Indonesian Salad Meals

22 Feb

Here are two menus for Indonesian style meals.

The first is a Gado Gado, featuring a spicy peanut sauce to serve with hard boiled eggs, roasted veggies, salad greens and coleslaw.



The second menu is more elaborate.  It starts with a spicy peanut sauce but adds deviled eggs and shrimp burgers for the protein.  The veggies  include salads of carrot/beet slaw and corn with pineapple, plus an assortment of roasted vegetables.



Either way, these are yummy and healthy meals.


Corn and Pineapple Salad

8 Feb

cornpineapple saladCorn and Pineapple Salad

This recipe is as close as I can get to a salad I enjoyed years ago in Kuala Lumpur, Indonesia.  The secret ingredient is the crystalized ginger, so don’t omit it.

Healthy Fudge Brownies

7 Feb

Healthy Fudge Brownies




This recipe is low on fat and sugar, but has a deep chocolate flavor and satisfying texture.

Adapted from Jillian Michael’s recipe.

Favorite Shrimp Burgers

29 Sep

Inspired by this new cookbook, Fish Cakes  I have researched recipes for shrimp burgers and adapted my own easy version.


Shrimp Burgers





Pineapple Cake

8 Sep

This is a recipe I’ve had in my collection since the 1990’s!  I gave the recipe a make-over after discovering that it was unpleasantly rich.  This is my revised version:

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

For the topping, I reduced the butter to 2 tbs. and the brown sugar to 1/3 cup.  I used about 1 cup of pineapple tidbits.

For the batter, I reduced the white sugar to  2/3 cup.



assembling ingredients


ready for baking


finished cake


served with ice cream

Guinea Pig Toy

7 Apr

GuineaPig ToysThis was a birthday gift for a special friend.  It’s a reminder that he ate this animal (member of the mouse family) last year on a vacation in Peru.

I found a cute pattern on the Dolls and Daydreams website.  Here’s my version, using two different kinds of fake fur fabric.*


These are some dolls on the pattern website.

guinea pig1


*fake fur makes a big mess when you cut it, so wear a mask over your nose and face.

Best Cake-like Brownies

23 Feb

Cakey Brownies

This recipe uses cocoa powder and chocolate chips in the batter, for perfect results.  Baking temperature and timing are crucial, or these treats will burn!