• silky skin smoothie
    Drinks

    Silky Skin Smoothie

    Who doesn’t want to have silky soft skin? The good news is that you can eat and drink your way to a healthy and beautiful skin using a few key ingredients. The 7 best foods for glowing skin Dragon fruit or pitaya is high in vitamin C, fight inflammation and has vitamin B6 that helps you regulate your hormones and reduce facial acne. Walnuts are packed with healthy fats even higher than both omega-3 and omega-6 fats. Avocados for the healthy fats that keep your skin moist and flexible. Seeds and chia seeds are in general skin boosters because of healthy fats, vitamin E, selenium, and zink. Paprika is high…

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    Lifestyle

    6 Foods For Better Sex Life

    Some people talk about it easily and others prefer to keep it for themselves, a low libido. It occurs more to women than men, but both know the problem. And that while a healthy sex life lowers stress, releases calming endorphins in the brains and healthy blood circulation. That’s why it’s important not to neglect this issue. The good news is there are plenty of opportunities to increase your libido naturally.  The aphrodisiac effect of food is known for many centuries. In ancient China, people believed that warm snake blood would lead to greater sexual stamina in men. The Aztecs attributed exciting forces to the avocado and the Romans considered…

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    Sweets

    Blueberry Lemon Cantuccini

    In this household we love everything crispy, crunchy and crusty. Do you remember your grandmother’s pie with that typical crispy crust that you would bite of? Yup, that’s what I’m talking about in this recipe. The other day the boys asked for cookies and normally I would whip up the usual green tea cookies or oatmeal cookies. But then I remember those cantuccini’s from Sarah Britton of My New Roots (awesome site, go check it out!) I made last year. The famous twice-baked cantuccini’s and yes they are different from biscotti, which simply means cookies in Italian. No, I’m talking about the real cantuccini’s what you bake twice. It makes all the difference. It’s…

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    6 Natural Sweeteners And Sugar Substitutes

    Let’s talk about sugars. I want to divide them into two groups: the good ones and the bad boys. The consumption of refined white sugar is rising, same goes for artificial sweeteners. This is something what worries me. Nowadays we think having artificial sweeteners like aspartame is a healthier and therefore better substitute compare to white sugar. This is not really the case. The debate around artificial sweeteners has been going on for some time, especially in regard to their damaging side effects to our health. They range from causing headaches and migraines (!) to trigger mood disorders. These are some serious side effects we can’t look away from. Refined sugars aren’t…

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    Health,  Lifestyle

    You Can’t Detox Your Body. It’s a Myth

    The popularity of the so-called Detox and Cleanses have been steady for a while. From the first time it emerged, it was a hype among the healthy living enthusiasts, including myself. Until today, it’s not yet proven whether all the process one must go through to validly do detox and cleansing really does flushes out all toxins from your body. If done wrong, it can even be a boomerang for your overall health. What is Detox? There are two commonly known styles of detox and cleanses; you’re either fasting (not eating for a period) or making liquids the dominant part of your daily life and just eating fruits and vegetables.…

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    Health,  Lifestyle,  Nutrition

    9 Tips Of Clean Eating

    According to American author and activist Michael Pollan: don’t trust nutrition labels with more than five ingredients. Or if you can’t pronounce the ingredients. Eat food, mostly plants, not too much is the philosophy Michael Pollan lives by. This message is what Pollan has preached in the US. His books about healthy eating are number 1 best sellers. Pollan says we don’t have a clue what we are eating today. Nutritionist often contradict each other and health claims are constantly withdrawn. No wonder we, the consumers, are left confused about what is wrong or right to eat. For a long time food experts agreed that it’s important to cut as much as possible…

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    Lifestyle,  Nutrition

    6 Healthy Food Trends

    Just when you got used to goji berries and wheatgrass shots, it’s time to introduce you the new food trends of 2017. American nutritionists  have listed the next health trends and concepts which has the potential to become a hype sooner than we think. Surely I don’t want to keep this away from you my dear friends. 1. Moringa Move over Kale. It’s time for Moringa Oleifera. This tree, originally from Haiti, gained lots of attention from trend watchers due to its high nutrition value. The leaves contain lots of calcium, potassium, proteins and vitamin A, B, C, D and E. The trees grow in tropical as well as lower…

