Kitchen: Pumpkin Soup

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Pumpkin Soup [2016:EO]

Ingredients:

  1. 1 kg of pumpkin or squash (chop into chunks)
  2. 2 large onion (finely chopped)
  3. 3 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
  4. 1/2 chicken breast (chop into chunks)
  5. 700 ml of water
  6. 1 tsp of salt
  7. 1/4 tsp of black pepper
  8. 2 tbs of olive oil

Directions:

  1. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over the medium heat for 30 seconds
  2. Place the onion and cook it for 4 minutes until it gets soft;
  3. Add the chicken chunks and stir it together with the onion for 5 minutes until it turns white;
  4. Add the pumpkin chunks, then carry on cooking for another 5 minutes until the pumpkin get softs;
  5. Pour the water into saucepan, add the salt and pepper; stir them together and continue to cook it over medium heat for another 15 minutes until the pumpkin gets really soft;
  6. With a hand-blender, mash the pumpkin and chicken until it turns to be puree;
  7. Transfer it to a serving bowl and serve it with garlic bread.

PS:

  • you can also make large amount of it and freeze it as an ’emergency food stock. It can be frozen up to two months.
  • if you are a vegetarian, you can remove the chicken

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Kitchen: Cauliflower Spinach Pizza

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Cauliflower Spinach Pizza [2016:EO]

Ingredients:

  1. 3 head of medium size cauliflower
  2. 6 tbs of grated parmesan cheese (divide into two for the dough and toping)
  3. 1 large egg
  4. 1/2 tsp of oregano
  5. 6 cloves of garlic (finely chopped and divide into two)
  6. 60 gr of block cream cheese
  7. 1/2 cup of skim milk
  8. 1 tsp of butter
  9. 1 package of spinach

Directions:

  1. For the cauliflower based pizza dough: Cut raw the cauliflower into small pieces and place them into food processor/blender. Pulse it until the cauliflower becomes the small grain of quinoa;
  2. Pour the cauliflower grain into a microwave safe bowl and cook it for 5 minutes until the cauliflower is soft (If you do not have microwave, you can steam the cauliflower in medium high heat for 7 minutes);
  3. Place the cauliflower grain into cheese clothes/ clean thin dish towel, let it cool and dry.  As it cool,  remove the cauliflower’s water by squeezing and twisting the towel; (the dryer it gets, the better crush it will turn out);
  4. Transfer the drained cauliflower grain into a mixing bowl; add the half of the finely chopped garlic, egg, parmesan cheese as well as oregano; mix them well together;
  5. Preheat oven to 200 C. Line baking sheet with parchment paper, cover it with butter. Place the cauliflower based dough and spread it with finger in the form of circle with 1/4 cm thickness;
  6. For the cheesy spinach toping: In a frying pan, melt the butter over medium low heat and place the left finely chopped garlic for 30 seconds;
  7. Add the spinach and stir until the spinach soft for approximately 2 minutes over medium high heat;
  8. Add the cream cheese, followed by  skim milk and mix them well together over medium low heat for 5 minutes.
  9. Place the cheesy spinach on the top of the cauliflower based pizza dough, add the grated parmesan cheese. You can also sprinkle it with oregano and chile flake if you like it. Bake it for 15 minutes until the crush turns brown. You can add extra parmesan cheese and baked it for another 5 minutes.
  10. Transfer the cauliflower spinach pizza into a serving plate and serve it with chili flake.
  11. PS: do not expect that the cauliflower based pizza dough will be as crispy as the flour or wheat based dough.

Happy cooking!

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Kitchen: Scramble Spinach

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Scramble spinach with feta cheese [2016:EO]

Ingredients:

  1. 1 package of fresh spinach
  2. 2 egg white (you can add the yolk if you want)
  3. 3 tbs of feta cheese
  4. 3 garlic (finely chop)
  5. 1 tsp of butter
  6. a pinch of white pepper
  7. a pinch of salt

Direction:

  1. In a bowl, mix the egg white, garlic, white pepper and fresh spinach together; make sure that all the spinach are coated with egg;
  2. In a frying pan, melt the butter over low to medium heat for 30 seconds;
  3. Add the spinach and egg mix to the frying pan and stir the mix together over the medium heat for 4 minutes;
  4. Add the feta cheese and mix them well for another 3 minutes;
  5. Turn off the heat and transfer the scramble spinach into serving plate. You can serve it with bread or potato.

Happy cookings!

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Kitchen: Thai Basil Chicken

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Homemade Thai Basil Chicken with Yellow Pepper [2016:EO]

Ingredients:

  1. 500 gr of ground chicken
  2. 6 cloves of garlic
  3. 8 thai chilies
  4. 2 tbs of vegetable oil
  5. 1 tbs of oyster sauce
  6. 1 tbs of light soy sauce
  7. 1/2 tsp of sugar
  8. 1 tsp of salt
  9. a bunch of fresh basil
Directions:
  1. In a food processor, place garlic as well as thai chilies, process them until finely ground;
  2. In a frying pan, heat the vegetable oil over the medium high heat for 30 seconds; place the garlic and chili paste;
  3. Add the ground chicken and stir them together over medium low heat for 2 minutes;
  4. Add oyster sauce, light soy sauce, sugar, salt and basil; stir them well quickly and let it cook over medium heat for 8 minutes;
  5. Turn off the heat and transfer it to serving plate;
  6. Serve the Thai basil chicken with hot rice, over easy egg and slice of cucumber.

