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Asian-style halibut in parchment
Two foods adored by Indonesians are tempeh – fermented soybeans usually found in block form that are high in protein and fibre – and krupuk, or deep fried crackers, made from prawn, seafood or vegetables, which are eaten at the start of a meal.
With 6,000 islands, there are many regional specialties, but wherever you are in Indonesia, most meals, including breakfast, are based around rice. Literally meaning "fried rice", nasi goreng is considered the national dish . It is a meal of stir-fried rice spiced with kecap manis (sweet soy sauce), shallot, garlic, tamarind and chilli and accompanied by other ingredients, mainly egg, chicken, prawns or salted dried fish.
Some of the intense flavour in Indonesian food comes from very sweet and sour ingredients – such as the thick sweet soy sauce called kecap manis, which is used in countless dishes. The sour notes in the cuisine come from tamarind and lime and the aromatics from shallots, ginger, galangal, pandan, turmeric, lemongrass and lime leaves.

Asian-style halibut in parchment  Print Recipe

A flavorful simple easy recipe
Serves: 4
Preparation time:15 minutes
Cooking time:15 minutes
4 baby bok choy, ends trimmed
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced lengthwise
4 6-ounce halibut fillets
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3 scallions (white and green parts), thinly sliced on a diagonal
zest from 1/2 orange
3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon grated ginger root
Cooked brown rice
Heat oven to 400° F.
Prepare four 15-inch squares of parchment paper or aluminum foil and arrange on 2 baking sheets.
Cook the bok choy in boiling water for 5-6 minutes.
Cut the bok choy in quarters lengthwise. Divide bok choy and bell pepper evenly among the squares, place the halibut fillets on top, sprinkle with black pepper, and top with the scallions and zest.

In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, vinegar, oil, and ginger. Spoon half of the mixture evenly over the halibut.
Top each fillet with another square of parchment or foil and fold the edges over several times to seal. Bake for 15 minutes.
Transfer each packet to a plate. Slit open the package Being careful of the steam that will escape.
Serve with brown rice and remaining sauce.

Beef satay  Print Recipe

Satays, skewers of seasoned meat that are easy to prepare and quick to cook, are ideal for warm-weather dining and out door grilling. Satays are the Indonesian version of shish kebab that does not have alternate layers of vegetables. They can be made with almost any meat, poultry or seafood. This seasoned dish is often served with a spicy and sweet sauce made of ground peanuts and peanut butter.
Serves: 4
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time:20 minutes
1 lb flank steak
3 2-inch pieces lemon grass
1 piece lemon rind
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 tablespoons soy sauce, preferably ketjap manis, a sweet soy sauce
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon shrimp paste (optional)
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
To taste salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar


2 tablespoons corn or peanut oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon grated ginger
1/4 teaspoon shrimp paste
3 tablespoons tamarind liquid
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
1 1/4 cups boiling water

Cut the steak into one-inch cubes and put them in a mixing bowl. Add the lemon grass and lemon rind. Put the onion, soy sauce, oil, shrimp paste, cumin, coriander, turmeric, salt and sugar in the container of a food processor or blender, and blend to a fine paste.
Pour this over the meat and blend well. Let stand one hour. Light and heat the grill.

Arrange equal portions of the meat on each of eight wooden skewers that have been pre soaked in cold water. Place the meat on the grill and cook about two minutes.
Turn and cook about two minutes on the other side. Serve with peanut sauce.

The sauce:
Heat the oil in a saucepan, and add the garlic and onion. Cook stirring over low heat for 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the pepper flakes. Ginger, shrimp paste, tamarind liquid, sugar, peanut butter, and lemon or lime.
Whisk in the boiling water. When blended, remove from heat.
If the sauce starts to curdle, add a little more water.

Broiled fillets of salmon with ginger cream  Print Recipe

The broiled salmon fillets are served with a creamy and tangy ginger sauce. Salmon steaks can also be used with this recipe.
Serves: 6
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:30 minutes
6 6-ounces salmon fillets, with the skin
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
to taste, salt, ground black pepper
2 cups fish stock
1 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons shallots, chopped
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
2 ounces butter
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled cut into fine strips
2 tablespoons fresh chives, cut into 1/2-inch sticks
1/2 teaspoon paprika
For the sauce:
In a large saucepan, combine the fish stock, white wine, and shallots. Bring to a boil and reduce the liquid by half. Add the heavy cream and the grated ginger. Bring the liquid back to a boil. Continue to reduce by half or until lightly thickened.
Strain the sauce through a fine strainer. Whisk in the butter, a few bits at the time. Set the sauce aside, and keep in a warm place.
Preheat the broiler. Wash the salmon fillets in cold water. Pat dry. Arrange side by side skin side up in an oiled oven-proof dish. Season with salt and pepper. Place the salmon under the broiler, 4 inches from the source of heat.
Broil for 10 to 12 minutes until the skin is crisp and the flesh is opaque.
Cover the bottom of 6 hot plates with some of the hot ginger sauce. Arrange a piece of salmon in the center of each plate. Sprinkle the salmon with strips of ginger and chives. Pour remaining sauce over the fish. Dust with paprika. Serve hot.

