Pounds Ripe Plum Tomatoes, Cut In Half Lengthwise/ Use Other Kinds Of Tomatoes ¼ Cup Plus 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil 1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt 1 ½ Teaspoons Freshly Ground Black Pepper 2 Cups Chopped Yellow Onions 6 Garlic Cloves, Minced 2…

Nastar pandan cookies

Nastar cookies is traditional indonesian cookies with sweet pineapple filling, are typically made during holiday,I try made with different sweet filling like a peach preserves,raspberry,and dried cloves flavored, this time I try to make with natural  pandan flavored.

Ingredients :
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2  tsp salt 1 cup softened unsalted butter 1/4 cup confectionesrs' sugar 3 egg yolk 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 3 drop pandan paste  1 cup pineapple jam/preserve 1 egg wash dried cloves ( optional )
Directions - Sift flour and salt into a bowl and set aside.- Using a stand mixer, cream butter and confectioners’ sugar on medium speed for several minutes until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks, one at a time. Add the egg yolks, one at a time. Add the vanilla,pandan paste and mix until combined.- Add the flour mixture and mix until fully incorporated.- Cover dough and refrigerate for about 30 minutes until firm.- Preheat oven to 325°F. Line several cookie sheets with parchment p…

Strawberry pineapple smoothie

Ingredients : 2 cup sliced fresh strawberry 2 cup sliced fresh pineapple 2 cup crushed ice 3 tbs strawberry syrup or sugar ( just blender all ingredients together ) serving for 2

Avocado salad with mango citrus dressing

Avocado / cut by two take a seed and scoop with a spoon
baby arugula
cherry tomato
thinly sliced red onion
( estimates and you can use mix green salad or something else)
1 mango
juice / 1 orange
juice /1 lemon
1 clove garlic
1 tbsp plan yogurt
1 tsp honey
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp hot sauce ( any kind/optional ) I used orange habanero sauce
( just blender all ingredients salad dressing until combine )
 keep  leftover on the fridge for later,,,,,

Yellow Curry chicken soup

Curry,,,,,article from wikipedia,Curry (/ˈkʌri/) is a generic description used throughout Western culture to describe a variety of dishes from IndianBangladeshiPakistaniSri LankanThai or other South and Southeast Asian cuisines. Three spices found in most curry powders are turmericcoriander, and cumin; a wide range of additional spices may be included depending on the geographic region and the foods being included (meats, fish, lentils, rice, etc.).[1]

Curry's popularity in recent decades has spread outward from the Indian subcontinent to figure prominently in international cuisine. Consequently, each culture has adopted spices in its indigenous cooking to suit its own unique tastes and cultural sensibilities. Curry can therefore be called a pan-Asian or global phenomenon with immense popularity in Thai, British,

Fried Calamari tempura

First of all  i would like to say Thank you to my best friend cindy and bridget for a pair of gorgeous plate and bowl,i really appreciated,I like it so much,you will see what i create on the plate and i will use the bowl later for sure :)

Banana Rolls

Ingredients: 2 ripe banana 1 9" pie crusts  2 tbs cream cheese 3 tbs  decorating chocolate 1 tbs melted butter ( this recipe is for 4 banana roll )
for Icing : 1 tbs powder sugar 1 tbs condensed milk 1 tbs caramel sauce

Preparation; pre heat oven to 450 F cut banana by two roll it in to  chocolate decoration  set aside roll a pie crusts by square or jut leave the way it is and cut by two,like a in the picture bellow.

then,,,,on the pie crusts spread about  1 tsp cream cheese  ( room temperature )  put a cut banana in the top of cream cheese and roll it and fold it on both side,to cover a banana from melted chocolate and cream cheese, then brush with melted butter all around it, put on the bake pan with parchment paper and bake about 10-14 minutes until the crust is golden brown. sprinkles with caramel icing when is still warm,and ready to serve,hot,warm or cold serve with ice cream if you like. E N J O Y 

Garden Tomato salsa

My little garden is growing :) i had a lot of tomatoes,Thai chili,cilantro and basil need to use them for sure,,,how about simple tomato salsa,,,dipping on the chips or side for nachos :) or topping on pita bread with humus and plan yogurt :)  Is nothing special just a simple garden tomato salsa.