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    Health,  Nutrition

    Why You Can’t Lose Weight On A Diet

    Your jeans are slightly too tight around your waist and you are already preparing your new year’s resolution. How much your boyfriend says he loves you the way you are. In fact, it’s his favorite thing in the world to do: holding to your muffin top. Still, you want to lose that stubborn extra weight you are carrying. It’s that time of the season again. Diet season it is. You start off right with a positive attitude and encourage yourself to try the ‘apple diet’. When it’s getting tough after one week you quit, this diet simply doesn’t do it for you. So let’s move over to the low carb…

  • tips for better immune system
    Health,  Lifestyle

    7 Tips For A Better Immune System

    Having a good immune system will prevent you from catching a cold or flu. But the question really is how to get a good immune system? Or better yet how to maintain one? The best remedy would be a ‘staycation’ on a tropical island (hello Bali!) fuzz and stress-free. Unfortunately, this is not the reality for all of us, thus my seven tips to stay healthy and sane 🙂 1. Sex. Lots of it At least one or two times per week sex will boost up your immune system, according to the research of the University of Pennsylvania. People who regularly have sex, have an ideal functioning immune system compare…

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    Nutrition

    7 Easy Ways To Consume Turmeric

    Meet Turmeric Meet turmeric, one of my favorite spices. Turmeric belongs to the ginger family, turmeric, botanical name Curcuma Longa, which has been used in India for thousands of years. Today, it is one of the most respected spices in the world. Researchers all over the world continue to uncover its health benefits, including its ability to fight infections, reduce inflammation, and treat digestive problems. Different ways to use turmeric I can imagine that you are clueless when it comes to cooking with this power ingredient. There are many ways you can eat and drink this amazing spice. The possibilities are endless and it’s only limited to your own creativity.…

  • coconut oil
    Nutrition

    10 Impressive Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

    There’s been a lot of craze around coconuts. Not to mention all the coconut products that are available nowadays. Let’s see, you’ve got coconut oil, coconut butter, coconut shreds, coconut water, coconut milk coconut cream, coconut flour, and what am I missing? Even though 1 tbsp. of Coconut oil contains 120 calories, these 120 calories don’t act the same in the body as say 120 calories from other oils. The flesh of the coconut is very high in healthy fatty acids. The composition of fat varies depending on the type and processing of the oil. The bottom line, coconut oil is one not to be missed in your diet and cooking essentials. Let’s discover why with the…

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    Mains

    What Is A Hawaiian Poke Bowl?

    Have you heard of the Poke bowl? (pronounce as poh-KAY) It’s THE hottest healthy meal in a bowl of the moment! The Poke bowl is traditionally from Hawaii, where the word ‘poke’ means -to cut crosswise into pieces- in Hawaiian. Also from it’s origin it’s typically made with raw tuna fish, cut crosswise (duh) into smaller cubes, spiced up with different ingredients such as soy sauce, spring onions, sesame oil and Shichimi Togarashi powder, a Japanese spice mixture. If you are not already mouthwatering, I don’t know what will. It’s totally up to you how you want to make your variations on the poke bowl, the combinations are endless, switch salmon instead, add…

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    Drinks

    Golden Turmeric Latte: The Anti-Inflammatory Power Drink

    Turmeric is the orange-yellow golden root family of the ginger. It’s known for its anti-inflammation healing power. A teaspoon of turmeric a day keeps inflammation, toxins, pain, and cancers at bay. In Indonesia, the golden turmeric is incorporated in plenty of ways. There’s the famous nasi kuning (yellow fragrant coconut turmeric rice) and jamu, which is a medicinal herbal drink. I love to make my own jamu with its main ingredient turmeric combined with lemon, ginger (optional), and honey. Today’s recipe is about turmeric latte, praised for it’s healing power and a popular drink in both India and lately in the US too in places such as San Fransisco and…

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    Nutrition

    Almond Flour As a Substitute For Regular Flour

    Arguably, almond has one of the tastiest flavors among its siblings in nut families. The usage of almond is varied from raw consumption, in flakes on top of muffin and breakfast bread, and in the form of flour. The latter is the way to enjoy almond in its organic and wholesome nutrient just like it comes down from its tree. There are two terms that widely used to refer processed almond, which are almond meal and almond flour. The meal form is much coarser and still has the fruit skins, while the flour is resulting from a blanched almond with no skin on it, giving it a more refined texture.…

  • start cooking with mung beans
    Nutrition

    Why You Should Start Eating Mung Beans

    A childhood treat that still bring us a nostalgic feeling and happy palate is a bowl of fresh mung bean ice, especially if we live in Southeast Asia region, where mung beans are practically used widely to create a delectable feast. Little that we care, the micro, sweet green beans are full of nutrients our body has been seeking for. The first finding of mung bean was in the land of India before entering the whole Asia and landed in United States. The shape of these little beans is generally oval, with a variety in enjoying it. Indian cuisine often features the peeled and split mung beans while the sprouts…

