Music with your Rendang

The Land of Our Mothers.

Having roots in both Indonesia (motherland) and the Netherlands (fatherland) I have accumulated a nice mix of cultural elements from both countries that create a sense of belonging. My exploration is ongoing and I keep finding new things that I enjoy. For instance, when eating Indonesian food I sometimes play some Indonesian music to complete…

Indonesian Coffee

A better day with a cup of Java.

[:en] In many countries the word “Java” has become synonymous with the word “coffee”, like “Xerox” has become for “copying.” Java coffee refers to coffee beans produced in the Indonesian island of Java. In the times of the Dutch East indies, the Dutch began cultivating coffee trees on the island of Java and started exporting…

Padangsalade de nieuwe Indische keuken

Padang salad for a Summer day

This dish is inspired by a salad from the Island of Sumatra with a mediterranean heritage. A proper meal named after the city of Padang with shrimp crackers of the city of Palembang. It’s fresh and varied and delicious voor a sunny day. Easy to prepare. The Krupuk Palembang is available at better Asian grocery…

Tumpeng for Selamatan

Selamatan – ceremoniele maaltijd.

Ter nagedachtenis van onze tante Erie hebben wij onlangs bij ons thuis, voor een kleine groep familie en vrienden, een selamatan gehouden. Op de 40e dag na het overlijden wordt er een ceremoniële maaltijd geserveerd. Een gebruik dat uit Java met de migratie is meegekomen en behoort tot de Indische culinaire erfenis. Deze traditie wordt…

Temptation

Tempeh – verleidelijk, vlezig en voedzaam.

Sorry, this article is only available in Dutch (Nederlands). Click here. Vroeger kwam er bij ons in het restaurant een ‘meneer tempeh’. Zijn echte naam ben ik helaas vergeten. Wekelijks leverde hij aan ons zijn zelfgemaakte tempeh, goed verpakt in de mand, achterop zijn fiets. Heb jij wel ‘ns tempeh gegeten? Alle vragen die je hebt over…

Sriracha vs Sambal Asli

Move over tomato ketchup, Sriracha is in town! Sriracha has become the staple condiment on the American dinner tables, next to the mayo and mustard. The garlic chili sauce in the plastic bottle with the green cap is hip, cool and trendy, it’s everywhere.  It has its own cult following. You’ll find it in all kinds…

Pandan Cake Pops

The Indo Dutch cuisine knows a lot of sweet delights: from cakes, puddings, steamed-, baked- and deep-fried pastries. One of the most well known cakes is the Pandan Cake  (recipe in my 1st Dutch book) – which is also called a Chiffon cake, a light and fluffy cake with subtle, gentle, fragrant flavours of Pandan, from…

Oma Keasberry in de NRC

Oma (Grandma) Keasberry in the news

Nice to see Grandma in the Dutch news again. Reference is made to her recipes in the article of the NRC by Janneke Vreugdenhil. This time when re-issued the “Great Indonesian cookbook by Beb Vuyck.” Grandma Keasberry may well not have written as many books as Aunty Beb, but it is mentioned often and still…