Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Just for fun cupcakes

Seems like a long time i didn't make any cupcakes, yesterday i made this very simple decorated cupcakes, with my homemade blossom flower, and some green sugar sprinkle just for fun. I also tried the glace icing for the first time (reminds me to crispy cream donuts topping ^_^) , anyway I'm happy the result and easy to make.

Ellyn had 1 of cupcake but with no topping for her, its too sweet for her, i know she want more, but 1 is more than enough for her, i don't want her to eat too much sweet on her young age. Although her teeth is only 6 + 2 coming soon, but she's really good at munching...

By the way, because she started to walk most of the time now, which makes me thrilled, let's say this cupcakes is for celebration of her being walker girl. Happy walking Ellyn!!.

As usual for the recipe click here

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Mie goreng jawa (Javanese style fried noodle)

Another noodle variation, i got the recipe from my Javanese cook book. Its not difficult to make this dish, very authentic taste, many traditional recipe i didn't try yet, so i will try to cook much more Indonesian food.
Now that my daughter eat the same food as her parents, its become easier for me, i don't have to cook different food for her, unless its spicy food, or something really special only for her.
Here is the recipe:

Mie goreng jawa (Javanese style fried noodle)
  • 100 gr instant noodle (egg noodle)
  • 100 gr chicken fillet, cut small size
  • 100 gr cabbage
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 2 medium carrot, cut into small julienne
  • 6 big red chillies, sliced
  • 50 ml water
  • 3 tablespoon oil
  • 3 table spoon kecap manis ( Indonesian sweet soy sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon tamarin, soaked with water
Grind ingredients:
  • 1/2 onion,
  • 3 clove garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • salt
  1. Boil instant noodle according to the package instruction, drain.
  2. Heat oil, stir grind ingredients in a large saucepan over medium heat for 1-2 minutes, until fragrant. Add chicken and cook until changed colour.
  3. Add shallot, chillies, carrot, cabbage,kecap manis, and tamarind water, cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Add noodle, mix well.
  5. Serve.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Lontong sayur pepaya

This is very famous dish in Indonesia, My Mom usually make this dish an Idul Fitri,the main ingredients is young (white flesh) papaya, and snake bean. We used to serve it with some chicken in coconut gravy or beef rendang, and most important side dish is the rice cake, called "ketupat" its rice inside coconut leave, or "lontong" use plastic instead. I don't know how to translate this dish to English name :( . Enjoy...

Lontong sayur pepaya
  • 1 medium young papaya (paw-paw), cut into small sticks
  • 100 gr snake beans
  • 1000ml water
  • 250 ml thick coconut milk
  • 2 boiled eggs
  • 1 lemongrass, bruised
  • 1 galangal, bruised
  • 1 ginger,bruised
  • 1 salam leave
  • Salt


  • 4 clove garlic
  • 6 escallot
  • 3 candle nut
  • 6 red chillies
  1. Heat oil, stir grind ingredients (paste) in a large saucepan over medium heat for 1-2 minutes, add salam leave, galangal, ginger and lemongrass, cook for another 1 minutes until fragrant.
  2. Pour in the water, boil and add papaya and snake bean, cook for 30 minutes, until papaya is tender.
  3. Pour in thick coconut milk, stir and boil for further 5-10 minutes.
  4. Serve with rice cake, sambal and tapioca or prawn crackers.


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Lemon & olive-coated lamb cutlets

I Never really try green olive before, but when i saw the show on channel 9 here called "fresh", they use lamb and olive, looks very tempting and delicious, so i challenge myself to try that dish. The smell of the olive its not very nice for me, but the taste of this dish, Hmmm, yummy...!!.
i started to like olive when i was pregnant, don't know why, but now I love it!, enjoy...

Lemon & olive-coated lamb cutlets

  • 1 cup pitted green olives
  • 1½ tablespoons finely grated lemon rind
  • 1½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, chopped12 lamb cutlets, trimmed

Place olives in a food processor with the lemon rind, olive oil, garlic and parsley. Process until the mixture is a fine paste. Spread olive mixture over both sides of lamb. Heat a non stick frypan over medium heat. Cook the cutlets for 2 minutes on each side or until cooked to your liking. Serve with salad

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Chocolate buns getting crazy...

Hehehe.. just kidding!, in fact I'm crazy about breads now, i can't stop making breads almost everyday, but not enough people to finish them :( so its kind of wasting a bit. My Hubby only eat them when its fresh, no more 2 days, yeah that's the problem with homemade bread, can't last more that 3 days, because we didn't use any preservatives, like commercial breads.

