Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Spaghetti Carbonara

I got this super duper easy recipe from my friend's boyfriend. They are in Sydney. My friend doesn't cook often. Most of the time she prefer to buy take out *hehehe* She's still the same as we were in Uni. So, her boyfriend send her his easiest meal for her to cook by herself. Here's the recipe. I tried it last night, it was real easy! Thanks...for sharing, pe.

Andrew's Easy to make CARBONARA!!!!!!

Cut up bacon and mushrooms
Cook Pasta and leave to drain
Put stove on high, place saucepan on with a little bit of oil, and add mushrooms and bacon
Cook while stirring for not long, maybe 2 minutes, just until mushrooms start to soften, and bacon starts to color
Add entire tub of cream and a teaspoon of garlic to bacon and mushrooms
Heat until cream starts to simmer, add a pinch of salt and pepper
Add pasta to sauce, and stir until boiling again.
Once hot, remove from the heat.Add parmesan cheese, and an egg yolk (no white) and stir.


Sunday, 19 October 2008

Serundeng Sapi / Spices and Beef

I have no idea how to call this dish in English but for sure it tasted delicious. The ingredients also easyly can be found in the market. Even my brother's gf who is not into cooking brought the correct ingredients home *hehehe... My brother woke up too early by his empty stomach calling for food at 4am *hihihi... so he called up his gf to take him for food hunting in our local traditional market nearby. They brought Nasi Uduk Medan for me, my little brother and dad *Mom was away to Puncak with her sis and bros* They ended up bringing to much food home and went back to slepp with over loaded *hahaha... what a nice Sunday morning. In my case, I have to work on my energy in the kitchen to lose my guilty feeling :p, you know what I mean....

The recipe actually calls for chicken breast but I am into beef this week hehehe... so I changed and adjust the ingredients roughly for 600 g of BEEF. Some I doubled the amount and some just added a little bit more than the recipe.

Serundeng Ayam
Source: Tabloid Saji

1 pc (300g) chicken breast, boiled and finely shredded / stripped
5 lime leaves, get rid of the leaf bone
2 cm galangale, grated
2 bay leaves
2 lemon grass, take the white part only and bruised
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsps sugar
150 ml chicken stock
1 tbsp tamarind juice (from 1/2 tsp of tamarind and 2 tbsps water)
3 tbsps cooking oil for saute

Finely blended:
3 bid red chilies, seed discarded
5 long red chilies
3 cloves garlic
3 candlenut, roasted
1 tsp coriander

1. Heat cooking oil, saute the finely blended ingredients, lime leaves, galangale, bay leaves and lemon grass until fragrant.

2. Add in the shredded chicken and stir until well combine. Add in chicken stock, salt and sugar. Cook until the chicken stock dried and add in tamarind juice. Stir until dried up.

Sunday, 12 October 2008

Sloppy Joe

Hi..........I'm back!!! This is what I have for now. No story, No mumbling, just a recipe of Sloppy Joe. Enjoy~!

Sloppy Joe
Source: Jean Kressy, Cooking Light, JANUARY 2004 (www.myrecipes.com)

12 servings (serving size: 1 sandwich)

3/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
3/4 pound ground round
2 cups no-salt-added tomato sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
12 (1 1/2-ounce) rolls, split
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add first 3 ingredients; cook until beef is browned, stirring to crumble. Stir in tomato sauce and next 8 ingredients (tomato sauce through black pepper); reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Spoon 1/4 cup beef mixture over bottom half of each bun. Cover with top halves.

Saturday, 26 July 2008

Tausan (fritter of twisted dough "cakwe" in greenpeal)

Tausan is one of dessert in my hometown. It made from peeled greenpeal (kacang hijau kupas) and fritter of twisted dough or chinese fried cake (cakwe). I don't know why it called as fried twisted dough, "cakwe" is not twisted though *hihihi* it is long and straight, as my hair :p

Tausan (Peeled greenpeal "kacang hijau kupas" as seen on the picture)

Starch dissolved in a bit of water
Cakwe / Chinese fried cake / fritter of twisted dough

1. Boil a pot of water. Add in greenpeal. Let it cook for awhile until it gets soften.

2. Add in sugar to your desired sweetness.

3. Add in starch dissolved in a bit of water and stir until it gets thickenned. If not, add in more starch. Remember to keep stirring.

4. Add in the cakwe just before serving time.

Fried Rice with Smoke Chicken

I ordered the smoke chicken from Cik Stella (cikciks.multiply) and also some sausages. They are really good though...real sausages as I said *hehehe* I prepared this lunch box for my little brother at work. I am also working and I know the boring feeling everyday when it comes to lunch time. The same variety of foods to choose... :( So, today I wanna be a good sister... hihihihi..., I AM though.

I prepared Fried rice with smoke chicken and some other side dishes as the extras. I guess everyone can make a fried rice without have to peek a recipe, right??? :p

Spaghetti Bolognaise

Simple Spaghetti Bolognaise, my style.....

