Thursday, June 24, 2010

Being a wife

It's almost three months now that I'm married. Our adjustment to life in Indonesia wasn't as bad as we had imagined. God has been really generous in pouring His grace to us everyday. Both my husband and I had fallen sick this past month but through the experience, we learn to serve each other better. :) During these three months, we also had lots of fun and we get to know each other a little bit better each day. We love to laze around at home and spend some time with our families.

In order to mark our new married life, we decided to invite a few friends over for dinner at home. It turns out that I really like entertaining guests at home. I really enjoyed cooking and preparing the dinner. :) For the special occassion, I made a few Indonesian dishes and closed it up with my favorite Indonesian cheesecake. <3

Hopefully more of this kind of occassion will come up soon :)

Re-learning how to bake

I soon discovered that baking in Indonesia is very different than baking in the US... for many reasons:

1. The weather condition is different - mostly temperature and humidity level
2. The ingredients - different types of sugar, flour, butter, heavy cream, and even eggs!
3. The tools - the typical oven in Indonesia is not designed for baking because there's no way of setting the temperature steady throughout the baking process. For this, one would need to purchase the expensive convection oven.

With all these changes, I feel that I need to learn how to bake all over again. :p

These are some of the banana cupcakes that I made about a month ago during my re-learning process. Although it's the same recipe that I had used before, the process and result were quite different. It turns out that there are a lot of different types of bananas in Indonesia: pisang raja, pisang tanduk, pisang mas, pisang ambon, etc. Each of the different banana types have varying texture, smell, and taste. After a few trials with the different banana types, I think I prefer pisang ambon for this cupcake. It's the most similar to the banana in the US :p

That's it for now my friends :) There are more baking experiments to be posted and I promise I will catch up with them ASAP.