Thursday, August 31, 2006

Strawberry Cream Cheese Cake

Basic Chiffon cake

  • 6 eggs - separate (yolk and white)
  • 1/2 tspn tartaric acid and 50 g of sugar
  • 25 g corn flour (2 tblspoon)
  • 100 g castor sugar
  • 180 mL fresh milk
  • 150 g pure plain flour
  • 90 mL of cooking oil
  • a pinch of salt
  • vanilla essence
  1. Mixture A: Whisk 6 egg whites until it forms soft peaks, then add in tartaric acid and sugar and whisk again until they become stiff
  2. Mixture B: Mix 6 egg yolks+plainflour+cornflour+sugar+vanilla essense+milk+cooking oil+salt until all is incorporated, and the mixture is not lumpy
  3. Fold Mixture A to Mixture B carefully so that the air bubbles don't escape
  4. Pour into Ungreased or Un-Lined baking pan
  5. Bake at 150 C for 1 hour (or until a skewer is dry when inserted at the middle of the cake)
  6. Once cooked, take out from pan and invert it straight away (keep the edges supported like by using: glass or bottles)
  7. Once cooled, slice horizontally into 3 pieces
Cream Cheese
  • 250 g of philadelphia cream cheese
  • 500 mL of cream
  • 100 g of sugar (can vary depending on your taste, put less if you dont like it too sweet, put more if you like sweet)
  • rum (Corruba if you have some, if not: use rum essense)
  • 1 tspn of vanilla essense
  1. Mix everything together until all cheese and cream are well incorporated
Also need 1-2 punnets of strawberries and white chocolate

  1. Take the bottom cake layer
  2. Spread it with cream cheese
  3. Layer with thinly sliced strawberries
  4. layer with another cake
  5. Spread it with cream cheese
  6. Layer with thinly sliced strawberries
  7. Sandwich with the top cake layer
  8. Clean the sides of the cake
  9. Spread Cream cheese on the outside of the cake
  10. Grate white chocolate on top of the cake
  11. Garnish with more strawberries

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Jus Alpukat

Hm.. it's been 9 friggin days after I had wrote an entry! whoa.. I've just been really busy with life (kyaa..haha). Anyway, during the weekends, Eviana stayed over at my house and as always -we're always eating.. and eating..and eating... and one thing that we did make (apart from sweet bread) was this Jus Alpukat (Avocado Smoothie). It tasted so reminescent of Indonesia.. and how i used to eat(/drink?) this when I was little.
  • 2 very ripe avocadoes
  • sugar (however much you want)
  • 2 teaspoon of coffee powder (dissolved in 15 mL of hot water)
  • chocolate syrup (optional - I dont like it being too sweet)
  • 2 c of milk
Just put everything in a blender until smooth and serve.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Something to think about

After careful thoughts and meditation, I've come to a conclusion... that everything in life is so tangled and every decision you make some what influence your future. If you're the type that like to play is safe, you'll always make your decision based on fear. If you're the type that likes risks, you'll always make your decision based on your unforseen opportunities - even if they may include failure.

As I had previously hinted, I was and still am confused about what the hell it is i have to live my life for, and god be damned it's the only thing in this world that I don't have a certain answer about. And - I hate uncertainties. For my entire highschool life - I had been majorly influenced by parentals who had taught me to lived my life in the safe zone. I prepared myself - years before I enter university, trying to be more advanced or a step forward then my fellow classmates - preparing to be that special somebody through my achievements. I worked hard and so dilligently; only to find I'm evermore insecure, unhappy and unwilling to try anything new. Afterall, I was only a kid (16 to be exact) when I finished highschool - It was OK for kids that age to be confused, angry and naive. As I entered university - my point of view started to change, and so did myself. At first I couldnt accept the change that I was going through - but in a way, I loved it. I loved rebelling against the most important thing I stood for - ("To work hard and be "somebody", that way - you'll earn all the respect and money you need in this life"). And with that, came rebellion against my parents, the terms "religion, being religious" (sigh - this is a long story, let's not get that involved) and rebellion against the "good girl" image that is stamped on my forehead. I hated everybody, I always wondered why I was never happy - even when I had a loving boyfriend and loving parents.

