Ayam Bacem ( Indonesian Cuisine )

Javanese sweet marinated chicken

Javanese sweet marinated chicken

I came from the eastern part of Indonesia where our cuisine is sour, hot, and spicy . I had to be friended with the kind of sweet flavor when I moved to Jakarta. As the capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta is a vibrant melting pot of all the customs in Indonesia, especially the food.

One of the sweet flavors I fall in love with is Bacem . Bacem is a local food in Java island. It’s very sweet as its main ingredient is palm sugar. The most well known type of bacem flavor we can find here in Tempe or Tahu ( tofu ) bacem.
So I decided to combine the two things I love, chicken and bacem flavor to be my lunch.

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Here is the recipe.

Ingredients :
4 medium chicken thighs
3 Tbsp palm sugar
1 Tbsp. dark sweet soy sauce (optional )
500 ml water
1 cm galangal, smashed
1 tsp. crushed coriander
6 clove shallot
4 clove garlic
2 fresh bay leaves
Pinch of salt
4 pieces of crushed red chili ( optional )

Directions :
Pound the garlic and shallot in a mortar or blend in a food processor until fine.

Pour the water in a pan, add the chicken and all the ingredients except for the bay leaves.

Add the bay leaves half way of the cooking. Cook the chicken for about 20 minutes until the chicken is tender and you’ll have a light caramelized chicken.

Put in a plate and serve immediately. It is nice to have it with cooked rice or mashed potato or baked potato.

*Note. You may exclude the dark sweet soy sauce and just add another tablespoon of palm sugar to get a rich sweet flavor.
As for the red chili, I could not help for my taste of spicy in the bacem.

Battlefield

We are warriors
Fighting the unknown
Venture in the land
Of vain and opinions

At times
We got beaten and injured
Bruises and scars
Tell the journey
Of a courageous soul
Undefeated to give up

Time marks
The end of our fight

Life, is a battlefield

death

she met him a week before her getting-the-aisle-of-life-commitment
he surprised her with a present
of a shining sharp samurai
giving her a choice to kill the love or stab her future into pieces
she took the second choice
and let herself dying for days she could not count

he stayed with her
comforted her with a blind rapture
at many nights , she danced to his ecstasy
twirled in the empty hall of the soul
her fragile silhouette echoed on the crystal glass
drowned in the ocean of despair
trapped in his deadly embrace
the life she once knew
has left her at the gate of his stranglehold

The Tin Christmas Tree

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A creative handmade Christmas tree , made of empty tins of soda drink , built on the front hall of our church, Saint Mary Regina. Someone probably can build a tree like this after a whole year drinking the soda. In the sense of art ; unique. In the sense of health ; quite scary.
Anyway, let us enjoy the thrill of the
coming joy. Keep the spirit up and stay healthy.

I dream of you

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I wish I would have had your thick black hair,

flowing down your shoulders,

like the darkest sky with no stars.

I wish I would have beheld your clear brown eyes,

where every look of men would pause a while,

whenever they meet your gaze.

I wish my skin would have been as soft and delicate as yours,

as when you touch it, it’s like touching a silk robe made in heaven.

I wish I would have carried your sweet curved line of smile,

that would charm any hearts.

I wish I would have taken your daintily spoken voice,

so beautiful as the sparrow sings a lullaby.

I wish I would have glimpsed your gay laughter,

so radiant it would lit a light around you.

When you closed your eyes in pain and piercing cry,

hating yourself and the world around you,

and just felt they stopped my breathing soul and took me away

from the safe sanctuary inside of you,

I knew I could only dream of you…Mommy

and watch over you as your guardian angel.

I wish I would have been given a chance to be you.

Lava Choco Cake

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I love chocolate in anything it’s baked, especially this one. I got home from work earlier than usual and was dying to crave some chocolate cake . I thought about this Lava Chocolate Cake as it’s easy and it doesn’t need many ingredients. I wished I still got some ingredients to make this . I was not worried about the eggs, butter and flour as I always have them in the kitchen. I was not sure about the chocolate.

Well, sometimes when you wish hard, your dream does come true ( lol ). I found around 120gr chocolate plain chocolate bar in the fridge. So after one hour, I sat on my comfort sofa and enjoyed that warm melted chocolate dancing in my mouth. What a night.

The following ingredients are the amount I had to make this cake .

120gr chocolate bar

100gr butter

2 egg yolks

1 egg

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons sugar

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 200 C. Brush and lightly flour five 4-ounce ramekins. Set them on the baking tray

In a double broiler, over simmering water, melt the chocolate and butter. In a bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until thickened and pale.

Let chocolate cool for a a minute then mix into the egg batter along with the flour.

Spoon the batter into prepared ramekins and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the side is firmed but the centre is still soft. You may need to watch over the baking to not over bake it.

Let it cool for one to two minutes before you transfer it onto a dessert plate. Serve immediately. It’s better having some scope of vanilla ice cream with it. Delicious. You can also refrigerate it and just pop it into microwave the next morning to have a great warm Lava Chocolate Cake for a rich breakfast.

Welsh Cakes

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Ever since I bumped into this lovely cakes at Charlotte’s Web of Bakes, I promised myself that I would bake some as well. I did not know anything about Welsh food or cakes till I saw this at Charlotte. Oh, I am familiar with Scones and love it. Is it from English or Welsh ?

Anyway, I am glad I made this look good and taste good. I put in here the recipe from Charlotte but as usual, I changed it a little bit by adding egg yolk and baking powder. Later I found out that the other recipe uses baking powder.

From Charlotte’s recipe :

225g all purpose flour

1/2 tsp ground mixed spice

80g caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling

25gr gold raisins

2 egg yolks

4 tbs milk

1/4 baking powder

Method…

1) Sift the flour, mixed spice and sugar into a bowl. Add the pieces of butter and toss them around in the flour so they are lightly coated. Using the tips of your fingers, rub the butter into the flour until the mixture looks like fine crumbs. Add the currants or sultanas and stir in with your hand.

2) Mix the egg yolk with 4 tablespoons of the milk and pour into the bowl. Stir in with a round-bladed knife to make a soft but not sticky dough. If the mixture feels dry and is hard to bring together, add more milk a teaspoon at a time.

3) Turn out the dough on to a lightly floured worktop. Lightly dust a rolling pin with flour, then roll out the dough to about 1cm thick. Dip a cutter (around 5cm) in flour and stamp out rounds. Gather up the trimmings, re-roll and stamp out more rounds.

4) Heat a griddle or heavy-based frying pan – grease it lightly only if necessary as the Welsh cakes shouldn’t be fried in fat. Cook the little cakes in batches for about 2 minutes on each side until they are puffed up and a good golden brown and feel firm when pressed. Remove from the pan with a palette knife, dust with caster sugar ( I did not use the sugar as the cakes were sweet enough ) and eat warm immediately.

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Leaving

Saying goodbye is one thing he didn’t understand
A feeling he may not comprehend
With his clear green eyes
He just stared , without a blink
I nodded at him
Left in his sight, a sweet smile
He blinked
It’s like saying, he’d carry it with him
To wherever he’d be taken
The moving truck next door
Blinded my sight of his figure
A long purr echoed in the air
“I’ll miss you, little gray buddy,” I whispered
We finally said goodbye to each other