Thursday, July 29, 2010

Let's meet the (little) chef ..

Here we go .. !! this site not only belong to me , but my daughter too . I always let her to bake a very simple cookies, starting from measure the ingredients until put some decoration on the top of cookies. A simple way to spend time together with her *sigh ! she is grown so fast, i believe. And now it's not easy to give her hug anymore especially when she is in the class-room , she said, not too much of hugging , bunda ! :D *

This is very simple drop sugar cookies, no skill, no mess with rolling the dough :) but as always, make her smile.


2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 cup butter, softened
1-1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
chocolate melted for decoration or any kind of cookies decoration

Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

Cream butter and sugar together with an electric mixer. Beat in egg and vanilla.

On low speed, beat in flour mixture, mixing until all the flour is incorporated. Do not over mix, or the cookies will turn out tough.

Refrigerate dough for at least 30 minutes, preferably 1-2 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or a silpat mat.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoonful onto prepared cookie sheets. Flatten slightly with your fingers. Sprinkle with sprinkles, if desired.

Bake 8-12 minutes, until cookies are golden brown the bottom

Monday, July 12, 2010

Indonesian Corn Fritters

I've been busy since I came back home after 2 months travelling , try to catch up with everything . And the important thing was looking a school for my daughter. I can feel that she is more lonely since she came back home, well.. over there she had many friends around . That's why I think is a good idea to put her on a school. It was not hard to find a great school , I've been searching since last year.

Today is her first day of school. She is more exciting than me, to be honest . I was so nervous. Her pre-school schedule is 2 days a week for full day. It's mean I won't see her at least for 5 hours. But , story is totally different. She enjoyed the time at school. Oh .. well.. mom need to be relax for awhile.

When she came back from school , I'd like to give her a little snack like corn fritters. These delicate fritters are a great way to shine the spotlight on sweet, summer corn. Serve them as a main course accompanied by a hearty salad or as an appetizer on their own.

Indonesian Corn Fritters

1 bottle(s) canola oil for frying
1/2 teaspoon(s) sea salt
1/2 teaspoon(s) white pepper powder

1/2 teaspoon(s) garlic powder - or 2 fresh garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon(s) coriander powder
1/8 teaspoon(s) cayenne pepper
5 fresh corn kernell
1/2 cup(s) onion sprig
1 egg
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
2 tbsp rice flour
1/2 cup ice water - depend how thick your mixture ; try not to make too runny batter
1/2 cup(s) ground chicken or shrimp if desire

Heat oil to 375 degrees F in a medium pot fitted with deep-fry thermometer.

Sift flours, salt, and cayenne together in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk egg and stir into dry ingredients. Fold in corn and let batter sit for 5 minutes.

Drop heaping tablespoonfuls of batter into heated oil and fry until golden, about 3 minutes (work in batches of 4 or 5). Drain on a baking pan lined with paper towels. Serve with yogurt dip or chilli sauce.

Yogurt Dip
2/3 cup(s) yogurt
2 tablespoon(s) dill
2 tablespoon(s) olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Mix all ingredients together. Chill and serve with corn fritters.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Glad to be back (home - old home) ..

Always nice to come back home, create something new around kitchen again :D - well, yes I missed my own kitchen, I missed my own garden ! I know .. I know sometime we need to spend time alone, I mean away from husband for awhile *grin*

it was a great moment in my life, spent 62 days with my parent, sisters, families. Met friends , met very very old friends .. oh GOSH , time flies so fast - and to be honest I don't know when I can see them again *hopefully every year I have a chance to see them :) *

I enjoy every moment that days even I must took care of my daughter, who was sick 3 times because of the weather changes.. but overall I was happy ! Seem I just re-charge my 'life' batteries ! To many things on mind, to many good memories to share, make me confuse what should I write - Sometimes it is interesting to hear the story behind the photo and you see the photo in a new light. But in most cases a photo shouldn't need a story to back it up. It has to speak for itself.
So, let me share some of pictures to you and i let you know how i spent 62 days ! next tell me if i had fun or not :D

(1)meet old friends, new friends, sisters, great reunion !

(2) i spoiled by very tasty and delicious local foods, the foods that i loves most !

(3)shopping 'till drop ? why not

(4) try to introduce traditional transportation to my daughter ,
but seem not only her feel exciting ,even adult enjoy the ride too :D

And did i mention that i met a very talented photographer's friends too ? Yes, they are great photographers and don't forget the model too . LOL

Thank you for all my friends who spent great time with us, hopefully someday we can meet you again *cross finger* :) . And for fans, sorry no food for today, I promise will come back tomorrow with food from my kitchen * LOL *