Senin, 03 November 2014

Jantung Ayam Bumbu Kemiri

I rarely eat chicken offal. But, it doesn't mean me and family do not like it. Maybe, it because i have no idea how to cook it. For one day, Abang tukang sayur brought chicken hearts and i was challenged to cook it. And as usual for something new, i  spent too much time looking for the recipe and my laziness attacked me suddenly. Those offal finally spent much much time in freezer, yeaaah... freezing for a week until my mood came. Lol!

The recipe is simple but not easy anyway just like many Indonesian recipes. I used 1 pound chicken offal ( mixed between chicken hearts and ampela - i don't know name of ampela in English, sorry!), boiled until cooked with  1 tbsp of coriander powder.  For the spices, blend 10 cloves onion, 4 garlic, 8 nutmeg, 4 red chili, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1 tsp brown sugar, 1 tsp tamarind water. Do not forget to use kaffir lime leaves and sliced red chili when you saute it with little bit oil. I put sweet soy sauce slightly, salt, and sugar. The result was great coz this food runs out without any grumble from the kiddos. My husband wouldn't dare to issue any complaint about my food, so i guess this is okay according to his taste. For me? Ugh.. I suggest not too much to eat offal for your health coz if you try this, you can't stop eat this and will add rice in you plate. Lol!

Jumat, 26 September 2014

Bubur Tinotuan

Tinotuan porridge  or we called Bubur tinotuan is one of traditional culinary from Manado, Sulawesi Utara. First time i knew this food was from my mother. Her father came from Gorontalo, near to Manado, so this porridge is familiar to us. My mom usually put many vegetables such as kale or kangkung, carrot, corn, pumpkin and tempe into this porridge. We ate this with anchovy sambal, what a great taste. 

Since i got married, i never cooked this. My husband choose chicken porridge rather than tinotuan. He likes vegetables little than me and prefer meat or another protein source. Man typical i think. Until one day, my neighbor's assistant namely "Uwak" gave us a bowl warm tinotuan in a cold rainy weather. Gosh, my family loved and vied with each other to get a spoonful of it. We felt hunger and wanted some more. Only shame that makes me unwilling to ask again, thanks God i still have, lol!

In the morning, i brave my self to ask Uwak for the recipe. There's no doubt for her kindness, she taught me to cook it. It wasn't hard at all. If you had some chicken broth you can use it but if have not, you can use some chicken powder. I cook almost 400 gr of rice with 2 liter of chicken broth or more in low heat. Put two bay leaves and one lemongrass. Give a pinch of salt and taste it according to yours. Ten minutes before cook perfectly, put pieces of vegetables (cube) you want. Me are sweet basil leaves, corn, carrot,  and squash. You can serve it warm with sambal terasi and fried anchovy.

My kids love this porridge a lot and seem never failed their appetite for it.  Once a month i serve tinotuan as a breakfast or dinner. Sometimes Icha brought this as a bento to school. Both Icha and Jaja like vegetables as much as me. They eat any of them except pare, too bitter said them even i squeeze it with salt to reduce it. Okay, so far i proud with that. It wasn't hard to feed them since they was a baby. Some expert said you should introduce puree vegetables or fruits  rather than carbohydrate to your 6 months baby. The taste would adhere to their tongue till they grow up. I believe this. First food i gave to my kids especially Jaja are puree carrot, banana, apple, pumpkin, avocado, and many else. Trust me it works, my kids always eat vegetables and fruits everyday,  without any trouble or any drama queen scene.

Senin, 08 September 2014

Another Junk Food: Burger Patty

In every time we go to junk food restaurant, burger was always in Jaja's request.  He combined burger with french fries and lemon tea as a favorite menu. It was hard to change because it also happened to his father aka my husband. Sometimes they change the drink into soda and at the night, their stomachs bloated. Icha, my daughter not like her brother. She refers eat grilled chicken with slices cucumber or lettuce. She kind of me but the difference is she like white rice a lot. Every time she eats, she finished  the rice first, then the vegetables and meat or fish for the last. It is not about save the best for last. Observing how she eats, remind me the technique of combining food diet. It will reduce some fatties in your body because you are eating the right way according to how the digestive system works. I tried once after Icha's born and it works. I lost 10 pounds in 7 months but it rose again after i lost control of my diet, yeah..yo yo mode on. I hardly knew my self, never refuse good food, ever, lol!
So, because  of my love and my affection to Jaja and his dad, i made this patties for them. I used 1 pound minced beef and mixed it with three eggs, 5-7 tbsp coarse bread crumb, pepper, salt, sugar, chopped onion (big one), and 4 cloves of garlic.  I fried them with low heat and a little butter and keep it perfectly fried. I got 25 patties and  put into Tupperware and keep it in refrigerator to make it last. It was easy prepare, healthy, and always make your family warm, not only your kitchen.

Junk Food

Yes, i'm a lecturer in political science. I teach politics in some countries and mostly with conflict inside. Ethnic conflict, religion conflict, racial conflict, and more. Learn them makes me moderate and pragmatism because in my thought the truth is relative, so is religion. I am a moslem and of course i do believe my God, Allah and Prophet, Mohammed, but above all, i do respect with others.

