Archive for August, 2007

Grilled Fish in Spicy Coconut Milk

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

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what will you end up with when you combine:
fresh fish
+
spiced coconut milk
+
fiery coconut shells

=
Heaven!

(Err, I certainly have never been there. But, trust me, this dish wont disapoint you :-) )

Cooking food directly on top of fire may be one the oldest trick on earth. A great respect is owed to those neanderthals. Our great great grandmas and grandpas seems to have gone enough evolution when it comes to discovering ways of cooking. I Guess, we’ve figured out where all these good genes –in terms of cooking– are coming from ;-p.

People cook on top of fire using various methods. Some use woods, hot stones, or charcoals. We, in Indonesia, have long inherited a unique way to prepare our food using this fiery technique. We use burnt coconut shells. It creates a distinct wonderful smell that is so inviting; one helping is certainly will never be enough.

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Ingredients
4 medium-sized fish
400 gram thick coconut milk
5 shallots
3 cloves of garlic
1 cm turmeric
1 cm ginger
1 cm Galingale
2 1/2 tbs ground fresh chili
salt
lemon juice (from 1 lemon)

Method
- Blend all the spices and run it through the food processor (or grind it manually)
- Clean up the fish, drench them in the lemon juice.
- Mix the spice with the coconut milk. Make sure it is thick enough. If not, let it cook for awhile (at least until it thickens). Add salt to taste.
- Burn all the coconut shells. Your fire is ready when all the coconut shells is just about to turn into ashes. Fan the fire every time it dims.
- Put the fish on top of the fire. Carefully placed the spiced coconut milk over the fish. When it is about to dry up, flip the fish and burn the other side.
-Continue to sauce the other side of the fish with the spiced coconut milk. Keep doing this until no coconut milk is left.

Take a bite! How do you feel?
Me? I am entering heaven already ! :-)

Bolu Kukus Kopi Susu/ Coffee Milk Steamed Cake

Sunday, August 12th, 2007

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original recipe by: Mbak Fatmah

One of the simple pleasure in life is sipping a cup of hot coffe; a cup of strong and freshly brewed coffee. Perhaps, sipping it over those afternoon talks. Talks that are unimportant enough, so you can sit and enjoy the coffee.

It is very unfortunate that I am not one of those coffee drinkers. a half cup of coffee is plenty enough to send me sleepless for the whole day. That is precisely why I have to look for ways to be able to keep enjoying these wonderful black beans.

This particular type of cake will definitely climb up the chart very quickly. It sends the wonderful smell of fresh coffee miles away, once you take it out of the steamer.

Happy Baking!

Ingredients (Lihat dibawah untuk Bahasa Indonesia)
A:
8 eggs
250 gr sugar
1 tbs emulsifier
1/2 tsp salt

B:
250 gr flour, sifted
50 gr powdered milk, sifted.

C:
50 gr butter, melted.
50 ml milk

D:
75 gr margarine, melted
2 tbs coffee
1 tbs mocca pasta

Directions
-Beat all the ingredients under “A” until fully incorporated. Put in both ingredients under “B” gradually. Mix until smooth. Divide it into two equal parts.
-Put in all of the ingredients under “C” for the first batter, and all of the ingredients under “D” for the latter. Mix each of the batter well. Set aside.
-Grease the pan and warm up the steamer.
-Put one vegetable spoon of the first batter(milk mixture), followed by another vegetable spoon of the second batter (coffee mixture). Keep doing this until no batter is left.
-Set the pan in the steamer. Let it cook for about 40 minutes.

Bahan (Scroll upwards for English)
A:
8 telur
250 gr gula pasir
1 sdm emulsifier
1/2 sdt garam

B:
250 gr tepung, diayak.
50 gr susu

C:
50 gr mentega, cairkan
50 ml susu segar

D:
75 gr margarine, cairkan
2 sdm kopi instan
1 sdm mocca pasta

Cara:
-Kocok bahan A hingga mengembang. Masukkan bahan B sambil diayak. Aduk rata. Bagi menjadi dua bagian yang sama.
-Masukkan bahan C pada bagian pertama, dan bahan D pada bagian kedua. Masing-masing adonan diaduk rata. Sisihkan.
-Siapkan loyang, olesi mentega. Panaskan kukusan.
-Masukkan satu centong adonan putih, kemduian masukkan satu centong adonan kopi. Lakukan sampai adonan habis.
-Kukus kue selama 40 menit.