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Steamed Zebra Cake from Egg White

Pretty often we make a cake or ice cream, most recipes leaving the egg whites  .. Usually we only collect that egg white and put in refrigerator just until we knew already piled a lot without knowing what to do ..
Same case as me recently .. 

And after searching all my recipe files special using (left over) egg white, finally I decided on this steam cake. 

Steamed  Zebra Cake from Egg White
By: Çitra's Home Diary

Ingredients :
  • 450 ml egg whites
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tsp powdered vanilla
  • ½ tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup olive oil or other vegetable oil will do

No Bake pumpkin cheesecake

Who would not like cheese cake? All dessert if made from cream cheese .. certainly produce a delicate taste and must be nyum-nyum ... But not once or twice I also fail failed to make some cheese cake-cracking looks at surface mostly become my problem .. but still it taste yummy (^_^)
This time I want to try making non-bake version, other than easy, it's also more delicate. While now days is pumpkin season, I have an idea to make it cheese cake non bake version. I admit, its surface is less pretty, I want to make some kind of swirl motif on it to make a more attractive, but lack of expert, it look like this, but ... just enjoy it .. Next time would be more beautiful (^_^)

Just Want To share my simple recipe
Ingredient I:
- 20 ~ 25 ginger snap cookies, finely crush. For Ginger snap recipe you can see here
- 50 g unsalted butter. Melted.
Ingredients II:
- 225 g cream cheese
- 1 / 2 cup caster sugar
- 1 / 4 cup whole milk
- 1 / 2 tsp vanilla extract.
- 1 tsp Lemon Zest
Ingredients III:
- 450 g cream cheese
- 1 / 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 / 2 cup brown sugar
- 1 / 4 cup whole milk
- 1 1 / 2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 / 4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 / 2 teaspoon nutmeg powder (from grated nutmeg)
Materials IV:
- 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin powder, dissolve it with 1 / 4 cup water in small sauce pan.

1) Making basic crust: Mix ginger snap crust with melted butter until blended. Then press to the bottom of 7 or 8 " springform pan . Cover with plastic film and store in refrigerator.

2) Makin filling: In a food processor (or you could use blender), mixed materials II. Blend until smooth. Place it into medium bowl. set aside.
3) By using a food processor or blender, mix ingredients III. Blend until smooth. Place into a large bowl. set aside.
4) Heat over low heat, gelatin mixture until gelatin dissolves and clear. Take 1  and 1 / 2 tbsp gelatin solution and mix into medium bowl cream cheese, stir well. mix remaining gelatin into a large bowl cream-pumpkin mixture and stir well.
5) Take springform containing the crust, pour pumpkin-cream cheese mixture from big bowl. Then slowly add cream cheese, make a motif by swirl it with table knife or metal skewer.
6) Cover with a thin plastic film and chill in the refrigerator for at least 5 hours before serving.
Enjoy your pumpkin cheese cake (^_^)


Damla Sakızı KAZANDİBİ (Turkish dessert)

Dessert or "tatlı" in Turkish language means Sweet. So mostly Turkish dessert are sweet and delicate. Just like this one.. called Damla Sakızı Kazandibi.
Damla Sakızı= also call mastic gum, Kazandibi= Pudding. So this pudding made from milk, rice flour, cornstarch and powdered sugar also content this kind of mastic gum. Cooked then burned a bit on stove to make 'skin' underneath (it will turn over when served)..  with strong Cinnamon flavor make this dessert perfect to complete your lunch or dinner.

- 1 liter of fresh milk
- 3 pieces (small pieces form usually less than 0.5 cm in diameter) damla sakızı or mastic gum.
- 3 tablespoons rice flour
- 2 tbsp corn starch
- 1 cup powdered sugar + 1 tablespoon + a few tablespoons for sprinkle on baking pan.
- 1 cinnamon stick
- Enough ground cinnamon for topping when serving.


Indonesian Beef Stir Fried Noodle (in hot plate)

One of my favorite dish for dinner. I love it more when served on hot plate or if you don't have hot plate, it's really no problem you can serve it at once while it's hot. Add sprinkle of fried red onion and serve with pickle and other fresh salad plus small cayenne pepper if you like.

- 150 gr beef meat. Diced.
- 200 g egg wet noodle. If you use dried one, cook it in hot water 1st (According to packet direction)
- 1 leek. rough cut.
- Soy sauce/ sweet soy sauce to taste
- Sugar and salt to taste.
- Enough Cooking oil.
Mashed and make puree these spices:
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 small red onions.- 1 teaspoon pepper seeds.- 1 / 2 teaspoon dried shrimp (or you can use some fresh shrimp)
- 2 pieces of large red cayenne pepper


GingerSnap cookies

I love cookies.. just any kind of cookies, moreover this cookie is spicy... Just perfect to company me during my afternoon tea. 
- 2  1 /2 cup flour
- 2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 /2 teaspoon powdered cloves
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Pinch of salt
Sift and Mix all ingredients above. Set aside.
- 170 gr unsalted butter. let the soft at room temperature
-1 Egg, lightly beaten.
- 1 cup brown sugar.
- 1 /4 cup pure honey.
- 1 tablespoon water.
- Enough Castor sugar for sprinkle.




