Pineapple!! :D:D

6 Jan

One of the food that I dearly miss from back home are tropical fruits! Deep red sweet papaya, yellow bursting-with-juice pineapple, tens of kinds of bananas, sweet succulent mangoes, I can go on and on and on about them….

So when I went to Costco the other day, I picked up 1 whole pineapple πŸ™‚ 1 whole pineapple back home only costs me 40 cents.. in here it’s almost 5 bucks.. 😦

I have never peeledΒ  a pineapple my whole life. Back home, I usually buy my pineapple from the traditional market, so we just choose which one we want, and the vendor will peel it for us πŸ™‚ Then we just have to remove the core, slice them, and nom them πŸ™‚

The sight of a whole pineapple is pretty daunting…..

But, it turns out that tackling a whole pineapple is much easier than I thought! After snapping of the ‘crown’, just peeled them from top to bottom, cut into quarters, remove the core, and slice them. In just 5 mins, I got a container filled with yellow and sweet pineapple.. hm……

My favourite way of eating pineapple is with a sprinkle of salt. Somehow the salt brings out the sweetness in them πŸ™‚

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Chicken Soup yum yum

6 Jan

What to do about the chicken carcass after a meal of store bought rotisserie chicken?? Make chicken soup of course πŸ™‚ It is really really simple, just put the carcass in the pot, cover with cold water, boil boil boil for few hours. Take out the carcass, put lots of veggies and seasoning, and you’ll have a warm and super healthy bowl of chicken soup πŸ™‚

First thing first; if you’re feeling rather frugal you can pluck and pull any leftover meat that might still be left on the carcass after you carved them.

I managed to salvage that much meat from the carcass! πŸ˜€ I separated the white meat from the dark meat because my hubby refused to eat dark meat…. which works great for us since I prefer dark meat anyway! πŸ™‚ It got so much more flavour than the boring white meat.. sigh…that poor dude doesn’t realize what he’s missing…..

After pulling out all the meat, it’s time to make the star of the meal : the chicken stock! πŸ™‚ Cover the chicken bone with cold water (I read that you should start with cold water because some protein only dissolves in cold water) and just boil away. Leave it simmer for about 2 hours and you can see all that goodness starts floating freely in the water. I also put about 5 cloves of smashed garlic and about a thumb of smashed ginger.. I dunno why.. it’s the inner Chinese in me that made me do that. It might be to ‘cut’ the fat, or makes it smell better, or something.

The best thing about this part is the smell!! πŸ˜€ ohhh… the aroma of homemade chicken stock filling your entire kitchen, it’s heaven πŸ™‚ (or in my case filling the entire house because we live in a tiny house :D)

After the stock is ready, pull out the carcass, and start preparing your veggies. I always have a lot of veggies in my fridge, so I just put a little bit of everything in there for taste, texture and of course colour πŸ™‚ I put cabbage, celery, onion, carrot, green onion, kidney beans, tomatoes and cauliflower. It’s a veggie medley πŸ™‚

Ow, here’s a pic of my new pink colander in action.

hhhh…. isn’t it pretty? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

And don’t forget to season your soup with salt and pepper. I also put a pinch of thyme and rosemary in mine.

Enjoy it while it’s piping hot with your loved ones πŸ™‚

Warm and full belly = Happy family πŸ™‚

A really really good book

2 Jan

I have been reading this book for about more than 6 months now. I find that with spiritual stuffs, knowing is not always understanding (hm.. as in any other stuffs I guess). And everytime I read a story from this book, it always gives me different understanding depends on what kind of emotions or mood that I’m in at the time. This book is written by a Buddhist monk named Ajahn Brahm , the original title is ‘Opening the door of your heart’, when it’s published in the US the title is ‘Who ordered this truckload of dunk?’Β  in Indonesian is ‘Cacing dan kotoran kesayangannya’ literally translates to ‘Worm and it’s beloved dunk’. The cover is pretty cute πŸ™‚

The book consists of 108 heart-warming short stories. I cannot pick my favourite because every one of them is really good πŸ™‚

