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

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)


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)

Melati Spa – Indonesian Traditional Spa


Situated in a vibrant and historical suburb of Woodstock, a stone’s throw away from the Old Biscuit Mill, Melati Spa offers an Indonesian oasis. Melati itself means jasmine in Indonesian. One of  jasmine species is Indonesian national flower and most important flower in Javanese weddings. Continue reading Melati Spa – Indonesian Traditional Spa

Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice)


Indonesia shares fried rice dish with most of Asian countries. Each country in fact, each Indonesian’s kitchen makes her own variation of Nasi Goreng.

In my kitchen I usually make Nasi Goreng in Javanese style, tek tek (street vendor fried rice) style, Chinese style, Japanese style, hotel style, the list will go on. Continue reading Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice)

Gluten Free Pancake Mix

Glutagon Classic Flapjacks Pancake Mix

Following  the instant pancake with strawberry compote that I posted for Sunday easy breakfast, a friend and a loyal reader  suggested another instant pancake mix.

Her son is allergic to wheat, gluten and diary. With the inspiration of the instant pancake with strawberry compote she found an alternative pancake/flapjacks mix so her son can also enjoy  pancake on easy Sunday morning 🙂 Continue reading Gluten Free Pancake Mix

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