I'm coffee lover since my parents allowed me to drink coffee, I think when I was 8 or 7 yo :))
When my other friends at that age still drink a milk or tea, I started enjoy my traditional Indonesian "Kopi Tubruk". You know, kopi Tubruk is dark and strong coffee, even for adult :) But off course I drink it with sugar ... Since then, I began real coffee lover.. Love latte, cappuccino,etc... Until I got in Turkey and drink Turkish coffee.. Actually I heard this famous coffee before I really taste it...now I become a fan of it.

And staying here, I even can make my own Turkish coffee in my kitchen.. Every evening around 3 or 4, I always have my own "coffee time" :) 
Here some picture of Turkish coffee I made..

Turkish people say, the more "Köpük" you can make, the more delicious the coffee. "Köpük" means Foam in Turkish, which appear during certain way making Turkish coffee... Well.. If talking about Turkish coffee, believe it or not, we also talk about history and certain technique to make it and it'll be loooonnnggg sentences :)))
Just enjoy your coffee while it's hot :)


Domates Fesleğen Soslu İçli Köfte / Turkish stuffed meatballs in tomato basil sauce

Domates Fesleğen Soslu İçli Köfte which means Meatball (cooked) in tomato sauce and basil ... Yes .. This is another variation of köfte or Meatball from Turkey. İçli Köfte usually fried in oil or boiled in water ... but this time I try to cook in tomato sauce and basil instead of regular fried or boiling water ... inspired by İçli Köfte in a Restaurant at Kayseri, Turkey.

Domates Fesleğen Soslu İçli Köfte / Turkish stuffed meatballs in tomato basil sauce

Ingredients I:
- 1 cup fine wheat (fine bulgur)
 - 2 tablespoons semolina
- 150 gr ground beef
- 1 egg
- ½ tbsp sweet chilly paste
- 1 tablespoon flour
- Salt, pepper powder, cumin powder to taste to taste
mix and knead ingredients until well blended. Cover and set aside.


Dadar Gulung Hijau Indonesian Filled roll pancake

Selam everybody....Merhaba from Turkey.

Green pancake stuffed with sweet grated coconut.
Suddenly I feel like want to eat this traditional green roll pancakes, miss it so much!. Been so long I do not eat this childhood snack. Back when I was in Indonesia I also had rarely make it at home, easy way, I just went to bakery which selling traditional snack or there would be somebody always around our alley selling many traditional snacks ...hhmmm... I just miss my homeland ...

Ingredients and how to make:
For Filling:
- 4 cup grated coconut (I use dessicated coconut)
- 50 gr palm sugar
- 5 tablespoons brown sugar (add more if you like more sweet)
- 2 tsp vanilla powder
- 1/2 cup water
- Pinch of salt
Heat the sugar and brown sugar with water and salt, put grated coconut and vanilli. stir over medium heat until the water a bit dry. Remove and set aside.


Sambal goreng santan telur puyuh & Jantung sapi ( Quail egg & beef heart in spicy coconut milk)

One of my favorite dish that I do not have long time. Since living in Turkey, mostly daily menus I make is Turkish. End weekly check inside of my  fridge, there are quail eggs that I bought 2 weeks before, and a small part beef heart ... hmm .. thinking,what will make from those? Don't have any idea yet what will I make, I saw there is little remaining coconut milk which I already opened last week, thanks God it's still not yet expired, well.. so here you are, from those things now become
quail eggs mix with beef heart in spicy coconut milk (Ind: Sambal goreng santan telur puyuh & jantung sapi). Quail eggs also can be combined with beef liver or beef  meat as your family taste.
Yes, it's authentic Indonesian food, with several spices mixture and a little hot spicy (only if you like hot spicy). Served with hot white pilaf (rice)

- 300 grams of beef heart. Clean and cut into 2 cm cubes.
- 25 quail eggs. Hard boiled and peeled.
- 2 cups thick coconut milk
- 3 bay leaves
- 3 cm galangal. Bruised.
- 1 long red pepper. Seeded,finely slice lengthwise.
- 10 ~ 15 cayenne pepper (If you want more hot spicy, can be added as your taste)
- Salt and sugar according to taste.
- Enough oil for sauteing.
Mashed/ puree these ingredients:
- 3 cloves garlic
- 4 red onions (if using large red onion, use 1 / 4 parts only)
- 2 long red peppers
- 5 cayenne pepper (if you want more hot spicy can be added as your taste)
- fresh turmeric 1 cm
- 3  candlenut


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Rujak Apel dan prem Serut (Indonesian apple and plum shredded salad)

One of many other traditional Indonesian food. "Rujak Serut" or shredded spicy fruit salad. Usually made from  mixture of various fruits are grated and given palm sugar and tamarind as sauce. Mostly added chili to give hot spicy taste. Really nice enjoyed while it's cold. 
But this time I try another mix fruits variation, the green apples and green plums, both have a distinctive sour taste. No less tasty and fresh than other fruits combination.

