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Croissants: Pastry Goodness

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Croissants are one of the great French pastry creations known to mankind. The flaky and buttery goodness is perfect eaten by it’s self or to be used as a delicate vessel for slices of ham and cheese. Simplicity can be the way to go with croissants, but there are so many ways to be creative and add layers of flavors to the already delicious treat.
Croissant French Toast
1 pc Croissant, sliced length wise, day old croissant preferably 1 egg 100 ml Heavy Cream 50 ml Fresh Milk 2 tsp. Cinnamon Powder 1 tsp. Nutmeg, grated 2 tbsp. Maple Syrup or Honey 1 tbsp. Butter
Garnish: 1 tbsp. Powder Sugar 200 gr Fresh Mango, diced, optional
Method: 1.Whisk egg, milk and cream, add spices and sweetener. 2.Dip and briefly soak croissant in egg mixture. 3.Preheat a nonstick pan, add butter. 4.Place soaked croissant, flat side down in the pan. Cook on a low heat untilgolden brown. 5.Flip croissant and cook the other side, use the curved side of the pan to cook the sides of croissant. 6.Place cooked Croissant …

Quick and Easy Potato Recipes

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Potato is one of the most versatile plants that can be cooked in so many ways. High in Vitamin B and a good source of carbohydrate, potato is beneficial when cooked properly. 
Here are three simple recipes that can be used to replace the deep fried version of potato dishes.

Hash Brown

500 gr Potato0.5 tbsp. salt1 tbsp. Smoked Paprika Powder1 tbsp. Parsley chopped2 tbsp. Clarified Butter

Method:
1.Grate potato and soak in cold water. 
2.Drain water, add seasoning and chopped parsley
3.Shaped into flat rounds with 1.5 cm thickness
4.In non-stick pan, add clarified butter. Cook hash brown until each side is golden brown


Hand Cut Fries

500 gr Potato2 tbsp. Olive oil1 tbsp. Chopped Rosemary3 cloves of GarlicSalt to taste

Method:
1.Cut potatoes length wise into 6 to 8 sticks depending on size
2.Rinse and soak in cold water
3.Drain water, pat dry and toss in olive oil, salt and rosemary
4.Preheat oven to 180o C
5. Bake potatoes and whole garlic cloves for 25 minutes 


Baked Potato Chips

500 gr Potato2 tbsp. Ol…

Pancakes: East VS West

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Every country has a version of pancakes that is deeply rooted in their cuisine. French Crepes, Australian Flapjacks,  American Pancakes, German Pfannkuchen, Belgian Waffles and the list goes on. 

In Asia a version of Pancakes and Crepes can be commonly found both in savory and sweet flavors. Vietnamese Banh Xeo are beautifully thin crepes that envelope fresh bean sprouts and seafood, Chinese Jian Bing are filling breakfast crepes sold buy street vendors. Indonesia has a sweet version of crepe filled with rich coconut cooked in brown sugar, called “Dadar Gulung”. The velvety crepes are the perfect vessel for the sweet grated coconut filling. 


This simple recipe below is easy to follow and perfect as a guide to a simple tasty Indonesian sweet treat. Also a recipe for a simple Banana Pancake just because; who needs a reason to cook and eat more sweet treats?

Dadar Gulung
Coconut Crepe Base:

150 gr All Purpose Flour1 pcs Egg200 ml Coconut Milk50 ml Water0.5 tsp. SaltGreen food coloring (option…

Homemade Ice Cream

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A good bowl of ice cream is the perfect summer treat for both adults and children. Save yourself a trip to the store and make your own ice cream. It is as simple as it gets without compromising taste and creaminess. These basic recipes are waiting to be explored and taken to a different level of creativity.
No Churn Easy Ice Cream 500 ml whipping cream400 ml condensed milk0.5 tbsp. vanilla extract150 gr chopped berries or chocolate chip (optional)

Method: 1.Whip the whipping cream until hard peak. 2.Mix vanilla extract into condensed milk. Gently fold condensed milk and optional berries or chocolate chip into whipped cream. 3.Transfer to an airtight container and freeze for 4 – 6 hours. 4.Enjoy with your favorite topping.
Non Dairy No Churn Ice Cream 600 gr Frozen Banana100 gr coconut cream200 gr frozen berries or mango

Method: 1.Blend all ingredients until smooth in a food processor.  2.Transfer to an airtight container and freeze for 1 – 2 hours. 3.Best enjoyed the day of making, if kept frozen …

Kecap Manis

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Kecap Manis or sweet soy sauce is a condiment that is uniquely Indonesian. It is a thick, dark colored and sweet liquid made from black soy bean, coconut sugar, water and salt. The black soy beans are cleaned, boiled and fermented in brine solution for 3 – 4 weeks, once the fermenting process is finished, the beans are cooked with coconut sugar to create the thick texture and sweet flavor.  Kecap Manis can be easily found in every household in Indonesia. As one of the most important condiment is Indonesian cuisine, Kecap Manis is a very versatile product that adds that very typical Indonesian flavors. Here are few simple recipes that include Kecap Manis that can inspire your next dinner.


Sweet Soy Sauce Marinade
500 gr of Chicken or Pork100 ml Kecap Manis (Sweet Soy Sauce)15 gr Garlic, minced2 pcs Kaffir Lime2 pcs Kaffir Lime leave5 gr Salt5 gr Coriander Seeds

Method: Marinade Chicken or Pork cutlets for 30 minutes – 2 hours and grill. Serve with a Side Salad or Jasmine Rice.
Sweet and Spic…

Quick and Easy: Salad Dressings

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Healthier eating can be a challenge when you are stuck with the same boring food options. Start a new habit and introduce yourself to new flavors for exciting your taste buds and start easing your way in to a healthier lifestyle.  Salads are the quickest and simplest way to start eating better, but it can be boring. Change your ordinary Italian dressing in to more exciting dressings. These three simple dressings are easy to make and perfect to dress your favorite fresh greens.
Jalapeno and Lime Dressing
0.5 Tbsp. Pickled Jalapeno, chopped100 ml Grape seed oil or Light Olive oil50 ml Fresh Lime JuiceZest of 2 limes2 tsp. Honey 

Method: Whisk all ingredients together until the oil and lime juice are emulsified

Miso Sesame Dressing
0.5 Tbsp. Light Miso Paste1 Tbsp. Sesame Oil100 ml Grape seed oil or Light Olive oil30 ml Fresh Lime Juice1 Tsps. Light Soy Sauce2 Tsps. HoneyPinch of Sesame Seed

Method: Thin down the miso paste with the lime juice and soy sauce Whisk all of the ingredients together un…

Grilled Corn: Mexico Vs Bali

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Grilled corn or Jagung Bakar is one of Bali’s most common street foods that can be seen in almost every traditional market and beach side. It is a tasty treat, can be messy but that is just part of the charm. In Bali, the flavor tends to be on the spicy side, lathered in sweet spicy sambal and charred to perfection on a charcoal grill. On the other side of the world, Mexico has a similar street food called Elote. Flavor wise, Elote tends to be on the savory less spicy side of things. 
These are simple recipes for both versions, you can decide which one is the winner.


Jagung Bakar

4 Corn on the Cob150 gr Melted Butter3 Tbsp. of Bottled Chili Sauce or Traditional Sambal1 Tbsp. of Tomato Ketchup1 Tbsp. Honey

Method:

Mix 100 gr butter and condiments in a bowl, use the rest of butter to baste during grillingGrill corn on charcoal grill for best taste and char. Baste with butter.Baste generously with the spicy sauce, continue grilling until the sauce is caramelized and sticks to the cornServe…