One of the story that I really like is about the difference between dating, being engaged and marriage. When you’re dating, you’re only involved with your partner’s life. Even when you’re engaged, you’re still only involved with theirs. When you get married, then that’s the point where you’re become really really committed with your spouse. The difference between them is like the difference between eggs and bacon. The chicken is only involved in the making of the eggs, but the pig is fully fully committed in the making of bacon. (I hope the story makes sense, I’m not good at translating stuffs….) The first time I read that story is about a week before my wedding, and it made me realize how much of a commitment that I was gonna make. I hope I make a good enough bacon for my hubby πŸ˜€

This book also help me with my feeling-down mode that I was in 2 days ago. I took a super long walk that day, just enjoying the beauty of my surroundings, and I remember the lesson on one story on that book. The biggest cause of depression is merely just ‘not being grateful enough’. I have roof over my head, I have food on the table and I have clean warm clothes on my back, so why the heck am I feeling so down??!! I realized that I don’t have ANY reason whatsoever to feel sad! πŸ™‚ MUAHAHAHA depression conquered!! πŸ˜€

 

Sourdough starter – first try :)

2 Jan

After the terrible terrible ‘yeast packet inside the bread’ incident, I was pretty reluctant to bake anymore bread anytime soon 😦

We ran out of few stuffs inside the house, so after hubby finished his work yesterday, we went out to do some grocery shopping. Ow, and since my first sliding accident, I don’t really want to drive anymore during winter time! It happened about a week ago. After I got my Alaskan driving license, I haven’t went out and drive around. So, when we went out to do some shopping last week, I ‘foolishly’ volunteered to drive. Bear in mind, it’s not just the road conditions, a new city, a new car that I have to get used to, but also, in Indonesia we drive on the other side of the road, and the driver is on the other side of the car as well, that’s the hardest part that I gotta used to πŸ˜€

After a few going around the blocks because I keep missing some turns, finally we almost reach the destination. As I was driving nearing the intersection, the light turned yellow. So me, as a good driver, instead of giving it gas.. I started pushing on the brake pedal. The car was keep sliding and sliding and sliding!!!! I was HORRIFIED!!! I was literally standing on the clutch and brake pedals, butt off the seat, screaming on the top of my lungs, one hand clutching the steering wheel and another hand clutching my hubby’s arm. We finally came to stop right at the line though.. ffuuuhhhh…… and I am not ashamed to say, I cried a little bit after that because it was THAT terrifying 😦

Back to the bread story, so yesterday’s night at the grocery store, as I was reaching to grab some store-bought bread, my hubby said “you just got a brand new bread-making machine, why don’t you use it more?” argh…… -.-” I grabbed some bread flour instead of store-bought bread. We went back home and I made a simple white bread πŸ˜€ We had it for breakfast this morning, and it was delish πŸ™‚ (note to self, take some pic next time)

Still on bread topic, I am now nurturing a jar of sourdough starter πŸ™‚ I started the starter last night as well, after 3 hours the starter bubbled and frothed like crazy!

It calmed down a bit this morning, the size shrink to about half of it. Not sure whether the yeast still active or not…. The temperature inside the house is about 68, and the recipe says the temperature should be around 70 to 90… I hope 2 degrees difference wouldn’t make much difference. I wonder, should I put it in the sink with warm water to make the yeast ‘wake up’? hm… maybe I should eh….

Bread-making fail :(

1 Jan

2 days ago I bought a sourdough bread mix. The kind that you only need to add water and milk to the mix and pop them into your bread machine. And that’s what I did. Little did I know, they put a yeast packet in the mix, buried in the flour mixture! The bread came out ugly, didn’t rise at all, and worst of all :

Note to self : investigate the bread mixture next time, don’t just dump them all in at once! I hope no one put this in failblog……

 

Welcome 2011 :)

1 Jan

Here are 3 reasons why we didn’t drive down to Alyeska yesterday night :

1. It rained almost the whole day yesterday! The road was super duper slippery, so it’ll be dangerous to drive the long and winding road.

