February 27, 2012

It's like a bad day that never ends
I feel the chaos around me
A thing I don't try to deny
I'd better learn to accept that
There are things in my life that I can't control

Phoenix - If I Ever Feel Better 

February 23, 2012

The waves rolled and rolled and there was no end to the power of them, cold enough to wake a young girl from dreams, loud enough to tell and retell the future.

Little Bee (The Other Hand)

February 17, 2012

the least you can do...

.... is be patient.  Lately, these words run through my head over, over and over again. They usually come as a good reminder when I feel madness and weakness aching in my chest.

واستعينوا بالصبر والصلاة

“And seek assistance through patience and prayer…” [al-Baqarah 2:45]

February 09, 2012

Fried Kakap Fillet & Bumbu Rajang

I have always been tempted by spicy food and will be a freaky eater when it comes to this food. It's been a long time since I intended to cook spicy food, but never done it until I found this recipe. It was my first attempt on making spicy food, and happily, I successfully made it in my own way. 

Kakap Fillet
Coat the kakap fillet with salt and pepper, then put it into the lemon squeezed. Prepare the whole wheat flour, bread flour and egg on the different bowl. Dip the kakap fillet into egg, then sprinkle and pat the whole wheat flour lightly on it to coat evenly. Repeat the previous step, but for this time, sprinkle the kakap with bread flour. Sear the kakap fillet in pan with medium high heat till both sides and edge are lightly brown.     

Bumbu Rajang
Slice the red onions, cayenne peppers, lime leaves and stem lemongrass. Don't forget to remove the central stem of lime leaves before you slice them. The next step is, heat the pan and saute the terasi until it soften. Mind you, don't use the oil during this process. After the terasi get soften, pour oil into the pan and put the chopped red onions, cayenne peppers, lime leaves and stem lemongrass. Saute them until they smell good.

After everything is done, put Bumbu Rajang at the top of Kakap Fillet. Add the lemon squeezed if desired. Serve them with rice. Enjoy!

February 05, 2012

   Who run the world? Girls!
  Who run the world? Girls!
  Who run the world? Girls!
 Who run the world? Girls!

Boy you know you love it
How we're smart enough to make these millions
Strong enough to bare the children
Then get back to business
See, you better not play me

Beyonce - Run The World (Girls)

February 02, 2012

February is already right in front of us. Time flies really fast and all we know that this year would wing pass us just as fast like years before. I remember exactly what I was doing in a year ago today. Those were the days when I just started to spend most of the time doing my final assignment at my kosan (flat) in Bandung. Those were the days when I learned how to spend my "free" time more wisely, and also, those were the days when I tried hard to get my own fears out of myself. Now, my days are pretty similar with that. I spend most of my days in my bedroom in Jakarta, doing the same thing repeatedly in order to attain another goal and try to shoo away all the fears.     

Instead of complaining about how boring my days would be if I only pass them by doing such things, I try to see it as a good chance to either fix my bad habits, experience new things or even improve my skill in a particular way. One of those skills that I really want to improve is cooking. I must admit that I am not a great cook and not usual with it. Hence, this could be the best time to improve my talent in the kitchen. What have inspired me more is, when I found some inspiring foodie (food - photography) blogs. I recommend you to see Pandjalu, Yummy Corner and What Katie Ate

I found this simple recipe from Pandjalu and decided to make it as my breakfast (with some changes in the recipe). It's pretty easy to make, the ingredients are most likely to be found in your kitchen cabinet. Well, we're going to break it down to three steps: Butter Toast, Oregano Chicken and Scrambled Eggs.

Butter Toast. Take two slices of wheat bread and spread each side of them with butter. Add the oregano and black pepper into it. Then, put your slices of bread into the toaster.

Oregano Chicken. Cut the chicken fillets into rectangular slices, add oregano, salt and black pepper. In a frying pan, heat the butter. Then, add the minced red onion and saute them until half-cooked. Add the chicken into the pan. Saute the chicken until the color turns light brown.

Scrambled Eggs. Break the egg into a bowl. Add salt and black pepper. Heat the butter in a frying pan, saute the onion. Then, pour the egg mixture into the pan. Scramble the egg, move the mixture around the pan with a spatula to scrape the cooked eggs from the bottom to the top of the mixture and expose the still-wet portions to the heat.

Serve the butter toast, sauteed oregano chicken and scrambled eggs. Add black pepper to season, if desired. Enjoy ♥