PS: You can also add some vegetable such as  yellow pepper, asparagus, string bean or sweet bean into the Thai basil chicken.

Happy cooking!

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Kitchen: Veggie Tom Kha Gai

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Homemade veggie tom kha gai [2016:EO]

Ingredients: 

  1. 6 cups of coconut milk (If you use can coconut, add 3 cups of water so it is not too rich)
  2. 1 boneless chicken breast (cut into small chunk)
  3. 3 cm of galangal (crushed)
  4. 3 stalks of lemon grass (crushed and chopped into 5 cm)
  5. 1 white onion (cut into thick wedges)
  6. 2 tomatoes (cut into thick wedges)
  7. 6  fresh of kaffir lime leaves (break the leaves into pieces to release the flavor)
  8. 200 gr of button mushrooms (cut into four pieces)
  9. 100 gr of sweet bean (cut into two pieces)
  10. 3 small tofu (cut into small chunk)
  11. 100 gr of pumpkin (cut into small chunk)
  12. 10 red chillies (cut them diagonally)
  13. 1/2 tsp of salt
  14. 1/4 tsp of sugar
  15. 4 tbs of lime juice
  16. a bunch of cilantro

Directions:

  1. In a small pot, place 3 cups of coconut milk, crushed galangal as well as  chopped lemon  grass and cook them over low medium heat;
  2. As the coconut milk begins to cook, place the chicken chunk and add another 3 cups of coconut milk; stir them quickly in one direction and continue to cook them over low medium heat;
  3. Add the salt, sugar, chili, onion and tomatoes and stir them quickly in one direction and let them cook for 1 minute;
  4. Add the chopped tofu, mushroom as well as pumpkin, and let it cook for 10 minutes but make sure that it is not fully boil, hence the coconut milk will not be overcooked; add the sweet bean and cook it for 1 minute that way the sweet bean stay green;
  5. Turn the heat down, add the lime juice and also a bunch of cilantro; stir them quickly;
  6. Transfer the veggie tom kha gai into serving bowl and serve it with white/red rice  while it is still hot.

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Kitchen: Minahasan Spicy Tuna

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Homemade Minahasan Tuna Fufu (Spicy Tuna)

Ingredients 

  1. 2 tbs vegetable oil
  2. 1 tin of tuna in water
  3. 2 stalks of lemon grass (crushed)
  4. 2 tbs of lime juice
  5. a bunch of fresh basil leaves
  6. 6 fresh kaffir lime leaves (finely chopped)
  7. 2 cm of galangal (crushed)
  8. 3 cm of ginger (crushed)
  9. 1 tsp of grilled shrimp paste
  10. 10 red chilli
  11. 5 cayenne pepper
  12. 1 tsp of salt
  13. 1/2 tsp of sugar
  14. 8 of shallots

Directions 

  1. Open the tin tuna, drain and pat it dry;
  2. Seasoning paste: In a food processor, add grilled shrimp paste, red chili, cayenne pepper, salt, sugar and shallots; process them until finely ground;
  3. In a frying pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat, add the seasoning paste, crushed galangal, crushed ginger as well as lemon grass. Let it cook it  2 minutes;
  4. Add the tuna and mix it well with the seasoning paste for 5 minutes;
  5. Add chopped fresh kaffir lime leaves and fresh basil, stir them well together and let it cook  for 15 minutes;
  6. Transfer the tuna fufu into a serving dish and serve it with hot rice and stir-fried papaya leaves or papaya flowers.
  7. The tuna fufu can also be served while it is cold.

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Kitchen: Ayam Betutu Gilimanuk

Ayam Betutu Gilimanuk [2016:EO]

Ayam Betutu Gilimanuk [2016:EO]

One of my favorite chicken dish is Ayam Betutu Gilimanuk, it is a Balinese spiced roasted chicken which is served with boiled spinach water (kangkung), fried peanuts, Balinese raw chili (sambal matah) and plain white rice. I must say that I had it quite regularly when I lived in Jakarta because it is very tasty and filling. When I lived in Jakarta, I normally went to Ayam Betutu Gilimanuk in Jalan Wolter Mongisidi, Kebayoran Baru which was close to both my office as well as my home. I never tried to make one at home. However, since I got pregnant and have been craving for various Indonesian cuisines including Ayam Betutu Gilimanuk, I decided to give a shot and the result is pretty good. It is very easy but it takes sometimes.

