Nasi Goreng (Indonesian Fried Rice)

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I can say Nasi Goreng is one of the famous Indonesian dish through out the world. Instead of using the English name “Fried Rice”, many foreigners are actually familiar with the word “Nasi Goreng”. There are of course thousands versions of Nasi Goreng. As a matter of fact, I think each household have their very own style of Nasi Goreng. So this is my version of Nasi Goreng. As usual, it is made from the thing I can find in my fridge and on;y the spice I can find on my shelf.

Ingredients

10 shallots

4 garlic, fried

4 candlenut, fried

4-5 red chilli

cayenne pepper, as you desire

Process those ingredients above with your food processor to ma e a thin paste. Set aside.

1 chicken breast, sliced thinly

2 pork sausages, I used my homemade pork sausages, sliced thinly

a handful of green vegetables

1 tbsp green peas

1 tbsp fried shallots

1 tbsp green onion, sliced thinly

1 tbsp sweet soy sauce (kecap manis)

salt, pepper, sugar

Let’s cook !

  1. Heat up generous amount of canola oil in your wok, and add in your paste. Stir fry until they are fragrant and cooked (use low heat and keep stirring. It took me around 15-20 minutes)
  2. Add in chicken breast and pork sausages and cook until everything is well cooked.
  3. Add in green vegetables and green peas.
  4. Add in 2 plates of cooked rice (it’s better to use cold rice from the previous night), and keep stirring until everything is well mix.
  5. Add in Sweet soy sauce, salt, pepper, sugar.
  6. Ready to serve. Top your rice with fried shallots and green onion.

Serve with sunny side egg, Indonesian crackers (krupuk), sliced cucumber and sliced tomatoes.

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Eggplant and Pork Rice

There are days when I feel too lazy to cook, and what’s worse ? I have limited ingredients in my fridge. Today I dig in my fridge and found some eggplants and minced pork, so let’s just use these two ingredients to prepare my quick lunch

Ingredients

150 gr minced pork

1 eggplant (washed, cut into chunks. You do not need to peel the skin, but my husband prefer skinless-eggplant, so I just peel it off)

1 garlic, minced

1 tsp sesame oil

1 green onion, minced

Sauce

3 tbsp miso paste

2 tbsp mirin

1 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp sugar

Let’s cook

  1. Heat a little bit of olive oil, and add in your garlic and eggplant, saute until half cooked
  2. Add in your minced pork and saute again until everything is cooked
  3. Pour a little bit of water and sauce
  4. Keep simmering in low heat until the sauce thickened
  5. Turn of the heat, add in sesame oil.
  6. Serve on the top of warm rice

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From a working woman to a full-time housewife

I start my job as a Mandarin teacher since 2008. Just like other fresh graduates, I did my job full-heartedly. I was single and had plenty of free time, so I decided to work all day long (literally) . I worked at school morning starting at 7 a.m to afternoon at 4 p.m and continue my work as private tutor to evening around 9 to 10 p.m. I went to a full-time private tutor after 2 years. For the first 4 years of teaching, I encountered a lot of difficulties. There were ups and downs as a teacher but I managed to persistent in this field of job. I learned a lot, not about the language, but more about children’s psychology towards studying new language.

Starting from my 5th year, I found myself actually fall in love with my job. Teaching a language does not mean you stand there in front of the students and talk about language. I found that the most important part of teaching language is to understand our students,to understand their difficulties, to understand what they love to do, to understand their family background, and to understand the main purpose of studying.

Along my 9 months of pregnancy, teaching has been an important activities for me. It helped me cope with my nausea, and seeing these children playing happily made me smile all the time. But then, here came the time when I should made up my mind whether I am going to continue working after. We eventually came up with “RESIGNING” decision.

For the last few months of teaching, the word resigning keep haunting me. “This is my life !”, “I’ve been doing these all the time”, “What will happen with my students?”, “How am I going to feel with no income ?” Well, to be honest, incomes were my top list issue. I am quite sure all women understand the feeling to possess your own money, earned by yourself is way different with receiving money from your spouse. This has nothing to do with how much money you earn or you receive.

