Archive for ‘food’

August 30, 2012

Indocafe Coffeemix

I ran out of Indocafe Coffeemix I brought from Indonesia. This is my last piece. Hope that mix of these can be a delicious substitute of my favorite coffee

July 21, 2012

Java on Your Plate

As a Javanese, I grew up in a culture that loves spices. Moving in different cities has just given me an appetite for more. My husband, just like me, is a spice lover too. We both are a huge fans of bakmi Jawa, Javanese noodle stew. That delicious bowl consist of special kind of noodle (homemade), chicken, egg and vegetables.

July 6, 2012

Obento Bento Bento!

Zojirushi Ms.Bento Stainless Lunch Jar, Aqua Blue

Zojirushi Ms.Bento Stainless Lunch Jar, Aqua Blue

4.5 out of 5 stars 

I have had Ms. Bento Zojirushi for almost 4 months now and have satisfied ever since. I consider myself as picky when it comes to food. It’s getting aggravated with my hatred to have a cold meal. I never bring food for lunch before. There was something has some bearing on my concern such as containers, insulation and leakage.

I had another excuse for not bringing lunchbox due to incapability of cooking. But after my marriage I cooked hence I made a decision to bring my own lunch. I surfed for such an insulated jar so my food would be kept warm. Fortunately I discovered this steel blue Obento Zojirushi. The insulation system serves up a thermos containing 2 food containers to keep food hot for at least 6 hours. My only complaint is it would be perfect if the top bowl can be kept warm, instead of bottom one only. The bowl at the top usually gets cooling close to room temperature after a few hours.

This would be a fantastic product for someone who does not have access to a fridge or microwave at their office, like me 😀

To be honest I felt the pinch initially after buying it. Off course I did! It’s a bit on the large side for a lunchbox. But it pays off itself afterward.

My lunch today

kept warm

June 28, 2012

Confession of Newbie in Cooking: Me!

Growing up in an Indonesian old-fashioned family (working father &  stay at home mom), I didn’t bother in cooking. I took my meals for granted. My mom cooked for me. After she passed away 5 years ago (miss you, mom :*), my beloved father cooked by himself to assure the kids (okay, we’re not kids anymore) have our meals. Can you imagine my old man in the kitchen, with a pan frying that yummy-chicken? I bet you can’t!

I thank my parents for not letting can opener become our most used kitchen implement. They seldom use those canned food. It’s an easy thing in Indonesia, people who sells vegetables all around the house. They shout out loudly “SAYUUUR!”. You have to call them as soon as possible as they yell and walk in the similar beat: high tense!


I learn how to cook properly by repetition and execution. I did searching recipes, asked my friends, found out type of vegetables and so on. I’m more than happy to serve a healthy meals for my husband (and my future kids).  Though I might guarantee that my tiny kitchen will look like a bomb went off. Almost every pot, every bowl and every spoon are used. Tho I wasn’t all my ears (sorry, mom), I remember one golden rule mom taught me : garlic is the key. You can never go wrong with that spice.

One day, I wandered into a local supermarket and decided to cook sayur bening, an Indonesian fresh soup with corn and spinach. Considering me as newbie in cooking, I think I can be forgiven for making a mistake distinguish between spinach and another vegetables named pohpohan. Pohpohan is a kind of vegetables that usually eaten raw. It’s a common vegetables in Sundanese. The problem is: I intend to cook using spinach instead of pohpohan *facepalm*. Too bad my mistakenly-spinach-soup is not as tasty as real-spinach. Sundanese are damn right! They’re better eaten raw. These two look alike yet different. Getting confused? Here these pics!

left: spinach.. right: pohpohan

OK OK, you might say that they’re different. How if you find this way?