♥♥ When two Cultures mixed (。◕‿◕。) Anything in my Page are only simple thing, but I did it with great love.

How to Decorate Anniversary Cake

All are edible except those toothpick :)

Maybe this is my last post in 2014 and also 1st post on 2015. Because İ was planning to post this lemon cake decoration for #YKMK challenge #8 for their 1st anniversary.
As İ mentioned in my previous post about this YKMK (Your Kitchen My Kitchen) is a Foodie community based in İndonesian language. 

And this very early 2015, 1st Jan.. they celebrates their 1st anniversary. And for celebrating it they gather an event challenge calls "B'day Cake". Every contestant should present 1 decorated cake--widely range from any cake decorating idea and ingredients e.g fondant, butter cream, ganache, whipped cream, etc... see the rules for joining this event... Hurry.. it's just starting and will end on last January 2015.
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MOİST LEMON CAKE and tip how to bake cake flat

İf you want to make a cake to decorate later or even stack them later. You don't want to remove too much uneven risen swell cake to form it flat, right? Nice and even surface cake is everybody's ideal cake to decorate with.
İ saw on internet you can use a pan with a lid to make even your cake surface during baking. Or there is "strip bake even" from w*lto*. This strip you can Wrap around your pan during baking.

So İ want to have that nice flat surface too on my cake but İ don't purchase those things. So İ saw some people make their own strip.. yes, That's it. İf you don't have ready to use (and fancy) w*lto* "strip bake even" you can make it by your own. All you need is just old kitchen towel. Cut lengthwise (depend on your pan size)-- give some spare, you can always adjust the length later. Just before baking dump that towel with water and Wrap it around your baking pan.  And other thing you will need is a pin to secure the towel after you Wrap it on your pan. That's it...try it..and you will get perfect flat cake.


Now let's talk about my moist and yummy lemon cake. Today İ bake a lemon cake for decorate later. Easy yet delish cake you'll ever bake..
Let's go to the kitchen.... ^,^

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Lemon Curd Recipe II


Salam everybody. Merhaba from Turkiye.

My today post is my favorite one.....lemon Curd. Yes, this is my fave for anything. İ use it for jam on my soft bread. İ use as filling on my choux pastry, or my donut. And İ dip my croissant  in it ! Believe me, that so good! ^,^

This lemon curd is also my second recipe beside my other one here. And my today lemon curd İ use recipe from  here... İ think both recipe are great... you can use whatever you want if you will try to make your own lemon curd.

İ love lemon. No question about it cause İ know if you do love lemon too..you know how this shiny yellow fruit can give you many good things. Use it for infused water lemon--Like İ do every morning. Or put inside your hot tea (Love it!). Drink lemon juice with hot water and rock sugar=healthy . And İ love to make them in my cake recipe. Check my previous lemon cake recipe here.

Okay..okay ... you all know many benefits of this yummy sour fruit..now let's make this lemon curd.. try it also and tell me how you like it.


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Apple Strudel recipe from phyllo sheet


İ love apple.. specially green one..there's sour a bit sweet in it. Back few years ago.. İ remember İ ate green apple almost everyday before İ eat anything in my breakfast time. That's why there was always apples stock in my fridge. Nowadays İ still love to eat apple but if it's not season you hardly find any apple here... there is, but with triple or four time more expensive than when it's season.

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Kimchi / 김치

Kimchi (hangul: 김치 Korean pronunciation: [kimtɕʰi]; English pronunciation: /ˈkɪmtʃi/), also spelled kimchee or gimchi, is a traditional fermented Korean side dish made of vegetables with a variety of seasonings. It is often described as spicy and sour. In traditional preparation kimchi is often allowed to ferment underground in jars for months. There are hundreds of varieties of kimchi made from napa cabbage, radish, scallion, or cucumber as a main ingredient.

