Minggu, 28 Juni 2015

EF#24: Must Have Menu for Ramadhan Breakfasting

Kolak Pisang

I usually share a recipe in Cooking Class label, where the content is cooking recipes that I managed to make with my own photo cooking results. Show off. Hahahahah. But this time, this week theme makes me hard to think, writing recipe in English it really something. Well, let's try.

Each family or even perhaps everyone has a menu to breakfasting, before eating the main meal, is like rice and friends. Most people will choose kolak, porridge, ice that contains a variety of fruit, fried snack or maybe just a warm sweet tea. People are free to choose, whether enjoyed during the warmer to warm the stomach which is empty all day, so that the stomach is not surprised when something entered first. Or directly washed down with a cool drink in order to relieve the thirst throughout the day due to the heat. Depending on the choice of each. I personally tend to breakfasting with a warm sweet tea before eating the other. And the next menu is kolak.

Kolak is a kind of food that contains tubers and fruits with sweet coconut milk. The contents of kolak may vary, depending on the tastes of each. Kolak can contain sweet potato, cassava, pumpkin, banana, jack fruit, fro, and others. Usually within kolak contains two kinds of material, could cassava with bananas, sweet potatoes with jack fruit, sweet potatoes with pumpkin, etc. Though it can also include more than two ingredients. But I do not see kolak which there are bananas and jackfruit. Because both have a very strong smell, so what would be the kolak smell.

Incidentally my husband and I really liked kolak, so kolak is our must have menu for breakfasting. This is the kolak recipe we used to make at home.

Cilembu sweet cassava
Coconut milk
Salt and sugar
Pandan leaves or vanilla (optional)

How to make:
1. Peel each sweet potato and pumpkin, cut into dice shape.
2. Boil sweet potatoes until tender beforehand because sweet potato harder than pumpkins. Then enter the pumpkin.
3. Boil until they are tender.
4. Reduce the heat, put the coconut milk, stirring slowly and constantly so the coconut milk not broken.
5. Add salt and sugar according to taste. Lift, can be served warm or cold.

The amount of sweet potatoes and pumpkins that are used can be adjusted to the needs so, for how many people or how many times to eat. The amount of milk that is used can also be adjusted, if like the coconut milk that is not too thick or viscous. As well as salt and sugar, if you want a sweet or savory. Pandan leaves can be added or vanilla to add the good smell. But if there is already a banana or jack fruit, do not need to add pandan leaves or vanilla.

How, it’s easy to make it, right? This is our must have menu for breakfasting, what is your must have menu for breakfasting?

EF#23: Mudik Preparation


Maybe this year I really felt a real mudik. In previous years I was still living separately with my husband, so that's just my husband wrote a feel for how troublesome of mudik. But this year, I've moved to Sumatra Island, different island with my parents and in-laws. So I am beginning to think about the preparations for mudik. So, what I prepare?

The first probably yes ticket, tickets for the return trip that I have purchased three or four months ago as possible. Because of the rising air ticket is extremely significant. Different days and different hours of course the price may change. Of course the airline management has been predicted the peak season of red mark in the calendar, so that the passenger was eventually bought ahead of time before their departure, including me.

The second is the parcel. This year is the third year of my Eid as wife and daughter-in-law status. In previous years, I never thought about the parcel culture which is according to my family is not suitable with the oriental culture. But, on second thought, what's wrong with giving something to the parents and in-laws, yet also not every day.

The third is money for “salam tempel”. This is a rather costly yes. Budget will increase according to increasing number of births in the family. According to my late grandfather was the first son of nine brothers. And my father was the first child of my late grandfather, so my dad had a lot of cousins, as well as me, having a lot of niece. The money is made stratified according to the age. That's just in my family side, yet on the part of my husband where my mother-in-law was the first child as well. In the same way, the amount of money that will be given will be doubled. And every year we calculate and count how many of our nephew.

Maybe that’s all of my preparation point. Another preparation of course is outfit that will be used to silaturahim and souvenirs of course.

It is the story of my mudik preparations, how are your mudik preparation?

I will pay my debt two days of this submission, I left behind two weeks because I was sick. Forgive me. InshaAllah I am healthy now and ready to blogging again. This post is for the theme of last week challenge.

Sabtu, 27 Juni 2015

EF#22: My Upcoming Holiday


Actually this is not a story about the failure of my holiday anyway, but more to the holiday wishes that have not been accomplished but still just want to get there somehow. So here is the story.

Who does not know the Heroes City? Yes, exactly Surabaya City, save a lot of memories for me personally. My life in that city lasted about 4.5 years more. My memories include my bachelor education in Surabaya, met my boyfriend who later became my husband is also in Surabaya, although we come from the same city. Met with my outstanding friends as well as through lectures in Surabaya. And of course my meeting with those people makes me have a lot of experience that I went through there. Yes, people, the density of traffic, culinary, hospitality, flood, and everything about Surabaya made me want to have a house there, moved there if possible. It all makes me want to go back there somehow and whenever it. It always makes me homesick.

After I graduated, I was accepted to work in my home town. Since that time, as I recall only two times I visited Surabaya, it is just to a particular matter that requires me right back home. So I do not have time to reminisce there.

Surabaya will be my next destination although still does not know when it will get there. Wish for my husband to have the event in Surabaya so that I could tag along.

This is my story about my next vacation destination, where do you want to go?

This is my late submission (again and again) because I was sick so I just spending my time for resting in my bed. So sorry, hope I will not late again next time.

Minggu, 07 Juni 2015

EF#21: Natural Escape Destination, Grape Forest Tourism

Wana Wisata Grape

BEC challenge this week makes me think, are there any holiday destination that exist in my city? Why even ask? Because sometimes we are too focused with what is owned by someone else, so we do not realize what we have which then makes us less grateful. I mean, that we often overlook the potential of our city and tend to travel to another city because the destination is often talked about other people or we often hear from others. Lets say it, Bali, Malang, Yogyakarta, Bandung and some other city that when we mention the name of the city alone, we already imagined what was there, tourist destination, culinary, and all the uniqueness of each city. Then? What about our city? We tend not interested, do not know and probably do not even care. Ironic. I'll make this post as notes to myself. As a reminder.

Sungai di Wana Wisata Grape

So, what's in Madiun? Some already mentioned here. So what would I tell you? Grape tourism. Grape tourism is located at the foot of Mount Wilis. The distance is about fifteen to twenty kilometers from Madiun City. We can get there by motorcycle or car. This tourism will take us to the nuances of a beautiful forest that blends with the beautiful view of the rice fields and hills. We can follow the river with small ripples as a result of large rocks along the river. The river is still clean and beautiful. Still natural.

Grape tourism is also famous among school children, because it is often used by schools around the Madiun City for camping. We also can do hiking, cycling or playing water in the river. The landscape is still very natural. So Grape tourism is the perfect place to escape for a while from the daily routine torture.

For the budget nominal, I will make sure under 100,000 rupiahs, because to get there we just need money from the fuel of our vehicles. The entry ticket price was only  2000 rupiahs for a person. For food supplies we can bring from home or we can taste the food that sold by the people around. There are some restaurant that provide a menu of chicken, carp, tilapia, or wader fish in fried or grilled, vegetables stir along with fresh vegetables. Restaurant was located on the banks of the river so well suited to gather with family to enjoy the scenery while eating a meal.

How? Traveled here relatively cheap, right?
Or is there another cheaper holiday destinations? Share your story please...

I forget to mention, do you know how to spell Grape Tourism? It's different spell when we spell Grapes as a fruits. It's really as its write in Indonesian, GRAPE.