Monday, March 31, 2008

Healthy Meatloaf

A healthy and delicious for my family, Ellyn love it so much, its not too difficult making this this. Weekend is always the best time to try a new recipe. enjoy...
Healthy Meatloaf


Serves 4

  • 500g extra lean beef mince
  • 1 cup fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs
  • 1 small brown onion, grated
  • 1 carrot, peeled, coarsely grated
  • 2 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • Cooked vegetables to serve


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Place mince, breadcrumbs, onion, carrot, tomato sauce, parsley and egg in a large bowl.
  3. Season with salt and pepper. Using clean hands, mix until well combined.
  4. Shape mince into a 10cm x 18cm rectangle. Place on prepared tray. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until firm to touch. Remove from oven. Drain excess fat.
  5. Spoon barbecue sauce over top of meatloaf. Return to oven and cook for a further 10 minutes or until top is glazed. Stand on tray for 5 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, place potato, carrot and beans in separate microwave-safe plastic bags. Twist tops to seal. Microwave each on HIGH (100%) for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until almost tender.
  7. Slice meatloaf. Serve with vegetables.

SourceSuper Food Ideas - August 2006 , Page 37

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Onde-Onde Ketawa (Javanese style sesame seed balls)

This is traditional snack from Indonesia, i used to eat them when i was little, the price for each is about RP.100; (at that time), i don't have any idea how much it cost now (any idea??). its pretty easy to make and yummy too!, this is my first trial of this recipe, I'd say its successful.
I'm so happy when i saw them raising their size, on my deep fried oil. here is the recipe, that i got from my book called "Ragam kue Tradisional By Saji"...
Onde-Onde Ketawa
  • 100 ml water
  • 175 gr sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoon veg oil
  • 300 gr plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sodium bicarbonate (soda kue)
  • 100 gr sesame seed
  • 400 ml veg oil
  • Small bowl of water for dipping
  1. Heat the sugar and water in a small pan until the sugar dissolves. leave to cool.
  2. Using electric beaters, beat the eggs and 2 tbs veg oil in a bowl for 1 minute, then pour in sugar syrup gradually and beat well.
  3. Add flour, baking powder,sodium bicarbonate, mix well.
  4. Divide dough into 10gr each, and roll into a ball.
  5. Dip into the water, then sprinkle the dough with sesame seed.
  6. Heat the oil in the deep fry pan. Fried Onde-Onde until rise and golden brown.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Lasagne Bolognaise

Lasagne Bolognaise

(serves 6)
  • 1 quantity bechamel sauce
  • 250g dried lasagne pasta sheets
  • 1 quantity basic bolognaise sauce (i used my recipe)
  • 75g mozzarella cheese, coarsely grated


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a 12-cup capacity, 7cm-deep, 18cm x 25cm (base) rectangular baking dish.
  2. Thinly spread 3/4 cup bechamel sauce over base of dish (this prevents dried pasta sticking to base). Cover with 1 layer pasta sheets, breaking to fit if necessary. Top with one-third of bolognaise sauce and one-third of remaining bechamel sauce.
  3. Repeat pasta and sauce layers twice, finishing with bechamel sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella.
  4. Bake, uncovered, for 50 to 55 minutes or until golden and bubbling around the edges. Stand lasagne for 5 minutes.
  5. Slice and serve.

Basic bechamel sauce
Makes 4 1/2 cups

  • 60g butter, chopped
  • 1/3 cup plain flour
  • 4 1/2 cups milk
  • 75g parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • good pinch ground nutmeg


Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until foaming. Add flour. Cook, stirring, for 1 to 2 minutes or until bubbling. Remove from heat. Slowly add milk, whisking constantly, until mixture is smooth. Return to heat. Cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, for 10 to 12 minutes or until sauce comes to the boil, thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon. Remove from heat. Stir in parmesan, salt and nutmeg.

SourceSuper Food Ideas - August 2006 , Page 56 and my kitchenfun archive

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Chicken and Vegetables soup

A bowl of chicken soup, is always helps when you got cold, makes you fell warm. My Mom used to make this soup for me, she always put lots of veggies on this soup, but i prefer a bit simple ingredients to minimise effort, so delicious.

