Sad. And tired.

I guess I will not post any photographs here for a while.
I came home on Saturday after a very tiring week, only to find out that someone had broken into our house. This person took our money, my jewellery, our camcorder, all my photography equipment, my beloved vintage camera and worst, they took M’s wedding present for me. It’s a family necklace that has been passed from generation to generation.
To loose all those money and camera etc is fine for me, but not this. This one has a very deep meaning to me. But I guess there is nothing I can do. All I can do is to let go.
This week has been very heavy and tiring and full of bad news. And this burglary just made things worst.
It feels like suddenly everything just goes to the wrong direction.
My friend told me today: you have to learn to stop, take a deep breath and slow down. Do one thing at a time, try to fix the problems one by one.
I think I will do that.
I am sad.
And tired.
But I am still very grateful that I have my friends and family.

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June 2nd, 2013 | Add comment


Jamie Oliver Tomato Soup


Totally delicious.
Totally appropriate. Well, for the weather now.
Alora, I bought these beautiful tomatoes not with this soup in mind, I was imagining something more in salad direction like this or this or this.
It was indeed sunny when I bought them.
As the weather is totally unpredictable.
I woke up to a very beautiful Sunday.
Then it turned grey. Then it rained when I was about to make my lunch.
So, tomato soup it is.
Simple. To the point. Yum. Jamie.
I changed the recipe a bit, using two kind of fresh tomatoes: Chika cherry tomatoes and Golden tomatoes instead of canned tomatoes. And no basil. The link to the original recipe is here.


Sangat enak.
Sangat cocok. Paling tidak untuk cuaca sekarang lah.
Jadi, waktu membeli tomat ini saya sebenarnya tidak ingin membuat sup, karena membayangkan ingin membuat yang segar-segar seperti salad seperti ini atau ini atau ini.
Karena waktu saya membeli tomat cuaca sedang cerah sekali.
Cuaca sekarang benar-benar tidak bisa diprediksi.
Bangun tadi pagi dengan cuaca cerah.
Siang sudah mendung, Lalu hujan waktu mau masak makan siang.
Jadi, ya sup tomat paling enak.
Sederhana. To the point. Yum. Jamie.
Saya rubah resepnya sedikit, pakai dua jeni tomat: tomat Chika dan tomat Golden. Di resep aslinya memakai tomat kalengen. Dan saya juga tidak memakai daun kemangi. Kalau ingin melihat resep aslinya ada disini.



Jamie Oliver Tomato Soup

2 carrots
2 sticks celery
1 medium onions
2 cloves garlic
Olive oil
1.5l homemade vegetable broth - I usually made it myself
500g fresh tomatoes, chopped
Sea salt
Freshly ground black and red pepper

Peel and roughly slice the carrots. Slice the celery. Peel and roughly chop the onions. Peel and slice the garlic. Put a large pan on a medium heat and add two tablespoons of olive oil. Add all your chopped and sliced ingredients and mix together with a wooden spoon.
Cook for around 10 to 15 minutes, until the carrots have softened but are still holding their shape, and the onion is lightly golden.
Add the chopped tomatoes, then the vegetable broth.
Give it a good stir and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes with the lid on. Season with sea salt and pepper.
Transfer to serving bowl, drizzle with olive oil and a bit of pepper. And best eaten with warm ciabatta.
Buon apetito!


Sup Tomat Ala Jamie Oliver

2 wortel
2 batang seledri
1 bawang bombai sedang
2 siung bawang putih
Olive oil
1.5 liter kaldu sayuran - saya biasanya membuat sendiri
500g tomat segar, cuci dan potong-potong
Garam laut
Merica hitam dan merah yang baru digiling.

Kupas dan potong kasar wortel dan bawang bombainya. Potong-potong selederi. Kupas bawang putihnya. Di panci yang cukup besar, dengan api sedang, tambahkan 2 sendok makan olive oil lalu masukan potongan wortel, seledri, bawang bombai dan bawang putih. Aduk rata dengan sendok kayu selama 10-15 menit sampai empuk. Masukkan potongan tomat lalu tambahkan kaldu sayurnya.
Aduk dan didihkan, lalu kecilkan api dan masak hingga matang (kurang lebih 10 menit dengan panci tertutup). Bumbui dengan garam dan merica.
Pindahkan ke mangkuk saji, taburi dengan olive oil dan sedikit merica. Paling enak dimakan dengan roti ciabatta hangat.
Selamat makan!

