RICE PILAF WITH CARAMELIZED ONION
I got hooked with caramelized onion lately. Well, I’ve always enjoyed caramelized onion but recently, I’m not sure what it is, I’m craving for certain things (not pregnant! ha!) and this is one of them and trying to sneak it into certain dish and it complements this fluffy rice pilaf […]

RICE PILAF WITH CARAMELIZED ONION


JERK CHICKEN WITH PINEAPPLE SALSA
I heard of Jerk chicken so often but I’ve never actually had one before. Jerk is a method of cooking from Jamaica. The meats are usually rubbed with spices mixture (usually hot). The spices can be dry rub or wet kind. The meat is then traditionally roasted over charcoal grill. […]

JERK CHICKEN WITH PINEAPPLE SALSA


REFRIGERATED RAW OATMEAL
I love having oatmeal in the morning. It’s comforting and it’s healthy. And now that I’m still nursing the baby, it’s good for milk supply too (Well, I won’t count on just oatmeal to boost supply, but it sure helps in that department). I like the old-fashioned (or known as […]

REFRIGERATED RAW OATMEAL



ALMOND MEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
Every now and then (or more than every now and then actually), I can make use of good chocolate chip cookies. When the kids are taking naps and I quietly slip into the kitchen and have a munch or two of these and seriously…the best thing ever! I love traditional […]

ALMOND MEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES


PANKO-CRUSTED TOMATILLOS
I was always curious about these green-looking tomatoes or known as tomatillo in Spanish. Never had it before (at least not that I’m aware of) until these past 2 years probably. I never seen green tomatoes. My mom said she had never seen one before too until she came here. […]

PANKO-CRUSTED TOMATILLOS


GRILLED STEAK WITH TOSSED NOODLE
I’ve mentioned over and over before how much I liked the taste combination of sweet, spicy, sour, and salty in one dish. It’s like a party for the taste buds. I also have soft spots for medium rare grilled steak 😉 It’s kinda funny because I never grew up eating […]

GRILLED STEAK WITH TOSSED NOODLE



CRAZY MAMA BLUEBERRY AND CHOCOLATE MUFFINS
That name is as cheesy as it can get, isn’t it ? lol. It is somewhat crazy because they were made with breast milk. I know..I know…! You are rolling your eyes or your jaw perhaps just dropped or just… What ?? breastmilk ? I thought only baby drank breastmilk. […]

CRAZY MAMA BLUEBERRY AND CHOCOLATE MUFFINS


PINEAPPLE UPSIDE-DOWN CAKE
I have absolute weakness for pineapple upside-down cake. Seriously. I love..love… this cake. And I got butterfly in my stomach when I was making it. Sounds crazy, but I was excited and was even more excited when I sliced that first slice to take photo and then quickly set the […]

PINEAPPLE UPSIDE-DOWN CAKE


CHICKEN TARKARI
I love curries. Pretty much any kind of curries. There are lots of varieties out there around the world. The kind of curry I grew up eating usually rich in taste, red in color, fragrant thanks to the all the different spices and often made with coconut milk. I love […]

CHICKEN TARKARI



BLACK BEAN CHEESEBURGERS WITH GREEN CHILE
I was craving for a burger few weeks ago for whatever reason (no, not pregnant…again! Not funny I know), but I sure kept thinking about it. If you ever browsed through the recipes on this blog, I can tell you that I don’t have many recipes for burgers. Not because […]

BLACK BEAN CHEESEBURGERS WITH GREEN CHILE


OMELETTE SALAD
We love eggs! We start our morning with eggs. And I’m glad the two kiddos like eggs too. It’s just so easy to feed the family with eggs. They are cheap and nutritious. I often feel handicapped without eggs in the refrigerator. Days when I don’t want to deal with […]

OMELETTE SALAD


SAFFRON SCONES
After making the sour cream scones a while back, I decided to use up the saffron I had in the pantry. Hearing all the things about how divine this expensive spice was, I got some and indeed…it is heavenly fragrant (at least to me) and I’ve loved it ever since. […]

