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    Jerk Chicken Tacos

    We love tacos , my son loves tacos , i think he can eat tacos almost everyday , it’s his favorite food . No wonder when i was pregnant i actually ate mexican food almost everyday LOL. I remember my mother in law and i used to go out lunch every two days for mexican food , we loved the local taco shop back in Indiana , i am not sure if they still exists though . There are regular mexican tacos , there are fish tacos , so why can’t we use different seasoning for tacos ? Nobody says that you only have to use the typical taco seasoning…

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    4 Ingredients Almond Cake

    This one is an easy peasy dessert or just afternoon snack with tea or coffee . Gluten free and it’s keto friendly , no flour required except you’re using Almond meal / flour . There are only 4 ingredients in this recipe , it’s all about technique , nothing else . Not overly sweet , you can even replace the sugar with Swerve . My family like this simple cake , it’s easy to make and it’s delicious . I made this yesterday afternoon and by night time , there was only 1 sliver left , from the 9 inch round cake pan . So .. figured they really like…

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    Indonesian Chicken Curry

    There are so many versions of curry , so i felt like i should add the ” indonesian ” word in it . LOL .. My mom used to make this dish quite often , she would call it ” Kare Ayam ” Kare = curry and Ayam = chicken . It is one of her favorite dish . I wasn’t really much into Curry back then . Although it was delicious , she would use whole chicken that she cut up herself and make a whole pot that would last us probably 3 days because there was only 2 of us . You’re required to make your own curry…

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    Pastel Tutup ( Indonesian Shepherd’s Pie )

    This dish is very similar to Shepherd’s Pie , Indonesians call this Pastel Tutup .This dish was highly influenced by European countries , particulary , the Dutch . Pastel Tutup along with Macaroni Schotel ( casserole type ) , snacks such as Dutch Sausage Rolls , known as Saucijzenbroodjes , and then Kaastengels or cheese shortbread cookies are some of the Indonesians favorite choices from the Netherlands . I remember as a youngster , we bought or ordered Pastel Tutup quite often , we didn’t own any oven so my mom couldn’t make this herself . In my opinion , this pretty similar to American chicken pot pie , except…

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    Chinese Flaky Pastry with Sweet Bean Filling ( Kue Pia )

    In short we can call this Kue Pia , because that’s how i knew them ever since i was younger . Growing up in a small town in Malang , East Java , there was this home business that specially made Kue Pia . My mom would stop by after church usually to buy some fresh ones , it came in a package of 5 . We never made it ourselves though since it’s really easy to buy . What is actually Kue Pia ? I’d say it’s a chinese flaky pastry that is filled with sweet beans filling , the filling can be red bean paste , which is…

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    Oseng Tempe and Green Beans

    So now that we have fresh , homemade delicious Tempe , what to do ? what do we use it for ? There are many ways to eat Tempe , you can pan fry , deep fry , with batter , as is , or steam , i never grilled them though . But i’ve had them in many different ways . The most famous one is to deep fry them , Indonesians love their deep fried food . Then eaten with simple warm white rice . Yum I really wanted to steam this tempe actually and made sambal my own , but i didn’t have some ingredients such as…

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    Indonesian Tempe ( Fermented Soybean )

    After that black bean burger last week for meatless monday , it got me thinking , it would be nice to have other option just from having beans or tofu as a protein source . It would be nice if i can make Tempe again . I’ve done it back in 2018 . My mom would have been laughing , either that or would be so proud of me , because my mom never made tempe herself . Tempe is widely available in the country i was born . It was sold everywhere at the market , sometimes you don’t even have to leave your house and there is a…

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    Black Bean Burger

    I have this one friend that i would never thought he’d go vegetarian .. so i think it’s been a month since he eats meat . So after chit chatting with him , i thought .. let’s give a meatless monday a try . Needless to say , last monday i decided we all going to have meatless day . Yes , breakfast , lunch and dinner without meat . It wasn’t an easy task , especially when i had some protein goal to reach , and it’s always harder to reach protein goal without the meat . I obviously had no issue going over the carbs with meatless monday…

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    Shepherd’s Pie

    Lately my husband been mentioning about Shepherd’s Pie often . He usually travels out of state for work and there is this one Irish Pub in Lafayette , Indiana that he goes to when he goes to that area for work travel . It’s called Nine Brothers Pub , i’ve only been there once , and i did not have their Shepherd’s Pie . My husband loves their Shepherd’s Pie , only thing i knew about it was that it was like beef , basic veggies , and mashed potatoes on top . Sort of like Pastel Tutup , which is Indonesian Pie , but instead of beef and we…

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    Roti Sisir ( Indonesian pull apart sweet bread )

    Years and years ago when i was growing up in Indonesia , we used to have this kind of bread they sell at the store , we called it Roti Sisir , it was more like a pull apart bread , except it’s thin , and wide , and each layer has sweet butter in between . Just like comb , so they call it roti sisir , sisir means comb . Recently i started thinking about this type of pull apart bread , i still remember how it should taste like , it was like a sweet dough base . So i decided to try it . The flavor…