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May 26th, 2013 | Add comment


Random Banget: Biaya Hidup Di Jakarta

Kali ini ingin berbagi cerita dalam bahasa Indonesia (campur bahasa Inggris sedikit lah :). Saya kadang suka random, dan suka baca apa saja, jadi kadang suka nyasar ke blog/site yang kadang bikin M bingung: “kamu ngapain baca itu?”
Salah satunya, nyasar ke blog ini.

Post yang menarik mata adalah tentang berapa sih sebenarnya biaya hidup di Jakarta untuk satu keluarga dengan 2 anak. Untuk keluarga menengah dan hidup dengan layak. Kategori di blog diatas untuk hidup dengan layak kurang lebih adalah seperti ini:
1. Tinggal di rumah berukuran layak (kurang lebih 200 m2), di lokasi bebas banjir di suburb Jakarta dan bisa mencapai Jakarta dalam 60 menit (contoh Tangerang atau Bekasi)
2. Mobil untuk kedua orang tua. Bukan mobil mewah tetapi sekelas Honda Civic atau Toyota Corolla atau kebawah.
3. Tidak membeli barang-barang mewah seperti jam Rolex atau tas Louis Vuitton.
4. Anak-anak sekolah di sekolah dekat rumah, bukan sekolah mewah seperti Pelita Harapan dengan ekstrakurikuler menunggang kuda
5. Tidak punya pembantu dan sopir
6. Tidak sering makan di luar.
7. Berlibur bersama keluarga satu tahun sekali.
8. Kadang mengganti barang elektronik (tidak sering ganti telepon seluler, etc)
9. Punya asuransi

Yang mengejutkan, adalah angka yang keluar: IDR 644.825.000 per tahun, jadi seorang kepala rumah tangga harus berpenghasilan IDR 54.000.000 per bulan. Wow. Detail tentang ini bisa dilihat disini.
Jadi kaget, apakah benar? Padahal kalau melihat detailnya, rumah yang harus dicicil pun bukan rumah yang mahal.
Kalau dipikir-pikir, ngapain juga saya nulis tentang biaya hidup di Jakarta. Padahal saya juga tidak tinggal di Jakarta. :)

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May 25th, 2013 | Add comment



I haven’t been here for a while.
I’ve been to Hong Kong and it was awesome!










And I made a birthday cake for the sweetest 5 years old for her bday.


And I made a Japanese inspired moss garden brownies.



And I made a pretty but totally not edible soup :)


And I made a surprise bday dinner for M.
And I burnt the cake I made for M bday too.
And I hosted another bday dinner.
And I am making a new collection (plus freaking out a bit. Well, may be…a bit more).
And I am I am grateful to be surrounded by awesome people in my life.

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May 9th, 2013 | Add comment


One Roller Coaster Week

I was making prototype in my kitchen table today, using an iron and natural materials. And I suddenly realised how different my life is now. Five years ago, in Milan, if I ever need to make prototype, I would design in my computer then someone would use a 3D printer to make it. Done. Here, with the heat blazing outside, and I am sweating in my messy kitchen, trying to make sense of things.
Just so funny.
There is no better or worst.
The question I asked myself was: Are you happy?
And the answer is: Yes.
That’s enough.
I can’t stop smiling.
Well. I am not saying that life is perfect and all here.
This week is actually quite…a roller coaster.
But I am not complaining.
I am just grateful.
Let me just share with you the things I made this week:

This awesome chewy mochi cake, recipe is from the blog of lovely Kathya. I used a smaller pan that I should, and it raised too much then sank a bit haha but anyway I am loving all the wrinkle and crinkle of this cake. It makes it quirky. And you should totally make it!


Strawberry pound cake. Recipe from Martha Stewart, I just added like 5-6 tablespoons of homemade strawberry jams and sprinkled some dried edible flower petals on top for extra prettiness :)



And, the usual, my everyday muffins, in mini mould :)


Wish you all a nice weekend!