I had a big family in Indonesia, so every time i waste some food, i remember them, it would be nice if i can send it to them right away, so i don't have to waste those food, but how??.

I'll post the recipe next time, because I'm a bit busy today, just wanna show up a bit with my breads appearance.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Opor Ayam dengan kentang ( chicken and potatoes on coconut gravy )

Some of the recipe of this dish, didn't use any turmeric, but my mom used to add some, and i love it soo much, it looks like another style of Indonesian chicken curry, anyway whatever is the ingredients, its so delicious. Especially i used chicken thigh which has lots of fat on it, that makes delicious taste, however you can always use whole chicken or even chicken fillet, whatever suits you.

I said to my husband this is my best cooking of Indonesian dish, because i usually using the instant ingredients, but now i said no more cheating ;) its a hard job thou, to grind all the ingredients at once, but my hard work is paid off because I'm so satisfied with the result, yum...

even more delicious because I'm starving after making it, so i eat 2 big pieces, some potatoes and warm rice.

I wouldn't worry to eat a lot these days, because my friends and my hubby said, I'm getting more and more skinny now, Oh... maybe I'm too tired and wasn't eat well, all think is my daughter's healthy food, and forgot about my self, yes...that's the problem. Now that they remind me I;ll try to look after myself better and eat more.

I dedicate this recipe for lifeSTRONG day , A taste of yellow event. For my friend blogger Happycook, thanks for the information, So here is the recipe..

Opor Ayam dengan kentang ( chicken and potatoes on coconut gravy )

  • 1 whole chicken ( i used 1 kg chicken thigh)
  • 1000 ml water
  • 250 ml coconut milk (thick)
  • 1 lemon grass, bruised
  • 3 bay leave (salam leave)
  • 2 cm galangal, bruised
  • 3 lime leave
  • 3 medium potatoes (cut into small cube)
  • 1 tablespoon oil

Grind ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon coriander seed
  • 7 eschallot
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 5 candle nut
  • 2 cm turmeric
  • 1 cm ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • salt

  1. Heat oil, stir grind ingredients (paste) in a large saucepan over medium heat for 1-2 minutes,add lime leave, salam leave, galangal, and lemongrass, cook for another 1 minutes until fragrant.
  2. Add chicken and water, boil , add potatoes and cook for 30 minutes, until chicken is tender.
  3. Pour in thick coconut milk, stir and boil for further 5-10 minutes.
  4. Serve with warm rice.

Have a good weekend everyone..!!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Milk chocolate Chunk Muffin

Muffin is very easy and quick to make, they are the best to eat when they still warm, especially in the cold day with a cup of tea, i got the recipe from my book created by Donna Hay " simple essentials Chocolate", this is one of my favorite book, its all about chocolate...
I'm not sure if my toddler can eat this too, perhaps she can have a little bite, I made this a day before i went to my friend's house (and her son is Ellyn's friends), on that day i saw her son eat one of the muffin with Ellyn, they love it!. But my husband this muffin taste a bit dry, he prefer my other recipe, that i got from Internet, by the way have a nice day...

Milk chocolate Chunk Muffin
  • 2 cups self raising flour, sifted
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup chopped milk chocolate

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C, Place the flour, cocoa, baking powder and sugar into a bowl and mix to combine. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, vanilla, oil and milk and whisk together. Stir the egg mixture into the flour mixture until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chunk and spoon the mixture into muffin tins, lined with paper patty cases. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Makes 12.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Baked tomato meatballs


Another yummy dish for our dinner, everybody enjoyed this food, including me. So many changed on my taste buds, since i moved here to Australia, for example i never like olive and any kind of pasta before, but now i love it so much... i don't know why, maybe i got influence from my husband??.

Anyway i never really get stressed about those things, i just try to enjoyed my time cooking, baking and playing with my daughter, before i go back to Uni. I know i will miss her a l lot when i get busy and not much time, to spend with my little Princess anymore, and everybody said to me that kids are growing so fast, so enjoy your time.

Baked tomato meatballs
  • 650 gr lean beef mince
  • 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 2 onion spring (shallot) , chopped
  • 2 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 x 700g tomato passata
  • 1/2 cup grated taste cheese


  1. Place mince beef, breadcrumbs,onion spring, oregano and garlic in a large bowl and season to taste. Mix well to combine. Roll mixture into 16 balls.
  2. Spray a non stick frying pan with cooking oil spray and heat on medium-high. Cook meatballs for 10 minutes, until browned and cooked through. Meanwhile, heat passata in a saucepan for 5 minutes, until warm. Transfer meatballs to a greased baking dish. Pour over passata and scatter with cheese.
  3. Place under a hot grill for 5 minutes, until cheese melts. Serve with mashed potatoes.

