Rujak Buah (Fruit Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce)

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Rujak (Rojak) is a traditional fruit and vegetable salad popular in Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. Served with spicy peanut sauce, this dish makes a refreshing snack on a hot summer day, especially if you're a fan of spicy food.

The choice of fruit and vegetables truly depends on your preference, but popular choices include raw mangoes, papayas, jicama (bengkoang), cucumbers, pineapples, granny smith apples, fried tofu, and raw sweet potatoes. See the sauce recipe below.



RUJAK SAUCE RECIPE:

200 gr palm sugar, sliced thickly (can be replaced with dark brown sugar)
5 fresh red chillies, finely sliced (adjust amount to your preference)
100 gr fried or roasted peanut, coarsely chopped
2 tbsp tamarind juice
100 gr pineapple, chopped
1 tsp belacan (dried shrimp paste)
1 tsp salt
100 ml water

INSTRUCTIONS:

Mix all ingredients in a small or medium sauce pan over medium heat. Stir ofter until the sugar is melted and sauce is bubbly and slightly thickened. Lower heat and cook for an additional 5 minutes (Add water if sauce is too thick). Remove from heat and cool (refrigerate if necessary)

SERVING INSTRUCTIONS:

Cut fruits and vegetables into bite size and place on a plate. Pour peanut sauce over mixture and sprinkle with chopped peanuts to garnish.

Easy Taco Salad Recipe

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Looking for a simple, fresh, and deliciously satisfying meal idea? This quick and easy taco salad recipe make a great Summer salad.



INGREDIENTS:

1 lbs lean ground beef
10 oz package taco seasoning
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
15 oz can kidney beans, drained
1/2 cup Ranch salad dressing
chopped tomatoes, lettuce, green onion
1 bag tortilla chips

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Brown the beef in a large skillet and drain. Stir in taco seasoning, mix well. Set aside to cool.
2. In a large bowl, combine seasoned meat, tomatoes, lettuce, green onions, beans, and cheese.
3. Pour dressing over the mixture and toss to coat (Do this just before serving!)
4. Serve with tortilla chips

The Best Spinach Dip Recipe

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Looking for a simple appetizer dish for the upcoming Fourth of July gathering?

Spinach dip is one of my favorite dishes to bring to potlucks or when having people over. It's simple to make and can be prepared the day before, and people alway rave about it and ask for the recipe. You can serve this dip with sourdough bread, or serve it on crackers to create fancy hors d'oeuvres.



Here's the recipe:

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup mayonnaise
16 oz sour cream
1.8 oz package of dry leek soup mix
4 oz can of water chestnuts, drained and chopped
10 oz frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1 loaf sourdough bread or a bag of crackers (to serve)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Mix together all of the ingredients (except for bread and crackers), and refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight.

To serve with sourdough bread: remove the top and the interior of the bread and fill with mixture. Serve the removed bread chunks on the side for dipping.

To serve with crackers: spoon mixture and place on top of crackers

ENJOY and HAPPY FOURTH, everybody!

Bellatoria Pizza

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Pre-packaged frozen pizzas never sounded good to me before, but I went to Costco a couple weeks ago when they had a sample of Bellatoria pizzas, and I was sold! Thin crust pizzas are my favorites! I bought the Garlic Chicken Alfredo variety, and it was absolutely delicious! The crust in particular, was crispy as advertised on the package, and not soggy like other brands I tried. My two-year-olds loved it too! So yay, I found another dinner solution on nights when I don't feel like cooking, :)



PS: The Super Supreme pizza is not bad either!!

Easy Father's Day Cake

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It's been sooo long since I've written. I apologize. My twin girls were in the so-called "terrible two's" phase, and even though I still cooked on regular basis, I just hadn't had the time to try new recipes to post on this blog. Now that my girls are in preschool, I can finally go back to cooking in peace, if you know what I mean.

Anyhow, Father's day was a couple weeks ago, and I wanted to surprise my wonderful husband with a homemade cake. I stumbled into this video recipe for a Father's Day cake at familyfun.com and decided that it looked simple enough to make. And it really was! It's just a simply decorated rectangular cake, put in a pretty box with pretty bows. It looks so fancy that he'll think you spent hours making it!

But be sure you are there when he opens the present! Because my husband almost shook the box trying to guess what was inside! :)



I'll re-post the recipe here in this blog, but you may want to check out the video on their website here

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY CAKE RECIPE {from: familyfun.com}

Ingredients

9-by-12-by-2-inch cake, store-bought or homemade from scratch or a mix
Pastel icing the color of dad's favorite shirt
Cardboard shirt box (ask at the drycleaner's), lined with waxed paper
White paper for making a shirt collar and two cuffs
Colorful frosting for the tie

Instructions

1. Bake a cake in a 9-by-12-inch cake pan, remove from the pan, cool, and place on waxed paper.
2. Start by lining a 9-by-12-inch cardboard shirt box with tissue paper. Cover with a larger piece of waxed paper and flip the cake over and set it bottom-up in the box.
3. Frost with a pastel-shirt colored icing. Cut a collar and two cuffs out of white paper. The collar is a strip, rolled into a ring and taped, with a small V cut out of the center. The cuffs are rectangles with candy cufflinks.
4. Add a colorful frosting tie below the point where the collar will be placed. Just before serving, trim away the waxed paper and add the collar and cuffs.
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