December 24, 2008

Merry Xmas & Happy New Year 2009

Merry Xmas & Happy New Year 2009
Happy Holidays

The idea was a Xmas tree, but I found its difficult to draw them..notice the looks, theres thin, fat tree, hopefully you could see this all Xmas Tree not a ghost shape...

December 17, 2008

Pastel de platano y miel ( Plantain and HOney Cake)

A friend gave me this book as a bday gift on last August, and this recipe title caught my eyes. I imagine plantain ( pisang tanduk) and honey together for a cake?
A very interesting one to try, but unfortunatelly as browsing,and another drooling pictures from bloggers more intense, I have to postpone to bake this one, until last Sunday I bought 2 plantains,my plan was to fry them, but on Monday morning, this recipe came to mind and here is the result...

I feel this cake is not too cakey and getting softer everyday,but still making crumbs, my suggestion is if u want to try this recipe, its better to use the very ripe plantain,as mine was ripe but not overripe,so u cant really enjoy the flavour of plantain.

Recipe for Pastel de Platano Y miel( Plantain & Honey Cake)
William Sonoma, Cocinaalinstante Horneando

As this is in spanish, Im gonna translate it to english..
Please let me know if u want to read this recipe in spanish.

Flour, 2 1/4 cups
Baking powder 1tsp
Baking soda 1 tsp
Cinnamon powder 1 tsp
Sal 1/2 tsp
Unsalted salt, 1/2 cup(125g/4oz), and 2 tbsp more.
Brown Sugar,1/2 cup(packed)
Honey, 1/2 cup
Eggs 2
Plantain, 2, peeled & mash
Walnuts or almonds 2/3 cups (optional)

1.Preheat the oven at 180C(350F), Grease the square mold 23cm (9 Inch) with margarine & flour. Remove excess flour.

2. In one bowl, mix the flour,baking powder,baking soda, cinnamon powder & salt.Keep aside.
In another bowl, using electric mixer in medium speed, beat the butter with sugar until creamy.
Add in the honey and beat until they all mix well. Add in eggs, change the speed to high speed and beat until soft.
Pour the dry ingredients to wet one, with 2 time batches. Alternate with plantain,and beat with medium speed for every adding until become soft.
Pour in to the mold. Spread walnuts on top,if using.

3. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the cake is ready ( the cake tester should be clean).
Let it cool completely in the mold.

November 26, 2008

Pepes Ayam - Steam Wrapped Chicken

Masak Bareng Yuk, edition November with Pepes ayam, wow interesting theme.
This event created by Ibu Ayin & crew..just click the link to join the even.

For almost a year, I dont eat any pepes, and I also never know if in Indonesia has pepes ayam??? I only know mushroom pepes, pepes oncom,fish pepes,and tofu. And now talking bout chicken pepes... wawwawww,my imagination about this pepes only hmmm perhaps nice if i put lemon grass, just like Woku Chicken.

I dont have banana leaves,and cant find banana leaves in the market, if theres no rain today, I was thought to go to the park behind this apartment, bring knife,and try to get my banana leaves. Unfortunatelly, rain hasnt stop until now. So alumunium fOil is the option.

Frankly, this is the 1st time ever I make pepes.And of course wondering how its gonna be, so after done with the steaming, let them rest for awhile, took 1 roll for photo session,and try a bit... hmmmm yum. Cant wait to enjoying them,with hot rice and additional chili from Sambal Bajak Kokita.

Recipe for pepes ayam.


1 breast fillet,minced.
4 shallots
2 cloves of garlic
3 lemongrass, crushed,and cut into 8 parts
3 chili paddy
3 bayleaves
6 pieces button mushroom, slice.
2 tbsp oil.
Salt, Pepper
Pinch of turmeric powder (for giving a soft yellow colour)
1/4 tsp coriander powder
1 tbsp cilantro leaves.


Chopped shallots & garlic,and mix it. Keep half for fry and half to mix with the chicken.

In other bowl, mix minced chicken with salt, pepper,coriander powder,turmeric powder,
half shallots&garlic mixture, 4 parts of lemongrass and cilantro leaves. Keep aside for 20minutes.

