Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Newbie Cook #5: Easy (leftovers) lunches

It's been nearly 10 months since I really start cooking. I can't say that my cooking has improved so much, but I can say that I've tried many recipes! My pinterest is overflowing with recipe pins, and looking at beautiful and mouth watering food photos and recipes on pinterest has become one of my favorite past time.

Anyway, speaking of cooking... I normally cook in the afternoon for dinner, so the meal would be served fresh from the kitchen when my husband comes home from work. For lunch, since I'm eating alone, I want to keep it simple... but I still to this very day don't really like the Dutch way of lunch, which is just a plain sandwich with some kind of smoked meat. I prefer warm food with variety. So the solution is... have leftovers. Cook just a small portion more when cooking for dinner, then I'd have something to be reheated the next day! I do this quite often these days.

So today I wanna show some of my easy (leftovers) lunches, most pictures are from my smartphone and were already published in my instagram.

Fried Rice.

What can I say, I'm Indonesian and I love fried rice :D. Since fried rice is actually better when cooked with cold/day old rice, this is the perfect leftovers lunch that can be thrown together in less than 15 minutes. Just use any available veggie (or frozen veggies) and egg. Can also throw in the leftover chicken or some other protein.


A Japanese variant of fried rice wrapped in omelette, hence the name Omurice. The fried rice can be any variation you like. The trickier part is making the thin omlette and wrapping the rice in it. Surprisingly I managed on the first try. Drizzle with ketchup for a classic Omurice presentation.

 Pasta Salad.

Ah, need I say more? A real no brainer here, only takes like 15 minutes including cooking the pasta.


This particular picture is shawarma pork with mixed greens and garlic sauce in tortilla wrap, also leftovers from previous night's dinner. Easy meal on it's own if you get pre-made wraps and pre-marinated shawarma meat. It can be any other leftover meat though, like grilled chicken or fish, with some greens and any sauce.

"Salmon Nigiri".

Hehehe, these are not your authentic salmon nigiri. I had leftover jasmine rice (not sushi rice) and some smoked salmon fillet (not fresh salmon fillet) in the fridge. So I played around, cut up the salmon fillet, made little rice balls and put together these pretend nigiri!


Gado-gado is a kind of salad typical of West Java, Indonesia. It's really just mixed vegetables with some protein and a generous drizzle of peanut sauce. The typical protein are boiled eggs, tofu and tempeh. Can also add leftover chicken strips. If you like, the dish works nicely with boiled potato or rice. If you don't want to make your own peanut sauce, ready made chicken satay peanut sauce works well too.

A few notes.

I'm a stay at home wife, so "quick cooking" works for me. But I think these easy lunches are applicable for those who works outside home, since you can put them in Bento box! Even better if you can get those insulated Bento bag, or if your office pantry has a microwave.

A simple fresh salad with a drizzle of light dressing can add brightness to leftover meals. If you don't have time to wash and chop, supermarkets usually sells pre-packed mixed vegetables, easy!

So there they are, six easy - leftovers - lunches!

Linking up with: Foodie Friday


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Color stack

These pictures were taken at the Musée National d'Art Moderne in Paris, during our short trip back in September. The museum holds a vast collection of modern arts, a lot of which gave me the "huh, what the heck is this" look :P. Still, I really liked the museum! I made tons of pictures there, so I suppose I'll be posting more pictures from the museum.

Anyway, the object of the both pictures were actually three chairs stack on top of each other. I just love those colors!

Linking up with: Monday Mellow Yellows and Mandarin Orange Monday.

Me & My Batik #21 : In Paris!

I've been meaning to post this for a while, but I've just been too lazy to do it. Finally, today's the day.

K and I went for a long weekend in Paris back in September. It's kind of our delayed honeymoon, so Paris was like the perfect option for our first holiday as a married couple!. This is our 6th year together, and still being married brought a whole new level of happiness :).

The weather on that particular weekend in Paris had not been the best. It was that early autumn weather, cold-ish and rainy. But I was determined to have at least one day of me dressing nicely and have a batik picture in Paris, hehehe.

These are my pictures on our first day in Paris. I wore a dress made out of Batik Indramayu, the pattern is called Manuk Berunding (Convening Birds). It was a chilly day so I wore purple tights for warmth and to add a bit of jazz...what do you think?

I wore those balerina shoes which I thought would be comfortable enough to walk around. Well I was dead wrong, it soon became a pain, because we really walked the whole day on the stone sidewalks and climbed over 200 steps to the top of Arc du Triomph. Needless to say my legs were hurting by the afternoon, so we went back to hotel and I changed to jeans and sneaker. Beauty is pain :D.

I'm more of a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl these days, so it was very nice to dress up a bit. The pain was worth it afterall ;).

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