Monday, June 27, 2011


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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Black and white cake

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This is a left over story from the Easter day. We didn't do much on Easter day so we let our son and his friend decorated the easter eggs. They seemed to have fun together; playing and giggling. That day was a beautiful day as well. In Erie, where we live, spring starts very late. Even when the calender has officially announced spring season, somehow we still get some snow or even just cold weather

I made black and white pound cake the other day. This cake is sort of a marble cake and the way we make is just like baking a marble cake.
I made this marble cake a while ago and I thought I want to try something new. The recipe requires 10 eggs and those are lots of eggs, therefore only one slice of cake a day should be enough for me.

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A day playing with Easter egg

Black and white pound cake
Recipe from the ultimate book of baking.

4 1-ounce squares semisweet chocolate
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups (4 sticks) butter, at room temperature
31/3 cups sugar ( I used 3 cups sugar)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
10 eggs, at room temperature
confectioners sugar for dusting

Preheat the oven to 350F. Line the bottom of a 10-inch tube pan with wax paper and grease. Dust with flour and spread evenly with a brush.

Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler, or in heatproof bowl set over a pan of hot water. Stir occasionally. Set aside.

In a bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder. In another bowl, cream the butter, sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, 2 at a time, then gradually in corporate the flour mixture on low speed.

Spoon half of the batter into the prepared pan.

Stir the chocolate into the remaining butter, then spoon into the pan. With a metal spatula, swirl the two batters to create a marble effect.

Bake until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30-45 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes, then unmold and transfer to a cooling rack. To serve, dust with confectioners sugar.

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Hope you enjoy this great spring as much as I do!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Click "spring/autumn"

My entry for Click, theme this month is "spring/autumn". Hosted by Jugalbandi.

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Happy spring everyone!



Thursday, March 26, 2009

Yellow Fried Rice with shrimp (Nasi Goreng)

This is the first time I have participated in Ayin's event “Masak Bareng Yuk... (Let's cook together)”. Check on HER blog she has plenty of yummy Indonesian recipes. This month the subject is “fried rice”. Many Indonesian cook their fried rice in different ways, but basically it doesn't taste much different. This time I am making yellow fried rice with shrimp and veggies.

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That day was a beautiful day so I was feeling very happy. The sun finally came out and the temperature was getting warmer even though it was still quite breezy. My lil N and I went out to clean up the yard. Left over leaves from last year which we didn't have a chance to get all cleaned up, as the winter came so early last year.

My son was pretty helpful boy not much he could do but just to see him enjoy the outdoor fun it brought me joy. At least that day we weren't stuck at home. Nathaniel saw the nice leaf piles I had made and couldn't resist but to jump in them and make a huge mess AGAIN!


Yellow Fried Rice
1 ½ cups medium grain rice
2 eggs
salt and pepper
frozen veggies (green beans, carrots, corns)
3 garlic clove, crushed
2 shallot, crushed
green onion, chopped
½ tsp chinese five-spice powder

Cook the rice in boiling water or cook it on rice cooker.

Beat each egg separately with 2 teaspoons of cold water and salt and pepper. Fry separately like scrambled eggs.

Heat the oil in a preheated wok or large skillet. Add the garlic, shallot, chinese five-spices and turmeric. Stir-fry for 30 seconds.

And vegetables and shrimps. Stir-fry ingredients in the wok for 2 minutes.

Stir rice and scramble eggs into the mixture in the wok for one more minute. And transfer to serving dishes.

Yes it is officially spring here, and I am hoping we will have more and more nice day. So I can play outside with my dear son.

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Happy Spring!

Monday, March 9, 2009

M&M double chocolate brownies

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Sorry I've been away from my blog for awhile, life was bringing me to the other direction. It has been pretty hectic here.

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I am longing for spring, raining and foggy most of the time lately. The temperature is still cold but I thankful it hasn't been snowing for awhile now. Rain fell pretty hard last week end. We were trapped in the house just relaxing. The sound of rain drops somehow turned my mood toward baking again, as well as my hubby and son were asking me about something good for dessert. While they were playing I spent time in the kitchen alone making brownies. Chocolate is always become our family favorite. That explain huh why my diet doesn't work.

M&M double-chocolate brownies
Adapted from family circle magazine

¾ cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
4 ounces (4 squares) unsweetened chocolate
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons vanila extract
1 cup chopped pecans
1 bag (12 ounces) chocolate chips (2 cups)
M&M candy

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Heat oven to 350F. Line 13x9x2-inch baking pan with nonstick foil.

In large glass bowl, heat butter and chocolate in microwave on high for 2 minutes; stir until smooth. Let stand 5 minutes to cool slightly. Whisk in sugar, eggs, flour and vanila. Stir in pecans and half of the chocolate chips (1 cup). Transfer batter to prepared pan. Sprinkle with remining 1 cupa chocolate chips and M&M

Bake at 350F for 35 minutes, until top is dry to the touch. Let cool completely in pan on wire rack. Lift brownie from pan with foil. Cut into squares and serve.


Saturday, February 7, 2009

Happy Valentine!

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I don't have much story about food that I like to share today. Today's story will be about the love of me, my hubby and my son. Everyday as a mom, I am counting my blessing and trying to see everything in a good perspective.

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I remember, during Christmas time last year....
I was sitting in front of my computer, my son came to me and said “mommy I have a present for you”, Oh really?? what is it?
Then he ran to the other room and stayed quiet for a minute. Then gradually he came out and said “here I come”....

I saw a big green box moving toward me slowly, then it stopped right in front of me. “Wow, a walking present” ,me, saying with a funny sound. Then I heard him was giggling inside the box while his hand trying to break the top of the box.

A little head came out then I saw his face with his sour, funny and spoil mimic. “Me, mommy!!” That was the greatest present ever!


Happy Valentine Everyone!!
For my family in Indonesia, I wish I could reach and touch your hands
and tell each one of you that we love you all.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Macaroni Cheese Casserole

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Casserole comes to my rescue at the time I have no clue about what to cook. It is especially for my son who is a picky eater. According to Wikipedia, a casserole is a word from the French, meaning "saucepan” which is a large, deep pot or dish used both in the oven and as a serving dish. In America, many family serve casserole during many festive celebrations. There are many kinds of casserole; green beans and cream of chicken casserole, broccoli and tuna casserole, lasagna and of course, macaroni cheese casserole.

Even though I don't fancy casserole as much as any Indonesian dishes, I love making casserole because my husband and son like it. For my picky eater's son, casserole is a perfect dish as he will swallow everything in it, the meat, the cheese and the vegetables. It is also convenient to make casserole since it will not smell my kitchen though I don't mind the smell...:)

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Macaroni Cheese Casserole
1 pound of ground beef
1 box (6 oz) chicken stuffing mix
1 box 6 oz macaroni and cheese

1 can of spaghetti sauce
1 onion (chopped)
celery (chopped)
mix frozen vegetables
Shredded cheese


Cook macaroni and cheese as the direction on the box. Do the same to the chicken stuffing. Put it aside.

In a large skillet, cook ground beef over medium heat until cooked.

In a baking dish, layered cooked macaroni, cheese, ground beef, frozen vegetables, onion, celery and stuffing. Pour one can of spaghetti sauce over then sprinkle shredded cheese on the top.

Bake, uncovered, at 375F for about 25-30 minutes or until cooked.

Is one of my son's favorite. In every food he wants cheese in it:)

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