How to make Lidah Kucing cookies for this Eid holiday

Ask any Indonesian what their favourite biscuit is for Idul Fitri (or any special celebration for that matter), and without hesitation you’ll hear, ‘Nastar!’, ‘Kaastengel!’, ‘Putri Salju!’, 'Kue Semperit!’ and ‘Lidah Kucing!’. These biscuits clearly are the favourites of Indonesia. And as these cookies are being named, you’ll also detect a hint of nostalgia Continue Reading

How to make Ibu Mina’s pandan chiffon cake : bolu pandan

When I moved to Indonesia I started seeing green! and I'm not referring to the tropical landscape. I'm talking about cakes and bread! ... green cakes and green bread! The source was pandan, a tropical plant with long palm-like leaves and a distinct nutty flavour. This week Jo and I had the pleasure of being shown how to make a 'green cake' ... a Continue Reading

How to Make Authentic Indonesian Ginger Tea – Wedang Jahe

Originating in Central and East Java, Wedang Jahe is a popular drink which can be served either hot or cold. Traditionally made from a simple combination of fresh ginger and rock sugar (or palm sugar in this case) along with hot water, Wedang Jahe is most frequently consumed in the Wet Season when it is believed that the cooler weather brings about the Continue Reading

How to make irresistible Spiced Caramel Popcorn

In the early days of our arrival in Jakarta I recall scanning the supermarket shelves for tasty snacks for my family. Keen to avoid MSG and other food additives and artificial colours and flavours, I spent a lot of time reading the information panels on the sides of packaging. Surprisingly (and disappointingly),  a good proportion of local and imported Continue Reading