Last week I attended an Indonesian Cooking class, specifically Minang Cuisine. A popular example of Minang food is Padang, which can be found all over Jakarta and is familiar to even an expat like me. Padang is an area of Minang and the cuisine is coastal composed of fish and seafood. Minang cuisines is however not restricted to Padang. It is a bigger region, wherein Padang is located, and the cuisines can be different because of the difference in the location i.e. highland cuisine is more beef & chicken. I enjoyed an indepth look into Indonesian cuisine, beyond the usual sate and rendang. I got to discover some ingredients that I’ve never encountered before and taste some things that my fellow attendees (mostly Indonesian for this class) where not familiar with either. How cool is that? Photos of the cooking class after the jump!Read More
I was so excited to finally attend one of Chef Sezai’s cooking classes in Turkuaz. As I’ve said many times before, Turkuaz is one of our favorite restaurants in Jakarta. The quality of the food is exceptional, the service is great and the personal touch of Chef Sezai and Yanti make for an unforgettable dining experience each time. I first heard of their cooking class from the wife of our former Ambassador. She and our Ambassador were Turquaz regulars and she loved attending the monthly classes. Photos of the class I attended last week after the jump!Read More
The Truffle Salt we got from Truffles and More has given us immense pleasure the past few weeks that we’ve been back in Jakarta. So I’d like to share with you the simple ways it has made our simple food a more luxurious treat! We’ve used it in so many ways that I wanna em so I’m doing a TRUFFLE ❤ series! Pictures of how I whipped up a super quick snack before heading to the supermarket after the jump!Read More
As a rule I don’t celebrate Valentines on the day itself. I am all for celebrating love but in the Philippines Valentines has become so commercialized that it’s crazy. I am in Marketing by profession and I know how much brands/companies try their damnedest to capitalized on Valentines so people spend their hard-earned cash.Read More
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to cook but doesn’t have the time or money to go to culinary schoool. It’s basically the 101 most important concepts/ideas/processes that the authors learned in Culinary school. The nuggets of wisdom are explained in such a clear concise manner with simple illustrations so they are easy to understand and remember.Read More
Thanks for holding a pre-Christmas eve party F! Parties in your fabulous pad are always so much fun. Your attention to detail and impeccable taste always makes for a memorable party! You are the perfect host and my hosting inspiration!Read More
I finally had to buy myself a kitchen mixer because of my worsening injury – I have De Quervains (commonly known as Housewives’ Tendonitis) and Tennis Elbow. I have a suspicion that I also have carpal tunnel symptoms. But basically the repetitive movements from baking, using the computer, blackberry and tennis is taking its toll.
I decided on getting a Kitchen Aid mixer, even if it is much more expensive than the other available mixers, mainly because it is much more sturdy and would last me a long time – better investment in other words. I purchased it in Pantry Magic Kemang, because the owners were very helpful and patient with all my questions and they have a 2 year warranty. Good customer service is very important to me, especially with expensive machinery. And husband and wife team, Riyanto and Chindy were so wonderfully reassuring and informative with all my queries and concerns, that it made it easier to part with my 5.6Million (or about 650 USD) …after all they knew some people who have had their Kitchen Aid Mixers for 20 years!
The very first recipe I made with it was Quadruple Chocolate Cake which I found in 80 Breakfasts’ blog. I am SO happy with my new mixer – it is a pleasure to use and has taken a lot of the stress from my wrists and hands during the baking process. The recipe made 2 regular sized loaves for me, and I sent one to Riyanto and Chindy to thank them. I was so happy that they loved it!Read More
TD and I love eating gyoza. And I’ve always wanted to learn how to make it, but never had the guts to try it. I was at my Thai friend S’ for dinner and she served us these wonderfully yummy fried wanton. When I asked her how she made it, it sounded so simple that I decided I would use the same filling but cook it gyoza style. I found this recipe on the net from the blog, Drool Factor, (awesome pictures!) and combined my friends ingredients to Drool Factor‘s recipe. So here it is!Read More
Remember this?!? I loved Chocomallows (or chocolate covered marshmallow biscuits) as a child!. It’s one of my favorites, and whenever I eat it again, childhood memories of playing and carefree days start flooding back. I still feel the same excitement peeling off the foil to reveal yummy chocolate covered pillows of marshmallow… sigh!
I was inspired by a toasted marshmallow cupcake done by Erica Paredes, to do a cupcake version of Chocomallows! Here are some pictures to whet your appetite. The dark chocolate is perfect with the sweet toasted marshmallows in the center. The toasted bits also give a bit of crunch to the bite! Yummmm…. Brings me back to those good ol’ days!Read More
Traditionally warung’s sell Indonesian food, but these days more modern versions are all over the place, such as Pasta Warung in Kemang. It is small but has an air-conditioned area with 2 levels and an outdoor area. The entire place is smoking area so I don’t recommend it if you are pregnant.Read More
When I woke up this morning, TD was outside the room. I automatically assumed that he was working in the study so I called to him to ask for a good morning hug. It took him awhile to come in, and when he did he was in a hurry because apparently he was cooking brunch! What a great thing to wake up to! And I’m amazed – it’s the SECOND time he has ever cooked for me, both times within a week! Wow. Check out the pics below for some yummy “dude food” – as my friend @MDJSuperstar likes to call it!Read More
I woke up yesterday with my body feeling like it was hit by a truck again, but unlike the day before I could not get up! I have fallen sick yet again. (Curse this sickly body of mine!) I was bemoaning to my inability to finally cook for hubby the Bolognese recipe I learned from cooking class at The Ritz Carlton.
He said no problem he would take care of it! And this is the fantastic result:Read More