SAFFRON SCONES



PANDAN-WRAPPED CHICKEN
Pandan or known as screwpine leaves in English, is truly one of my favorite leaves to cook with. The smell of fresh pandan leaves are simply amazing. It’s hard to describe. My dad used to place a bunch of fresh pandan leaves at the back of the car as an […]

PANDAN-WRAPPED CHICKEN


ZUCCHINI WITH QUINOA AND PEANUTS PANCAKE
Another reason why I love summer! Zucchini. It’s abundance and I love zucchini period. I’ve tried to incorporate zucchini into many dishes I can think of. This pancake, is really very yummy and it’s a complete meal on its own. Packed with nutrients and if you never tried quinoa before, […]

ZUCCHINI WITH QUINOA AND PEANUTS PANCAKE


WHOLE WHEAT OATMEAL BLUEBERRIES CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS
I’d been itching to bake and going through the pantry, thank Goodness I had all the things I needed to make these muffins happened. One of the best things about summer is…BERRIES !! lots of berries are in season. What could be better than a whole wheat, oatmeal, blueberries (all […]

WHOLE WHEAT OATMEAL BLUEBERRIES CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS



SPICY FISH STEW
Fish is one of my favorite ingredients to cook with (Yes, I’ve said it thousands of times at least). Fish cooks quickly and when made into a stew like this, it feeds the whole family. My only concern about buying fish lately is where the fish comes from. I tried […]

SPICY FISH STEW


GRILLED PORK SALAD
If you have your grill our there this summer (A grill pan will work too, not the best, but will work), well, give this one a try. This delicious grilled pork salad is one of my favorite. The tender juicy pork paired with the fragrant lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves […]

GRILLED PORK SALAD


CRAB CAKES WITH CREAMY RANCH
Nothing screams my name louder than a thick scrumptious crab cakes. Seriously. It’s written all over my face that I love this thing. When I saw one on the menu, I always ordered one. It only makes sense if at least I tried to make crab cakes once in my […]

CRAB CAKES WITH CREAMY RANCH



BULGOGI AND KIMCHI QUESADILLA
Honestly, this was made without much planning and I happened to have all the ingredients on hand and voila…. bulgogi and kimchi quesadilla. A while ago I made some seasoned sliced beef or known as bulgogi in Korean. Bulgogi is highly popular Korean beef dish. I was craving for something […]

BULGOGI AND KIMCHI QUESADILLA


OSYTER TEMPURA
We’re a family of seafood lover (minus the kids….at least for now!)..okay, so just me and hubby pretty much. I love tempura. This Japanese-style deep fried dishes (usually seafood and vegetables) has made its way into my favorite list and it’s not going anywhere. I enjoy the lightness and crispiness […]

OSYTER TEMPURA


SZECHUAN BANG BANG CHICKEN WITH NOODLE SALAD
When I saw “Bang Bang Chicken” on the menu for the first time at a Szechuan restaurant a while ago, I knew I had to have it. I’ve never had authentic Szechuan bang bang chicken before. This popular Chinese street food, gets its name from a heavy baton that is […]

SZECHUAN BANG BANG CHICKEN WITH NOODLE SALAD



TEMPEH CAKE / PERKEDEL TEMPEH
When I made something with tempeh, you know I’ve been to the whole food store (I’m not paid to say this). I don’t have the luxury of browsing through the aisles and looking at some of the new products that are out there anymore like I used to, but that’s […]

TEMPEH CAKE / PERKEDEL TEMPEH


PARSNIP PANCAKES
I have a serious weakness when it comes to carbohydrates. I can go meatless for few days without any problem, but can’t take away my bread, noodles, potatoes, or any root veggies or tubers. I can’t live without carbs alright! A good friend of mine showed me a picture of […]