No need to follow a recipe just add in the basic recipe for the sauce. My niece loves it so much... after nagging me for quite sometimes and I finally made it today since I have pasta left over from last time and sitting in the fridge for too long already *hehehe*

Spaghetti Bolognaise

500 g mince beef
500 g tomatoes, blended
1 small bottle of tomato sauce
1 capsicum, chopped
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1. Heat some oil and add in garlic, stir until fragrant. Add in onion and capsicum. Cook until soften.

2. Add in mince beef and cook until it turns brown. Add in blended tomatoes and tomato sauce.

3. Put in the seasonings to suit your taste. Let it cook until thickened. Serve with your choice of pasta.

Marvelous Cheese Muffin

I have Kraft Cheddar left in my fridge for quite sometimes. I've been thinking what am I going to do with it?? I don't like things once opened and just left sitting in one place. Don't know why but it annoys me a lot. So, finally I decided to make vania's cheese muffin for my breakfast. It's about time I have to eat healthy instead of instant noodle every morning *hahaha*

Source: Vania (v-recipes), original from http://www.cooksrecipes.com/
Makes 1 dozen muffins

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 cup milk
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and shredded cheese ; mix well. Make a well in the center of the mixture.

2. In another bowl, combine egg, milk, and melted butter; add to the flour mixture, stirring just until moistened. Spoon into greased muffin tins, filling two-thirds full.

3. Bake at 400°F (205°C) for 25 minutes.

And I also made green tea muffin AGAINNNN... I guess this could give me couple days of healthy breakfast :) Green tea muffin also sourced from vania's blog...love her bakings and tempting pictures.... :) I have posted many times for this recipe. Please refer to them in the archives.

Korean made

A gift from a colleague in my head office - KOREA. Nicely packed chocolate and taste yummy too. Korean made chocolate is really not bad at all :p

This one I asked a friend who assigned to stay in our Jakarta office for 1 year to buy online on Lotte's site *hihihi* Now my boss knew what I've been doing in the office.

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Chocolate Coconut Cheesecake Cubes

I made this last month for my friend's 32 birthday, Beonk *a lovely name I gave to her* hahaha... It's kindda to show that I remember her as she always remember of me :p *boo..gue kan dapet oleh2 kalo dia jalan2* hahaha... I struggled until 2.30 am, with the help of air conditioner in my bedroom. So practically, I was half sleeping with the smell of the cake all over my room couldn't wait for it to be cooled, throw in the fridge and SLEEP.... phu... what a day! However, the cake turn out incredibly delicious. But unfortunately the birthday girl doesn't like coconut, still she likes the cheese part :p This recipe is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for trying.

Chocolate Coconut Cheesecake Cubes
Source: Martha Stewart

Makes about 7 dozen

2 cups finely ground graham crackers (from 15 rectangles) * I replaced with other butter cracker*
3 cups (10 ounces) finely shredded unsweetened coconut
5 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
2 ounces milk chocolate, finely chopped * I used dark chocolate and whatever left :p*
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 stick ( 1/2 cup) unsalted butter, cut into 2-inch pieces, plus more for pan
3 large eggs plus 5 large egg yolks
12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch square baking pan. Line with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on 2 sides. Butter parchment.
2. Stir together graham cracker crumbs and 2 cups coconut.
3. Place chocolates and 3 tablespoons sugar in a heatproof bowl, and set over a pan of simmering water. Heat, stirring, until melted. Add butter, and stir until melted and smooth. Remove from heat, and let cool slightly. Whisk in 1 egg.
4. Stir chocolate mixture into coconut mixture. Press evenly into prepared pan. Bake until set, 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool in pan.
5. Using a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat cream cheese and remaining cup sugar on high speed until very smooth and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Reduce speed to medium, and add egg yolks and remaining 2 eggs, 1 at a time, until well combined. Scrape sides of bowl. Beat on medium-high speed until completely smooth, about 3 minutes.
6. Pass mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl, and stir until smooth. Pour over cooled crust. Sprinkle remaining cup coconut evenly over the top.
7. Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until top layer is just set and coconut is golden brown, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Refrigerate, loosely covered, overnight.
8. Run a sharp knife around edges of pan, and use parchment to lift out cheesecake. Run a knife under hot water, and dry well. Use it to cut cheesecake into 1-inch squares, wiping knife clean between cuts. Serve immediately, or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Sunday, 22 June 2008

Bakcang Day

This is one of the Chinese traditional day, which is celebrated every year in my family. The bakcang supposed to be filled with meat, chesnut and other things but my mom prefer the sweet one or Kwecang. Kwecang is plain glutious rice and eat with palm sugar syrup.
Nothing special though this year, just prepare for the Sunday lunch. Why lunch instead of dinner?? because that time we all can gather and eat together before my brother go to shop :) My mom was having severe headache that morning and couldn't do anything so I step in to take her place. We decided to make very simple dishes. We got meat, vegie and soup. Soup is a must for us.