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April 5th, 2013 | Add comment


Some Muffins Are Just So Pretty


Woke up early this morning.
Baking with beautiful morning sun.
I was thinking:
1. Nothing could go wrong, when sprinkled with organic rose petals and coconut sugar.
2. And instagram has made me so lazy.



Mulberry, banana, yoghurt, passion fruits and oats smoothies.


Fresh rosella flowers.
I’ve been addicted with these kind of colours and tones lately.

Muffins recipe from my everyday muffins:

Chocolate and Banana Muffins

1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup yoghurt
1/4 cup milk
1 egg
1/3 cup mashed banana
75g dark chocolate, roughly chopped

Organic edible dried rose petals and coconut sugar

Then turn on the oven to 180C
Mix all the dry ingredients
Mix all the wet ingredients then pour it to the dry ingredients, mix until just incorporated, do not over mix
Then fold the chopped chocolate
Butter and flour the muffin pan
Divide the batter to the pan
Sprinkle with rose petals and coconut sugar
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golder brown

Muffin Pisang Coklat

1 gelas takar* tepung terigu (saya memakai tepung terigu segitiga biru)
1 sendok teh baking powder
1/2 sendok teh baking soda
1/4 gelas takar gula
1/4 gelas takar extra virgin olive oil
1/4 gelas takar yoghurt
1/4 gelas takar susu
1 telur
1/3 cup pisang tumbuk
75g coklat, potong-potong kecil

Taburan atas:
Kelopak bunga mawar organik yang bisa dikonsumsi dan gula kelapa

Nyalakan oven ke 180C
Campur semua bahan kering
Campur semua bahan basah, lalu tuang ke campuran bahan kering. Aduk rata, tapi jangan berlebihan
Masukan coklat, aduk rata
Olesi loyang muffin dengan mentega dan tepung
Tuang adonan muffin ke loyang
Taburi dengan kelopak bunga
Panggang 20-25 menit atau sampai coklat keemasan.

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March 28th, 2013 | Add comment


Pumpkin Risotto


When I saw this beautiful slice of pumpkin at the usual Saturday Ubud organic farmers’ market, first thing came on my mind was risotto. So risotto it was. I rarely make risotto in Bali because it’s too hot here, but with global warming the weather has been unpredictable. So yes, risotto in Bali in March.
Initially I wanted to make this recipe by Jamie Oliver, but I didn’t have any ingredients in hand plus most of the ingredients could not be sourced locally, so I opted for my kind of risotto, a simpler one.

Ketika saya melihat potongan waluh yang cantik ini di pasar petani organik Ubud pada hari Sabtu, hal pertama yang datang ke kepala adalah risotto. Jadilah saya masak risotto. Biasanya saya jarang masak risotto di Bali karena terlalu panas disini, tetapi karena pemanasan global cuaca jadi susah dipprediksi, jadi, ya, risotto di Bali pada bulan Maret.
Pada awalnya saya ingin membuat resep dari Jamie Oliver ini, tetapi saya tidak punya bahan-bahannya dan kebanyakan tidak tersedia secara lokal, jadi saya memilih risotto kesukaan saya, yang lebih sederhana.



Pumpkin Risotto

4 to 5 cups no-salt-added homemade vegetable stock
1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
1 stalk of celery, finely chopped
3/4 cups risotto rice (I used organic Singaraja rice and it was great)
1 cup pumpkin puree
Freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano
Extra virgin olive oil
A knob of butter
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Homemade stock:
1 small onion, peeled
1 leek
2 carrots
3 cloves of garlic
7 coriander seeds
5 peppercorns
some twigs of thyme
1 celery
1,5 liter of water

Boil all ingredients for stock for 20 minutes and set aside

Heat the vegetable stock to a simmer (low heat), and continue simmering it while preparing the recipe. Heat a glug of olive oil in one pot (medium heat) then saute onion and celery until it begins to soften.
Turn up the heat.
Add the rice (don’t wash the rice), stir until the rice looks a bit translucent. Add a cup of stock and a pinch of salt to the rice, reduce the heat to low, stir often, cooking until most of the liquid has been absorbed by the rice. Repeat with another cup of stock, and continue stirring, adding stock until the rice is almost tender but still has some bite to it.
Stir in the pumpkin and a handful of freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano.
Season with salt and pepper.
Add a knob of butter, stir until it melts.
Turn off the hear, cover for 2 minutes.
Serve with some drizzles of extra virgin olive oil and freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano.
Perfect with warm ciabatta.
Buon apetito!

