Archive for the ‘recipes’ Category

For Sinterklaas this year some of my coworkers challenged everyone to bring a treat containing speculaas – the Dutch version of gingerbread spices. So what’s an expat Canuck to make? Obviously: Speculaas Nanaimo Bars! As a Canadian, Bringing Food From My Country presents a challenge because, well, Canadian Food usually ends up looking Italian, Indian, […]


Delicious, delicious Indonesian eggplant! Everytime I go for rijstafel I secretly hope that these melt-in-your-mouth chunks wallowing in a sweet-tangy-chili sauce will appear in one of the little dishes. Of course, I won’t always live five minutes away from Toko Mini and Surakarta, so I’ve been working up my own version. Other recipes didn’t really […]


I love the vegetarian satay stukjes that you get at Indonesian restaurants – the little chewy balls of mystery vegetable matter that come on a wooden skewer, snuggled under a generous lashing of spicy peanut sauce. I never really questioned what the stukjes themselves were made from – the peanut sauce is so delicious that […]