The earliest references to pickled vegetables in East Asia are found in the Chinese Xin Nan Shan 信南山 poem of theShi Jing (), which uses the character 菹 or 葅 (Korean "jeo", modern Mandarin Chinese "ju1"). The term ji was used until the pre-modern terms chimchae (hanja: 沉菜, lit. soaked vegetables), dimchae, and timchae were adopted in the period of the Three Kingdoms of Korea The word then was modified into jimchi, and is currently kimchi.

Early kimchi was made of cabbage and beef stock only. Red chili, a New World vegetable not found in Korea beforeEuropean contact with the Americas, was introduced to Korea from Japan after the Japanese invasions (1592–1598) and became a staple ingredient in kimchi, although its use was not documented until the 18th century. Red chili pepper flakes are now used as the main ingredient for spice and source of heat for many varieties of kimchi. In the twelfth century other spices, creating flavors such as sweet and sour, and colors, such as white and orange, were added.

Kimchi is Korea's national dish. During South Korea's involvement in the Vietnam War its government requested American help to ensure that South Korean troops, reportedly "desperate" for the food, could obtain it in the field; South Korean president Park Chung-hee told U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson that kimchi was "vitally important to the morale of Korean troops".It was also sent to space on board Soyuz TMA-12 with Yi So-Yeon after a multi-million dollar research effort to kill the bacteria and lessen the odor without affecting taste.

Source: Wikipedia
For more information about Kimchi you can visit here.

For my Kimchi post today İ copy from Maangchi.com (Cooking Korean Food) with minor adjustment.
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Churros with Chocolate sauce

Frankly speaking İ never eat churros before, even there are some counters in Jakarta, cıty İ was living in before, İ didn't had intention to taste it. But after some my FB friends make by them self recently it finally tickling me... So İ'm very much curious about it. İ search what churros is.. how's the recipe and try to find out some people opinion on their blog describe how it taste.... And again-as always- wikipedia become my source to find it more ^,^

During my recipe searching İ found some recipe claimed Mexican churros while some other write about Spanish Churros.. According to wikipedia the origin of this churros is unclear. One theory is they were brought to Europe by the Portuguese. The Portuguese sailed for the Orient and, as they returned from Ming Dynasty China to Portugal, they brought along with them new culinary techniques, including modifying the dough for You tiao also known as Youzagwei in Southern China, for Portugal. However, they modified it by introducing a star design because they did not learn the Chinese skill of "pulling" the dough (the Chinese Emperor made it a capital crime to share knowledge with foreigners). As a result, churros are not "pulled" but rather extruded out through a star-shaped die.

Another theory is that the churros was made by Spanish shepherds, to substitute for fresh bakery goods. Churro paste was easy to make and fry in an open fire in the mountains, where shepherds spend most of their time.


And about the taste and texture, some people it's refer to donut taste with cinnamon. But after check mostly recipe -- and finally İ made by my self-- İt's more on fried pastry with sugar cinnamon... What do you think?
Anyway, in fact now İ like churros and definitely it's perfect friend during my chill day and best friend accompany me during my 'book time' alone after my kid sleeping, with hot coffee latte, in silent night :)

For my first adventure of churros I decide use recipe from mowielicious.com here. No spesific reason. İ saw many recipe almost same in ingredients and method. Maybe next time İ will try Martha Steward's which use milk instead of water. 
And here the recipe....
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Stolen picture ..Stolen Recipe...not link back...çalıntı fotoğraflar.

Making  a blog page it's not as easy as you think..especially cooking blog. There are many effort we put there. We trial error of some recipe, then make "report" for our reader so they can take some learn and evaluations from our failure. So it's not just write recipe that we never really try in our kitchen then we can easily take somebody else' photos.

And if we were success with our recipe..still we make so many effort to photograph them..edit those picture ..make a file ..then present them to our audience/ reader so our reader-again- can take some learn and evaluation from it...YES!! WE ARE WORKİNG to make our page !

But how do you feel if you find your recipe or your photograph suddenly on other'page without our permission or even didn't link to us...and worse is: taken our photo work for their own commercials purpose? What will you do?