Jan hagel cookies

I made this jan hagel cookies so many times, the crunchy almond on top with sprinkle sugar adding sweet and nutty flavor to it, perfect with morning coffee or afternoon tea or snack anytime.

or you can make with pandan flavor

Ingredients: 1 1/2 stick unsalted butter ( room temperature ) 1/2 cup sugar 2 egg yolk 2 cup flour 1/2 cup sliced almond 5 tbs milk

Topping 1 egg yolk + 1 Tbsp milk ( whisk egg yolk and milk ) 1/2 cup sliced almond 1 Tbsp  sugar
Preparation: Heat oven on 350 F Beat butter and sugar until soft and fluffy add egg yolk one at  time add flour and sliced almond add milk beat for a while or just stir with spatula until combine sprinkles flour on kitchen board,roll the cookie dough about 1/2 inch thick brush with egg,and topping with sliced almond and sugar
put on the baking pan with parchment paper bake about 25 minutes. cool it for a while,and cut in to desire shape ( square,rectangle etc )

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Creamy corn and chicken soup

4 fresh corn on the cab
1 cup cube cooked chicken breast/ 1 boneless cooked chicken breast
2 medium size potato
2 cube chicken bouillon no MSG or 4 cup chicken stock ( what you prefer )
4 cup water/no water if use chicken stock
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp pepper ( black or white )
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp chili powder
pinch of brown sugar
pinch of red pepper flake ( optional ) 1/2-3/4 cup heavy cream
Preparation : cut corn on the cob,peel potato and cut cube,cut cube cooked boneless chicken breast drop all ingredients to the pan soup add water or chicken stock,and bring to boil on the stove while cooking add the rest of ingredients spice except heavy cream cook until soft,turn of the stove,,,,and ready to puree with hand blender or transfer to food processor while you blend pour heavy cream and blended until combine or pureed. serve with croutons/homemade croutons.                                                             E N J O Y��������������������������������…

Baked strawberry tartlets

I love fresh strawberry in any season, but if I have leftover strawberry it doesn't look fresh anymore, I normally blend with any fruits to make juice or blend with yogurt.
This time I had an idea to make a small dessert, strawberry wrapped with pie crust brush with melted butter and baked until crusty or golden brown drizzle with melted chocolate because can't go wrong.

- 1 sheet  store bought pie crust
- 14 fresh strawberries
- 2 Tbsp melted butter

Cut pie crust  round with  cookie / biscuit cutter medium size or depend how large of strawberry
One sheet pie crust equal 14 round, brush with melted butter
*See a picture above*

Then wrap around a strawberry with cut round pie crust
*see picture above
Then brush wrap pie crust with melted butter one more time
Put on the baking pan with parchment paper
Bake on 400 F  oven for 12-15 minutes  or until pie crust  golden brown

 Melted chocolate
- 1 bar 4 oz  semi-sweet chocolate ghirardelli
- 1/2 Tablespoon …

Beef Tandori

First of all i didn't know what is tandori/Naan  bread use for,i see some at the grocery store,it's look like kind of pita bread, except tandori is more thicker,that what i think, i see some posting from my fellow food bloger  "My home diary in turkey " citra,,,,thanks for the inspiration.when you posting about this naan bread,its always look and sound YUM to me,,,, :)
Then when we were on  vacation in cape cod area,Provincetown,MA we find autentic South African foods,a lot of pita bread with choices and type of salad,so i got lamb pita,  it was really,,,really good,we are back for the second time and i got the same order,indeed :) because we like the foods and the employees was very nice and friendly. So this post its about inspired goes to my kitchen :) i make my own and  i will call it " beef tandori " it's doesnt matter what we call but taste great :)

