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Beets and Avocado Chocolate Cake

Beets and Avocado Chocolate Cake

I know that a recipe is a good one when I get the approval of my friend’s 10 year-old little girl with selective food preferences. (I am a former picky eater myself, by the way.) This dessert, dear readers, got hers (and her mom’s and other tasters’ too). She didn’t notice the presence of beets … Continue reading

Sauteed Cabbage and Carrots

Sauteed Cabbage and Carrots

I like cooking vegetables. Their wide variety gives out many different taste and menu possibilities. That, and most of the time I find a lot of the veggie recipes to be easy to make. Here’s one to prove my point: sautéed cabbage and carrots, another childhood dish I grew up with in Indonesia. Originally called, … Continue reading

Giada’s Blueberry Banana Bread

Giada’s Blueberry Banana Bread

  Ah, the good old banana bread: rustic, classic, and reliable. A fantastic company for coffee over breakfast or snack time. I simply love it. Not to mention the aroma it creates in the apartment when I bake it. When I started learning how to bake, I picked beginner-friendly recipes. One of them was this … Continue reading

Strawberry Raspberry Jam

Strawberry Raspberry Jam

Two weekends ago, I went on a a backpacking trip on the northwest side of Michigan with my husband and a couple of friends. On our drive home, we stopped by a local eatery/store called 13th St. Market. The quaint country cafe served good traditional American breakfast that immediately fulfilled our hunger. What I really liked though … Continue reading

Heavenly Buttery Soft Broccoli

Heavenly Buttery Soft Broccoli

Salty and aromatic, garlicky, and buttery soft broccoli! The dish has earned a spot on my favorite list. Thanks, Food52. The trick? Immerse the vegetable in boiling water (also known as blanching) for five minutes and then cook it with olive oil, garlic, chili peppers, and anchovies. Yes, anchovies! The result? Incredibly tender, savory, but yet … Continue reading

Yakiniku-Style Beef and Sauteed Onion

Yakiniku-Style Beef and Sauteed Onion

Sometimes I run out of cooking ideas. When it happens, I employ the easiest technique to get inspired: asking my family and friends about their dinner menu plan :D. It was how this recipe came about. I sent a text asking a friend, “What are you cooking for dinner tonight?” She replied, “Beef cooked with … Continue reading

Mango Sambal Over Broiled Tilapia

Mango Sambal Over Broiled Tilapia

In Surabaya, there’s this incredible sambal mangga or chili pepper condiment that is mixed with thin-sliced mango. (In Bahasa Indonesia: sambal refers to crushed chili peppers mixture and mangga means mango.) The condiment is usually served with grilled fish, squid, or prawn, and steaming hot jasmine rice. It is simply to die for, as my sister … Continue reading

Grilled Nutella Sandwich Dusted with Powdered Sugar

Grilled Nutella Sandwich Dusted with Powdered Sugar

Years ago, my friends and I frequented Quartino in Chicago. We would go to this Italian tapas restaurant, usually, right after work. Most of us worked, some lived, in downtown Chicago at that time. So Quartino was a good place in a central location  for a bunch of friends to regroup and replenish. We’d sit at the lively bar … Continue reading