Have a taste of my special pisang goreng

Chef Jeff will be selling Indonesian Fried Bananas with delicious toppings! Cookbook Indo Dutch Kitchen Secrets available. Celebrate Cultural Diversity at the 16th Annual Irvine Global Village Festival Enjoy international cuisine, multicultural performances and kids’ activities Sept. 23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Festival admission and off-site parking with shuttle service are free. A variety of sample-sized…

Echos from the past

People change and neighborhoods change. The place I always called home in Amsterdam, is now someone else’s house. People move in and people move out. Wherever we go, we will always carry the memories created in that house with us. Whenever I am in the city I try to go back and check out the…

A recipe from the heart by Annette

Although she lived on the other side of the world, I took comfort in the knowledge that I could always start a video call via my smartphone. Or I would actually make that trip to Indonesia one of these days and give her a big warm hug again. That door is now forever closed.  Suddenly, you are confronted with aspects of…

Rave reviews for 1st Indo Dutch Heritage cookbook

The responses to the 1st Indo Dutch heritage cookbook in English  Indo Dutch Kitchen Secrets were overwhelming. A review featured  in Good Magazine by reporter Nilina Mason-Campbell talked about the cuisine as ‘the tastiest fusion food you’ve never had’. Voice of Indonesia and Metro TV online reported on the book which celebrates Indonesian and Dutch culinary roots. ORDER…

Book Launch Party LA

Today we celebrated the launch of the new cookbook INDO DUTCH KITCHEN SECRETS – the first Indo Dutch Heritage cookbook in English. We kicked off the book tour at the Blitzstein Museum of Arts in West Hollywood. We had a great turnout and eager people, excited to get their hands on the book. The response…

Explosive book presentation

By Jeff Keasberry. While I was in the middle of my presentation of the ‘Foods that Binds Us,’ last Saturday, suddenly there was a hard bang, and a sharp hissing sound. A Samsung Note 7 spontaneously exploded like firework, sparks flew, acid smoke was forming, there was panic in the audience. One lady’s phone shot across the floor…

Gado Gado & Friends

When we talk about vegetable salad with peanut sauce in our family, we often think of Gado Gado. But there are more Indonesian vegetable salads like:  lotek, pecel, karedok and ketoprak. They may look similar but each is slightly different, depending on region or ethnic community. These salads can have cooked and uncooked ingredients, such as string beans, …

Dik Bikker Oma Keasberry

Dik Bikker en Oma’s kookboek

Tijden de release party van mijn eerste kookboek: Indische Keukengeheimen, op 24 maart 2012, hadden we een fijn weerzien met trouwe gasten en vrienden van ons familierestaurant. Een feestelijke reünie, gehouden in het etablissement dat ooit ons restaurant Djokja was.  Dik Bikker, een vriend van oma en de familie en fan van Oma’s eten was er…

Toko Ramee Amsterdam

Mijn favoriete Toko Ramee in Amsterdam bestaat inmiddels meer dan vijftig jaar. Ter gelegenheid van het vijftigjarig bestaan in 2011 werd een boekje uitgebracht waarin het verhaal vanaf het begin van de populaire Toko Ramee staat. De relatie met Toko Ramee en onze familie gaat terug naar de tijd van het voormalig Nederlands Indië. Mijn…

Indisch Cultuur Ridder

Indo Dutch Food for Thought

“It is only real Indo Dutch* food when it contains coriander and cumin!” This often heard remark suggests that Indo food needs coriander and cumin for it to be considered authentic. I also often hear: “Oh, that needs more salt!” “That’s not how you should make that!” “It doesn’t taste the same…!” “Why is there…