Source: Australian Table Magazine, April 2008

Tip: Tomato passata is a pure tomato sauce, available in bottles or large jars from the supermarket

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Japanese cheesecake

As usual i can't decided which pictures i want to publish :) . And because i also satisfied with my cake result, and the decoration of course, looks so refreshing and tempting, i ate a big pieces for my dessert, so enjoy the pictures and happy weekend everyone!!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Homemade Wholemeal Loave/Bread

As a mother of toddler, i need to always give my daughter a good food or snack, not too much salt or sugar content or artificial colour or taste, as well as the preservatives.
I found many of the loaf breads here last for up to 1 week or more, but i prefer only eat those bread no more 3 days old, because they not fresh anymore.
So after i made my donut that day, I'm so confident that i can make my own loaf bread with my mixer, (which is a good idea). Ellyn just love this loaf, and wholemeal bread is better for her, especially homemade from her Mummy :) .

Homemade Wholemeal Loaves/Bread
  • 7 gr dried yeast
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 4 cups (600 gr) wholemeal bread flour( i used normal wholemeal flour)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  1. Grease 2 medium loaf tin. Place the yeast, sugar and milk in a small bowl and mix well.
  2. leave in a warm draught-free place for 10 minutes.
  3. Place flour and salt in a large bowl, make a well in the centre and add the yeast mixture,oil and 1 cup warm water.
  4. Mix to a soft dough and gather into a ball, turn out onto a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes (i did the whole thing on the mixer with the dough hook). Add a little extra flour if the dough is too sticky.
  5. Place the dough in a large oiled bowl, cover with damp tea towel, and leave in the warm place for 1 hour.
  6. Punch down the dough, turn out onto a floured surface and knead for 1 minute. Divide to 2 portions, knead into shape and put in the tins. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and leave in warm place for 45 minutes.
  7. Preheat the oven to hot 210 degrees C. Brush the loaf tops with the beaten egg. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce to moderate 180 degrees C, and bake for 30-35 minutes. Cover with foil if the tops become too brown.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Ase cabe hejo (Sundanese style glass noodle with green chillies)

My Favorite Sundanese food, my Mum used to make this dish too, we both love spicy food.
Ase cabe hejo
  • 100 gr dried mung bean vermicelli noodles/Glass noodle (Soun)
  • 250 gr green chillies
  • 200 ml water
  • 3 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoon kecap manis
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • (i add 1 egg)


  • 5 Escalots
  • 4 clove garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 candle nut


  1. Place noodles in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Stand for 15 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a small non-stick frying pan,place the grind ingredients over medium heat.
  3. Add water, boil for 1 minute.
  4. Add green chillies, kecap manis, salt and sugar and cook for further 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in noodles,simmer and whisk regularly until all the water absorb to the noodle, serve.

Tips: Add some cooked chicken or egg for more variety.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Milo & Strawberry sundae

Its actually very refreshing for summer, very easy and simple but mouth watering dessert, only take about 10 minutes for preparation, no cooking required, but unfortunately my daughter has an allergic to strawberry, which is annoying, otherwise she'll love it, but she can still eat the strawberry thou..

(serves 4)
  • 1 x 250g punnet strawberries, washed, hulled
  • 780g (3 cups) vanilla yoghurt
  • 2 tsp Milo
  • 40g (1/3 cup) Milo


  1. Chop 1 strawberries.
  2. Divide 260g (1 cup) vanilla yoghurt among four serving glasses.
  3. Divide one-third of the strawberries among the glasses.
  4. Sprinkle 2 tsp Milo over the strawberries in each glass.
  5. Continue layering with 520g (2 cups) vanilla yoghurt, the remaining strawberries and 40g (1/3 cup) Milo. Serve.

Notes & tips:
To add crunch to these sundaes, grab your favourite biscuits and use your hands to crumble them over the strawberries.

