Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2011

Chocolate Chip Muffin

If you are a beginner in baking, I think one thing that you should learn first is how to bake muffin. It contains no difficult technique, just mix and bake πŸ™‚ This one is a variation I made from Blueberry Muffin

Chocolate Muffin

Makes 1 dozen muffins

1. Start the batter

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350 degree F. Lightly oil (or spray with cooking spray) the top of a standard 12-cup muffin tins (cup should be 2 3/4 inches across and about 1 inch deep) and line with paper or foil baking cups

1 pound (3 1/2 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1 1/3 cup granulated sugar
5 ounces (10 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 cup whole milk, at room temperature
1 cup creme fraiche or sour cream, at room temperature (I used sour cream while other time I used yoghurt and it worked beautifully)
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 large egg yolk, at room temperature

In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; mix well. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, butter, milk, creme fraiche or sour cream, eggs, and egg yolk until well combined.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and fold gently with a rubber spatula just until the dry ingredients are mostly moistened (the batter will be lumpy)β€”there should still be quite a few streaks of dry flour.

2. Add your choice of flavorings, fruits, chocolate, and nuts (in my case chopped milk chocolate, do visit her blog to see other possibilities).

3. Fill the tin and bake the muffins
Use an ice cream scoop if you have one with a β€œsweeper” in it; otherwise, use two spoons to spoon the batter into the muffin cups, distributing all of the batter evenly. The batter should mound higher than the rim of the cups by about 3/4 inch. Bake until the muffins are golden brown and spring back lightly when you press the middle, 30 to 35 minutes. (The muffin tops will probably meld together.) Let the tin coll on a rack for 15 to 20 minutes.

Source: Eliza Adam

Selamat Hari Raya Idul Fitri 1431H

From top left to bottom right; Nastar (Pineapple Tart), Putri Salju (Snow White Cookies), Pizza Cheese Button, Cornflake Cookies. (Recipe will follow soon)

Meet My Friends

Upon my visit back home to Indonesia in the midst of sadness after losing my father I did meet friends. Some of those friends were my fellow Indonesian food blogger whom I never even met before. In Surabaya I met mbak Rachmah, mbak Lia, mbak Tjita, Ces , May and Deetha. Deetha was actully living in Semarang, but she came especially to Surabaya to meet me, ohh how sweet. I also accidentally met Widya, Bu Fat and Riana in Surabaya while I was browsing in a baking supply shop and they were giving baking lesson at the very shop. Then in Jakarta I met Yulia (complete with Kintan and Kinar), Yuli, mbak Ienas, mbak Vania (complete with Patrick and Patricia). Back to Bali I also met the very founder of KBB mbak Arfi (complete with the whole family), then I also briefly met Angel (the lapis legit was really good tapi huaa poto kitaΒ  nggak sengaja ke delete di harddisk). Though we never met but it was like we have known for years, maybe that’s because we shared the same passion and though we never seen each other face to face but we did interact online whether it’s through our blog, chat or facebook. Oh not forgetting that there was also Haley from Solo whom I didn’t meet because obviously I didn’t go to Solo but she sent me a package of traditional krupuk from her city, terimakasih ya jeng.

Now all their faces are not just merelyΒ  pretty food pictures they have taken or the beautifully written blog post they have written but they were real person I met in real world. I was honored to have met them in person all the talented Indonesian homemaker, baker, food photographer. I was also touched by all the gestures that my fellow food blogger have made, the effort to spare their time to accompany me, hopefully we would meet again some other time. Who knows it could be in Jakarta, Surabaya, Bali or even in Holland. ^_^

Photo Courtesy of Rachmah Setyawati

@Surabaya With Mbak Rachmah, Deetha and Ces.

@Jakarta With Mbak Ienas, Yuli, Mbak Vania, Yulia and Baby Kinar.

@Bali With Ben, Mbak Arfi, Sarah and Mbak Lenny Pande.

@Surabaya With Tasya, Mae, Ces, My Aunt and who’s that guy on the right πŸ˜‰

@Surabaya Mbak Rachmah, Mbak Lia, Mbak Tjita

@Surabaya With Riana and Bu Fat.