İt often happens to me. Sometimes directly İ comment that post which content my work then link to my page--mostly they delete my comment but still continue using my photo work...İt's truly annoying! some other time İ email them to delete my photo work or at least link to my page blog. yes..this way also sometimes we deal with stubborn person..sometime if İ'm lucky İ get positive respond from them... But still it's annoying right? We can not all time randomly googling our own post to see who use our work without permission or link to us.

And here some of my photo work which being used by others without my permission. İ show their link also for you. İ will not take down those picture until they contact me personally or comment in this post to say sorry and remove the picture they use.













For now İ only googling randomly those my 2 posts and found that..Who knows how many more İ don't see it.
So.. until they didn't say sorry or ask permission to me İ will not take those pictures down.

My email: benim.citra@gmail.com

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Cupcake flower bouquet recipe. #cupcakebouquet and #friendship

Hello again..how are you?? Any plan for your weekend? Me..İ will just relax stay home with my little fam. My little angel is a bit sick this whole week... cold and got red and itchy skin like allergic symptom--main reason we don't hang out outside as every weekend.
Well..İ hope you are having precious time also with your family.

Now İ will talk about my today's post. This weekend post is flower cupcake bouquet. İ was so exciting when one of my friend text me message that she will give something to her dearest friend. They met when my friend worked in Turkey..now my friend already back to İndonesia. But seems their relationship develop into close and best friend. Best friend in different continental. Yes, a distance doesn't cut a friendship.... 
She ask me to make something special, unusual yet pretty and touchıng. Presenting friendship and caring. We talked many ideas then İ gave her this cupcake flower bouquet idea. She agree..then...voallaa..! İ did it ^,^

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Homemade Playdough DİY (No cook)

My lil girl looks easy to get boring one... She was exciting when she had new toys for the first time. But then after twice, three or four time plays with that toys she will neglect it right away...
İ do not know if you moms out there have same fact like mine ^,^

But İ always try to make her busy and learn much more things though... And this is one of many other things I do for her..make her play dough. İf you have lıl kid who still put anything on her mouth, maybe you must start to try make your own playdough for them because you know exactly what ingredients you put in ıt...This play dough still save accidentally get in toddler's mouth even the taste not very nice for them to swallow it ^,^

 What you need:
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Plaited Coconut Pandan Bread / Aneka Kreasi Roti

Joining a group/ club could be very fun. It can be cheer up a bit our boring days sometimes (^,^) and sometimes we can find some new friends from those groups and of course a lot of new experiences we get from them. New point of view, new experiences, and who knows..new challenge! (^,^)
For that we must join a group which has same as our interest or hobbies. Just like recently I did-I join a group based on cooking and baking-- as my hobby, named "Your kitchen-My Kitchen" from Facebook page. It's a group to whom enjoying their time in kitchen cooking and baking. For culinary lover across the globe. This group wants to introduce especially Indonesian culinary to the world.
You must do same thing especially if you have a blog page, beside can increase your page's reader (stat), joining one or two or more group had more positive things more than I mentioned above (^,^)

What I like about this group is they regularly gathering an event challenge to their member. And more fun is they provide some gift/ reward for the winner!...yyyaaiiii ! (^,^) ...who doesn't like gift? But for me it's more on that challenge thing--as I always mentioned, I love challenge ^,^ And this time YKMK (Your kitchen-My Kitchen) make an event challenge: BREAD !

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.” 

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Spaghetti Shrimp Scampi

Hello Everybody..Hello December... (^,^)

Nothing can break cold situation between two strangers but talking about weather, right? I mean when you meet somebody totally new in same room, you don't know each other and you both have nothing to do but waiting something which is boring us. What do you think? What would you do or say if you were in that situation above?

Well...talking about weather, it was soft and cold rain welcoming December here in Bursa, Turkey...I mean the rain continuously since a day before. Not heavy rain though..just soft. I think the snow will come very soon. I didn't have any intention to go out or what so ever. Unfriendly weather for me (as tropical person) and especially for my kid. What to do.... nothing than play with my daughter inside as usual and made us one easy yet simple food for our self ^,^ . 

