Easy Rustic Seeded Wholemeal Bread

I have been trying to make easy, not requiring kneading wholemeal bread but still achieve the rustic skin outcome just like the artisan-style. I failed many times but I never lost hope. I have tried putting steaming hot water in the oven before, but the result was not very satisfying. I read many successful recipes in which dutch oven was used and then I thought of my Pyrex glass casserole dish. I decided to give it a try and finally I was very happy with the outcome, and I am happy to share this rustic wholemeal bread recipe with everyone.

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Indonesian Pineapple Tarts (Pineapple Cookies)

Pineapple tarts are very popular in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan. In where I am from (Indonesia), pineapple tarts are always found in almost everyone’s houses on their festive’s day celebration. They are also available all year round at many bakeries or cake shops. Besides, it is also a popular souvenir. So, don’t be surprised if you see it in the souvenir stores.

ananas tarts or pineapple tarts
Pineapple tarts
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Chicken Semur, Indonesian Chicken Stew with Potatoes

Chicken semur is Indonesian traditional chicken stew, that braised in sweet soy sauce and some exotic spices. The name semur is derived from the word smoor which means slow or long cooking process in Dutch. It is believed that during the Dutch colonisation, they brought their stew cooking technique into Indonesian kitchen.

ready Indonesian chicken semur or chicken stew
ready chicken semur with potatoes

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Easy Healthy Chicken Sweet Corn Soup

Chicken soup is a special dish for most people. Beside the delicious taste, it is also known as a very healthy dish. Perfect for winter or cold weather to keep our body warm. Eating hot chicken soup could help relieve flu or cold symptoms. Warm chicken soup helps thinning or loosen the mucus on our throat and chest. Chinese style chicken sweet corn soup is a must-try.

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ready chicken sweet corn soup

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Indonesian Caramel Honeycomb Cake

Caramel honeycomb cake is another popular cake that often found in Indonesia’ traditional markets. It is a classic cake from childhood memories for most of Indonesian people. This cake is also well-known as ants nest cake or kue sarang semut in Indonesian, because of the structure that looks like it. It has light taste but deep caramel flavour with soft and spongy texture.

caramel honeycomb or ant nest cake almond and cheese topping
caramel honeycomb or ants nest cake

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Indonesian Beef Balls Soup or Bakso Sapi

Beef balls soup or bakso sapi is Indonesia’s most popular street food after soto, sate and siomay. It can be easily found all across the country, from travelling food carts, street vendor tents to restaurants. It is Indonesian meatball made from finely ground meat with small quantity of spices, salt and tapioca flour. This dish took root from the kitchen of Chinese ethnic in Indonesia. The term bakso, comes from bak-so in hokkien, which is a Chinese dialect. Bak means meat (minced/meat paste), while So means to form balls. There are various types of bakso, such as: fish, chicken, pork and beef. But beef balls soup or bakso sapi is the most popular and sold.

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ready bakso

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Soft And Fluffy Hot Cross Buns

classic hot cross buns fresh from the oven
Ready classic hot cross buns

Soft and fluffy hot cross buns are what most people look for every year, not only because it is one of the  symbol or tradition in Easter celebration, but also because of the taste. Traditionally, hot cross buns are eaten on Good Friday as the cross is the symbol of crucifixion of Jesus, while the spices contained in the bun implying the spices used to embalm Jesus at his burial day which we call Good Friday or Holy Friday. Continue reading “Soft And Fluffy Hot Cross Buns”

Indonesian Chicken Noodle Soup (Soto Ayam Kuning)

Soto ayam kuning is Indonesian rich and fragrant chicken noodle soup. The yellowish broth from turmeric not only make this dish look exotic, but it also gives fresh and rich flavour. There are many styles of soto in Indonesia, as many regions have their own versions. My favourite is this yellow broth soto, which is the most popular soto sold in my city.  I have provided the recipe below for you to try with your loved ones or friends.

ready Indonesian soto ayam
ready Indonesian chicken noodle soup or soto ayam

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Crispy Roast Pork Belly (Siu Yuk)

Crispy roast pork belly is always hard to resist. Especially when I passed the Cantonese restaurants in China Town, when I lived in Sydney, Australia. In my home city, Pontianak (West Borneo, Indonesia), crispy pork belly is also very popular. We can find it in chicken rice restaurant. Chicken rice in my home city is a meal which is rice served with not just roast chicken, but also with crispy pork belly, bbq pork, braised egg and pickled mustard greens. I was quite often buying crispy pork belly take away from the Cantonese restaurants in China Town, Sydney, which they are selling by weight. Now I don’t live in Sydney nor my home city where I can find my favourite crispy pork belly. Therefore I had to make it myself.

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crispy roast pork belly

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