PARSNIP PANCAKES


Zucchini and Blueberry whole wheat bread
The smell of a baking bread is the best perfume to my nose. Seriously!! I love the smell of baking bread. It just makes me happy. I love bread. I think this part is inherited from my dad. Zucchini and blueberry are in the season so this is just perfect […]

ZUCCHINI AND BLUEBERRY WHOLE WHEAT BREAD



ROASTED EGGPLANTS WITH BASIL
Eggplant is one of my favorite vegetables. Though, I have to admit that I haven’t been cooking it for a while. In Indonesia kitchen, eggplant is usually stir-fried with sambal/spicy chili sauce. The preparation is not very waist-friendly however. The eggplant is usually deep-fried before stir-frying. Oven is not a […]

ROASTED EGGPLANTS WITH BASIL


CHICKEN AND ALMOND STEW
Making a one-pot stew is my favorite thing now. It’s easy and it feeds the whole family. Chicken and almond stew is one of my favorite stews. Hearty and nutty. All the good stuff like kale and almond butter. The almond butter makes the stew tastes creamy and rich. This […]

CHICKEN AND ALMOND STEW


TARO PUFF / WOO KOK
Taro puff or known as woo kok in Cantonese language is one of my very favorite dim sum items to order whenever we go for a dim sum. I’ve always had soft spots for taro to begin with (or anything with high carbs lol). Making your own taro puff wasn’t […]

TARO PUFF / WOO KOK



CHICKEN NACHO SOUP
I think for 35 years of my life so far, I’ve only eaten nacho like maybe….once ? ha.ha..! I’m not a big fan of nacho itself, which is pretty much tortilla chips topped with melted cheese and jalapeno peppers. Some goes to the extend of adding some sort of meat […]

CHICKEN NACHO SOUP


SOUR CREAM SCONES
I’ve said it many many times that baking is definitely not my forte. However, bakery and pastry are my favorite things to eat The smell of the baking bread can make me very happy. This may sound a bit funny, but making scones had been one of my to-do things […]

SOUR CREAM SCONES


TAHU DAN TEMPEH BACEM / SPICED TOFU AND TEMPEH 5
The first time I learned of Tahu and Tempeh Bacem or loosely translated as spiced tofu and tempeh, was when I lived in Jakarta. Almost every day I had these for dinner. I’m a tofu and tempeh maniac to begin with. The tofu and tempeh are twiced-cooked. First, they are […]

TAHU DAN TEMPEH BACEM / SPICED TOFU AND TEMPEH



STIR-FRIED MEE TAI MAK / BEE TAI MAK 2
Mee Tai Mak / Bee Tai Mak is noodle made of rice flour. It is very similar to other type of noodle such as Flat Rice Noodles (Kwey Tiau) with an exception that mee thye mak are round, short and a little chewy (in a good way). Mee thye mak […]

STIR-FRIED MEE TAI MAK / BEE TAI MAK


DRIED ANCHOVIES WITH PEANUTS AND CHILI / SAMBAL IKAN TERI
Dried anchovies or knowns as Ikan teri in Indonesian language, play a big part in Indonesian kitchen and I believe other South East Asia countries like Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. More about dried anchovies can be read when I posted the dried anchovies powder recipe. The most common dish made […]

DRIED ANCHOVIES WITH PEANUTS AND CHILI / SAMBAL IKAN TERI


ALMOND-CRUSTED PAN-FRIED CHICKEN
Almond butter has kinda replaced peanut butter at our pantry. Ever since we discovered it at Costco several years ago. It’s healthier and my girl actually likes almond butter. We like it on our toasts. And now..on our chicken 😉 This almond-crusted pan-fried chicken is delicious and I love the […]

ALMOND-CRUSTED PAN-FRIED CHICKEN



PAN-FRIED FISH WITH SHALLOTS AND DILL
I am a little bit obsessed with dill lately ha! It’s funny that I never grew up having this herb before in our food. It’s not a common herb in Southeast Asian kitchen if I may say so. I learned of this herb while experimenting with some European and South […]

