Staycation at Mutual Heights 514, Cape Town

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School holiday is near once again. One of our favorite holidays is “staycation” meaning staying in accommodation around Cape Town. Yup, as family with young children we don’t particularly like long drive. It’s just like watching Donkey in Shrek saying “..are we there yet..?” every 30 minutes but instead of one donkey, multiply it by three munchkins! So, there, we save the “are we there yet” for the really long, over 24 hrs annual trip to my beloved country, Indonesia.

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Double volume loft.

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Jus Alpukat (Avocado Smoothie)

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Indonesia has lots of variety of drinks, many of them made from fresh fruits.  My kiddies and hubby love  Jus Alpokat more than other jus (fresh juices/ smoothies) in Jakarta.  I know you think… huh avo for drinks…? but trust me, try it while avocado is in season now. It’s healthy, it’s thirst-quenching, much much better and healthie than consuming soft drinks! Continue reading Jus Alpukat (Avocado Smoothie)

Acar (Pickled Vegetable)

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Acar (vegetable pickled) is a condiment that accompanying many of Indonesian dishes. Such as Sate Ayam (Chicken Satay), Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice), Mie Goreng (Fried Noodle), Martabak, Gule Kambing (Lamb Curry), Opor Ayam (Chicken Curry), the list will be added along  with new recipes 🙂

There are other types of acar such as Acar Kuning ( Curried Acar), that is (from my observation) where Cape Malay Pickled Fish come from. Continue reading Acar (Pickled Vegetable)

Four Seasons in One Day

IMG_9430This morning I found my self singing to Crowded House song Four Seasons In One Day…

It’s warm outside, but the wind was crazily swirling… and now lightning and thundering!

Do you notice where my sunglasses hang? 🙂 yup! it’s on top of my hijab. I found if the glasses hang on my ears,  every time I take off the glasses, the hair under my cap and scarf is out and untidy. Continue reading Four Seasons in One Day

Batavia Cafe

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Easy Break and Egg Benedict

The cafe’s name “Batavia” firstly caught me before anything else since I come from Jakarta which former name was Batavia.  So I expected the cafe has an exotic colonial “Batavia / old Jakarta” feeling but it’s opposite than I thought. It is bright  and light decor yet very chick and cosy.  So it’s probably was my second guess, the name being referred to a region in Holland. Nevertheless I love the decor! The pretty little courtyard will be nice in summery days.  As you walk to the courtyard, there are some displays of local designers items for sale. There are plenty tables and seating inside in two levels seating as well. Continue reading Batavia Cafe

Sate Ayam (Chicken Satay)

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Indonesian Chicken Satay has a distinct different with Thai or Malaysian satay. Malaysian and Thai peanut sauce are a bit spicy. While Indonesian’s peanut sauce is sweet. We add kecap manis (Indonesian Sweet Soy Sauce) to the peanut sauce and a squeeze of lime, beautiful combination! For those who like it hot, you can add sambal (chili paste) condiment.

While the recipe looks long, don’t hesitate to try. It’s just I typed down all tips and details to make a perfect satay!

In Jakarta, you will find satay street stalls or satay sellers walk through the neighborhood in the evening…. ahhh such a fond memory of my childhood…. Continue reading Sate Ayam (Chicken Satay)

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