But here I am now…first 30 days after delivery, I felt just fine. Maybe because I’m still too tired taking care of Andrea, I was still learning how to become a mother. I spent most of my time sleeping and pampering my baby. And yet now, 3 months after delivery, I am still learning to keep my days run smoothly. I write blogs, cook, bake, running household errands, reading. While actually now I think “RESIGNING” is just a word, in the reality I haven’t resigned from anything. I am still working full-time taking care of my little family, The feeling to be able to stay with my baby 24 hours a day is irreplaceable. I know she needs me more than anything in this world and I am so willingly to give all my time for her.

It is not as hard or as uncomfortable as I imagine….

Chicken Steamed Rice

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My version of Chicken Steamed Rice is a very easy and fast yet delicious dish. And even better, you only need less than 5 minutes to cook !! It is very suitable for a quick-lunch or dinner or when you are not in the mood of cooking, you can always prepare Chicken Steamed rice in no time for your family.

Ingredients (for 2 persons)

2 chicken breast fillet, sliced thinly ( I used Ayam Kampung which is quite small in size, that’s why I need 2 breasts, but if you buy your chicken breasts at the supermarket, I think 1 would be enough)

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10 small shallots (if you can’t find small shallots in your country, you can use the big one and cut into chunks)

2 shiitake mushroom, soaked and sliced thinly (you might need around 30 min to soak in warm water, so prepare this in advance)

1 hard-boiled egg (divided into 2 later on)

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Let’s cook !!!

  1. Prepare your wok, pour in generous amount of oil (I used canola oil) and turn the heat up to high.
  2. Add in your shallots and sauté until the color change
  1. Add in you sliced chicken, sauté again until well cooked, and then you add your shiitake mushroom
  2. Add in 1 tbsp oyster sauce, 1 tbsp Kecap Raja Rasa, 2 tsp of salt, 1 tsp of sugar and half cup hot water. sauté and let it simmer in medium low heat for 2-3 minutes while you prepare the bowl for rice.

 

Let’s prepare the presentation

Drizzle a small amount of sesame oil in small bowl and put in half boiled egg.

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Add in the chicken mixture to the bowl.

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Add your rice, press it to set the shape and turn in over onto a plate

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And voilà … !!!! it’s ready to be served. Serve warm with chunk of chili pepper if you like it hot.

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Enjoy your meal !

 

 

Kimchi Nabe

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I ate this dish for the first time during my trip to Japan in December 2015. It was so delicious and a great combination between Korean flavor and Japanese flavor. I am posting  my version of Kimchi Nabe. You can always adjust the flavor as you like by adding or cutting down some sauce.

Prepare base stock

4 cups of water4x4cm of Dashima or Kombu1 tsp ancovy stock

  1. Boil all the ingredients without lid in medium low heat around 25 to 30 minutes. You will find the dashima or kombu will be softer
  2. Take out dashima/kombu to make a clear stock. Put aside for later use

Nabe ingredients

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  1. 1 small pack of thinly sliced pork belly and 1 small pack of pork loin
    You can also use beef. But my husband and I prefer pork. Pork belly is my favorite and he choose pork loin for him.
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  3. 1/3 can of spam, sliced thinly
  4. 1 pack of enoki mushroom
  5. 100 grams of Kimchi and around 5 tbs kimchi juice
  6. 1 pack of Kinyaku jelly noodle
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 Let’s cook !!

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Prepare your hotpot, drizzle a small amount of sesame oil and cook your meat until fully cooked

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Add in sliced onion and kimchi (without kimchi juice), sautée around 4-5 minutes until the onions are well cooked.

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Pour in the stock we made earlier, around 3-4 cups, let it boil

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Add in kimchi juice, 1 tbs of Gochujang (you can add more if you want, but I prefer to add only 1 tbs) and 2 tbs of Miso. Stir until the pastes are well dissolved. This is the right time to adjust the taste as desired (I didn’t add additional paste)

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Add in all other ingredients we prepared earlier

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Cover and let it boil in medium low heat around 15 to 20 minutes

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Tadaaa…….., a pot of delicious homemade Kimchi Nabe is ready to be eaten. You can have this Nabe with a bowl of warm rice or you can just enjoy it without rice.

9 months pregnancy

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Every pregnancy is unique. 

