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Baby shower plus loads of laughters….

A dear friend of mine, whom I met and was lucky enough to get to know quite well, whilst I was in Hong Kong is due to give birth to a baby boy. I’m not sure how customary it is to have a baby shower. I know in Indonesia it’s not a very common thing, but in Australia, it is. I have been to a few baby showers now, and suggested R that she should have one. Not only that, but it was an excuse for us to get together and try her delicious cooking!

R is a great chef, she makes cooking so SO simple! I don’t know where she comes up with the ideas but believe me, I struggle to cook each night and with no oven in Hong Kong, it made my cooking very limited to stir fry’s, soups and anything with a saucepan or wok!

R claims she is lazy but I don’t think she is. She cooks dinner more often than anyone I know, and like I said, her cooking is simple but yet deliciously tasty. She came up with a theme for the baby shower ‘canned food’. So everything she cooked had to involve some sort of canned food. With the help of her Sous Chef, she made, corn kennels with bacon and corriander, pineapple spam, Indonesian home style sop ayam (clear chicken soup), pekedel (Indonesian potatoes cakes), fruit salad, and dessert which was lychee, logan, rambutan and grapes all mixed together to form a delicious drink. For each of the recipes, please read her blog here.

Corn kennels with bacon and corriander was light and tasty. The corn was incredibly sweet and the saltiness of the bacon gave it a really nice flaovour.

Baked spam with pineapple, in teriyaki sauce. I love spam and pineapple so the combination of them both was absolutely delicious! Its such a simple dish but yet satisfying.

Indonesian home style sop ayam (clear chicken soup), this reminds me so much of the red sausage soup that mum makes, the only difference is that R’s soup was not tomato base, like Mum’s. Still, this was absolutely delicious.

Perkedel (potato pancakes), one of my favourite Indonesian snacks. High in carbs but high in flavour!

Dessert, an easy Indonesian dish: logans, lychees, rambutans and grapes – and believe it or not, ALL CANNED! It was deliciously sweet and refreshing. The canned grapes were a little weird but everything else was incredibly tasty. It reminded me of my childhood in Indonesia!

We didn’t play any baby games, but we did have a good chat and lots of laughter. I am going to miss the catch ups and the laughter’s, that’s for sure.

R, you are a wonderful chef and I enjoyed your meal, can’t wait to try your meal again soon!

Indonesian feast @ Mums

Prior to coming to Sydney, I have kindly asked mum if she could make some of my favourite Indonesian dishes, one being sate ayam! You can never get good sate ayam unless I go back to Indonesia or at mums. So one weekend, we organized a get together with friends and family and mum made some of our favourite meals including sate ayam, beef rendang, wontons, spring rolls, bakso goreng and nasi kunning!

Let’s start with the sate ayam, chicken sate. Mum and dad specifically made these the night before, well, they put all the chicken on the stick and on the day we put them on the bbq with charcoal so you get that charcoal smelling flavour. The chicken sate was tender, succulent and absolutely fantastic! It truly did hit the spot! Dad made about 140 sates, I know for a fact, that my friend J, ate 18 sticks! My brother, F, ate about the same, I think I only ate 10! Disappointing but I was seriously stuffed!

The peanut sauce accompanied with the sate ayam was delicious!

Nasi kuning – Indonesian rich dish, rice cooked with coconut milk and turmeric. I love mum’s nasi kuning – I have tried making this dish but every single time, FAIL! She has given me the recipe and I have tried but something is always missing. The nasi kuning was full of flavour and the aroma…. Absolutely fantastic!

Deep fried wontons and spring rolls, I didn’t have too many of these, I really wanted to leave room for all the other fantastic dishes.

Mum’s famous beef rendang – she definitely made this with lots and lots of love! It was just wonderful! I know how long it takes to make the beef rendang, it was incredibly tender, full of flavour and had a hint of chili which was just fantastic! No one does beef rendang like mum that’s for sure!

Bakso goreng, deep fried pork balls. We bought these, the day before from an Indonesian restaurant in Kingsford, Pinanggsia. I absolutely love their bakso goreng. Mum was going to make her special bakso goreng but ran out of time, so bought some – which was just as good! They were HUGE, hence she cut them in halves.

And who can forget all the condiments that goes with the food? Two types of Sambal goreng; sambal goreng with tempeh, sambal goreng with fried fish, and coconut with peanuts. All can be eaten on its own or with the nasi kunning.

We had dessert – it wasn’t your typical Indonesian dessert, but still it was good. Chocolate mud cake, J and N bought this and I have to say, it was fantastic! It was light and rich, but not sickly rich. It was a perfect way to end the meal.

The Indonesian feast was just phenomenal, it was exactly what I wanted and craved for. It truly hit the spot! I could have eaten the sate and rendang with nasi kuning day in and day out! I really do miss the family / friends get together!

Home cooked meal @ Manly with Mr P

Most of you have heard about P, the guy who came up with the name of this blog! We met a while back at soccer, a good 5 – 6 years now. He now lives in Manly, with his wife, C and child, T. C also loves her food. Both P and C used to live in Hong Kong, for a good 1.5 years and have the low down on places to eat.

I didn’t get to see P the last time I was in Sydney, we were both too busy and couldn’t find time. This time though, I was keen to see them and catch up and see T again.

We had dinner at their new place in Manly, caught a ferry there. I was a little worried, as I get motion sickness, however, the ride was short enough, 15 mins to be exact so I didn’t get sick. Whilst waiting for P, I managed to take a photo of the Sydney Harbour at night…

Their house – one word – AMAZING! It could be my ‘dream house’, they have my dream kitchen that’s for sure, an island in the middle of the kitchen where you can prepare your food or it could even turn into casual eating area. Their house is big enough for the three of them, plus more, it’s overlooking the harbor, which would be fantastic for New Years Eve. It was just incredible!

Now, baby T, he has grown! Last time I saw him was in Chicago last year, he was still a baby, he is no longer baby anymore – he is a grown up boy! Cute, adorable and extremely talkative, well baby talk that is!

P and C decided to cook dinner for me, which was seriously very kind of them! They made Moroccan chicken with couscous and it was sensational. The Moroccan Chicken was tender, succulent, full of flavour. It had a nice sweetness flavour from the sultana and a nice tang from the lemon and yogurt. It was definitely yummy. Even T enjoyed the chicken!

The couscous was a great compliment, it was soft and delicious.

It was a fantastic meal with two of my dearest friends, P and C. They are indeed fantastic chef. We ended the meal with creamy vanilla ice cream and strawberries. It was light and definitely tasty.

I don’t get to see P and C very often now that I am in Hong Kong. I am looking forward to seeing all three of them in Hong Kong soon! C, I think we should do a couple of high teas whilst you are there. I do look forward to it!

P wanted me to rate his cooking and P, it was the best meal that week! It was cooked with lots of love! As much as I enjoy dining out, nothing beats a nice home cooked meal with friends!

It was great catching up with you both, and I do look forward to seeing you next week and in Hong Kong!

I am sure Hubby would have enjoyed dinner!