In a frying pan, heat the oil, and saute half mixture of shallots,garlic,bayleaves,chili and lemon grass until fragrant.

Drop the saute mixture to the chicken mixture and mix it.

Take foil, or banana leaves, drop the quantity & shapes as u wish. I roll them,and make like candy form.

Steam for 25 minutes.

Enjoy with hot rice and additional sambal ....

Que rico...

November 24, 2008

Eggless Doughnut

Again, thanks to Dita-Yummy for posted this recipe.
It is yum,remind me of American Donuts in Jakarta, no need to fry and no egg.
Worth to try.
Only wondering, why the looks are so different???

Mocha Cotton Cake

This one I baked a week after Lemon Cake,
Cotton cake is soft like a cotton pads, very veryyyyy nice.
FOr the icing, I used my leftover buttercream.
And this cake only has 1/2 day old in my house.I had them too much, too dangerous.

Got this recipe from Yummy-Dita´s,another drooling picture which ¨turn me on¨
Just click the link to find the recipe.

Lemon Yogurt Cake

AFter sleeping beauty for almost 2 months,finally I could manage a little time to refresh my food blog.
FOr me, it is very difficult to updating my blog every week,as for me fighting with the mood and finding the quiet time to write nowadays is very tough.
That is why, sometimes my motivation to be back blogging are people who keep on updating their blogs with their drooling pictures. I keen to make a good pictures like them,learning by trying to understand my camera, but still if mood doesnt there, then brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
Anyway thank you to all foodie bloggers. Because of you all, I could fulfill my desire to enjoy good cakes and food from my hand.

ANd here is my Lemon Cake which I baked just 2 days after Jasmita´s bday cake. Got this recipe from a foodie friend Elsye from Dapur Saya. She captures her lemon cake so nicely, until I could see the texture of the cake which looks like my favourite Fermented Cassava Cake( Cake Tape).

Very excited to bake it, I miss that cake alots,but little bit dissapointed as I cant feel the sense of Tape. But of course stupid me,its a LEMON only my head full with sense of tape. Thats why!!

But actually, this is good for Lemon lovers,especially after my Jasmita´s bday cake,its really changing the sense of sweetness from butter cream to sweet sour of Lemon Cake..

Recipe Lemon Yogurt Cake
Source : Food Network

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
1 1/3 cups sugar, divided
3 extra-large eggs
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

For the glaze:
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Direction :

Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease an 8 1/2 by 4 1/4 by 2 1/2-inch loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Grease and flour the pan.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into 1 bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup sugar, the eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. With a rubber spatula, fold the vegetable oil into the batter, making sure it's all incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 50 minutes, or until a cake tester placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Meanwhile, cook the 1/3 cup lemon juice and remaining 1/3 cup sugar in a small pan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Set aside.

When the cake is done, allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Carefully place on a baking rack over a sheet pan. While the cake is still warm, pour the lemon-sugar mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in. Cool.

For the glaze, combine the confectioners' sugar and lemon juice and pour over the cake.

September 29, 2008

My first ever pooh cake for Jasmita´s 2nd bday

She loves pooh,
And mom, wants to make her happy.
I chose frozen butter cream technic to get the pooh on her cake.
I did it.
I was too happy, jumping around the kitchen, and my Jasmita following me with smile on her face.
Prepared the base, until decorating done from 3.30pm..then break 40 minutes and continue.. finished around 9pm.

(before I removed the plastic, was totally perfect pooh)

(felt too empty)

( drops dots on the green icing,felt better now)


Happy Eid Mubarak

Dear friends,
Happy Eid Mubarak..
Minal Aidzin Walfaidzin

September 25, 2008

Eggplant Ala-me / KBB / Cooking Competition

Another posting for KBB,this time is my task for cooking competition.
I choose my favourite recipe, which created by me
Story behind this eggplant is sometimes I miss Balado terong / Saute Eggplant with red chili but as the difficulty to find the red chili here in Panama a.k.a cabe merah keriting, then I try to find the perfect way to eat this eggplant as my hubby not really happy eating eggplant.