Beside I made hot chocolate drink mix (which I will post here very soon) I made this Spaghetti with shrimp scampi. Cloudy outside makes me a little hesitate to make more complicated meal than this ^,^

Serve 3

Ingredients:
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Gurame Asam manis /Carp or sea bream in Sweet and sour sauce

Resep dalam bhs İndonesia ada dibagian bawah



Merhaba from Turkey...Selam.

I love this November, many celebration, many happy occasions and more.... it's a hectic, busy yet fun and full of challenge... Challenge? Yes...those many things came to me, I considered as a challenge... Challenge to be better, challenge to dare  my self to become better one in anything I do.


Talking about challenge event for my blog you can scroll down to see what else my previous post on challenge post. And if you moms, guys, dearly blogger friends who will make any fun cooking and baking event for blogger..hey..just let me know! I would love to join too ^,^


And now I dare to challenge my self for join another event from Indonesian Food Blogger Community (IdBF) . Last August'14 I also joined one of their challenge event-cookies. This month IdBF makes an event challenge together with one of Indonesian food magazine publisher call "Kreasi Dapur Bersama Sajian Sedap"here is the link on how to join. This event will hold during this November 2014.

For this event I make this Gurame Asam Manis or Carp fish in Sweet and sour sauce. And this recipe I copy from Sajian Sedap--I rewrite the original recipe below from original source. I made some adjustment from the original recipe cause it didn't mentioned about to stir in the vegetables. My recipe base on my experience in my kitchen.


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Crunchy (brined) Fried Chicken

After rain for few days the temperature drop faster than I thought. The sky so grey and still some dark cloud hanging there ready to pour their heavy snow I think.... Well, winter I guess knocking the door already. Even I can see peak of mount  Uludağ(*) already white covered by snow

Well.. what can we do? It's weekend and weekend should be our "go out side" time. But I can not risk my kid for having bad depressingly cold weather before the snow really come. Because as you know how bad the cold air before snowing, it's dry and unpleasant cold.

I knew that we would not "go out side" this weekend, so I prepared to make something that can cheer us up a little. We couldn't eat outside so I made this crunchy fried chicken instead. With fried potatoes and homemade orange juice..well I brought "restaurant" in home ^,^
Make 10 or 12 delicious crunchy chicken 

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Red Velvet "Yogurt Cheese" Swirl Brownies for #nccbrowniesweek

I looovvveeee brownies ( who doesn't?) ... and more even I love red velvet.... I don't know, I kinda admire those red velvet color on my dessert... so pretty and yet appetites .. Don't you thing so?

Beside this Red Velvet brownies you can check my previous post with this adorable red velvet. I had made Steamed Red Velvet brownies with cream cheese topping, check it here.
And not so long ago I also made Red Velvet cake for my wedding anniversary, you can check that post here.

And my post today is Red Velvet Brownies with Cheese Swirl. Beside my craze about Red Velvet...I made this brownies also to join and celebrate "Natural Cooking Club (NCC) Brownies Week"

A little about NCC Indonesia, it's a club and forum for all culinary lovers. The group mainly in Indonesian language, but if you want to join, it also open for you with English language. I heard about this group from long time ago before I dare to join it lately. 

They have many great culinary events which dare your baking and cooking addict become more fun. And this month they have Brownies Week event that I eagerly join to ^,^
Please do check other members' post for this Brownies event here.


Now, let's talk about my red velvet brownies. For the brownies recipe I adapted from here and for the swirl cheese I use my homemade "yogurt cheese" and make a little modification. To have "yogurt cheese" you can drain/ strain one or two cups of thick yogurt a day before (or at least over night). You can check my other post using this yogurt cheese in my previous post: Yogurt Cheese souffle, Yogurt Cheesecake, Three tone yogurt "cheese" Chocolate mousse... and wait..I'll have more experiment with this healthy "cheese" ^,^