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 small broccoli, washed, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • a pinch of salt & pepper
  • 1 large carrot, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 2 small zucchini, sliced
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 kg skinless chicken, lovely legs


Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. add garlic. Cook, stirring, for 1 minutes or until soft but not coloured. Add water, bring to boil, add chicken, cook for 10 minutes, add carrot, add zucchini and broccoli . Reduce heat to low. Simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, for 30-40 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
Remove chicken legs from soup. Allow to cool slightly. Remove meat from bones. Roughly chop chicken meat and add to soup. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle soup into warmed bowls. Serve.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Sambal goreng teri kacang ( Anchovy & peanuts sambal)

Before our trip to Indonesia, i promised to my self to start more cooking Indonesian food ( usually got Indonesian food from catering service), so i brought a couple of traditional Indonesian cooking books and traditional snacks books, and i started to buy some more ingredients for cooking, such as tumeric, coriander leaves, nutmeg, galagal etc, because i know I'll need lots of those ingredients if i cook Indonesian food (that's why im so lazy to start collecting them earlier).
Lucky that my hubby like most Indonesian food, sometimes a bit hot and spicy too, but he doesn't mind, like this dish, i can always put more chillies for build up the hot taste. Next time i will cook a bit more special food, because this dish is easy and quick to make. Just looking at this pictures, i already feel hungry... enjoy! BTW I'll still post some of western food too, don't worry be happy.

Sambal goreng teri kacang ( Anchovy & peanuts sambal)

  • 100 gr dried salty anchovies
  • 100 gr peanuts (fried in the deep oil until brown)
  • 8 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 onion
  • 7 small brown onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 5 red chili
  • 1 tsp palm sugar
  • 1 Red tomato
  • pinch of salt
  1. Grind together Brown onion,garlic,chili,palm sugar, salt and tomato.
  2. Meanwhile,fried the anchovies with 6tbsp oil until brown or until cook through,drain and set aside.
  3. Heat the remaining oil in a saucepan, add onion and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add crushed ingredients, cook for another 1 minutes, add peanuts and anchovies,mix them together .
    serve with steamed jasmine rice.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

We're Back...!!

Ellyn at Starbucks, Kuta,Bali
Salak Bali

Hello everyone.. we're back at last, i really missed my blogging, because we couldn't get Internet there, well we could but its too complicated, so we decided to live without Internet for nearly 1 month ( only once i check my mail cos one of my friend bring her wireless laptop to my apartment there, thanks dear Anne, we'll miss you and your beautiful daughter..). I also met Widya, Yulia (MaKi) and Febrie.
Apart from that, it was rainy season in Indonesia, even when we went to Bali, what a disaster!!, and my baby got sick too :( but anyway we're glad to be back here in Australia, still hot in end of summer.
I also went to decorating equipment store, with the same friend Anne (toko Mira and Guten braun store, in central Jakarta), other than that? nah.. i gave up because of the traffic everywhere, too many cars and motorcycle guys!!, the story behind this was my baby getting stressed on the way home to the apartment, she's not used to be in in the car with lots of traffic like that and to be held with someone (yes, we got maid there..*blinking eyes*), she used to sit by her self in her car seat here).
Another disaster when we arrived to Melbourne, here is the story...
My husband only stay in Indonesia for about 3 weeks, that means i must come back with my baby and without his help, so i requested an assistant from Singapore airlines, and said that i got 2 check-in luggage, 1 bag for cabin, 1 baby pram, a hand bag and my baby, so they arrange 1 assistance for us.
Everything run smoothly when we arrived in Singapore for transit, they send one assistance to help me bringing my bag, so i just have to push my baby on her pram, and she (assistance) guide me to transfer the terminal by sky train (so I'm not lost), she was with me till i got in to the plane again, (I really appreciated your help, but sorry i forgot your name).
So after about 7 hours on the plane (didn't get enough sleeping, hicks...), we arrived at Melbourne airport, again i asked for an assistance that i requested, but guess what?? no one (the workers there) could or want to help us!!!! (*scratching my head and screaming mode on*). They said they didn't get any request from Singapore airlines, what a big disaster!!, i ask the customer service, they said they can't help too because they busy,i asked the security and they said that wasn't his job, hello.... don't you have sorry feeling for me??? I'm so exhausted, my baby get stressed and started crying, is there anything else worse than this?.
Yes there is... they couldn't find my name on the computer (on the immigration section , when they checked my passport and visa), so they think my visa was fake or something for a moment until the manager come and fix it for a while, not a criminal, look at my innocence face (heh..heh..).
Wanna know how did i survive from the airport?. I ask one of Chinese lady (thank you very much for your help), to get my 2 huge luggage and put on the trolley, but then i got trolley full of luggage, a pram and a baby, how could i carry them?. Oh Gosh... so i think, think...
The result was, i carry my baby on the sling, fold the pram and put my bag on the trolley, so i can push the trolley, carry my my hand bag and my 10kg baby!! (all together is almost twice my weight), they just praise me afterwards instead of help me! they said well done, you did a good job, blah..blah.. and said i must arrange an assistance with SQ (which i did!), and complaint to them, huh... BTW that day also they make the TV program on the airport called "Border Security" on channel 7.

Oh... I'm sorry if this page is not pleasant to read, but that was my experience and i wanna share with everyone, who read this.