Related with this, a few days ago, my son, Jaja told me that he didn't want to eat pitsa, kefsi, and mekdi (pseudonym refers to junk food restaurants).  Surprise, well.. well... well, beyond a doubt, never expect Jaja would say just like that since junk food already become his food master.  And of course i asked the reason why. He told me that he wouldn't spend his money again for Israel or United States who support Israel. What happened with Israel? My curiosity was  in highly degree. Jaja said that a thousand people in Gaza was killed by Israel and as a moslem i should support Gaza. Ouch..... his explanations punch my heart and my mind, where did he knew about Israel, Gaza, US, or products of them? Yep...yep...he learnt from anywhere. One thing i like so much from Jaja's explanation was that he did it because solidarity as a moslem and as a human, not about the truth of the religion.

I said okay to him, if he wanted to. That was his principle that should have respect from me. U Ottama, Burmese Theravada Buddhist Monk had the same thing with his boycott to British products and so was Gandhi in India.  Beside that, i quietly happy with this because i never like junk food at all and good for his health too.  To satisfy his longing about those food, i cook fried chicken and corn cream soup. Enjoy it kiddo, the healthy junk food special made for you :-)

Kamis, 07 Agustus 2014

Tahu Campur

I still have 'lontong', a packages of tofu, wet noodle, sprouts, and beef shank in my refrigerator. I find a bottle of petis paste that i never use in my cook before. My husband love food from Jawa Timur and he bought that paste for me when he went to Surabaya, a few months ago. Lazy me, i forgot to use it while the fact my cook are Minangese and Chinese food, and i don't really need that, hehehe.....

Actually, i love Jawa Timuran food too such as rawon, tahu campur, tahu tek, and rujak cingur. The best rawon i ever taste is my mom home made. My kids truly admit that their grandma's cook is the best ever. Both of my kids even said that i should learn to cook correctly from grandma, coz my cook tasteless. Damn you kiddos, i will cut your candy money for two weeks :-D

Me and husband love to try street culinary  in Jakarta and Bekasi. There are several great place to taste Jawa Timuran food such as Kali Malang, near the gas station of Cipinang Indah and Kranji area, at Jalan Pemuda. Whenever we lost appetite, this place could bring it back.  But... since we moved out from Bekasi to Depok, me and husband never find same food stall or same street culinary here. Missed those food so much.

Back to laptop like Tukul said,  with those raw things in my refrigerator and petis paste, i decide to cook tahu campur. I substitute kikil with beef shank and some fatty coz my kiddos don't like kikil and not use lentho or cassava ball and lettuce too. The recipe come from Sajian Sedap and lazy me makes sambal petis mixed with the broth. The result is great, the broth more delicious and easier to serve, yeay......

Rabu, 06 Agustus 2014

Kupat Tahu ala Bandung

Abang tukang sayur in my place told me that he wants to go to Solo alias pulkam. Why so late i asked him and he said now the tickets already cheaper than last due days. O. yeah.... it was so crowded anyway, good choice.

So, i prepare many things before he leaves. Lazy housewife that's me, ain't go to market and prefer buy ready food, anything like bakso, empek-empek, soto, nasi Padang, and those food make my purse dried, healthy reason not in my priority :-D

I buy many raw vegetables, fruits, and the most important is 'lontong' with banana leaf. Fear and greedy make me buy lontong for 25 pieces and i realize that's too much after i'm ready to cook. Firstly, i wanna cook 'lontong sayur' coz i wanna feel like 'lebaran' again, made by me. In every 'lebaran' day i never cook main dish such as ketupat/lontong sayur, sambal goreng hati, rendang, or it's complement. As a daughter and a daughter-in-law, it's my obligation to visit my parents and my mother-in-law and taste 'lebaran' food they served. I just made some cookies like nastar, sagu keju, cheese stick, semprit, putri salju, and chocchips cookies for my big family, over than 50 jars. To release my intention making my own lontong sayur and feel lebaran again or whatever, i order it.

God knows me better. My fear and greed as much as my intention lost easily. In front of my stove, i change my mind. I put squashes and beans back to refrigerator, and suddenly i wanna eat Kupat Tahu ala Bandung. I don't know why coz i never eat and cook this food before. Searching the recipe from internet takes time so long rather than the cooking, and i trust my self to use this recipe. Yepp...yepp...yepp..... less than an hour, my husband and i eat Kupat Tahu ala Bandung. My kiddos don't want it this coz they already eat at school. They first day school after holiday is fun cooking theme, they cook fried fish which is the fish is from fishing they own at school pool, cook sauteed kale from school garden, and cook rice too, great school activities :-)

Selasa, 10 Juni 2014

Tumis Kulit Melinjo

This is a cheap, easy to cook, and rising appetite food. For this recipe i use three packages 'kulit melinjo for @Rp.2000,-. Sometimes i mixed it with anchovy or 'teri medan' and i bet you didn't know you add two plates of rice then. There's no stiff recipe for this, you only have to use onion, garlic, green chili, oyster sauce, salt, and sugar. Just simple as you swallow it to your tummy.

When i was a child, my mom used to cook it.  And during her ages, mom reduced it slowly. 'Kulit melinjo' contains purin and it's not good for health coz it may causes hyperuricemia or high level of uric acid.

Actually until my age now, i never calculate any nutrient from the food i served to my family. I cook anything i want to. The standard is only white rice, lauk (such as red meat, white ones, seafood), vegetables, and tofu/tempeh. I introduced many kind of food to my family, even junk food made by my self like KFC style of fried chicken and hamburger. As long as they eat well and regular and have an adequate rest, God helps me keep my family stay health. Amen.