2. Obviously there’re gonna be lots of drunk people on the street. Enough said.

3. Laziness. Enough said πŸ˜€

We went to moose’s tooth for early dinner, and it was goooodddd πŸ™‚ The waitress said that moose’s tooth is like the busiest non-franchise pizza joint in the country! Isn’t that impressive? Alaska has the busiest something in the country πŸ˜€

And since we had to wait such a long time to just be seated, each of us ordered our own large pizzas so we can bring the rest home. I got the roasted garlic pizza which is awesome! They put tons of whole bursting-with-flavour roasted garlic cloves, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and fresh basil.. ohhh they are good πŸ™‚ Duane got the classic pepperoni *cough* boring *cough*. Doug insisted on getting the ‘little santa helper’ , he said, and I quote “The more animals had to die for my pizza, the happier I am” -.-” That pizza got slices of steak, bacon and chicken pieces!

After we got back home, we watched the pilot of Entreprise! :D:D

This is my first time watching the series. I’ve watched few eps of the original series and next-gen. And I think Captain Jonathan Archer is much cuter than Kirk and Picard πŸ™‚

Duane and Doug were really really reluctant to stay up until midnight on new year’s eve, ckckck.. It’s new year’s eve la, the only night in a year that you HAVE TO stay up until midnight, well.. and chinese new year.. and maybe birthdays… I managed to convinced them to stay up though πŸ˜€ hohoho.. πŸ˜€

To kill some times, we played Munchkin, the most back-stabbing game ever!! And with pure luck, Duane won (he insisted that it’s strategy, but I know better.. it’s obviously luck). And after that, we played some CRIBBAGE!! πŸ˜€

I learned how to play Cribbage a week ago, and I am hooked πŸ˜€ It’s the funnest card game ever in my opinion! πŸ˜€ It is so fun, I don’t even mind losing πŸ˜€

If I have to sum up Cribbage in a sentence, it would be : A mind boggling-complicated-too many weird rules-highly strategic card game πŸ™‚

We stopped playing when it was about 11 mins to new year. Doug poured some whiskey to 3 shot glasses, and we made a toast when it’s midnight πŸ™‚

Ahh… another year has passed, another year just started πŸ™‚ 2011, what kind of adventure will you bring? πŸ™‚

This is a pic of pink lilies from my home back in Jakarta, isn’t it pretty? :):)

 

 

I should pay THAT much??

1 Jan

Ramen is awesome πŸ˜€ It is unhealthy, but it is a good meal πŸ™‚ right??

We are craving this special brand from Indonesia:

I have been taking this brand for granted all of this time. All of my life, I have been eating this.. it is good.. but I have no idea that it is THAT good. Ramen over here are NOT good, their taste is.. mehh…..

My favourite way of cooking this ramen is with egg and chopped up bird eye chillis. Oh…. that makes a GREAT breakfast! πŸ™‚

My hubby is craving this more than I do. When we were living in Jakarta, if he’s allowed to eat this every single day, he would! Just this afternoon, he said that Indomie is the greatest bounty from Indonesia, and after awkward silence he corrected his statement, “no no.. Cecilia is the greatest bounty from Indonesia” Good save… good save… :):)

So, after reminiscing of how great Indomie is, I did some search for online Indomie shopping πŸ˜€ We found that ezfooddepot carries them, so after happily register and filling in all of the shipping info, I found out that the shipping to Alaska is 30 dollars!! Geez!! Forget it!! 2 boxes of Indomie ramen (60 pcs) is only like 6 bucks or smth back home, I would be happy to pay 20 bucks over here, but not 50 dollars included shipping!! πŸ˜₯ Aiya…. the day that we learn that getting Indomie to Alaska is mighty expensive is a sad sad day…. 😦

ow, later I checked Amazon and other sites as well, same thing.. bloody expensive 😦

Tonight is new year’s eve! πŸ˜€ If everything goes well, we’re going to Alyeska resort to watch some fireworks! Woohoooo :):)

note to self : bring camera, take pics, I want to remember my first new year in Alaska πŸ™‚