Note: For bigger batch of this yogurt cheese you need to drain plain thick yogurt to separate the water (whey) in cheesecloth-lined strainer for at least 24 hours before. From 1 kg yogurt I get about 860 ~ 900 gr drained yogurt 'Cheese' (it depends the thickness of yogurt you use)
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Lamb/ mutton Fried Rice / Nasi goreng kambing




Nasi Goreng or fried rice is one of Indonesian national food with rice as main ingredients, stir- fried in margarine/ butter or cooking oil generally cooked with Kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce), shrimp paste, sambal (chilly), shallots, garlic, egg or other variety spices and ingredients. 
In 2011, an Internet poll conducted by CNN International and attended by 35,000 people put fried rice (nasi goreng) on the second rank in the list of '50 most delicious food in the world 'after rendang.

Fried rice spread to Southeast Asia brought by Chinese immigrants who settled there and created a local typical fried rice which is based on the difference in the spices and stir-fry way. Fried rice actually comes from several properties in the Chinese culture, which did not like the taste of cold food and also remove the leftovers a few days earlier. Hence, the cold rice and then fried to be served back.

There are different kinds of fried rice recipe but the main element is rice, cooking oil, soy sauce. In addition, many other extras that may be included, ranging from vegetables, meat, until the chili, sauces, crackers and fried eggs. Fried rice in Indonesia and in other countries can have its own variations depending on the region of origin and seasonings or ingredients used. This variation is usually influenced by the foods commonly used by local communities.

My today's post is one of fried rice' variant, it calls Nasi goreng Kambing. This fried rice is different from common fried rice since it has distinctive aroma because use many aromatic herb to get a long with lamb/ mutton meat.

Give a try and have some more Indonesian flavor in your family dinner table ^,^
Lamb/ mutton fried rice serve with shrimp cracker and pickle
Make 4 portions

Paste spices:
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 5 shalots
  • 2 red chilli
  • chilli padi (optinal if you like it spicy)
  • 2 pcs of cloves or pinch of powdered one
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder (or 1 cm fresh turmeric)
  • 1/4 teaspoon caraway (or 1/4 tsp caraway seed)
  • 2 cardamom 
  • salt to taste
*pure all ingredients above.
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Ekşili köfte / Turkish style Sour Saucily meatball

In Turkey, meatball known as köfte and one of the famous dishes of Turkish cuisine. Here they have many kind of köfte variations. According some sources, it has about 291 köfte variants but from all those variants the most popular are  Tekirdağ köftesiİnegöl köfteAkçaabat köftesi,Adapazarı Islama Köfteİzmir köftesiÇiğ köfte and Biga köftesidir.

You can check my other köfte recipe:
İçli Köfte/ Domates Fesleğen Soslu İçli Köfte
Inegöl Köfte
Izmir koftesi
Marcimek koftesi, and
Pideli Kofte

And today I made this Ekşili köfte ( Sour Saucily meatball). It's one of Turkish traditional daily meal. It's small meatballs cook in tomato sauce with potatoes. Some people also add carrot in it sometimes. One of comfort food which has sour and fresh flavor, really suitable in any occasion in any weather.
Serve: 4~5 portions

Ingredients:
  • 2 medium potatoes (wedge or cubes or round shape like mine)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste (pasta tomat)
  • salt and sugar to taste
  • enough cooking oil for sauteing
  • Beef broth / hot water around 1,5~2 lt
  • chopped parsley (for serve spread over)
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Putri Mandi (mendut) #Indonesianfood / Glutinous balls with thick coconut sauce

Putri mandi is one of Indonesian traditional snack (Jajan pasar). It's glutinous rice ball fill with sweet coconut then flash with creamy coconut sauce. In (east and middle ) java island mostly people call it also "mendut"

In my homeland-Surabaya- this mendut mostly warped with banana leaf before steamed. But since I can not find banana leaf here in Turkey, so I make a little modification on cooking it.. and here it is my Putri mandi or mendut 's version don't worry, it's just as good as the original version :)
Ingredients for filling:
• 2 cups roughly grated coconut (you can use fresh or dry one)
• 1 pandan leaf (you can use vanilla if you don't purchase pandan)
• Pinch of salt
• about 200 gr* gula jawa/ palm sugar-->finely shredded (you can use dark brown sugar too)
• 1 cup water