Then, I hit my 20th year of being alive and so my quarterlife crisis kept on. I was constantly stressed, tired and lacking in motivation. I wanted to always wag university cuz it doesn't carry any particular importance to my life and it's not like I really want to do honours. I felt like I was in a circle, in a tangled confusion and anger towards everybody that was close to me. So literally, nothing could excite me anymore - I thought I had no reason to stay alive. Until this morning, I had a little chat to my dad - something that doesn't happen too often, but will last forever. I can always connect to him and I knew I can trust and count on him - eventhough I had resented all the things he had implanted in me about "becoming somebody" eversince I could remember. We talked about life, about relationships, about career, about having a family, about problems we face each day, even about Israel and the Holy Temple. We shared our thoughts and he explained to me why he taught me to be the way I am now. And, i understood - I understood that he was just as insecure as I am, but in a different angle. He was feeling uneasy about things like, us being still young and how we'll still need him around to support us financially, eventhough he's tired and doesnt want to work anymore. He was also feeling worried what happens when he retires, like nothing to live for anymore - especially when his kids are gone to have their own life, he'll have no body to talk to him and take care of him. He's worried that he'll get frustrated because he has nothing to do. All these years, he felt that he never deserved a break from working so hard everyday because he's worried about us: me and my sister. And all these years, I've been so angry towards him for so many of my selfish reasons, when all he did was to support us, be there for us when we need him the most and wish us the best in life so we can live a better life than him. And I've been so selfish to realise it. :( I'm really sorry pi, please forgive me.

Anyway, I wrote this for all of you who had been in my situation or may not. Just think for a while about your parents - think about what your and their futures are going to be like and how you're gonna treat them. Take the time to talk to them because before you know it they may be gone forever. I hope this story can give a little input in the life of our parents, and give us a little more understanding why they do the things they do.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

RoTi Manis

Left (sprinkled with sesame seeds): Tausa/Red Bean Bun
Right (sprinkled with breadcrums): Ragout-bun

Dough Mixture
Mixture A:
  • 1 sachet of yeast (fermipan/di NZ pake: elfin instant dry yeast for breadmakers)
  • 150 mL warm water
  • 100 g flour
Mixture B:
  • 400 g flour
  • 100 g white castor sugar
  • 150 warm milk
  • 2 eggs
Bahan C:
  • 100 g margarine
  • 1/2 tspn salt
How to make dough:
  1. Mix everything in mixture A to form a paste, leave out for 15 minutes until they form bubbles
  2. Add in mixture A to mixture B and mix together until it is not sticky anymore
  3. Add in Mixture C
  4. Keep on kneading the dough until the dough is stretchy and not sticky (if you use a mixer, it'll probably take 20 minutes to knead)
  5. Heat up your oven to 50C for 10 minutes and turn it off
  6. Cover the dough with wet towel and place it in the oven for 30 minutes
  7. Mean while make your fillings
  8. Take dough out of the oven and place on a greased surface
  9. Part into pieces each weight 40 g
  10. Then roll these dough portions on the greased surface in a rounded motion (to make sure that it produces a smooth and shiny surface of bread)
  11. Fill in the dough with the fillings of your choice
  12. Let it stand for 1o minutes
  13. Brush with egg white
  14. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs or sesame seeds
  15. Bake in 170C oven for 15 minutes
  • Red bean paste bought from the asian supermarket
  • Look at previous entry

Food Science Food Festival: Risoles

Risoles Isi Ragout
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c of flour
  • 1 c of milk
  • mix everything thorougly
  • fry in medium heat until cooked -> not browned
  • 1 chicken breast (boil until cooked and dice into tiny pieces)
  • 2 carrots (boil until softned and dice into tiny pieces)
  • 2 sticks of celery (boil for 5 minutes until softend and dice into tiny pieces)
  • 300 mL of milk
  • 4 pieces of garlic
  • 2 tblspoon flour
  • 1/4 c water
  • 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. once everything is diced, set it aside
  2. sautee the garlic for 2 minutes
  3. add in the diced chicken and vegies, sautee further for 5-7 minutes
  4. add in milk, sautee further for 5-10 minutes in medium heat
  5. put lal the seasoning
  6. dissolve 2 tblspoon with flour in 1/4 c of water
  7. pour into the milk mixture
  8. Sauce will thicken over time, so stir continuously to avoid burning at the bottom of the pan
  9. Once the sauce is thick and not so runny, take off from heat- set aside
  1. Take a pancake
  2. fill with ragout
  3. Roll (like how you'd roll a spring roll)
  4. secure the ends of the rolls with the flour paste
  • 2 eggs, crack and whisk-> place in a flat bowl
  • bread crumbs -> place in a flat bowl
  • oil to deep dry
  • Take 1 filled pancake -> roll in eggs -> roll in bread crumbs -> deep fry