Luckyly,with this creation, he could enjoy it. Usually I cooked this eggplant, and serve it with pasta or pita bread. And this is also another option for my lazy weekend, avoiding washing lots plates etc.

If u wish too see the process making this eggplant just click here.



3 tbsp oil

2 eggplant, chopped dice

2 cloves garlic chopped

3 tomato chopped dice

1/2 onion, cut thin slices

1/3 tsp garam masala

Salt & pepper

1/2 tsp coriander powder

A pinch of cumin powder

1/2 tsp parmesan cheese powder

1 slice cheddar cheese / grated mozzarela cheese

2 tbsp Parsley, chopped


Heat oil,add garlic, then put onion.

Add tomatoes, cook until tomatoes tender,gonna form a thick sauce. Add eggplants, and all the spices. Mix it until eggplant is tender. Drop in the parmesan cheese, mix well, and parsley.

Off the gas, transfer the eggplant to dish. Grate the chedar cheese / mozzarela on top.

Serve hot with pasta or pita bread.

For pasta : Use anykind of pasta u prefer.

Cook & drain.

I use penne-Barilla. 1/2 cup, 1 clove garlic chopped, olive oil, 2 tbsp sour cream, salt & pepper for taste.

After pasta ready, drop 3 tbsp of eggplant on top.


September 16, 2008

KBB/Baking Competition-Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

I bought this magazine almost a year ago while visiting my sister in Boston. Theres 351 the best,most-requested recipes inside,and all from family´s recipes favorites for Christmas. Frankly,this is the first time for me to make something from this magazine,at last after many times reading,enjoying all the photos inside, too many things nice to try until confused me which one for the starter, and finally decided to try this cake specially for my KBB task.

I am happy with the result. It has 3 layers eventhough it wasnt clear layers, when you eat then you could feel, 1st layer is the biskuit from the crumbs,2nd one is the cream cheese with the jam and the3rd one is the cake.
Its perfect for my family, only a bit wondering why it called Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake, when theres no flavour of coffee?

And as its 1st KBB birthday, I would like to say happy birthday to KBB. So proud to be a member, I gain lots of knowledge, knowing & baking something new, its fun...totally another excitement for me.

Once again,Happy birthday KBB, this is my cake for KBB-bers......:)

Source: Taste of Home Magazine,Best Holiday Recipes 2007

Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

2-1/4 cups all purpose flour ( I used 1 1/4)

3/4 cup sugar ( I used 1/2 cup)

3/4 cup cold butter ( I used 150gr butter)

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt ( I used 1/4)

3/4 cup sour cream ( I used 1/2 cup)

1 egg,beaten

1-1/2 tsp almond extract


1 package(8 ounces)cream cheese,softened ( I used half)

1/2 cup sugar ( I used 1/4)

1 egg

1/2 cup raspberry jam ( I used 4 tbsp)

1/2 cup slivered almonds (almond entero crushed)


1. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour and sugar. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Remove 1 cup and set aside. To remaining crumbs, add baking powder,baking soda,salt, sour cream, egg and almond extract, mix well. Spread in the bottom and up the sides of a greased pan.

2. For filling,combine the cream cheese, sugar and egg in a small mixing bowl: beat well. Spoon over batter. Top with raspberry jam, sprinkle with almonds and reserved crumb mixture.

3. Bake at 350F for 55-60 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen. Remove sides of the pan. Cool completely. Store in the refrigerator.

Note: I used 6 inch mold, bake for 1 1/2 hours,and for the upper crumb,i used only 1/2 cup.

September 4, 2008

Homemade Paneer

Paneer is one of popular Indian Food.The shape similar with tofu,only the taste is different,as paneer made from milk while tofu is made from soy beans.
Please check wikipedia for more info.

1st time I had paneer, while I was travelling to India with Air India. First time I saw paneer,and enjoyed so much,hubby told me that it was paneer.
2nd time was when one auntie in Panama,invited us for a welcome dinner party,she served Paneer with gravy tomato sauce which is so delicious. Ah, it was a perfect dinner for us.

