Green Tea / Matcha Ice Cream

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

 We love matcha ice cream especially after tasting the very good one in Japan. We bought some green tea powder from our trip Japan and so excited to try it.
First thing first: cook the milk, cream, salt and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. In another bowl, stir together the egg yolks and green tea powder then pour some of the milk mixture into the yolks. Pour the milk and yolk mixture back to the saucepan and reheat it while continue stirring until it reach 80 degree Fahrenheit.

Strain the custard into a container. Let it cools until it reaches room temperature then refrigerate over night
Churn for about 25 minutes or according to your ice cream machine manual
Take a spoonful and too. It surely doesn't disappoint. 

Ice Cream Making Tips & Tricks

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

We have been making homemade ice cream for years now. I love the fact that I can make any flavor I like, reduce the amount of sugar, and the fact that it doesn't have additives. 
We use Cuisinart Ice Cream MakerFirst time my then curious toddler see how the machine works:

We made a lot of ice cream and create lot of memory with the ice cream machines over the years



Some tips and tricks I learned on Ice Cream Making: {so that you don't make the same mistakes I did}:
  1. We use Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker, which has yet fail us these past 8 years. 
  2. For the heavy cream: Do NOT use the ultra-pasteurized one {like the one normally sold in most grocery stores. I also don't like the one that Costco sells}. I got mine either from Trader Joe's or Wholefoods. 
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  4. Use digital scale for more exact measurement of weight: and 

     measuring cup to measure the liquid: 

Camping Menu Ideas

Thursday, July 25, 2019



Our family love camping. I never thought I would say it but the benefits truly outweigh the inconveniences. I started to really enjoy camping after we start sleeping inside the van instead of in the tent. After a few camping trips, we have a list of regular camping menu ideas. I thought I put it here for future reference or in case anyone need it.

Indonesian Corn Fritters a.k.a. Bakwan Jagung

Tuesday, March 5, 2019



Growing up, my grandma cook this appetizer often for lunch or dinner. Unlike American's corn fritters, this Indonesian version is more on the crispy and savory  rather than chewy and sweet.

On the past, I tried cooking with canned corn, using the usual "approximate" recipe and it didn't turn out so well. I am tempted to cook this again after seeing my friend's picture of the dish on Instagram and she told me she was using real fresh corn so I gave this dish another try after finding fresh corn from Trader Joe's. It tasted so much better than my previous attempts but still didn't taste like my grandma's corn fritters. Since she passed away already, I asked my aunts thankfully they know exactly what's the missing ingredient: ground kempferia galanga (Indonesian: "kencur").
So I gave it another try:

Place all the ingredients, except the oil in a mixing bowl


Siomay Jambi

Wednesday, February 20, 2019


I fell in love with Siomay Jambi when my mother in law first brought it from Jambi, a small town in Indonesia where hubby grew up. The inside is mainly veggies and ground pork with little bit flour, which make it less filling than the more popular Siomay Bandung
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