Source: Australian Good Taste - September 2007 , Page 60

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Original Potato Donuts

I never really try to make bread or donuts with my hand, its too hard to knead them, but since i bought a new standing mixer, i wanted to make any kind of bread or cake everyday ^_^. I don't have to work so hard, to create snack for us ... Yeaah.. So this is my first trial with my new 'mate' , its a good snack for toddler too.
I only put icing sugar for coating my donuts, but you can always put any sprinkle you want for topping, next time i will put different kind of toppings. Here is the recipe...
Original Potato Donuts
  • 3 medium size potatoes (i used 450 gr)
  • 250 gr plain flour (i used 350gr)
  • 1 teaspoon yeast
  • 2 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon margarine (melted)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon full cream milk
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Icing sugar for coating
  1. Boil potatoes,drain and mashed, cooled.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together, and knead for 10 minutes (or more) .
  3. Place dough into a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
  4. Stand in a warm place for 45 -1 hour.
  5. Knock down dough and turn onto a lightly floured board.
  6. Cut dough in half and knead each piece for 5 minutes.
  7. Roll one piece out to 1 1/4 cm thick. Cut 8cm circles with a biscuit cutter.
  8. Using a 4cm round cutter, cut out centre of each circle to form donuts. Continue with remaining dough.
  9. Half-fill a frypan with oil. Heat over medium heat until oil is hot. Add 2 to 3 donuts at a time, cooking for 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden
  10. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Toss donuts, one at a time, in icing sugar until well coated..

Recipe by: Ida Krisna show ( with a bit of improvement from me)

Monday, April 7, 2008

Ayam Ingkung (Javanese syle yellow roast chicken)

Uuughhh... i can't decided which picture should be on top, they all looks good and I'm so satisfied with my pics result, i was taken those pics on the backyard of my house, because the lights just perfect, although my camera is just the small one, i was dream to have a professional camera one day (could be soon too, he he).
But I'm thinking, am i just gonna waste my money for that kind of camera?, is it gonna be useful gadget for me?. I just don't know the answer, pls help me decide...
OK enough dreaming...
Now, lets talk about this yummy, delicious chicken. Like i mentioned before I'll started to cook more Indonesian food, but i started from Javanese food (My Dad came from Middle of Java), I'm a chicken lover, and many dishes in Java that using chicken as a main ingredients, so its perfect food style for me.
Later i want to try Sundanese food too (My Mom is Sundanese), but we have limited ingredients here (not common and so difficult to find).
To make this Chicken dish we need:
Ayam Ingkung (Javanese style yellow roast chicken)
  • 1 Chicken
  • 2 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoon oil
  • 3 lime leaves
  • 3 bay leaves (salam leaves)
  • 2 lemongrass,brushed
  • 3 cm ginger, brushed
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind water
  • 2 tablespoon palm sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 750 ml coconut milk

Grind ingredients:

  • 6 eschallot
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 8 red chillies
  • 3 candle nut
  • 3 cm turmeric
  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees.
  2. Wash Chicken, marinated with salt and lime juice for 15 minutes. wash again.
  3. Stir grind ingredients (paste) in a large saucepan over medium heat for 1-2 minutes,add lime leave, salam leave, lemongrass,and ginger, cook for another 1 minutes until fragrant.
  4. Add chicken, coconut milk, tamarind water,palm sugar and salt, cook for 20 minutes (until the chicken is tender).
  5. Put the chicken on the Pyrex plate, roast until crisp, serve with warm rice .

(My style: I didn't use coconut milk and i only use half chicken)


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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Rawon ( Javanese style of black beef soup)

As i said before I'll started to cook more traditional Indonesian food, but very slowly because i still find it hard to grind many ingredients, as well as my time, I'm busy all the time with my daughter, because she always need my attention.
I used to have this soup a lot before, it has a unique taste, because of the special ingredient called "kluwek", they have very black colour. Here is the recipe
Rawon ( Javanese style of black beef soup)
  • 250 gr diced beef
  • 1000 ml water
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 50 gr bean sprouts (from mung bean)
  • 2 spring onion, sliced
  • 2 stalk lemon grass, brushed
  • 3 lime leaves
  • 3 cm galangal,brushed


  • 4 black nuts/kluwek (you can find it in Indonesian grocery store)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 6 eschalots/small brown onion(bawang merah)
  • 1 cm turmeric
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 3 candle nut
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Stir grind ingredients (paste) in a large saucepan over medium heat for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add diced beef, stir for further 3 minutes, until change colour.
  • Add water, simmer for 30-40 minutes.
  • Serve with bean sprouts and sliced spring onion.

Source:Aneka masakan jawa (Demedia Pustaka)

Five petals Blossoms from gumpaste

I've been practicing my gum paste flower, it is really fun thing to do, i love the colours of my flowers, my friend widya gave me 1 set of the five petal blossom ejector, thanks wid...
next time I 'll add more vibrant colours. So what do you think?