Food Science Food Festival: Winko Babat

Sorry yaa.. gambarnya ngak menggiurkan, fotonya salah angle, kekekeke tp udah abis diserbu org sebelon bisa difoto lagi. Tp suwer deh.. ini winkonya enak benerr!!!!!

Last week was my friend's food festival, but I got so tired and I forgot to upload the pictures from there. Well anyway, I made several things and one of it is winko. Everybody seemed to like it and they asked me how to make it. seriously isnt all that hard! :) This recipe had been tried and tested for more than 4x, so i'm sure this recipe is the best.

  • 200 g glutinous rice flour
  • 150 g sugar
  • 450 mL of coconut milk (preferebly kara brand if you live outside Indonesia)
  • 2 eggs (seperated) (white and yellow)
  • 2 teaspoon of vanilla essense
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 300 g of dessicated coconuts
How to make it:
  1. Whisk egg white until it forms bubbles and still runny (berbuih) , not until its stiff
  2. Add in sugar and whisk again until it is all dissolved
  3. Add in glutinous rice flour+dessicated coconuts+coconut milk
  4. Mix well until all is combined well
  5. Turn on your oven to 180 C
  6. Prepare your baking pan -> line with baking paper
  7. Pour your mixture into the pan, and bake for about 20 minutes or until the top has become dry
  8. Then, take it out and brush the all of the remaining egg yolks on top of the cake and bake for a further 20 minutes or until the yellow has turned golden brown
  9. Take out from oven, let it to cool
  10. Cut according to your preference

Friday, August 18, 2006

Kindi Teacher

Gundul-gundul tuyul

Udah lama banget nih gua bingung soal apa yg harus gua lakuin abis lulus dari uni. Nah.. trus gua pikir2 lagi, what's the point in having a good career and having banyak banget title, klo ngak bahagia.. trus.. gua pikir jadi guru TK tuh seru banget kali yaa.. gua suka banget ama anak kecil... but i'm not ready to have my own. L O L (ya iya kali ya.. baru jg umur 20~ yg bener aja!!) - hm.. jadi guru TK seru kali.. temen gue lagi abis crita2 kemarin klo dia tuh enjoy bgt jadi guru TK. Dia jg crita klo diTK tmpt dia ngajar itu, anak2nya dateng dari keluarga yg lumayan kaya where the daddy goes to work and the mummy goes shopping. Menurut gua itu sedih banget lho, klo udah punya anak harusnya dijagain ya.. jgn ditinggal pegi shopping trus anaknya dimasukin childcare. kekekeke - although, gua gak punya pengalaman sama skali soal ini, tp tetep aja kaenya its not right to have somebody take care your child for you (read: nanny or some sort of child "educational" centre where sebenernya itu cuma buat nitipin anaknya aja supaya maminya bisa ngapain yg lain. When somebody becomes a mother, they should be a full time job. Well jadi kindi teacher seru kayaknya, kebetulan didepan rumah gua ada kindergarten. hahuahua, never thought it can be so convenient.

Kue Orion (Solo) - Lapis Surabaya

Waahhh...siapa mau? hihihihi

Hmmm... td pagi karna males pergi ke uni..akhirnya.. gue beli telor... di toko yg jauhnyaaaaa minta amplop. kesana ya jalannya itu hrs 1 stenga jam (jalan kaki)!tp gpp la..itung2 olah raga en juga bakar lemak. bwegegege.. anyway... akhirnya..g buat lapis surabaya ini untuk pertama kalinya dalam sejarah hidup guaa! hm...yg agak aneh ko ya..texturnya agak keras.. kenapa pula gua ngak ngerti. Ntr klo udah dapet jawaban.. gua tulis disini.. ini pake resepnya dari Bunda (si pakar kue)