Then a year after,I was so thrilled to make Paneer,curiosity as if I asked how to make paneer and the answer only its complicated,u have to see,if I want to make then I call u to see,but no one call to tell hey im going to make paneer, do come.
For how long I have to wait?? then one day when I was chatting with my friend in msn, I asked her bout paneer, and she told me, u have to boil milk,put vinegar,strain with muslin cloth,put heavy dish on top, and paneer ready.
From her explanation, I thought Its very easy,what looks so complicated? So I asked my hubby to find muslin cloth as I felt ready to make paneer.

Then,one afternoon,
Batch 1 :I boil the milk, and put vinegar,and why its still milk? then i called to this auntie,when my milk still on the stove and she gave me the instruction with phone only.
Batch 2:Boiling milk again, put vinegar, theres crumble. And called her again, auntie, now what should I do? why only crumble i get not a paneer? And she told me, that crumble gonna be a paneer with a process.

And now,here I am, with practice finally I could make a better firmness from the 1st one,(still wondering why difficult to make all in a perfect shape)and want to share it, hopefully it could help you.

You need to prepare:

Vinegar/lemon juice
Muslin Cloth/Cheese Cloth
heavy dish.

1. You have to boil the milk.
2. When milk is rising, DROP IN THE VINEGAR.U COULD STIR WITH SPOON for awhile,cook for 1minute and off the gas. Let it sit on stove for a while.
3. Prepare the muslin cloth in the strainer.
4. Pour the crumble milk in the cloth. Discard the water.
5. Press the crumbs,(cover it)to drain water inside the crumb,while u doing this u could also make a shape.
6. Put something heavy on the paneer. Let it stand for around 20minutes to make it firm.
7. Open the cloth,u could see the firmness.
8. Cut it, and keep in fridge in a tight container until u r ready to cook them. Or, no need to cut just keep together with the cloth.

Paneer goes well with spinach,theres Palak Paneer(spinach puree with paneer),Paneer in gravy tomato sauce,pakoras( paneer fritter),whatever u want. I put paneer in my pasta.

For additional info, in India,Domino Pizza has a spicy paneer pizza which is very delicious.
Paneer pizza from Pizza Hut was so-so for me.

Alright,hopefully its helpful & Have a nice weekend.

September 3, 2008

Spicy Fettucine & Paneer

Who doesnt love pasta?
Well,pasta,noodles r my favourite one.

I always love to cook them,as it easy, tasty,I could just change the ingredients inside and still satisfied me,thats the reason why they´r the must have item in my kitchen and mostly I cook them at least once in a week,in this case sometimes I could eat twice or more in a week :)

My dinner last night was Simple fettucine in Red Sauce with Paneer & chopped green chili.

For small quantity of this Paneer,u have to prepare

2cups of milk
2tbsp vinegar.

Please click this to see how to make a paneer

I have mood to send this one to Presto pasta nights #79 host by Abby.

Selamat menjalankan ibadah puasa

Panas sekali disini.
Bikin gerah, fan-on pun tidak membantu, kudu AC juga.
Sebenarnya musim hujan,tetapi lebih banyak panasnya dibanding berawan.

Sekalian saya mau ucapkan Selamat Menjalankan Ibadah Puasa untuk teman-teman yang menjalankan. Semoga puasanya sempurna sampai lebaran nanti.

Postingan ini(fotonya tidak terlalu menggiurkan) tidak bermaksud membatalkan ya,kalau bisa memberikan ide tambahan tuk berbuka ya syukur...soale kebetulan disini juga panas sekali dan semalam suamiku bawakan daku 3 butir kelapa muda ini yang memang sudah kuinginkann sejak seminggu lamanya.

Jadi hari ini, langsung saja dibikin seperti ini. Air kelapa dan isinya,campur sirop dan es batu.

Ah,Aku jadi kangen dengan teman-temanku jaman bekerja dulu yang selalu mengajaku ke Menteng untuk berbuka bersama, Miss u guys.....