(*)you can add more sugar if you like more sweet dough
In medium pan, stir water and gula jawa/ palm sugar until all sugar dissolve. Add other ingredients and cook over medium heat until it thickened. Cool it and shape them as small as marble (slightly smaller then the skin dough you will make later)
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Homemade Egg Noodle and simple fried noodle

Noodle.. in Bahasa Indonesia I call it Mie [read: mee] . Is a long, thin rolled dough and cooked in boiling water. Arabic, Chinese and Italian claimed that they are noodles' inventor, although the oldest written about mie come from the Eastern Han Dynasty, between AD 25 and AD 220. In October 2005, the oldest noodles estimated 4,000 years old was found in Qinghai, China. (source:Wikipedia)

Anyway, regardless of the first inventors of noodles ... let's us make our own egg noodles at home ... this might be the first favorite in your home. And for more how to use (cook) this homemade noodle, I also include one simple fried noodle recipe below. 


Before making favorite noodle recipe you have.. let's make our egg noodle. I have my pasta rolling machine to help me doing rolling and cut the noodles. But don't worry if you don't have one, you can just simply roll the dough with rolling pin and cut the dough with sharp knife. You can see my other homemade egg noodle post without pasta rolling machine here.
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Gulai Kambing Berempah / Indonesian style Spiced Lamb Curry


First I'd like to say Happy Eid al Adha (feast of sacrifice) for all muslim readers. Bayramınız Mubarek Olsun.


Muslim’s today sacrifice a sheep or a goat, the meat of which is shared among friends, family, and the poor, with each receiving a third. People sacrifice animals but are required to make arrangements to ensure it is slaughtered humanely.
The Greater Eid also marks the end of Hajj, the five-day religious journey that takes Muslims to the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

This year 2014 we celebrate Eid al Adha at Friday 3rd October. Eid al Adha is one of religious holiday that Muslims celebrate each year beside Eid al Fitr. For you who wants to know more about our Eid al Adha you can visit this page to have more knowledge.

Elhamdulillah, this year my husband's family sacrifice few goats. Beside we shared to whom in need, we also get some part of it. Unlike years before, this time I didn't make satay as my "a must food" in every sacrifice feast. But this food also mostly make and served during sacrifice feast in Indonesia together with satay. You can check my lamb satay recipe here.


For some Indonesian friends who visited us I made this Spiced Lamb Curry. If you search on google about this "gulai" you might find many kind of different recipe of it. Yes we have many kind of "gulai" some of them are in yellow colored and some of "gulai" have different spices and taste depends on local area. What I made here is spiced gulai cause I use some spices which is dry fried/ toasted (without oil) then grinded into fine powder. This recipe actually I copied from my mom. And as home "chef" she couldn't mentioned about how much exactly the ingredients being used.. She just said this A"about this much" or that B"more or less" bla..bla.bla..  So I must try to measure it by my self and adjust the taste exactly like my mom made :)
Make about 15 portions.

Ingredients:
  • 800 gr lamb/ mutton meat (you can add some ribs and bones too) / daging kambing dengan tulang
  • about 700 gr mix offal such as heart, tripe, lung (optional) / jerohan
  • 1 tbsp tamarind water (dissolved a thumb of tamarind in 1/4 cup of water ) / asam jawa, larutakan dalam 1/4 cup air
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, crushed / sereh dugeprak
  • 1 cinnamon stick (about 5 cm) / 1 (5cm)batang kayu manis
  • star anise 4 ~ 5 / bunga lawang
  • 2 bay leaves /daun salam
  • 2 cm fresh ginger / jahe
  • about 1 1/2 tbsp sugar (to taste) / gula sesusi selera
  • about 2 tbsp salt (to taste) / garam 2 sdt atau sesuai selera
  • about 1/2 cup of cooking oil / minyak goreng
  • about 500 ml thin coconut milk / santan encer
  • about 1 cups dried / fresh grated coconut. Toasted and finely grind. Set a side / 1 cup kelapa kering (bisa juga yg segar), sangrai hingga kering dan kecoklatan, lalu haluskan dan sisikan.
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Sawi Putih tumis Kembang Tahu / Stir-fry Napa cabbage with beancurd skin