  • acai smoothie bowl
    Breakfast

    Acai Smoothie Bowl

    Acai berries are around for quite some time. It’s only since the last decade that it has been labeled as a superfood in the Western world and therefore a major trend in a healthy lifestyle. Berries, in general, are a great addition to your diet. Although experts say acai berry is one of the healthiest berries among them all. Acai is an indigenous berry commonly found in the rain forests of the Amazon. This antioxidant-rich fruit has been popular for centuries as a healing, immune-stimulating and energy booster. I found a shortlist on the internet about the health benefits of this beautiful berry. Let’s check them out: Heart Health Resistant…

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    Breakfast

    Breakfast Berries Crumble

    Research shows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I totally agree with it. After a good night’s sleep, not eaten for so many hours, your stomach is empty, you are hungry and need the energy to kick start the day. So for me, it’s always a challenge to come up with new breakfast ideas since we always take time to have breakfast together. We do always start with fresh cold press juices. Then the usual would be either egg any style paired with bacon and veggies, or oatmeal with various toppings, greek yogurt with homemade granola, or some paleo bread with avocado. During weekends I love to…

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    Dips

    The Best Creamy Hummus

    Growing up in Amsterdam made me very multicultural, which I’ve experienced as a very good thing that I’m grateful for. I love to travel, meet new friends with all sorts of cultural backgrounds and the bonus of all is trying out new food during my travels. I don’t really have a favorite cuisine, but somehow I have a soft spot for Middle Eastern cuisine. A creamy hummus definitely makes my heart beats faster, it’s one of my favorite dips! The main ingredient chickpeas is an underrated legume if I may say. Since eating a plant-based diet I always turn to chickpeas when I want to eat something filling, healthy, packed…

  • miso eggplant nasu dengaku
    Mains

    Grilled Miso Eggplant (Nasu Dengaku)

    Lately, I’ve been expanding my knowledge on fermenting food. Fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha, miso, and kimchi are not only healthy to consume, but they also come with a special taste, which you need to get use to. Fermented foods But what are fermented foods actually? Fermented foods have been gone through a process of lactofermentation, which means that natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food and therefore creates lactic acid. Because of the fermentation, foods are preserved and all good enzymes, vitamins, fatty acids and probiotics are kept alive. Eating fermented food also helps improving your digestion system. If you think of the common…

  • gluten free cranberry chocolate cake
    Sweets

    Chocolate Cranberry Almond Cake

    Women and chocolate. It’s a love-hate relationship isn’t it? I have to say, that I’m more a fruit type if it comes to baking and eating cakes. Most of the time, Andrew and I will have a good strawberry tart, apple pie, or lemon meringue, instead of heavy chocolate options. But today we made an exception and created this off the hook chocolate almond cake. Totally gluten-free and natural sweeten. Pure cacao is considered a superfood, so we generously use it in this recipe. Research shows that eating pure cacao can make you happy, as it triggers endorphins in your body. I love to make almond milk and saved the…

  • asian bonito flake salad with sesame dressing
    Salads

    Asian Bonito Flake Salad

    Once in a while I need to have my Japanese/Korean grocery shopping fix. Whether in Amsterdam or Jakarta (my two hometowns) In Amsterdam I love to pay a visit to Meidi-Ya and Shilla. As for Jakarta I go to Papaya in Citywalk to still my Japanese snacking cravings. Good thing about these places is that they also serve the best pre cooked meals in cute bento boxes. There’s something magical and delicate in these supermarkets. In fact, it sometimes feel like you are wandering through a local grocery store somewhere in Japan. I love to stroll down the aisle and discover new products and bring them home to experiment with them. Now the…

  • rosemary raisin crackers
    Breakfast

    Rosemary And Raisin Seed Crackers

    What I like about creating and experimenting a recipe, is that I never know how it turns out at the end. It’s always a surprise for me, although I’ve imagined it in the perfect way in my mind. Before I made these crackers I was very much into making granola. Making granola is such a fun and easy thing to do. You can make granola balls out of it, a deconstructed way in different shapes or super crumbled. After playing with the various options and flavors of making granola, I came with the idea of making crackers, by just flatten the mixture out. To keep things together I use psyllium…