Pumpkin Risotto

4 sampai 5 gelas takar kaldu sayuran tanpa garam buatan sendiri
1 bawang bombai kecil, potong halus
1 seledri, potong halus
3/4 gelas takar beras risotto (saya pakai beras organik Singaraja, dan rasanya ok banget!)
1 gelas takar waluh yang dikukus dan dihaluskan
Keju parmesan yang baru diparut
Extra virgin olive oil
Satu sendok makan mentega
Garam laut dan merica

Kaldu sayuran tanpa garam buatan sendiri:
1 bawang bombai kecil, kupas
1 daun bawang
2 wortel
3 bawang
7 biji ketumbar
5 biji merica
Beberapa batang thyme
1 seledri
1,5 liter air

Rebus semua bahan selama 20 menit.

Jaga kaldu supaya tetap panas (api kecil), dan biarkan tetap panas ketika menyiapakan resep ini. Panaskan satu ‘glug’ extra virgin olive oil di panci, lalu masak bawang bombai dan seledri sampai mulai empuk.
Besarkan apinya.
Masukkan beras (jangan dicuci), aduk sampai nasinya terlihat agak bening. Tambahkan satu gelas takar kaldu dan satu cubit garam laut. Kecilkan apinya, sering diasuk sampai kaldunya terserap oleh beras. Lanjutkan dan ulangi sampai rasinya matang tetapi masih terasa agak sedikit sekali keras.
Masukan waluh yang sudah dihaluskan dan juga satu genggam keju parut.
Bumbui dengan garam laut dan merica.
Tambahkan satu sendok makan mentega, aduk hingga meleleh.
Matikan apinnya dan tutup selama 2 menit.
Sajikan dengan cipratan extra virgin olibe oil dan taburan keju parut.
Enak sekali dengan roti ciabatta hangat.
Buon apetito!

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March 19th, 2013 | Add comment


Just Some Thoughts

I feel that I haven’t really been here for a long time. Maybe because there were lots of things happened in life or maybe because these days I feel so uninspired with and by anything and everything. I mean, my life is as beautiful as usual but there are times even beauty bores me. It’s not that I am not grateful, I really am.
I am just. Uninspired.
Maybe because, I saw death of someone I knew. And when I am faced with something so deep as death, everything else feel meaningless. I was so sad I could not really eat for a day that day. I think it still haunts me.
I guess instead of recipe, I will share some instagram photos I took with M’s iphone.

Rasanya saya sudah lama sekali tidak menulis disini. Mungkin karena banyak sekali hal yang terjadi akhir-akhir ini atau mungkin karena akhir-akhir ini saya merasa sangat tidak terinspirasi oleh apapun. Hidup saya masih seindah biasanya tapi ada saatnya, bahkan keindahan itu rasanya membosankan. Bukannya saya tidak berterima kasih dengan hidup saya, saya sangat bersyukur.
Saya hanya sangat. Tidak terinspirasi.
Mungkin, karena saya melihat kematian dari seseorang yang saya kenal. Dan ketika saya dihadapkan dengan sesuatu yang sangat mendalam seperti kematian, hal-hal yang lain terasa menjadi tanpa makna. Saya sedih sekali sampai rasanya susah makan seharian waktu itu. Dan rasanya perasaan ini masih menghantui saya.
Kayanya daripada berbagi resep, saya akan berbagi beberapa foto instagram yang saya ambil dengan iphone milik M.









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March 17th, 2013 | Add comment


Vegan Banana Bread


Vegan Banana Bread. Should I say more? :)

Vegan Banana Bread
Adapted from Joy The Baker

4 medium ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tsp aluminum free baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease and flour a loaf pan.
In a large mixing bowl, mix the mashed bananas, sugar, oil, and vanilla extract, and mix well.
Sift in the flour, baking powder and baking soda. Add vanilla extract and salt. Mix until the wet and dry ingredients are just combined. Add the chopped walnuts.
Transfer to the prepared pan and bake for 45 to 50 minutes.