@Surabaya With Bu Fat and Widya

Me and Eni's Birthday Brunch

Some photos and recipes from my and also my friend Eni birthday brunch.


Whitty the cat guarding (or rather eyeing πŸ˜› ) the food. There were some food that I cooked for the brunch. The day before I made the chicken feet and the chicken topping for the mie ayam (chicken noodle). Then me, Iin and Frisda made the cakes, fruit punch, fried wantan, sambal, boiled quail eggs, pickle etc. On the day Eni brought lumpia (spring roll) and Thata brought steamed brownies (I’m sorry Tha I forgot to take picture of your yummy moist brownies…mau lagi donk buat dipoto πŸ˜€ )


Some of the party goers πŸ˜› from l to r; Eni, Olivia, Hesti, Thata, Iin, Frisda and me sitting on the floor. Ohya ini sekalian kopdar ama Thata…and she immediately got new nickname πŸ˜› “mbak 18thn” because she looked boy oh so young despite her real 2* (censored) age. πŸ˜›

Mie Ayam.JPG

For this mie ayam (chicken noodle) recipe just follow here.


For this pangsit goreng (fried wantan) recipe just follow here.


This one is from Eni and here is her recipe

Lumpia Ayam Bihun Sayuran (Vegetable Rice Vermicelli Chicken Spring Roll)

– Mini lumpia skin
– 1/2 package of mixed vegetable (spring onion, white cabbage, carrot, bean sprout)
– 100 gr rice vermicelli soaked in hot water
– 350 gr chicken breast minced
– 1/2 tbs coriander powder
– 3 garlic mashed
– 1 tbs oyster sauce
– 1 tbs gember siroop (you can use 2cm ginger bruised)
– Salt
– Pepper
– 1 white egg
– Oil for deep frying

– Heat oil in a pan, add garlic and stir until fragrant.
– Add minced chicken, stir until turns color.
– Add mixed vegetable and stir until vegetable is wilted.
– Add coriander, oyster sauce, gember siroop (ginger), salt and pepper.
– Heat through until all ingredients are cooked, turn off fire.
– Assemble the lumpia and use the egg white to seal the lumpia.
– Deep fry in hot oil until golden brown.
– Serve with lumpia sauce.

Source: Eni


Ceker Ayam Kecap (Chicken Feet in Sweet Soy Sauce)

The dish that we Indonesian said hurray…..and the Dutch said eeeew…How different culture also have different appreciation on food πŸ˜€

The method and recipe is basically the same with the mie ayam topping but first I deep fry the chicken feet until golden brown then soak them in cold ice water for overnight so they were nice and plump. Furthermore I added mushroom soy sauce.


This is again Yongki Sponge Cake πŸ™‚ my favorite, but this time is one recipe. I ordered the edible print in Cake Print. Then with the help of Iin with rolling the fondant voila….a cake πŸ™‚


Finally I got the chance to try the famous TCCC (Triple Choco Caramel Cake) by Teh Uceu. But I couldn’t make it as pretty as hers…and somehow my cake was a bit dense like brownies. Is it suppose to be like that? But the taste was so good….I can still remember the chocolatey caramelly taste…oh forgive my weird vocabulary.

TCCC (Triple Choco Caramel Cake)


– 10 eggs
– 150gr sugar (I used 80gr)
– 1 tbs emulsifier (tbm)
– 140 gr flour
– 60 gr cocoa powder
– 75 gr dark cooking chocolate (DCC), chopped
– 100 gr butter

– Melt butter in a double boiler (or microwave), add DCC, mix well, set aside.
– Whisk eggs with sugar until half fluffy, add emulsifier and continue whisking until white and fluffy.
– Carefully add flour into the batter.
– Add the melted butter and DCC, mix well.
– Brush square or round baking pan with butter and sprinkle flour evenly.
– Pour batter in the baking pan and bake in a preheated oven of 170C until done.