August 29, 2008

Wonton Skins Recipe

I am very sure that everybody prefer buy the ready one to crazyly preparing by themself. Well people,just skip this section if wonton skins easyly find in your place,as I also gonna do if I could find the good one someday.

But consider helping desperate people like me( perhaps theres also ppl outside who doesnt know where to buy wonton skins,or doubt about the quality like me and wonton siumay image everywhere so u cant handle it and prepare to do little hardwork) so this is the recipe.





GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Crazy me (Wonton & Siumay)

Its started from a months ago, when I really craving of wonton and siumay.
And its getting worst while seeing Rita-HK posted about her wontons,perhaps u think its easy just hey why u didt go to Chinese Resto and buy wonton..
Well, if Wonton here in Colon are nice then I would asked my hubby to go and buy for me, unfortunatelly I had tried once long time ago while also craving too much of wonton and ending with a huge sadness as the taste far from my imagination.

Then I tried to found wonton skins while I went to Panama City 2 weeks ago,yes I found it,but with a big doubtness,should I buy or no, as I saw a frozen one, its totally frozen till u could see all the ice inside,and I wondering if I thaw this skins, r they gonna looks so nice and I could perfectly used or gonna break? Too much consideration, I took one,then drop,took again and drop again, then bought others things then back again, took again and finally decide not to take it.(Thats typical me,complicated buyer)

When finally I felt my sense of wonton gone,I saw another wonton in Ayin´s blog. ANd yup, It just like waking up a sleeping wonton to the sense.

So finally, last Wednesday afternoon,when the sun was sooooooooo bright and blank whats too cook for dinner, this wonton idea comes again...and yeahh finally with modal nekat, I made my own wonton skins.

Lucky me in the house I have pork( not so often I have pork in the house, usually I buy in a little quantity only for my Jas though she rarely eat)shrimps, chicken bones after doing chicken fillet for lunch, and tofu(thought for mapo friday)

Preparing everything,make the dough,roll them to make it thinner, stuffing the skin,and steam them(1st time using this bamboo steamer hoho finally after sitting only inside the cupboard).
I was trying hard to remember Rita´sillustration how to fold the wonton and finally end up with up to gue style deh. Frankly,siumay is much easier for me, just imagine siumay shape and tralallala...these are my siumay.And great, my tofu also worked well(Panama´s tofu are sooooo soft,too much water I guess, no idea how to make tahu isi with them ,as sometimes to cut small shape for mapo become very messy,lucky me this time I could do a little bit cut and stuffing.

I prepare 2 ways, wonton &tofu gonna enjoy them with the soup. And siumay with the peanut sauce.

Its sweating alot, but ending with happiness in the nite. I enjoyed my siumay first with peanut sauce and rice...and while I felt I need water, I sipped the soup and had the tofu and wonton, alternately. It was sooooooooooooo perfect!!!!

August 27, 2008

Its a special day

August 17, always be a historical day for me, thats because Independence Day and my birthday.
I never think birthday is so special until I have a baby, then I realize that wow its such a huge bless to get another older with my family around.

I used to celebrate my birthday with Marching around as I was a member of Mandarava Marching Band for about 6 years. So could you imagine for 6 years, I was celebrating my birthday on the road,sunny day,uniform, marching,and playing music with my trumpet? and once I sat on the Istana Merdeka joining their music orchestra and played beautiful songs for my country...
Well its a very nice memorable of my birthday. So,with those condition, I never expected somebody give me a gifts or wishes(though Im always happyly to receive hohoo...

And these years, I celebrated my 3. birthday with my chocolate cake,share it with my Indonesian friends,neighbours and people in the temple.
Had small gathering with friends in Crepes &Waffles(the idea was red&white as this year first time I know there is another 4 Indonesians in Panama,but no one use red or white hahhaha), meanwhile my hubby taking care of my Jasmita, and got gifts from them(I was sooo sosososososososo happy,really I didnt expect it from them)

The only bad part was,170808 is the day and the loteria(lottery number that won for USD2500 was 710888) damn, I was a bit shocked to know.If I bought that number Im gonna get USD2500(well... its really a birthday if I won this lottery,hik)as I bought number 77, and was thinking to buy 170888... but thats more hurting I guess,if I bought 170888 and the number won was 710888.