I bought this napa cabbage 2 weeks ago in farmer market downtown. Pretty expensive though since summer is over at last September. Before summer and during summer I can get this napa cabbage around 2 lira (approx 2 USD) per piece but last two weeks ago they sold 4 lira/ pc. So I bought 2 pieces with had no idea what will I do with those later. I was planning to make another Kimchi or other salad.

And today I cooked one of them this stir-fry mix with beancurd sheet. I just love it. It's simply and quick dish to make and comfort me enough during "getting cold" days in this fall in Turkey.


Make 2~4 portions

Ingredients:
- About 300 grams napa cabbage, roughly cut (I separated middle stem from leaves)
- 1 sheet of bean curd, soak in water for 5 mnts, drain and roughly cut in smaller pieces.
- About 150 grams of chicken breast/ leg, cut lengthwise 
- Chicken / beef / fish meatballs 4 ~ 6 pieces, cut into chunks 
- 1 small onion, finely chopped 
- 5 cloves garlic, crushed and finely chopped 
- 1 teaspoon black pepper 
- 1 tsp salt (to taste)
- 1 tsp sugar (to taste)
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce 
- 1 tbsp sesame, plus for sprinkle when serve 
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil 
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
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Indonesian Honeycomb Caramel Cake / Bolu Sarang Semut a.k.a kek karamel

Selam evrybody..Merhaba from Turkey....

Sarang semut mean ants nest in Indonesian or others call this bolu karamel (caramel cake). I think you already get idea why it calls "ants nest" :)

Before  put into the oven, I let the batter about 3 hours so "the crater nest" or honeycomb will perfectly formed. 

And beware cause this cake is kinda addictive cake. Once you eat it, you gonna love it and you will make it more and more.... ^,^ real story!


Making this actually really simple. But for some people might be a bit tricky especially making caramel correctly and not to burn it. So for you who already make caramel like dozen times, I think it wouldn't be a problem for you.

Sorry for this post I didn't put step by step photo cause I'm kinda bit busy doing something else while making this cake. Maybe next time I'll add some step by step picture to guide you more clear. Meanwhile bookmarked this recipe cause you gonna love this cake!

Make 1 loaf pan

Ingredients:
      for caramel

  • 250 gr caster sugar
  • 200 ml hot water
      Ingredients B
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Garlic Butter Pizza Bread Stick

Happy Saturday. May you have a great weekend with your family and everybody you love. 

Since having a growing child in our house, I start a little bit busy making "schedule" to provide her snack or food start from breakfast till dinner. I think you are too when you have one like me :)

I never want my kid to eat any store bought snack-- try not too much though. That's why I regularly make something for her. Some food which I can make a head and can be stored in freezer. I think making our own snack (food) is more healthy-- that's my 1st concern about food for my kid. And other reason is maybe more economical in budget :)

Well, talking about snack today I want to share one of our fave one. It's surprisingly become new favorite in our house, not only by my kid, but also for her baba :)
Try it, maybe it'll become most request also in your house :)

You can use any pizza dough recipe you have--or you can browse my other pizza dough recipe in Basic dough label. Or you can use recipe below..it's just incredibly easy and fun for cooking project with your little one too. :) 


Make about 23 sticks

Ingredients:
For Basic Pizza Dough:
  • 1 cup warm milk (or water)
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 Tbsp glucose / honey / sugar ( I use honey)
  • 340 gr all purpose flour 
  • 1 tsp table salt
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil other vegetable oil

For topping:
  • 3 cloves of Garlic. finely grated/ chopped
  • 100 gr salted butter, room temperature. (if you use unsalted butter, add pinch of salt, or no need more salt if you have strong salty cheese)
  • 2 tsp sweet paprika powder 
  • 1 Tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 Tbsp dried basil

>>Mix all until well blended. Divide it into 2 equal parts. Set a side
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Soft Daily bread (NO EGG)..everyday on our table

Yes, I make my own bread to served daily for my family...even mostly I still eat rice more than I eat bread, because my stubborn asian stomach still can not fully adaptable with just eat bread in one whole day :). 