Chocolate Ganache
– 500 ml fresh cream
– 500 g dark cooking chocolate (DCC), coarsely chopped
– 75 g butter

– Heat fresh cream in a pan with low fire but do not let it to boil.
– Add DCC and butter, mix well.
– Put in the fridge for couple of hours until ready to be used.

Caramel syrup
– 100 gr sugar
– 50 ml water (1)
– 100 ml water (2)

– Cook sugar with water (1) in a low fire until it turns into caramel.
– Add water (2) into the caramel mixture, continue cooking until caramel has melted and well mixed. Set aside.

– Canned or fresh fruit; kiwi, mandarin, strawberry etc.
– Clear jelly mixture to brush on top of the fruit.

– Sliced cake into two equal parts.
– Brush caramel syrup onto the surface of the cake.
– Spread some chocolate ganache on the centre surface (about 1 cm thickness), top with the other part of the cake.
– Spread the rest of the chocolate ganache evenly on the surface of the cake.
– Decorate as your desire with the fruits.

Source: Teh Uceu


Then after making sponge cake you would get lots of egg whites…it’s time to make this one πŸ™‚ made only from egg whites.

Kue Zebra Pandan Kukus (Steamed Zebra Pandan Cake)


– 260 gr egg whites
– 1/4 tsp salt
– 1.5 tsp emulsifier (tbm)
– 50 ml water
– 125 gr sugar (I used 95gr)
– 125 gr cake flour
– 15 gr powdered milk
– 1/2 tsp baking powder
– 30 gr melted butter
– 1 tbs condensed milk
– 1/4 tsp vanilla essence
– 1/2 tsp pandan paste

– Whisk egg whites, salt, emulsifier and water until half fluffy.
– Add sugar bit by bit while whisking until white and fluffy.
– Add flour, powdered milk and baking powder.
– Add melted butter, condensed milk, vanilla escence .
– Take 1/2 batter and add pandan paste, mix well.
– In one spot pour the batter alternately in a baking pan (I used 7 muffin mould).
– Steam in a preheated steamer for 15 minutes until done.


– To yield a pretty zebra pattern, do pour the batter consistenly in one same spot.

Source: Book of Variasi Kue Lapis Sederhana Sampai yang Rumit – Sedap through Deetha.


And for the last one inspired from Deetha πŸ™‚ it was real good, refreshing, highly recomended.

Fruit Punch

– 1 can rambutan
– 1 can jack fruit
– 1 can young coconut
– 2 kiwis cut
– 1 box strawberry cut
– 2 cans mandarine
– 1 mango cut
– 1 tsp selasih seed, soak in hot water until it’s fluffy
– 1.5 litre of white soda
– 1 litre of fresh orange juice
– Ice cube

– Mix everything in a big bowl.

Tips: you can use all kinds of seasonal fruits.

Inspired by: Deetha

Autumn is Here

It’s October….I bet some of you who lives in Europe like me are already feeling down nowadays what with the colder weather or the falling leaves. But see also the bright side, you could cuddle cosily on the couch with a bowl of nice tomato soup or hot tea and a speculas cookie πŸ™‚ This post is also for Dita HFP#4. I love her idea for creating this kind of event, it makes us practice more and be better in home food photography. This time she chosen concept as the theme. At first I was like eh…what concept??? Then I thought hmm why not autumn… so here it is.

Now let’s see what I have here. To me they are all scream autumn because they only appear in autumn. The mini pumpkin (but no you can’t eat those mini pumpkin, they are only for accessories), the falling leaves, the tomato soup with garlic bread, hot tea with speculas cookie (it’s soft cookie filled with marzipan). No recipe I can share here as the tomato soup is from a package that I got for free sample at the train station..hehehe. I just added champignon mushroom, potatoes and some black pepper and peterseli.

Also it was sort of dark already outside when I shot this picture so yeah I got the ambience that I wanted…gloomy autumn πŸ˜›

Happy autumn πŸ™‚

Buber (Buka Puasa Bersama) @Sarah and Marcel’s

The food spread; Udang Goreng Kecap, Tumis Buncis Tempe, Telor Balado, Ayam Goreng, Sop Buntut, Bakwan Jagung Udang, Es Teler and from me were; Martabak Telor, Mangut Ikan Asap and Bubur Sumsum.

