A special dish for Dad
My mother is born in Wormerveer (The Netherlands), my father was born in Batavia (now Jakarta, Indonesia). Every night we ate from both worlds: next, to the bowl of rice, there stood a bowl of potatoes. My mother made ‘a special dish for Dad’ and for everybody else, for example, Dutch mashed potatoes with sauerkraut and sausage. For dessert a semolina pudding with berry juice, or ‘spekuk‘ with coffee.
On this blog I make authentic Indonesian dishes from Beb Vuyk’s Groot Indonesisch kookboek. This way we will not forget how great this food is and I will be a better Indonesian cook along the way.
My Dutch mom can cook really well. She tells us a lot about her mother who was a star in the kitchen roasting meat and baking bread.
My mother learned to cook the Indonesian way from my grandma -her mother in law- in the beginning of the sixties. My grandma arrived in the Netherlands after the war, when the Dutch-Indies, had become Indonesia. My grandmother loved to cook and made a lot of dishes from Beb Vuyk’s Groot Indonesisch Kookboek.
In Beb Vuyk’s cookbook are 578 recipes. From now until the near future I will make all 578 dishes. Check out the recipes I have made so far.
I will use Beb’s ‘old’ methods with the cobek or prepare it in a modern way with my immersion blender for example. I explain how I do it, how difficult it is and of course how it tastes.
Beb Vuyk‘s dishes are simple, very tasteful and combine well. You will impress your guests for sure. There are also special ingredients with kidneys and hearts. I’m looking forward to it!
Pisangsusu.com is for people who like to eat Indonesian food and want to try making it themselves. On this blog there will be lots of easy dishes. This blog is a great ‘workshop’ to become even better for the more advanced Indonesian cooks.
Spices and herbs
Make sure you have a nice array of herbs and spices in your pantry. Lot’s of herbs do not need to be fresh or are kept easily in the fridge or freezer. Most of the spices are well known and you can get them in lots of grocery stores.
Hope you will enjoy Indonesian food the way I do. If you get the hang of it, you will notice how easy it is and you can make crazy tasty food from almost nothing ;-).
Selamat Makan and enjoy your time in the kitchen.
Love to hear from you.
Pauline Chavannes de Senerpont Domis
Pauline, her husband, and daughter lived for 3 years in Asia. For two years the family stayed in South-East Asia (Indonesia, Burma, Malaysia, Thailand).