Oct 2, 2014

Acar Ketimun

It’s time for me to redo a few of my older recipes. Some of those photos are atrocious, really. If these were actual prints, I’d build a camp fire to ritually burn them and wildly dance around it while the ashes rise high above me. Anyhow… I’m starting with my beloved acar ketimun. If ever there was a food staple in our home, this one is it. Whenever I cook…

May 29, 2014

Sambal Badjak

I cannot imagine my life and cooking without sambal. It’s the most-often used condiment in our house. I have a wide array of sambals in my fridge, ranging anywhere from an extremely hot Surinamese to mellow, sweet and flavorful Indonesian sambals. I add some to most things I cook. Heck, I don’t even think about it, and not just when cooking Indonesian or Surinamese. I use it to liven up…

Mar 7, 2014

Ajvar

This is one of my most recent discoveries; Ajvar. It’s a Serbian roasted red pepper, eggplant and garlic condiment and it is to die for! Sweet and slightly smoky because of the chipotle chili powder I add, this spread ranks high in my seriously good food list. Traditionally it’s prepared over a wood fire, which definitely enhances the flavour and makes it more authentic, but for this recipe I kept…

Nov 4, 2013

Curry Masala Mayonnaise

Really simple but incredibly versatile recipe that everyone should keep in their fridge for easy access. This is a basic, fragrant Surinamese masala mayonnaise with a flavour intensity that will be love at first bite if you’re a curry masala addict, like me. It tastes fantastic when served with French fries or roasted root vegetables, but it also transforms a few simple cooked chicken breasts (add pineapple!) or hard-boiled eggs…

Sep 23, 2013

Seroendeng

Even though I grew up with big bowls of seroendeng on our dinner table, I can’t remember my mom ever making this wonderfully seasoned Indonesian coconut & peanut mix herself. Same goes for me. And why? I have no idea. It’s dead-simple. Especially this straightforward version. Now that I made it myself I can tell you that I will never want to eat store-bought seroendeng again. This tastes a thousand,…

Aug 18, 2013

Apple Salsa

I have three words for you: Tupelo Honey Cafe. I bought their cookbook, glanced over it and it is rocking my world. The book is filled to the brim with tasty, unique and easy recipes and then some, all wrapped up in a playful and colourful cookbook. I couldn’t stop bookmarking as I was flipping through the pages on my iPad. Planning on doing one more from the book later…