Roti pisang vegan (tanpa bahan yang mengandung produk dari binatang, termasuk susu). Resep ini kayanya kebagusan untuk tidak dibagi dengan kalian dan pakai bahasa Indonesia :)

Roti Pisang Vegan
Diadaptasi dari Joy The Baker

4 pisang ukuran sedang (saya pakai pisang ambon organik), tumbuk tetapi jangan terlalu halus
1/4 gelas takar extra virgin olive oil
1/2 gelas takar gula kelapa bubuk (kalau tidak ada bisa diganti dengan gula biasa)
1 sendok teh takar ekstrak vanili (bukan bubuk vanilin putih, tetapi yang bintik-bintik berwarna hitam)
2 gelas takar tepung terigu
1 sendok teh takar baking soda
1 sendok teh takar baking powder yang bebas kandungan aluminium
1/2 sendok teh takar garam
1 gelas takar kacang walnut (bila tidak ada bisa diganti dengan kacang almond atau kacang mente), cincang kasar

Panaskan oven ke 350F atau 180C. Olesi loyang dengan sedikit extra virgin olive oil kemudian taburi dengan tepung terigu.
Di mangkuk besar, campur pisang tumbuk, gula, extra virgin olive oil dan ekstrak vanila, kemudian campur dengan baik.
Ayak tepung, baking soda dan baking powder. Tambahkan ekstrak vanila dan garam. Campur rata tetapi jangan terlalu lama, tambahkan kacang walnut cincang.
Pindahkan ke loyang lalu panggang 45-50 menit sampai matang.

Maaf, kalau instruksinya agak kacau, kalau bingung bisa email ke saya :)
Semoga berhasil! Enak sekali lho, juga kalau tidak habis, bisa dipotong-potong lalu dipanaskan besoknya untuk sarapan, pengganti roti tawar :)

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March 6th, 2013 | Add comment


Winter Pasta


This pasta by Heidi was super delicious.
We had leftover and I baked it with simple béchamel sauce. Totally delicious too.
I totally forgot to post this.
It is not impossible to find kale in Bali. Organic and locally grown.



Heidi Swanson’s Winter Pasta
Serves 4-6

4 cloves of garlic, peeled
4 small shallots, peeled
1 small bunch/225g of kale, stalks removed, washed well
1/3 cup/80 ml extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup/56g goat cheese, plus more for topping
2 tablespoons + hot pasta water
fine grain sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
fresh lemon juice - optional
340 g dried short pasta (I used conchiglie pasta)
fresh thyme - and thyme flowers

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt the boiling water generously, and add the garlic and shallots. Boil for 2-3 minutes, stir in the kale and cook for another ten seconds. Don’t overcook.
Working quickly, use a slotted spoon or strainer to fish the greens, garlic, and shallots from the water. Use a food processor to puree the ingredients along with the olive oil and goat cheese.
Add a couple tablespoons of hot pasta water if needed to thin things out if needed. Then season with a touch of salt and plenty of black pepper. Taste. Depending on your goat cheese, you might need a little extra acidic oomph if your sauce is a bit flat. If so, add fresh lemon juice a bit at a time until you’re happy with it the sauce. Set aside.
Reheat the pot of water and boil the pasta per package instructions. Drain and toss immediately with the green sauce. Serve topped with a few pinches of fresh thyme, and more crumbled goat cheese.

For leftover, if you want to bake it, make this first:

Béchamel Sauce

425ml milk
40g butter
20g plain flour
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Melt the butter gently - don’t over-heat it or let it brown. As soon as the butter melts, add the flour and, over a medium heat and using a small pointed wooden spoon, stir quite vigorously to make a smooth, glossy paste. Now begin adding the milk a little at a time. Always whisking briskly.
Turn the heat down to its lowest setting and let the sauce cook for 5 minutes, whisking from time to time.
Taste and season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat an oven to 200C, place the leftover pasta in a pan, pour the béchamel Sauce over. Bake till the top is golden and crispy.

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March 2nd, 2013 | Add comment


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