My plate there πŸ™‚ ini cuma ronde pertama yang dipoto, ronde kedua ngga…malu ah πŸ˜‰

Some of the guys alias para kumpeni…hehehe peace peace

Sebagian para cewek-cewek.

Agustusan at the Indonesian Embassy

Some of the visitors :p yang ikut ngeramein acara.
Mpek Mpek Palembang 6 euro..aih aih mahal amat udah gitu rasanya standar pula…Eh ditambah yang jualan kayak ngga niat gitu…udah panggil2 itu ibu2 berkebaya…ngga digubris…gerakannya lambat meliuk kayak putri solo (apa karena efek berkebaya ya?) setelah capek teriak2 selama 30 menit baru ada mbak lain yang ngelayani…nah yang ini baru cepet…n dapet 4 porsi mpek2 terakhir.
Sate ayamnya 5 euro tapi ngga tau rasanya enak apa ngga soalnya bukan aku yang makan :p
Nah hiburannya yang paling keren tuh Dorce. Bener2 penghibur sejati deh. Kita dibuat menangis, ketawa ngakak…Nyanyi2 lagu nasional, dangdut (kikiki baru disini kita2 pada suka dangdut), ada games juga. En disyut ama trans tv..kapan tayangnya ya??

Ini keramean di depan panggung utama pas Dorce manggung. Habis Dorce bubar…hujan deres banget..ya sudah semua penonton bubar jalan juga…

Italian Findings

I love these…ready made cake and bread. Easy for breakfast on the go. And they had many different variations in Italy.

I bought these in a sort of foo boutique, Peckish. They were pricey I remember. But I couldn’t resist myself.

Automatic machine for pasta. So picture this, you are hungry but you don’t have enough money to eat at the restaurant or enough time. You head to this machine. Put 5 euro in…wait for some minutes….tada tada…hot pasta is ready.

First time I’ve seen olives when they are still raw..of course I try to taste it..blah…it was not nice..a bit bitter…

In the back l to r; A revolutionary invention from ferrero… biscuit with nuttela chocolate spread as dipping and es thee (that’s what they call ice tea), cantuccini or Italian biscotti, Italian spirit we bought as a gift for Peter’s father and of course Italian olive oil. In the front are also something I never seen anywhere else. It’s sort of ice cream, all you have to do is freeze it in the freezer and voila ice cream. Haven’t taste them will follow soon.

Found hundreds kind of pasta and of course couldn’t buy them all!!! Here are some that I bought; Winnie the pooh pasta, Scooby doo pasta, Rice pasta, P***s pasta πŸ˜‰ also there were really really tiny winy star shape pasta, carburator pasta, wheel pasta and Famous Italian Building’s pasta.

Non food related finding were some magnets of course, some Murano glass work; earrings, pendant and glass candies, a set of necklace and earrings as a gift for Peter’s mother.

Italian Dinner

Came back from Italy with lots of kind of pasta, so Italian dinner party is a must! Invited Peter’s parents and there were also some friends (Eni and Hesti) at home this weekend because we wanted to celebrate Agustusan together at the Indonesian Embassy.

The menu were:
Appetizer; tapenade of sweet chili pepper filled with cream cheese, pesto tapenade and black and green olives. Those were eaten with sort of Italian biscuit with olive oil taste…heerlijk. Sorry no photos of these…they were too nice we forgot to take pictures lol.
Main Course; Pasta Bolognese, Salad ala Caprese, Green Salad and Ciabatta Bread
Dessert; Eggless Tiramisu

The table with pasta and the bolognese sauce.

The Eggless Tiramisu…..the best tiramisu ever!!!! If you are wondering about the roses in the pink water. It’s easy to make yet looks so pretty. Cut the stem of the rose. Colored the water with some food coloring and put the rose in.