  • matcha soy latte
    Drinks

    Matcha Soy Latte

    I love everything with matcha or green tea taste. I used to think that taking the green tea option was a healthier choice over chocolate flavors. Which in the end is not quite true as both has sugars, when store-bought, in cookies or lattes. But when making it yourself it changes everything. You can control the (natural!) sugar amount, make it dairy or dairy-free, the amount of green tea powder or matcha. In this recipe use soy milk as my creamer of choice, especially since I’m a proud owner of the Hurom slow juicer, I love to juice beans and all sorts of nuts like almond and cashews. So it…

  • Salads

    Honey Roasted Beetroot Quinoa Salad

    Lately I have a thing for beetroots. Maybe because I’m missing the Fall season in Europe at the moment. Or maybe I just want to get to know mister Beet Root a little bit better, as I haven’t include him often in my culinary repertoire. It’s an interesting mysterious vegetable to me. You have to learn to appreciate this little gem. The taste, texture and endless possibilities are everything but mundane. This recipe is a typical salad eaten in the West and not so much in Asia. With other words, I haven’t seen this combination of salad ever down here in Jakarta.  It’s a health bomb, combining fluffy quinoa with the hearty roasted…

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    Sweets

    Easy Oat Cookies

    Oh la la, another cookies recipe! I did a random survey with my friends about what they would love to see more on the blog. The answers are just as diverse as they are. Some like sweets, some like it savory and the special ones wanted alcoholic recipes. Gotta love my friends! One thing is for sure, I love to cook and bake with rolled oats. It’s friendly in use and they are healthy too. As it lowers the cholesterol and can even reduce the risk of any heart diseases if eaten on a regular base. They are packed with protein, high in fiber, and are a source of complex…

  • Salads

    Fresh Vietnamese Springrolls (Cuon)

    I love eating with my hands. Rocco share this same passion with me. Why is it the norm today not to eat with your hands anymore? As I think our ancestors didn’t have any cutleries. The feeling of eating with my hands is liberating and I literally become one with my food, no joke. It sounds all weird and all, but try it if you haven’t already. So therefore finger food become one of my favorites. I can’t even remember when I had my first Vietnamese Spring Roll, do you? You have two kinds of them, the fried one and the fresh one made of rice paper sheets. The latter is of course…

  • pumpkin potato soup
    Soups

    Pumpkin And Sweet Potato Soup

    Pumpkins and sweet potato, two amazing Fall vegetables. I don’t have to deal with the Fall weather at the moment, but you might. I can hear your complain about the rainy, cold and dark days, so hopefully, this comforting Fall recipe will brighten up your day. It’s best to eat seasonal organic vegetables and fruits from your local market. The produce are then fresh and they don’t have to travel so far to reach your kitchen. Lately, I have a growing love and desire to grow my own vegetables and herbs and harvest my own beautiful vegetables and fruits. My cousin who lives just outside Jakarta, in a small town…

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    Mains

    Korean Japchae (stir-fried sweet potato noodles)

    If you have to choose between all types of carbs (bread, potatoes, rice, noodles, pasta), which one is your favorite? Mine is definitely noodles. How about combining this with my other favorite ingredient, the sweet potato. Let me tell you, that’s a match made in heaven! At least my food heaven. The Korean Japchae is a famous stir-fried noodle dish made of sweet potato starch noodles. I make this meal whenever I’m longing for something healthy, yet comforting and tasty. This one-pot meal wonder is filled with healthy colorful vegetables,  mushrooms, and chewy sweet potato noodles. The best part is that you just throw all the ingredients in one pan…

  • Salads

    Crispy Kale Chips

    We can’t get enough of this Superfood veggie called Kale. There is already a post about this amazing versatile vegetable, which you can find here. This time we share the crispy kale chips recipe. Who doesn’t love chips or anything very crispy? Rocco is crazy about anything crispy. Anything with a crispy crunch he calls ‘krupuk’, which is a deep fried cracker in Indonesia. I rather see him eating Kale chips then ‘krupuk’ of course. In the beginning he really hesitated to even try the Kale chips, because it’s a veggie in disguise, even he noticed that. So to make it more interesting for him to eat (which means less…

  • glutenfree berries pancake
    Breakfast

    Gluten Free Berries Pancakes

    Who doesn’t love pancakes? I surely do. At our recent trip to Amsterdam I really craved a good old Dutch style pancake. We had pancakes at a cute children’s farm where we fed the goats with milk, the kids played at the playground. Amsterdam, especially during Summer, is truly the best place to be. We used to have pancakes on Saturdays, where Andrew is then for one time the head of chef in the kitchen, which is a rare situation. I have to admit, he really is the master of baking delicious fluffy pancakes. While he is busy flipping one pancake to another and try to build the famous pancakes…