I'd promised my friend to teach her to cook some foods that I brought to Indonesian meeting couple months ago. My friend is planning on leaving the town after she graduates in July, so I want to spend more time with her before that. Today finally we had a chance to cook together.
I am not an expert cook, yet I am more than happy to share what I know. Fortunately people trust what I say My grandma told me to trust myself and be brave to try. I think I get my confident of cooking because of her advice. And when I fail in baking, hubby always says "why are you sad? it's just flour and eggs".
Today she decided to make lemper. She brought glutinous rice and banana leaves. We cooked the rice, made the chicken filling, then assembled the rice and filling and wrapped it with banana leaves. In between the process, we mixed ingredients to make banana filling bread and prepared vegetables for gado-gado. I've made the peanut sauce earlier.
We also had a special menu for our dinner. It was grilled fishes just like what we eat back home.
Oven Grilled Fish tilapia/milk fish
Marinate with: crushed red onion
sweet soy sauce
Let stay in the cooler for at least 2 hours.
Cover with aluminum foil, bake (350'F) until cooked. It's better if the fish is over cook because you don't want to get sick. Change to broil (450'F). Glaze the fish occasionally with mixture of sweet soy sauce and olive oil to prevent burning. Keep an eye to the fish. When one side gets brown enough, flip the fish, and let it stay for about 5 minutes.
My friend didn't understand why I asked her to stay in my house for a half day just to cook. I proved her at the end of our kitchen time that when we are cooking and baking, time flies without you knowing it. It was around 9 PM, and we hadn't stopped our kitchen activity since 3 PM.