İngresients and how to make:
- 2 large green apples. roughly Shredded
- 200 gr of green plums. roughly Shredded

sugar sauce:
- 250 gr palm sugar
-  tamarind paste 2 tsp
- Pinch of salt
- Enough water.
- birdeye chillies to taste

ground birdeye chıllies and puree with salt and tamarind. Add palm sugar and small amount of water, no need too thin, just thick enough to make sauce.
Combine sauce with apples and plums that have been shredded before. Store in refrigerator before serving.



My Chicken macaroni Soup

Change of weather that suddenly cold last week makes me somewhat less fit and have a cold. I rarely drink or want to consume cold pills. Usually I just drink a lots, consume vitamin C and ate my favorite soup. 

And here it is my favorite soup, Chicken macaroni soup, especially when it got flu, so comfort at least for me...

- 2 cup macaroni. Boil with salt until cooked. Drain and put some cooking oil in order not to stick to each other. Set aside.
- 300 boneless chicken meat.
- 1 medium-sized potato. Peel, cut into cubes.
- 2 medium-size carrots. peeled, cut into round or cube.
- 4 cloves of garlic. finely chopped.
- 1 teaspoon pepper powder (or to taste)
- Salt to taste
- leek. chopped for sprinkle when serving.

How to cook:


Breaking news from Indonesia

Please mighty God, protect our nation from your great nature.. And may Indonesian Nations given a strength to face all the disasters recently in my Indonesia land.

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - Recently, at 11:30 pm, Mount Merapi erupted again, spewing hot clouds as high as almost 3.5 kilometers. This is the second massive eruption along on this Friday (05/11/2010).
Observed from Balerante, colored balls and thick clouds rolled vertically into the air, with an estimated altitude reaches 3,500 meters. Because the wind from the north and northeast, the fungus blast moves toward the west and southwest. While the hot clouds glide leads to the upper Kali Gendol in the southeast. There has been no official reports of BNPTK about this eruption.
This information is direct visual observation, on Friday (05/11/2010) at around 11:35 pm. Some mountain slopes covered with thick black clouds . Relatively high seismicity detected by seismographs installed ringing signal on several posts to monitor. Residents on the slopes of the southwest, southeast, south and west requested extra vigilant.

As reported, the massive eruption of Merapi had previously occurred on Friday early this morning. Due to the massive eruption was carrying 55 people killed so far. Prone areas was extended from initially 15 kilometers has now increased to 20 kilometers.

Source : Tribunnews
Editor: Heru Margianto

Some picture release from Kompas.com

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com — Baru saja, pukul 11.30 WIB, Gunung Merapi kembali meletus, mengeluarkan awan panas setinggi hampir 3,5 kilometer. Ini merupakan letusan dahsyat kedua sepanjang Jumat (5/11/2010) ini.
Terpantau dari Balerante, bola dan gulungan awan berwarna pekat vertikal bergulung-gulung ke udara, dengan perkiraan ketinggian mencapai 3.500 meter. Karena tiupan angin dari utara dan timur laut, cendawan semburan bergerak ke arah barat dan barat daya. Sementara luncuran awan panas mengarah ke hulu Kali Gendol di arah tenggara. Belum ada laporan resmi dari BNPTK soal letusan ini.
Informasi ini merupakan pantauan langsung secara visual, Jumat (5/11/2010) sekitar pukul 11.35 WIB. Sebagian lereng dan tubuh gunung diselimuti awan tebal berwarna hitam. Kegempaan terdeteksi cukup tinggi berdasarkan denging sinyal seismograf yang terpasang di beberapa pos pantau. Warga di lereng barat daya, tenggara, selatan, dan barat diminta ekstra waspada. 

Seperti diberitakan, letusan dahsyat Merapi sebelumnya juga terjadi pada Jumat dini hari tadi. Akibat letusan dahsyat itu tercatat 55 orang tewas hingga saat ini.  Daerah rawan pun diperluas dari semula 15 kilometer kini meningkat jadi 20 kilometer.