PAN-FRIED FISH WITH SWEET ONION AND DILL


BUTTERMILK ROASTED CHICKEN WITH CREAMY SAUCE
My daughter loves chicken drumstick. I think it’s the fact that she can easily hold on to the “stick” and eat it makes it appealing to her when she was young. Now that she is much older (almost 3 1/2) and gotten lazy, she prefers that someone already have the […]

BUTTERMILK ROASTED CHICKEN WITH CREAMY SAUCE


FISH GOUJON WITH DILL MAYONNAISE
Goujon is a fancy French word for strips of fish or sometimes chicken being breaded and fried. I personally love fish dishes. I remember how my parents always make sure there were plenty of fish stocked up in the fridge when they know I would be home visiting Steam it, […]

FISH GOUJON WITH DILL MAYONNAISE



SWEDISH MEATBALLS WITH SWEET POTATO MASH
Swedish meatballs was one of the thing we often ordered when we went to IKEA. It’s yummy and they always have it on a special and you can see almost every diner at IKEA ordered Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes. When I saw the Swedish meatballs recipe on Jamie Oliver’s […]

SWEDISH MEATBALLS WITH SWEET POTATO MASH


SHRIMP AND MANGO RED CURRY 2
I have to admit that I’m still in a “survival” mode. Meaning, I’m trying to survive motherhood with our 4 1/2-month old baby (as I’m typing this entry) and a 3-year old daughter. Fun ? yes. Exhausting ? yes. Hungry ? double yes!! I feel like I’m hungry all the […]

SHRIMP AND MANGO RED CURRY


BUN RIEU / CRAB MEAT NOODLE SOUP
I like to cook with seafood because not only they usually don’t require much of your time, they are also delicious. This crab meat noodle soup has home-cooking written all over it. I tried it once and so inspired to make it. The crab meat mixed with the beaten eggs […]

BUN RIEU / CRAB MEAT NOODLE SOUP



SUPER QUICK QUESADILLAS
Time is not on my side lately and I guess you can tell because I haven’t been able to post much recipes. Things have been a little crazy but I know all these craziness will settle down a little bit and I will soon be able to experiment with more […]

SUPER QUICK QUESADILLAS


RUSTIC CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP
I had tried several chicken tortilla soup and while they tasted pretty good, I thought something was kinda missing. Then I saw another tortilla soup recipe from Jamie’s America cookbook and I simply couldn’t pass on this one and went ahead and gave it a try. The verdict: SPECTACULAR! I […]

RUSTIC CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP


MOROCCAN CHICKEN SOUP WITH COUSCOUS
After becoming a Monday-to-Friday-and-occasionally-weekend-cook for the past 4 years, I’m getting more and more “relaxed” when it comes to cooking. Honestly speaking, I’m not a kind that like to follow recipes to the tee. That’s probably why I don’t bake much because you can’t do that with baking 😉 I […]

MOROCCAN CHICKEN SOUP WITH COUSCOUS



TEMPEH STEW / GULAI TEMPEH
If you have never heard of tempeh before, well, perhaps you should check it out. This nutritious food is one of my favorites. I talked more about tempeh here. It’s an excellent source of non-animal based protein. If you are wondering where to find tempeh here in the U.S., check […]

TEMPEH STEW / GULAI TEMPEH


SZECHUAN HOT POT FOR ASIAN NEW YEAR EVE 3
Chinese New Year falls on January 31,2014 this year. When I still lived in Singapore, this is the time of the year that I looked forward to the most. I usually booked my airplane ticket to go back home during this time 3-4 months before the new year. It’s the […]

HOT POT FOR CHINESE NEW YEAR EVE


LION'S HEAD MEATBALLS
The Chinese often has unique way in naming the dishes. Lion’s head meatballs is one of the example. The shape of the meatballs resemble the head of the lion. There are lots of varieties out there for lion’s head meatballs recipes. You will see some were cooked with napa cabbage […]

LION’S HEAD MEATBALLS