Promise to my self, next year Im gonna buy lottery and put 710889 or 170809,or 170889..or perhaps friends u wanna share any idea for the rite number??

August 13, 2008

RedWhiteEvent-Cocktails Red&White for My Indonesia & A Bday

Celebrate, dont u wait.. never hesitate...,

Host by Trio Pretty Ladies-Dwiana,Fitri&DHita

Finally, I could celebrate Indonesia Independence Day by sending this picture to Red&White event.

These are my special Coctails for my lovely Indonesia & a bday.

(sent this one for the event)


August 9, 2008

Curry Pasta

This one become another favourite style to enjoy pasta.
I had this for my last Wednesday and Thursday dinner, yeahhhhh I was too excited knowing sour cream works well with pasta and NO CHEESE needed.

Found this recipe from Jen The LeftoverQueen
Oh Jen,thanks again for sharing this recipe.

I used thin spaghetti
2 tbsp sour cream, - Jen used Greek Yoghurt
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 1/2tbsp curry powder
Onion,garlic chopped
1/2 Tomato diced
Peas and sweet corn.
1tbsp margarine.
Salt & pepper.
And my fav Panamanian Chili sauce.


August 7, 2008


I made gemblong for my tea time today. And posted in Multiply for MFM-18 as the theme is FLOUR.
It wasnt my plan to put my homemade pineapple jam for the gemblong filling.
My plan was to have them with a toast bread, or put on the cookies.
But I dont know why, I just dropped them in my gemblong dough.

Frankly,nothing too much different for the taste. Only a bit weird while eating this sticky gemblong and felt also the sweetness of pinapple.

Well, anyway I enjoyed my unusual gemblong, and surprised to see my picky Jas didnt mind to eat it.

GEMBLONG RECIPE with filling

Step 1

1/2 cup Glutinous Rice Flour
Pinch of salt
2 tbsp of grated coconut
4 tbsp water
Mix them together, and make a shape.

Filling : Pineapple jam

If you want to put the filling, then put them in the middle before make a shape.

And deep fry until golden colour.

Step 2

In other pan, melt the palm sugar..and soon it melted drop the gemblong, mix it until all covered nicely.

July 31, 2008

Bread, againnnnnnn

Never bored for bread.
I do miss Bread Talk, Delicious Bakery, Suisse, or Holand Bakery(I love LOng JOhn,still wondering how to make),J-CO and other bakery shops from Jakarta.

Gue jadi inget almarhumah Inong Haris (Dapur BUnda),She´s the one who inspired me to make bread for the 1st time.Si bunda yang tiap hari gue bisa laporan by YM,and left a comment on my story about my 1st bread.
Rest in Peace,Bun. This is my bread picture for the recipe that u share to us.
Ohhh,I have to stop this story before I start to cry.

July 30, 2008

KBB VI- Cheese Biscuits

Its the time for salty biscuits.
The 6th assignment from Klub Berani Baking.
This biscuits are easy to make, and the most important part is EGGLESS.

I felt that the taste is similar with Kaastengels,only the process is much easier and simpler.

I used Monterey Jack for the cheese,white sesame seeds, and little bit chopped almond&walnuts.
My Jasmita enjoyed these biscuits fresh from the oven.

Source: Vogue Australia: Wine and Food Cookbook.

225g grated mature cheese
125g butter
125g flour
cayenne pepper to taste
sesame seeds

With finger tips, mix together cheese, butter, flour and cayenne pepper until mixture forms a mass. Butter a biscuit tray. Make small balls of the dough. Roll some in sesame seeds and press on tray, placing them fairly far apart as they will spread while cooking. (We have pressed walnuts on some of the biscuits and, for a colour contrast, some chopped pistachio nuts). Bake biscuits in pre-heated oven 180C for 15 minutes. Store in an airtight container


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