Bahan2 per layer cake:
  • 10 kuning telur (KYAA - BANYAKNYAA)
  • 100 g gula castor
  • 50 g flour
  • 125 g mentega
  • (pake coklat bubuk klo buat lapisan coklatnya yah)
  • Vanilla essense
  1. Panasin oven 175 C
  2. Kocok mentega sampe putih dan ngembang (sisihin)
  3. Kocok telur + gula + vanilla essense sampe putih+kentel+ngembang
  4. Masukin tepungnya
  5. Masukin mentega kocok
  6. campur aduk pokoke (fold = supaya udara ngak turun)
  7. Masukin loyang yg udah dialasin kertas roti (bawahnya aja lho yaa!)
  8. Panggang deh.. skitar 20 menit
  9. Meanwhile, buat adonan yg buat kue yg satu lagi, pas kue mateng, tuangin deh adonan yg baru aja dibuat
  10. olesin strawberry jam disatu sisi
  11. tungkupin jadi 2 kayak sandwich gitu agak teken2 dikit
  12. potong2 deeh :3

Monday, August 14, 2006

Friday, August 11, 2006

Santa Fe

I call him my Santa Fe, someone to bleed with on this lovely day

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Dutch biscotti

Biscottis are supposed to be dunked into a cup of dark coffee or tea that hasnt been sweetened. They will then soften up before you eat it and it'll make your plain drink sweet with a little infusion of its spices. Cool huh?

Remember those biscotti you eat in Starbucks? you can make your own!!! Here's how:
  • 2 eggs
  • 300 g of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder (not soda)
  • 150 g of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder or mixed spices
  • 2 teaspoon of water
  • 1 cup of raisins
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essense
  • whisk the eggs, sugar and vanilla essense together
  • put in the flour that has already been mixed with baking powder and the spices
  • then work with it on a lightly floured top until they are smooth
  • form a log and place on a baking tray
  • bake (180 normal oven / 160 if fan forced oven) until lightly brown
  • then take out from the oven and cool for 10 C
  • cut diagonally with 1 cm thick (or whatever you like as long as its not too thick)
  • then place in the baking tray on its side
  • bake (150 normal oven / 125 if fan forced oven) for 30 minutes or till dry and browned
  • turn the biscotti half way through to dry both sides

Monday, August 07, 2006

Mediterranian Style Satay Chicken Wrap

hMmMmm - Perfecto!

In the attempt to recreate the satay chicken roll we usually eat in Denny's - Gilbert had recreated this sandwich. It's a fusion of Indonesian chicken satay with mediterranian flair, resulting in a mouth watering cafe-style sandwich wrap. Enjoy this magnificent taste!

  • 1 pita bread (heat up on top of teflon pan till crispy)
  • 1/4 of chicken breast - cut into cubes and pan fried until brown with olive oil and cracked pepper
  • Salad of your choice
  • Tomato
  • Carrots
  • Red onion
  • Satay Sauce (we used: Watties Bite on the Side Satay Sauce - but anything will do really)
To serve: assemble the following layer by layer and secure with a toothpick. Serve with a smile. :)

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Happy Birthday - Part: Ambushed

This is what happens when you turn twenty and they ambushed you like Mad!

Sama Si Biang Kerok
ScreamMMmMin "AAAAAAA"
Debbie, Dian, Me, Evie
Look how wet I am!!!

Happy Birthday - Part 2

Last night, we went to Jun Joo Restaurant in upper queen street with Dian, Albert, Evi, Ferry, Ryan, Debbie, Me and Gb. Food were awesome, but then again - the company and laughter was the best. So here are some pix i managed to take!! Anyway, thanks heaps for everything - it was so much fun!!

Jun Joo Style
BBQ Mania
Q: Vie, did you remember doing this? hahahahaha
Evie and Ferry
Dian and Albert
Me and GB

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Happy Birthday - Part 1

The first thing i got for my birthday is a Mixerr from Gilbert! Woottt!!! I dont have to ever use my hands to make bread anymoree.. WoottTT!!!! hahahahaha.. SO happyyyYyYY..although we had a little problem with the shop assistant - but we got it all sorted! Woottt!


