Welcome to my Foodie Blog

I'm a beginner cook with a very very supportive husband as my kitchen assistant.
My foodie blog is where I will share my simple and no fuss recipes that my husband and I like and absolutely easy to try... At least we have tried.
I also love taking picture of the food so here it goes... a combination of cooking and photography... Enjoy

Love, Helena Rijoly - Matakupan

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Perkedel // Frikadeller // Potato Crocquet

My 17 months old little girl loves Perkedel. She is a very picky eater and just develop her appetite back. So I decided to make this for her. Now, there are 2 things that got me slightly unmotivated. I usually failed to produce a fine perkedel - it always decided to disintegrate and turnd into mushy piles in my wok once they were put in hot oil and that we're still living in a rented room with no kitchen and let alone stove or proper cooking device... except for my mighty rice cooker... and so on ....yada yada yada yada.... I am just making excuses for myself.

Anyway, for the love of Tania and may she ate heartily... I decided to drag my lazy self and start making on perkedel. It turned out brilliantly!!! I ate 1/4th of them all of course... hehehehe....

For the picture props, I used Tania's small play plate, fork and spoon.

Lesson of the day: Failure only exist if you fail to try and try again... hehehehe

Source: Seri Menu Shari-hari - Yasa Boga

300 gr of Tess Potato, Peeled
1 Egg yolk
1 tbsp fried onion, grinded
1/4 tsp Ground white pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp Ground Nutmeg
 1 or 2 parsley, finely chopped
1 egg whites, scrambled
1/2 Small can of Corned  beef - or to your liking
Vegetable Oil

1. Fried or Steam the potatoes until soft. Mashed white it is hot
2. add the corned beef, egg yolk, ground fried onion, parsley, salt, pepper, nutmeg.
3. Mix well until it can be shaped
4. Take about 1 tsp or 1 tbsp (depend on how big you want your perkedel) and shape it like a ball then flattened it a little bit
5. Meanwhile heat the oil
6. Dip the shaped potato mix in to the egg white and the fry until golden.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Tempe Bacem // Sweet Marinated Tempeh

This dish always brings back the sweet memories of my Grandma, Madgalena, whose name I inherited.
This is the third time I made this and all is made with Rice cooker.

Source: Seri Menu Shari-hari - Yasa Boga

250 Tempe - cut to 5x6 cm cube
2 Bay leaves - I didn't use
1 cm galangal - bruised
500 cc coconut water / plain water
50 cc vegetable oil

To be grind: - use pestle or food processor. - I simple chopped these following ingredients for the non-existance of the above things.
1 tsp coriander
5 Indonesian red onion
2 garlic
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp asam jawa (hmmmm what's the English for this?)
1 tbsp gula merah

1. Mix together the water with Bay leaves, galangal, and grinded ingredients
2. Add the Tempe
3. Boil until the water is reduced to half
4. Pour the oil in the wok
5. Fried the Tempe while turning it every once in a while until it's browsing. But not to long and dry.
6. Ready to plate

Fried Rice // Nasi Goreng

There are far too many ways of making Nasi Goreng or Fried Rice. Ranging from the very simple onions, soy sauce, salt and rice to up market ones that adds far too many things such as every meat, sausage, seafood etc that you have in your fridge. Indeed Fried rice is a versatile recipe.

Today’s lunch is something simple easy and making use of an instant Fried Rice Spice that comes in small can. And again this is still on my edition of cooking with Rice Cooker. Simon, my better half, is always try his best to eat a balance meal and not too much meat. So I add a handful of Sawi – Chinesse Mustard Greens or Chinese Cabage (am not really sure what’s the English word for it).


3 plates (servings) of cooked rice
½ Medium Onion, chopped
4 Garlics – crushed and chopped
1 stalk of Spring onion, sliced
2 handful of shredded Sawi
A cup of Small diced carrot
A small can of Fried rice Spice – I use the Pr**** brand
1 chicken gizzard diced – this is the left over from the chicken liver I used for lil Tania’s food.
3 tbsp of Vegetable oil
3 tbsp of sweet soy sauce

  1. Heat the oil in a wok (I use rice cooker)
  2. In with the Onion, garlic, sauté until it’s soften
  3. Add the diced carrot and Chicken Gizzard. Let it cook for a while
  4. Add the Sawi and Spring Onion, let them wilt in the wok
  5. Pour in the Fried Rice Spice and sweet soy sauce
  6. Take it off the heat and Put in the rice - I usually take it off the heat to mix to make sure I don’t burn the bottom of it.
  7. Put the wok back in the heat once the spices have been thoroughly mixed with the rice. And stir for 5 minutes.
  8. Ready to plate

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Orak Arik Telor dan Bubur // Scrambled Egg and Rice Porridge

Lazy Morning... but definitely need to get things going. So I made this simple breakfast for my lil Tania and I.

Scrambled Egg // Orak Arik Telur


3 Eggs beaten and seasoned with 3 pinches of salt and a dash of ground white pepper
1 medium Tomatoes sliced or cubes to your liking
2 stalks of seledri (Indonesian parsley, chopped
1/4 of Medium Onion chopped
2 tbsp Vegetable Oil

1. Prepare the wok (I use rice cooker). Heat the vegetable oil
2. Stir in the chopped onions, Tomatoes and seledry
3. Pour in the beaten eggs
4. Keep stirring it to have a silky result

Rice Porridge // Bubur

1 cup of rice
3 cups of water
1 tsp of salt

1. wash the rice
2. Put it in a pan (or rice cooker as I did)
3. Pour the water and add the salt
4. let it boils away.
-- keep watch of it... it may be good to go after about 20 min.


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