Breakfast.. is a must!

I love breakfast and i think  it’s a common knowledge that a good breakfast is a good start for your day. When I lived in Jakarta, my fave breakfast is bubur ayam from the street vendor. It’s a savoury chicken rice porridge, served with Chinese doughnut, spring onions, fried peanuts, fried shallots, pickled radish, soy sauce and crackers (bitternuts or prawn) and sambal. It’s very difficult to make a tasty bubur ayam, i tried it a few times but there’s always something missing in the flavour so i give up.The bubur ayam seller near my old house in Jakarta knows me very well. He always asks my dad when I’ll be coming home so he will make sure the bubur ayam is available for me.

When I moved to Australia, the option for breakfast is better. There are so many cafes in Melbourne that serve a good breakfast. My favourite areas are South Melbourne and Fitzroy. My choice is usually vegetarian, because I’m not a fan of bacon and sausages. Any kind of omelettes and poached eggs would make me happy. When the first time I met Ryan, he won my heart by cooking breakfast for me almost everyday. but since he’s English, he only cooked English breakfast which is very fattening and as a result, I gained a few kgs. So he stopped. The other favourite of mine is french toast served with cottage cheese and plum compote.

Today I made banana toasties which is very easy to make, healthy and delicious. I’m a fan of banana, I love banana cooked in any ways.

Banana toasties

You need:

  • 2 slices of wholemeal bread
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds
  • 1 banana, slice
  • Light soft cheese e.g. kraft Philadelphia
  • Maple syrup

Place the bread on the grill and toast just one side. Turn the bread over and spread the soft cheese (not on the toasted side). Sprinkle with sesame seeds and put the sliced banana on top. Drizzle with maple syrup. Put back on the grill and toast until it bubbles.

Yummy!

The cooking so far…

Well as you all know, i have started to cook and bake again. Last week I made Banana Bread, a big success! Char Kuey Teow also a success but a bit too spicy/hot!, pineapple salad yummy and refreshing, and Raspberry muffins which was a bit of a disaster. The muffins tasted really good, but it was not presentable. When I tried to take the muffins out of the tray, they broke up.

This week menu is Pad Thai, Ayam Rica Rica (menadonese dish, braised chicken in spicy sauce), kolak pisang (banana in sweet coconut milk and pandan leaves), banana fritters.

Last night Ryan cooked rack of lamb with lemon and pepper butter served on a bed of sweet potato mash and asparagus spears. Very yummy indeed.

What I like about living in England…

Time travels fast. I said this because i just realise I’ve been living in England for 5 months now! I was very excited about moving to England from Melbourne, Australia. I had lived in Melbourne for 9 years and I just needed a new environment. So a new country would be good.

Well since I moved here, I’m a bit disappointed. I found England a bit depressing. Maybe it’s the weather, i’m not really sure. Most of the time, it rains here and not just a drizzle of water, but heavy rain, where you can get really wet. I hate to get wet. Surely it’s the food. I found it very tasteless here. Any cuisine i have tried here is lacking of flavours that make your tongue dance! I also like to dine out, but eating out is very expensive here. I found England to be dirty, especially in London. Off course there are a few nice cities like bath.

The thing that I like about living here is the live gigs. It’s cheap to see your fave artists live and the chance is greater too. Since I’ve been here. I saw Radiohead, Mew, Muse, The Yeah Yeah Yeah, Deerhunter, Phoenix, … and many more. The art culture is also great here, there are a lot of options for exhibitions, theatre, and dance.

It’s also convenient. It’s cheap to fly to Europe. We’ve been to Paris and next week we’re going to Bruges in Belgium (yummy chocolates and beer!!). And we’re thinking of Florence, Italy next. It’s such a short flight just to go to a different country. I love Paris and I think I will love most of the European countries. They have a totally different vibe from England.

Shopping also great here. More options and also cheaper. However, I’m a shopaholic and it’s not so good for our bank, especially while i’m still jobless.

I miss Melbourne so much and I still think Melbourne as my fave livable city in the world. However, I’m making the most of it while I’m here. But, honestly, I will not choose to live here for a long-term.

I start baking again

I always love baking and started since I was a 12. I think I got the baking gene from my late grandma from my dad side. She was such a great cook. Her cooking was influenced by chinese/manadonese/dutch and always authentic and individual. I never taste her cooking anywhere else. She passed away when I was only 11. I certainly don’t get my cooking gene from my mom. She hates cooking and usually stress out in the kitchen. I don’t blame her. She is a business woman so she hardly found the time to cook when I was growing up. After school I usually tried the recipes from the Indonesian women magazine, Femina. Some of them successful and some of the failed but my sensory team always ate them, well maybe because they are my dad’s employees, hehehe.

In Australia, I hardly cooked/baked because it’s hard to find the free time. However, I still baked for special occasions. I love baking mostly because it does not involve chopping and raw meat. I also love the smell of fresh-baked goods in my house.However, now I have extent my skill to cooking and not just baking.

Well, since I have moved to England, I have a lot of free time, yeah still haven’t got a job :-(. So I start baking again. the first few months I was here, I just cooked basic dishes for Ryan like lamb chops, stir fried etc, but then I got really bored. I want to cook dishes I love and more challenging like Char Kuey Teow, Nasi Goreng, Egg Balado, Banana Bread, Muffins, Cupcakes, Carrot Cake, Ice Creams, Sate Ayam, etc. This week I bought all the appliances I need, such as hand mixer, food processor, wok, muffins tray, cake loaf tin and rice cooker. I can’t wait to cook/bake again. I found this fabulous website http://rasamalaysia.com/She has a lot of delicious recipes, very authentic and great food photographer. Also, I found a great vegetarian cook book, Complete Vegetarian. I always find it hard to cook vegetables deliciously, and this cook book has so many varieties on vegetarian dishes from breakfast to dessert. One of our friends got it and it turned out to be a rare cook book. But I found it second hand in Amazon and I got it today. So I can’t wait to try them recipes.

I guess Ryan is going to gain a bit of weight hehehe.