Thai pasta salad with shrimp and vegetables  Print Recipe

Serves: 3
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time:15 minutes
10 - 12 oz. (400-450 g) fresh Asian-style noodles OR fettuccine-style noodles
1 cup small cooked shrimp, thawed and drained if frozen
1 zucchini, grated with a wide grater or peeled into thin strips with a vegetable peeler
1 tomato, cut into small pieces
1 red or green chili, de-seeded and thinly sliced
1 red and 1 green bell pepper, de-seeded and cut into strips
3 spring (green) onions, sliced
1 cup fresh coriander/cilantro, lightly chopped
1/2 cup fresh basil, lightly chopped
1/3 cup dry roasted peanuts or cashews, unsalted, and left whole or lightly chopped
1/3 cup lime juice (about 2 limes, juiced)
4 Tbsp. fish sauce (available at Asian/Chinese stores)
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
2-3 tsp. sugar (adjust to taste)
1-3 tsp. chili sauce OR 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper OR crushed chili (adjust to taste)
2 cloves garlic, minced
Prepare noodles according to the directions on the package. Rinse noodles with cold water, drain, and set aside.
Prepare salad dressing by mixing all dressing ingredients together in a cup or small bowl until sugar dissolves. Taste-test for sour/sweetness, adding more sugar as desired. Note that the taste of the dressing will be milder when distributed among the noodles.
Prepare the vegetables and shrimp, and place them in a very large salad or mixing bowl. Add the herbs and nuts. Stir the dressing once more and pour over, tossing well to mix.
Now add the noodles and toss again Once well-tossed, taste-test the noodles, adding more fish sauce if not salty or tasty enough.
You can serve this salad immediately, or cover and place in the refrigerator until ready to eat (this salad will keep for up to 3 days, and makes great workday lunches!).
Garnish with a few extra sprigs of the fresh herbs, plus some chopped peanuts. For extra spicy, Thai chili sauce can be served on the side, either store-bought or my own.
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3/4 cup

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2 tablespoons

All-purpose wheat flour 120 g 90 g 80 g 60 g 40 g 30 g 15 g
All-purpose sifted wheat flour 110 g 80 g 70 g 55 g 35 g 27 g 13 g
White sugar 200 g 150 g 130 g 100 g 65 g 50 g 25 g
Powdered sugar/Icing sugar 100 g 75 g 70 g 50 g 35 g 25 g 13 g
Brown sugar normally packed 180 g 135 g 120 g 90 g 60 g 45 g 23 g
Corn flour 160 g 120 g 100 g 80 g 50 g 40 g 20 g
Cornstarch 120 g 90 g 80 g 60 g 40 g 30 g 15 g
Rice (not-cooked) 190 g 140 g 125 g 95 g 65 g 48 g 24 g
Macaroni (uncooked) 140 g 100 g 90 g 70 g 45 g 35 g 17 g
Couscous (uncooked) 180 g 135 g 120 g 90 g 60 g 45 g 22 g
Quick oatmeal (uncooked) 90 g 65 g 60 g 45 g 30 g 22 g 11 g
Table salt 300 g 230 g 200 g 150 g 100 g 75 g 40 g
Butter / Margarine 240 g 180 g 160 g 120 g 80 g 60 g 30 g
Shortening 190 g 140 g 125 g 95 g 65 g 48 g 24 g
Fruits and légumes chopped 150 g 110 g 100 g 75 g 50 g 40 g 20 g
chopped walnuts 150 g 110 g 100 g 75 g 50 g 40 g 20 g
Nuts /ground almonds 120 g 90 g 80 g 60 g 40 g 30 g 15 g
Fresh bread crumbs (not packed) 60 g 45 g 40 g 30 g 20 g 15 g 8 g
Dry bread crumbs 150 g 110 g 100 g 75 g 50 g 40 g 20 g
Parmesan grated 90 g 65 g 60 g 45 g 30 g 22 g 11 g
Chocolate chips 150 g 110 g 100 g 75 g 50 g 38 g  19 g
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