How Time Flies : Jozua 1st Birthday Party

Do you remember my friend Thata? You can check out her wedding here and here. Her maternity photos here. Aaaaand baby Jozua’s newborn photos here. Pfiuh I promise you it’s not that I stalked them or anything.

But I couldn’t believe that baby Jozua is not a baby anymore. He just turned ONE. Wow how time flies. And since baby only turned one once in their life, there had to be something special to be done. Voila Thata with the help of her family and friends magically made a sweet table with a very appropriate theme for a one year old. With all the trimmings, that and a full time job. Not sure where she got all the energy from. I probably have to sneak into her house and find out her secret.

Happy birthday Jozua. For many many more years to come 🙂

The birthday cake was also self made.

On the left here is perkedel (Indonesian potato patties). On the left is glutinous rice with spicy shredded coconut.

Yummy cocktail sausage wrapped with pastry on the right. While on the left was a smart way to use the push up cake container.


Healthy snacks should be included too, mixed fruit and vegetables with dip.

On the left is meatballs. And you all know what is on the right, duck cookies.

Also a smart way to use the macaron tower.

Err like that woman didn’t have anything else to do but covering all the juice packs with own label. But I must say it is very neat.

While mommy, daddy and big brother were serious about blowing the candle. Jozua was more interested in touching the candle!

Food Photography : Coffee Cups

Days are getting darker and colder, although I must admit not as cold last year. At this time last year snow was practically everywhere! And I know December month can be crazy, with christmas to be done (shopping for gifts?), end of calendar year work etc. But whatever you do don’t forget to relax and breathe, have some me time. Sit down and have a cup of coffee perhaps?

A design company commissioned me to photograph these coffee cups. They designed these cups for Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. So I’m pretty sure you could buy these over there.

Edited to add : here is the online shop where later you can buy these cups.

Food Friday : Sambal Bu Romy and Nasi Udang Bu Rudy

Sambal Bu Romy is actually a joke I made. There’s this famous rumah makan (restaurant) in Surabaya, East Java with the name Rumah Makan Ibu Rudy. This restaurant has  a particular dish as their speciality.  The dish is called Nasi Udang Sambal Bu Rudy. Nasi means rice, udang means shrimp (in this case a very tiny winy ones), sambal means Indonesian hot chili paste (well I’m sure you all know what this is), Bu means  madam or missus. So yes it’s a rice dish with fried shrimp and hot sambal ala Mrs. Rudy.

To tell you the truth I only had it once, my dear friend Mbak Rachmah took me there when I was in Surabaya last year. But one would never forget the hotness of the sambal once one tried it. Well that if you are a fan of sambal. And I am a fan so when other food blogger friends were talking about Sambal Bu Rudy recipes that’s going around. I was more than ready to make it myself.  And since the sambal is made here I named it Sambal Bu Romy. Because yeah Romy the cat is the Mrs. of this house.

But besides sambal and shrimp, the dish has other condiments to complete it. They are serundeng (spiced dried shredded coconut) and kremesan (spiced crumbs, it is actually leftover from flour batter of the crispy shrimp)

So are you ready to be on fire, literally? If yes, let get cracking and make this in your own kitchen. If not then just enjoy the photos! Have a Great Friday!

The dish with the crispy shrimp.

Left, serundeng. Right, kremesan.

I made this quite a while ago, so right now I am drooling over this!

Do serve it with fresh condiments such as cucumber and tomatoes.

For recipe do visit my foodblog here.