Then, i got shouted YamChaaa in this new restaurant called China, next to Love a Duck in Downtown by some of my Hong Kong friends. WOoott!! I never thought it was gonna be so good..but seriously! it WAS .. we had all sorts of meatballs and dumplings, and crab sticks and other stuff.. dessert was the best really..... we had this sticky rice cake made filled with whipped cream and durian flesh or mango. WAAA.. it was so nice!! wa wa wa!!!! I'll take you guys to eat there some time... :X :X :X

Top: My Friends (L-R) - Eviana, Me, Cary, Colin and Frank (Note - All Food Gone!)
Bottom: Mango Sticky Rice Cake

Then at night.. my mother cooked for me - a great deal of fuwd! OmG, i never ate so much in so little time! She made bakmi goreng, chicken sate, beef empal, chicken kluyuk (it's all meat - i wonder why). I didnt end up taking pictures - but they taste niceeee :p Home food is always the best. Then we had to cut the cake which my mum bought for me from Cake Passion - with Gilbert and Evi present as well. Afterwards we had a slumber party and we watched "Hana Yori Dango" (Japanese Version of Meteor Garden).

Chocolate Mud Cake - my mother bought

Me cutting the Cake

L-R: GB, Evi, Me, my sistaHana Yori Dango - woohooo here we come! (Evi was in the toilet)

Anyway, yesterday was a blast already. Thanks everybody!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :) :) :) Ok - tonight i have another birthday dinner and kareoke. Woot!!!! hahahahahaha

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Sexy Hot Cakes

This pancake is dedicated to all Korean food lovers. It's blardy smooth and beautiful!

This hot cake mix is absolutely gorgeous! Your pancakes come up so shiny and so puffy -> almost like fresh pikelets. Yah.. Gilbert itu suka banget makan pancakes.. so i made him some! Just add 2 eggs and 280 mL of milk, aduk yg kenceng, goreng deehhh.. jadi in 10 minutes!!

Lapis Legit Laris Manis

Roasted almond bits topping off layers of egg goodness.

Well, this was my first attempt in making layer cakes - the more commonly known to Indonesians as Kue Lapis Legit. The process of making this cake is hideously tedious (baking only takes 2 hours!!) and since the cake mix uses so much egg yolks (17 eggs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ~ i felt guilty in eating it cuz i felt like killing 17 eggs that could be chicken.. sigh..i've never made cakes with so much eggs in my entire life before - think of all the fat and the cholesterol!). Anyway everybody enjoyed the cake and I'm happy. Next attempt - will be better than this.

  • 17 egg yolks
  • 300 g butter/margerine
  • 45 g shifted cake flour
  • 200 g sugar
  • 3/4 can condensed milk
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 tblspn of dutch spices (mixed spices, cinnamon and clover)
- Beat in butter, sugar and condensed milk until smooth and white
- Add in the egg yolks one by one - beat in until all mixed and incorporated together
- Mean while, heat up your oven to 180C (top flame only) and leave it for 15 minutes
- Beat in 4 egg yolks until they are stiff
- Incorporate the stiff eggwhite into the egg yolk mixture and Fold througly with a spatula
- Now get your desired baking pan (better if it has a 1.2 L capacity) and line with baking paper at the bottom of the pan only and not the sides because it causes the cake to shrink
- Then, place 3 tablespoon of cake mixture into the pan and then bake for 3 minutes
- The cake layer should have a brown and dry texture within 3 minutes, if this doesnt occur this means that your oven is not hot enough. Temperature is the key to this cake, so take good care.
- Once the layer is brown, add in another 3 table spoon of cake mixture and repeat the baking process for 3 minutes.
- Keep the temperature high until the cake has reached 3/4 height of the cake tin, then reduce the heat by 5C
- Then repeat the spooning and baking process until the mixture is finished and at the last layer, sprinkle some chopped roasted almond and bake for 3 minutes.
- Then, change the oven flame to top and bottom together to 180. Place your baking rack in the middle of the oven.
- Cover the top of your cake with tin foil to stop it from drying and burning and bake a further 15-20 minutes until the cake is cooked. (You can tell this by poking it with a bamboo skewer, and if it comes out clean, that means ur cake is cooked! YAY!) If not, then bake a further 5 minutes.
- Cool, Serve. Hooraayy!!