Ingredients 

  1. 1  whole chicken
  2. 2  stems of lemon grass (crush)
  3. 2  bay leaves
  4. 1 large banana leaves to wrap the chicken
  5. aluminium foil
  6. 80 ml of vegetable oil
  7. 15 chili
  8. 4 cm of fresh ginger
  9. 4 cm of fresh turmeric (roasted)
  10. 4 cm of fresh galangal
  11. 2 stems of lemon grass (chopped)
  12. 10 shallots
  13. 6 garlic
  14. 4 candlenut
  15. 1 tsp of coriander seed
  16. 4 kaffir lime leaves
  17. 1/2 tsp black-pepper
  18. 2 tsp salt

Ingredients for Sambal Matah 

  1. 2  garlic (finely chopped)
  2. 8 shallot (finely chopped)
  3. 1/2 tsp of dried shrimp paste (quickly grilled)
  4. 10 red chilli (finely chopped)
  5. 2 stems of lemon grass (finely chopped)
  6. 2 kaffir lime leaves (finely chopped)
  7. 1/2 tbs sugar
  8. 1/2 tsp salt
  9. 1 tbs lemon juice
  10. 3 tbs coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Wash the chicken, pat it dry and place it aside;
  2. Seasoning paste: In food processor, process chili, ginger, turmeric, galangal, lemon grass, shallot, garlic, candlenut, coriander seed, kaffir lime leaves, blackener and salt until finely ground;
  3. In frying pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat, add the seasoning paste and cook it for 4 minutes;
  4. Over banana leaves, place the chicken and spread the cooked seasoning paste evenly over the chicken, including inside the chicken;
  5. Wrap in banana leaves and wrap it again in aluminum foil;
  6. Steam the chicken over medium-high heat for 2 hours;
  7. After being steamed, roast the chicken at 185 C for 2 hours.
  8. Sambal Matah: place all sambal matah ingredients into a small bowl and mix it together; heat the coconut oil over medium heat for 3 minutes; pour the heated coconut oil into the mixed ingredients and stir it all the ingredients well.
  9. Serve Ayam Betutu Gilimanuk with plain rice, sambal matah, fried peanuts and boiled spinach water.

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Kitchen: Soto Ayam

Soto Ayam [2016:EO]

Soto Ayam [2016:EO]

Soto is one of Indonesian version of soup with spiced chicken or beef broth. It is normally served with hard boiled egg, rice, thin vermicelli noodle, fried shallot, chopped celery leaves, lime and sambal. There are many version of Indonesian soto, it depends on the place of origin. The differences normally can be seen through the type of broth, coconut milk broth or clear broth, as well as the type of meat which can be chicken, beef as well as offal.

I believe that there are more than 10 type of Indonesian soto. Those are including Soto Betawi with beef and coconut milk based broth, Soto Lamongan, Soto Kudus, Soto Mie Bogor, Soto Sulung Surabaya and also Soto Banjar. And today, I would like to share the recipe of Soto Ayam Yogya.

Ingredients: 

  1. 2 stalks of fresh lemon grass – crush
  2. 6 pieces of kefir lime leaves
  3. 3 pieces of bay leaves
  4. 5 pieces of candlenut (kemiri)
  5. 5 pieces of garlic
  6. 6 pieces of shallot
  7. 5 cm of turmeric
  8. 5 cm of  ginger (crush)
  9. 5 cm of galangal (crush)
  10. 1 tsp of  ground black pepper
  11. 1 tsp of coriander seeds
  12. 2 tbs of salt
  13. 1 tbs of sugar
  14. 1 chicken breast with bone
  15. 1 thin vermicelli noodle
  16. 1 cup of chopped celery celery
  17. 1.5 L of water
  18. 3 pieces of hard boiled egg
  19. 2 cup of bean sprout
  20. 2 cup of chopped white cabbage
  21. 1 lime  (slice it)
  22. 2 tomato (slice it)
  23. Chopped chilli

Soto's spices and herbs [2016:EO]

Soto’s spices and herbs [2016:EO]

Steps

  1. Place chicken in a saucepan. Add water, lemon grass, kefir lime leave, bay leaves, galangal and coriander seed.  Boil the chicken over medium-high heat. Reduce to medium-low heat. Cover and simmer it for 15 minutes;
  2. Place turmeric, ginger, shallot, garlic and candle nut into food processor and pulse them into thick paste;
  3. Add spiced paste, salt, sugar and ground black pepper into the boiled chicken and continue to boil it for 20 minutes. Remove the chicken and shred it;
  4. Steam the bean sprout and white cabbage;
  5. Soak the vermicelli noodle into hot water for 5 minutes. Drain and pat it dry

How Serve Soto Ayam

  1. Place vermicelli noodle into a bowl. Add shredded chicken, bean sprout, white cabbage and slice tomato;
  2. Add filtered spiced chicken broth into the bowl;
  3. Add sliced hard boiled egg, chopped celery and fried shallot as topping;
  4. Serve it with chopped chili and lime.

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