Non Alcohol TİRAMİSU

This Italian Dessert is definitely Every one's favorite .... Combination of coffee taste in moist Sponge cake (or can be sponge finger) with delicate cream cheese plus a sprinkling a lot of chocolate ... hhhmmmm .... No other word than just   t i r a m i s u

Materials and how to make it:
1 recipe of chocolate sponge cake recipe can be found here
Ingredients I:
- 1 cup cream cheese (or Mascarpone cheese)
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter. Softened at room temperature.
Whisk all ingredients I with electric mixer until completely mixed and smooth. Set aside. Ingredients I as a substitute for mascarpone cheese. So you can directly use the mascarpone cheese if any, use 1 + 1/2 cup, smooth it with electric mixer.

Ingredients II:
- 75 g whipped cream powder.
- 2 tbsp caster sugar
- 150 ml cold water
Beat using a mixer until stiff material II, Set aside and keep refrigerated.

Ingredients III:
- 4 egg yolks
- 2 tbsp caster sugar.
Boil water in a saucepan, beat eggs and sugar over hot steam above the boiling water (double boil system) until the eggs turn pale and the sugar dissolves. Set aside

Materials IV:
- 3 tablespoons instant coffee (can be reduced to 2 tablespoons if you do not want the kids too much coffee)
- 200 ml of warm water.
- 2 tbsp sugar (reduce to 1 tablespoon reduced if you reduce the coffee)
Stir to dissolve all the ingredients IV. Set aside.

Chocolate and cocoa powder to taste.

1) Stir and mix evenly  ingredients I and II  in a large enough container. mix in material III (egg mixture). Stir until all ingredients completely mixed, use mikser low speed only.
2) Prepare serving glasses or you could use spring form-- I use serving glass so I cut my sponge cake to glass size. Moisten with coffee mixture. Arrange on serving glasses, give cheese cream mixture,make it evenly smooth. Stacking with another moist cake and cream again, do same thing 2 or 3 stacks.
3) Keep in refrigerator at least 4 ~ 5 hours, sprinkle with cocoa powder and garnish as your taste before serving.

Enjoy while it's cold.


Dim sum dipping sauce ( Saus celupan untuk dim sum)

One of dim sum dipping sauce that can complete your dim sum menu or just for another dipping sauce you like.

- 3 tablespoons chili sauce
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- small amount of  water

* If using sweet soy sauce, no need to add sugar

Mix and stir all dipping sauce ingredients and cook over low heat until thick.

Ready to use.


Chicken Dim sum

Asian taste menu this time I gonna serve Dim sum. But since hardly find a mackerel or shrimp--maybe not yet it's season here  :), I finally decide to make dim sum with chicken version only .... But it's  not less yummy than fish version ... just try it, you'll gonna like it  :)
For dim sum skin:
- 1 cup tang mien flour/starch, wheat flour (wheat starch) *
- 1  ½ tbsp corn starch
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup hot water (boiling)

* In Turkey use Buğday nisaşta

How to make dim sum skin:
Mix the tang mien flour (Wheat starch) and corn starch. Pour hot water while stirring with a wooden spoon. Then add the vegetable oil and knead the dough until smooth and can be flatten with a rolling pin.
Roll the dough with a rolling pin thinly. Ready for use.

Ingredients for filling:
- 300 minced chicken meat
- 4 pieces large size of pine mushrooms. chopped into small pieces
- 2 carrots medium. Grated harshly.
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- Salt, sugar, and pepper to taste
- 4 ~ 5 cloves garlic, puree.
- 2 teaspoon ground ginger

Mix all filling ingredients , test the taste. Ready to use as stuffing.

1) Roll thin the Dimsum skin and forms a circular shape according to your taste.
2) Fill with stuffing mixture and give a piece of carrot on top of it. brush with oil so it won't sticky to each other.
3) Steam for approximately 15 minutes. 

Serve warm with the sauce or with your own favorite chilly sauce.


Kue Bolu Coklat (Chocolate Sponge Cake)

I remember once my late grandmother making this cake when I was young once and started to like making something simple in the kitchen. There were currently no electricity mikser that time, so my grandmother only use manual eggbeater that looks like a circular and supple pear, but strong. Too bad we do not keep it anymore. "Kue Bolu" is just we always call. 
Now with the various developments and culinary techniques this sponge cake now beginning to develop into a modern recipe with the addition of several 'emulfier' and other additional materials sponge cake is more popular and varied from simple old recipes. 

Trying again this old recipe without emulfier, this time I make chocolate version because my first intention is going to make tiramisu later from this basic sponge cake

For pan size of 22 cm round.
-1/2 cup flour
- 1 +1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 5 egg yolks
- 4 egg whites
- 1/2 cup caster sugar
- 100 gr unsalted butter. Melted.

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