Cassava butterscotch chip cookies

What is cassava ?? Cassava is a shrubby, tropical, perennial plant that is not well known in the temperate zone. For most people, cassava is most commonly associated with tapioca. The plant grows tall, sometimes reaching 15 feet, somewhat dark brown in color and grows up to 2 feet long. with leaves varying in shape and size. The edible parts are the tuberous root and leaves. The tuber (root) is

In Indonesia, cassava is used in a variety of food products, the same way potatoes are used in the U.S. They can be used as vegetables in dishes, grated to make pancakes, dried and ground into tapioca flour, or sliced and made into snack chips.

fried tempeh with garlic

This recipe is very simple and easy to cook,you can use any kind tempeh that you like with simple ingredients grated garlic,salt and pepper, Can be serve as side dish , appetizer, or on sandwiches.

I block tempeh 1/2 cup water 2 clove garlic 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp  white /black pepper 3 Tbsp vegetable oil for fry

Preparation: cut tempeh by two to long size, then cut by two / one bock tempeh equal 8 pieces Grate garlic,put in a small bowl add water salt, pepper and garlic marinated about 15 minutes before you cook drain the liquid befor fry Heat oil on the skillet fry about 2 minutes each side or until golden brown or chrunchy  ready to serve on sandwiches or for side dish along with white rice and any vegetables

Mango peach orange juice

Tropical summer juice,i like fruits and orange juice is one of my favorite,refreshing drinks for Hot summer day :) is very simple right ?? :)

Karedok/raw vegetable salad

Article from Wikipedia.                                                                                                                        Karedok is a raw vegetable salad from West JavaIndonesia. It is one of the Sundanese signature dish. It is made from cucumbersbean sproutscabbagelegumesThai basil, and small green eggplant. It is very similar with gado gado, except all the vegetables are raw, and it uses kencur, Thai basil and eggplant for other places karedok also known as Gado-gado (Indonesian and Betawi language) or also called Lotek (Sundanese) for its cooked version - differed from lotek atah or karedok for its fresh and raw version of the vegetable covered with peanut sauce and pecel (Javanese language) is an Indonesian dish comprising a vegetable salad served with a peanut sauce dressing, originally been a Sundanese dish. Karedok is widely served as dailly food in the sundanese family, ussualy added with hot rice, tofu, tempeh and krupuk. nowadays we can found…

Bala-bala/vegetable fritters

This vegetables fritter can be made from any leftover vegetables,such cabbage,carrot,beansprout,herbs and add flour and egg to thickened mixed vegetables, seasoned with dry spices/ powder.

We call it bala-bala in west Java Indonesia, is traditional street food it can be found easily in the street vendor mostly in West java province Indonesia.

Ingredients :
-  1 cup diced carrot
-  1 cup diced green beans
-  2 cups shreeded cabbage
-  1 cup sliced green onion
-  1 egg
-  4 Tbsp flour
-  1/2 teaspoon salt
-  1/2 teaspoon white/black pepper
-  1/2 teaspoon curry powder
-  1/2 teaspoon paprika powder
-  1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
-  1/2 cup vegetable oil for fry

Preparations ;
Mix dice carrot,green beans,cabbage and green onion in medium mixing bowl
add egg, flour and the rest spices ingredients, stir and mix until combine
Heat vegetable oil in medium heat in fry pan
spoon the vegetables mixture into hot fry pan, and cook until golden brown about 2 minutes each side
served with any spicy…

Mango pudding

Mango is one of my favorite fruits since I was kid,back home in Indonesia we had varieties of mangoes,Good mango is when we cut and peeled there is no string in it,that what I like, I don't like stringy mango  because is too hard to slice it and if  too ripe is not good either,the good one is  ripe but still firm, anyway it's my personal opinion about mango :)

Ingredients - 2 ripe mango - 3 tsp Kosher unflavored gelatin / small package - 1/2 cup water - 1/2 cup condensed milk - 2 tbs sugar - 3/4 cup coconut milk