My morning sickness started at around the 5th week of pregnancy. It started gently but it worsened day by day. I started to have difficulties running errands and working since vomiting came every hour. I vomited more than 20 times daily and I barely able to walk to the toilet. During those times, the only things that I was able to consume without vomiting was BANANAS.

So I tried to eat as many banana as possible to avoid being hospitalized for dehydration and it actually worked !.

Beside those all-day-long-never-ending-morning sickness, I also noticed a small amount of blood spotting which worried me up until the doctor said that it would be gone in several weeks. The spotting came from the outside part of my womb, so my baby should be just fine. But just to be completely safe doctor suggested me to stop exercising during my pregnancy. (anyway, who is able to exercise while feeling nauseous all the time ??!? ). My pregnancy symptoms had forced me to take a leave from work for 2 whole months.

On my 16th week, doctor found that my right veins in the umbilical cord was impeded which lead to the fetus might not receive enough oxygen to develop properly. Doctor prescribed aspirin pills named Thrombo Aspilets (don’t worry, they are safe for expecting mother) and I have to take those pills once daily until 34th week of pregnancy. This condition might result my baby to be born less than 3kgs.

 Those hard times ended after I entered my 20th week of pregnancy. Although sometimes I still feel nauseous but it was getting better and better. I ate small portion more than 5 times daily. I have difficulty consuming fruits that cause gas because they caused me to vomit again, so again, the only fruit my stomach is able to accept was BANANA. I drank a lot of homemade soy milk with no added sugar. One thing for sure, my baby didn’t like artificial sugar, so yummy food like cakes, cookies, hot chocolate, unhealthy snacks etc are actually not in my eating list.

My regular check up were one of the highlights in my pregnancy. I have always waited for my check-up schedule. To be able to see my baby move, jump, roll and sleep in my womb gave me the utmost happiness and satisfaction. On the day when the nauseous and vomiting came back, I re-viewed those ultrasound pictures and they comforted me, gave me strength and patience. From that day on, I knew that I have given my life for her.

Andréa, 9 months with you in my womb, with all the struggles, ups and downs, not a single day I didn’t feel grateful for having you. My daily prayer  “God give me health and wisdom to raise her, to educate her, to make her life beautiful and useful to her surrounding”

Andréa

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When it comes to the words “New Year”, they simply remind me of family gathering, good food, laughter, happiness etc.It’s been our family tradition to celebrate both New Year and Chinese New Year together. And one things for sure, this 2017 new year, God has added another new member to our family : Andréa (born 11.10.2016).

I never write anything about  Andréa before, so let me start by why I chose that name for my baby girl.

My husband and I have been married for more than 2 years before I finally got pregnant with

Andréa. I had miscarriage with my previous pregnancy (4 months after our wedding) and we have been wanting for another baby since. On September 2015 we consulted our condition with Dr. Aucky Hinting (andrologist) and he prescribed vitamins for us. February 2016, I finally missed my period and were so happy that the test pack turned out to be positive. I double-checked and it’s genuinely POSITIVE !!!. The next few days after I started to feel nauseous, had a bad morning-sickness that put me on bed rest for weeks. I had to take my leave since I can’t handle both morning sickness and students (read my post about my lovely students) in the same time.  My husband was overwhelmed with the news and after 8 weeks we finally went to obstetrician. The doctor started with Ultrasound but he could not see any fetus in my womb and asked us to come back in 2 weeks. And we did….but still no appearance of the fetus. I was so devastated to hear that I might need to let go of this baby…again!. But fortunately my husband and I decided to wait for several weeks. The thought of losing this baby had worsen my morning-sickness and my mood. On my 12 weeks of pregnancy, we visited another obs and at that moment, through a trans-vaginal Ultrasound, we heard our baby’s heartbeat.

Andrea’s heartbeat

 It was strong and normal. I was drown in excitement and I almost cried. There were a few concern about my pregnancy (my next post) but I assumed my pregnancy went smooth and Andréa was born as scheduled and healthy.

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The name Andréa derived from the Latin meaning “womanly” or “beautiful lady”, steadfast and confident,honest and reliable.A tower of strength for thoughts she cares for and a rock to the family. We believed that she will be strong in every conditions and situations in her life now and in the future, just like she stays strong in my womb.

Daddy and Mommy always pray for your health, happiness and success in your life…my baby A.