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    Indonesian Beef Rendang

    Beef Rendang is one of those dish that is super delicious, full of flavor from all the spices used in the cooking , yet , you really can’t cook this too often . It is very time consuming , not that it’s hard , it’s just that it takes a long time for the flavor to develop and you want to get it right , otherwise you’re just having a beef curry . I grew up in a country where Rendang was originally come from . Although i wasn’t born in Padang , the area where this dish was from . I still got to eat them quite often ,…

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    Dirty Rice

    I love one skillet , one pot type of meal . Sometime we get busy doing things ,and with quarantine over with , we have no time to mess around too long in the kitchen . Even if i do have the time , i prefer something easy and quick to prepare and less mess , which means less dishes to do . Don’t we agree ? This dish i called , dirty rice , because it’s basically i use pretty much whatever i have on hand as far as vegetable . The protein , i use either ground turkey or ground beef , i am sure it’ll be okay…

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    Giardiniera – Hot Italian Peppers

    Few years ago i started making this home made italian pepper mix . We had so much jalapenos one year from our garden , and you know family of three can only eat so much fresh jalapeno . And you can’t really freeze it anyway , so what better way to eat jalapeno ? Well , we remember when we used to live up north , when we buy sandwiches , they usually serve it with hot italian pepper mix . Or some people would call it pickled peppers , i just call it italian pepper mix . I love this on sandwiches , but i eat it pretty much…

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    Quick & Easy Beef Chili

    Some nights , i’d like to cook something that is easy and healthy still . Well .. most of the nights i actually would prefer to cook something easy and quick anyway . Less dishes to do , and ready within 30 minutes or so . You know how good chili usually takes hours for the flavor to blend in . People would say you cannot make a good bowl of chili if you don’t let the flavor blends in . Well .. in my opinion , this quick and easy beef chili , doesn’t need hours for the flavor to blend in . Better yet , it is healthier…

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    Garlic Cheese Bread Sticks

    I looked at my fridge the other day and i saw this big ziploc bag that has leftovers levain from last week when i made sourdough bread . I don’t really like wasting food , and especially during this time when it is so hard to find flour anyway . And obviously i had made too much levain , i’d normally use this to make pizza . But we did too much cooking and baking the past couple weeks and pizza into the diet is just not a good idea at the moment . But i caved in , i didn’t end up making pizza , but my family loves…

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    Chocolate Tahini Cookie

    My previous entry was about ‘ not your regular peanut butter cookie ” . In my attempt to make peanut butter cookie slightly healthier so that we all can be happy and able eat 2-3 cookies at once , i replaced peanut butter with tahini . Tahini is sesame paste , it comes in a jar , the regular grocery store probably carry it these days , long ago I had to get it from middle eastern grocery store . But i saw it at Kroger not too long ago . I use this usually to make hummus . So today i wanted to make something with more chocolate flavor…

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    Not your regular Peanut Butter Cookies

    I don’t know about you but i love peanut butter ! I can eat peanut butter and banana sandwich every single day . That’s like a treat to me ! On this rainy afternoon , i wanted to make peanut butter cookies , but it is only Tuesday . I can’t bake treats already ! So , i decided to experiment with a different kind of peanut butter cookies . Not sure ? trust me .. you wouldn’t regret this ! Yes it is healthier option of peanut butter cookies , but really .. it’s good ! If you searched online , what can you replace peanut butter with ,…

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    Another Sourdough Adventure

    Seriously , i think i need to mute some the groups i joined in . All these food related groups i belong to , i will start muting them this week . It’s only 2nd week of May and i think i have baked sourdough 3 times already . Yes i did an entry on sourdough few days ago , with higher hydration and using turmeric , The yellow sourdough .. Couple nights ago i was busy making another levain for what else ? Yes , for another sourdough .. i kept wanting to experiment and seeing if i can get a different result . Same method , after this…

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    Nastar , Ananas Tarts

    What is actually Nastar ? My American friends would wonder what is it ? They took a look at it and took a bite , all of them said it looks great , cute and petite and oh so yummy , mouth watering little cookies . Well , Nastar is Ananas Tarts . Ananas , i think is French for Pineapple . Indonesian calls it Nanas . Hence the word Nastar ( Ananas Tart ) Over 3 centuries Indonesia was occupied by the Dutch , and there were so many influenced over the 300 years in everything , including food and baked goods . How does it taste like ?…

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    Sourdough Adventure continues ..

    I swear ever since we have to quarantine ourselves back in March , I’ve baked more sourdough bread in two months than i would have in a year ! I looked at my pictures collection and last year i only baked either 2 or 3 times in a year for sourdough bread , and the same with previous year . Don’t ask how many times i did during the first year after i created the starter . But these past 8 weeks , I’ve baked 4 sourdough boules ! And all those 4 bakes , same methods , same recipes , probably differed in variety of the flour , like…