I have some other bread recipe also, artisan no knead bread that you can check here, here and here. Beside those recipes, you can search my other bread recipes for your meal idea for family.

And today I want to share another bread recipe. This recipe kinda soft bread and knead is required :) .. So if you purchase bread maker machine it's time for you to make it busy :) .. Or you can use your electronic mixer with kneading hand attach...For you who don't have bread ...well, we are in the same boat..be happy..we have a reason to exercise and get rid off some energy inside....^,^


So..prepare your big kneading bowl, some easy to get ingredients, and some energy power to knead.. :)
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MALWARE DETECTED ON MY BLOG




I open my blog page daily as usual to edit or write something on it..but suddenly I got this notification from google.... Any body here had ever got this issue before??? what would I do??

What should I do to protect my computer and page contents from malware like this??
Please give me a clue.

Drop me an email please.
 Thank you.
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Black Nastar / Brown Pineapple bite for IdFB Challenge#16 Cookies

I llooovveeee making cookies...any cookies. Love to make them as much as I eat them. My family love it too. You know, in Turkey people very much love drinking tea. Anytime, any where, any occasion. Hot weather or cold weather Turkish people enjoy their tea so much. 

That tea time tradition I can not avoid in our home :). Usually we drink tea together after dinner. For me, drinking tea without any snack along with it, is like going to market without money.....hahahahahha..it just can not be! Back when I was in my homeland Indonesia, I always have traditional snack along with my morning tea as breakfast. Or some cookies in my afternoon coffee :)

So, when you are visiting our house..don't worry..we always have a jar (or two) of cookies. And those jar won't be empty (almost every time) because we love our tea with cookies along with it :)

Well, today I'll share one of my family fave ... Dark pineapple tart ( I call it black Nastar) cookies. Believe me..it's so good and almost too pretty to eat :)


This post also goes to Indonesian Food Blogger Challenge#16 Kue Kering Cookies
You can visit Indonesian Food Blogger page to see many great contents from other IdFBer's
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Cheesecake between Red Velvet Cake for our wedding anniversary

This is not too late post--I think. Yes, me and my husband just celebrate our wedding anniversary. At this 28th August we celebrate our 5th year, love and respect each other, live and rowing our small boat facing-sometimes ripple waves- and sometimes big waves and scary wind. I know it's still too much too young to reach our dreaming island...but at least this 5th year we can remember that we are still rowing same boat to go to the same way.

Nothing is easy in our marriage. We came from different place! Totally different culture, different language, different nationality, different taste... My husband is Turkish and me my self is Indonesian.  If you understand what I mean, person who came from different background is never easy to walk together with at same rhythm... 
The things we have in common is only care, love and good willing to reach blessing of Allah.

 I  knew my husband around 2004 (February if I'm not wrong in memory)... We knew each other from Internet. It took us so much time to finally decided to be together in holy marriage. Many things had to think about and calculated.... But hey... love is not a math that we can calculate :) 
I'm not exactly remember why we decided (finally) to marry .... after my first visit to Turkey in 2008, one year after that I married my husband :)


Well, enough about old story of us.. I'll tell you many thing again later... We just want to grateful to Allah that we are still now having each other with great love from HIM.
So for just remembering our 5th year of marriage, I made this cake. I know my husband likes cheesecake a lot s much s he likes chocolate cake... so I decided to make this Red velvet cake with cheesecake in between. For garnish, I use classic vanilla butter cream flowered with small red fondant flower (I have small amount of -don't know what to do-fondant in my refrig).

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