*I like this one the most* Fried Pork marinated with spices and coconut milk

Saturday, 14 June 2008

Beef Jerky in Lemongrass / Dendeng Sereh

I took the recipe from "Creative Kitchen", it looks so tempting and I tried to make my own the day after the nasi uduk. Well... after standing for that long hours still couldn't get me to rest my feet. This time it took me more or less the same time. How come?? I really have no clue which part of this preparation sucks half of my day *hahaha* For the next few days I walked like a zombie :p

Dendeng Sereh / Beef Jerky in Lemongrass (source: creative kitchen)

300 g Beef, boiled and stripped (I cut into matches stick)
65 ml Coconut cream
200 cc Beef stock (reserved from boiling the beef)
5 Citrus leaves
1 Lime juice
1 Lemongrass, take the white part and bruised
Chili sauce

5 cloves of garlic
8 shallots
2 red chilies
2 tomatoes
1/2 tsp shrimp paste
4 cm galingale (laos)
4 cm turmeric (kunyit)

Heat small amount of oil in a wok and stir fry the ground ingredients until fragrant, add in all other ingredients and cook until the liquid dried out. Serve with hot steam rice.

Nasi Uduk / Nasi Lemak / Steam rice in coconut milk

Wow.. this is the most exhausted meal I ever made. I've been standing from the time I woke up around 7 a.m till 1 p.m. By the time I finished all people already had their lunch :( Couldn't wait any longer for me. Plus a dissaster when cooking the Nasi Uduk using rice cooker, I forgotten to push the button to start cooking *hu..hu..hu* My brother noticed that when he was waiting for the rice done. For the side dishes along with the nasi uduk I prepared yummy chicken wings, fried beancurd, and hot peanut, tempeh & anchovy. I prepared all by myself ..phu... But it was all worthed every single minutes I spent. My bf said it was very delicious and he even went for the second round.

Nasi Uduk:
Rice, wash and rinse
Coconut milk
2 Salam / bay leaves
2 lemon grass (take the white part only and bruised)

Using a rice cooker and add all in together. Adjust the coconut milk to the amount of the rice. Then prepare the other things, just let the machine do for you :p

Fried Beancurd:
Cut beancurds into squares and lightly sprinkle some salt then fry in lots amount of oil until golden brown.

Hot Peanut, Tempeh and Anchovy:
A handfull of peanuts, fried until golden brown
Tempeh, cut into small squares and fried until golden brown
A handfull of anchovies, washed and fried until crispy
250 g red chillies
4 cloves of garlic
8 shallots
A thin slice of shrimp paste / terasi

Ground chillies, garlic, onion and shrimp paste. Heat few tablespoons of oil in a wok and add in the ground ingredients keep stirring on low heat until fragrant. Add in sugar, salt, lemon juice. Adjust to your taste. Finally add in all peanuts, tempeh and anchovies. Stir to cover for a minute and serve.

Chicken Wings (source: detik food) I doubled the recipe.
24 chicken wings, clean and take only the upper part of the wings
To Marinate:
200 ml milk
4 cloves of garlic, grounded
4 tsps of ground onion
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsps salt

Marinade the chicken wings for 1 hour in the fridge.

To Dip:
100 g flour
100 g rice flour
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsps salt
300-400 ml water

Dip each wings and fry until golden brown.

* Serve the Nasi Uduk with fried shallots and thin slice omelette.

Donut Kentang (Cassava Doughnut)

My grandpa is in his mid-seventies but still active. I really like his cassava doughnut. This is him in the kitchen on Saturday morning weeks ago. I'm helping though, hehehe..

The recipe is very simple:
1. Grated cassava
2. Sugar

Shape the grated cassava into doughnut shape and deep fry in lots of oil until golden brown. Actually it is lot easier if you mix in few tablespoons of rice flour but the doughnuts turn hard when cold. So, eventhough for him to shape purely cassava is very hard but he prefers so for the sake of good taste :)---> He experienced it before, and this time he only add a little of rice flour still it gets harden when cold. No more... next time will be purely cassava he said.

After all doughnuts fried and heat some amount of sugar in a wok until all melted. Add in all doughnuts and stir well and try to get each doughnut well covered by the sugar. It is another way of serving cassava, yummy...

Sunday, 25 May 2008


This was special request by my bf. He likes Konyaku very much. That weekend we were walking around the plaza semanggi with no specific place we want to visit. Then I thought walking around the supermarket shelves is more fun. I think this also happends to others who love to bake and cook, AM I RIGHT?? hehehehehe...

You know... MAN!! 5 minutes walking around in the supermarket feels like an hour already :p We brought home only kiwi, strawberry, packets of jelly, and milk. It was strawberry day, after reaching his home we made ourselves strawberry shake and strawberry, kiwi konyaku. Hm.. freshen up after long walk wondering the mall *hihihi*