Easy and Tasty Herb Roast Chicken, only 5 ingredients!

roast chicken

Lebaran holiday in Indonesia, in my opinion, is the best time to go nowhere.  Traffic in Jakarta suddenly becomes non existent and you can suddenly go anywhere surprisingly fast!  The everyday view from the 12th floor of my apartment window is usually nothing but headlights trying to race each in a traffic that looks like a parking lot, but when it is lebaran, even the real parking lots have no cars!

This year, my mother in law from HK is visiting, as well as my family from Surabaya.  My husband brought up the point that we have not cooked together for a while, so why not use the opportunity to impress =)

This is one of our favorite recipes because it is so easy and such a crowd-pleaser!  We adopted it from Jamie Oliver’s Herb Lemon Chicken, but adjusted a view ingredients after cookin...

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Healthy Mouth Watering Chicken & Beet Quesadilla

Chicken and Beet Quesadilla

Hi guys,

The other day I was about how thinking about lunch with literally only 10 minutes to spare.  I opened my fridge to see what I can combine together in such a short time and I am happy to share this wonderful Quesadilla recipe that is so healthy and delicious, you can knock yourself out with almost anything you can find and combine.

Quesadilla is one Mexican dish that is so easy to make, you can almost never go wrong with it.  All you need is chop, shave, sprinkle, and flip, and in 5 minutes you are presented with a meal or even midnight snack.  For me, it’s like another version of a mini pizza, and the best thing is, sweet or savory it is always a treat.  One of the secrets is to find the good Tortilla and in Jakarta, the best I can find is this Rositas WrapUps (picture) below...

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EAT JKT, The Most Exciting Event in Town is Now ON

Eat Jakarta, EAT JKT, Restaurant Festival

Hey Foodies, read up!  Starting this week, there is a very special and exciting event going on in Jakarta.  It is called EAT JKT, one month eating festival, where top notch restaurants in Jakarta showcase special set menus priced at Rp100K, 200K, 300K and above.  Ridiculous, I know!

What does this mean for us? Everyday starting last Monday, up to twice a day, we can try all the restaurants listed here and still not run out of places to eat.  Places like #Amuz, #Cassis, #Rosso, #Emilie, #Salt Grill, are not typically places we go to unless we are taking a special date, or celebrating an anniversary, or perhaps trying to impress your new boss.  But now we don’t even need to think, look, and try hard to find an excuse to go anymore, as they will not burn a big whole in our wallet...

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Three Buns, Bringing Gourmet Burgers to Another Level

Three Buns burgers Jakarta

It’s April already but Jakarta is still quite rainy… Like the other night.  After going to an great start-up event at Pacific Place, Adrian and I decided to try out our friend’s new hamburger place, THREE BUNS, for dinner, also at CBD.  Honestly, I am not so big on burger (especially the fast food kind), but gourmet burger certainly teased my appetite.  It has been a while since we had some good patties, so we were psyched for the possibility of this new comer to town. But with the rain and the traffic almost to a complete gridlock, we were having second thought.  Should we detour?  But our tummies said otherwise...

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Refreshing Antioxidant Green Smoothie for Beginner


green smoothie, juice, antioxidant

After my previous write up about my post natal tummy and diet, a lot of my friends kept asking me to post more healthy morning juice and smoothie recipe.  So as a series to that, I thought I’d start with something that most of you will like, especially for beginners to this regime.

I come back to this smoothie again and again because not only it tastes delicious, but although it only has 4 ingredients, it can fill me up well until lunch time without making me feel bloated.  This is a great antioxidant smoothie that you will boost your immune system especially during those times when most of your coworkers are sick or when you travel so much by plane.

This is what you will be feeding your beautiful body with:

Kale provides our body with comprehensive support for detoxification system...

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Oven Roasted Eggplant Easy Recipe


Having lived in Indonesia all these years, I learn to love eggplant in so many different ways.  I have them cooked in curries, fried and smothered in fresh chili sauce, stir fried etc.  Delicious, but unfortunately not the healthiest way to cook it.

Cooking eggplant the healthier way, however, is a bit tricky and requires time.  The spongy texture of this vegetable (or is it fruit?) soaks up so much oil that healthier recipes of eggplant are quite limited.

Roasting eggplant, however, is super easy although requires time.  What I like the most about this recipe is you can turn this roasted eggplant into so many dishes...

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9 months Post Natal Abs, How do I do it?

It began with this picture I posted on Facebook and on my Instagram…

post natal flat tummy abs

I can’t believe how many comments and Likes I got from it.  Probably close to my wedding announcement (gasp!).  Seriously guys, I did not realize that tummy picture is what gets my friend’s attentions, but thank you, I am flattered!  You guys made my day (or month)!

Then I got so many personal messages, Whatsapp and BBMs asking me how I do it, what type of exercises I do and how many disgusting boiled chicken breasts and tofu I have to endure in my weekly meals, etc.

So here you go, my first post on something other than my cooking and food, although it is definitely something related to it and hopefully it will be the first of many health related posts I write in the future.

No secret new tips, all it takes is rou...

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Refreshing Isotonic Kicker Upper Smoothie

Kicker Upper Smoothie

With the recent craze of coconut water in just about every part of the world now, I am glad I live where I live.  Being in a tropical country, we have abundance of coconut trees and beaches, therefore coconut drinks are offered almost at every Indonesian restaurant from the smallest warung to the most high end five star hotel restaurants.

5 biggest benefits of Coconut Water:

  1. Packed with Nutrients:  Coconut water contains 5 important electrolytes for your body: calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and sodium.  For someone who live in a hot country like me to an endurance athlete who  perspire a lot, this is perfect to replace the electrolytes lost from our activities.
  2. Awesome for our skin:  Say good bye to acne and blemishes!  Coconut water is cooling and has anti bacterial prop...
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Grilled Chicken Breasts, only 4 ingredients, SIMPLE and DELICIOUS!


Grilled Chicken


This is a quick recipe that you can do in the morning before you go to the office for yourself, your husband, or your kids.  Dip it in some sambal (chili sauce), eat it with your salads, or put it in between 2 slabs of your favorite breads, and you get yourself a meal.


Grilled Chicken Breasts, only 4 ingredients, SIMPLE and DELICIOUS!
Recipe type: Healthy
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Serves: 4
Nice additional protein for your salads, pasta, or sandwiches
  • 1 chicken breast (from one whole chicken)
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon each of salt & pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil
  1. Cut chicken breasts according to your preference. For salads or pasta, cut in strips...
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Quick and Amazing Creamy Avocado and Walnut Pasta

Avocado walnut pasta

I admit it… I try to stay away from cream sauce most of the time, mostly because it makes me feel sluggish, heavy, and unhealthy post meal. However, once in a while my craving speaks louder than my rationale and I suddenly forget those uncomfortable feelings all together too soon.

Like this afternoon, I came back later than usual for lunch and was awfully starving (recipe for a stuffed-my-face-to-food-coma disaster).  That means, I need something quick, yummy but still healthy.  This is when this amazingly creamy recipe comes in handy, because it does not have the unhealthy cream, but still hit the spot!  Instead it is packed with the goodness of avocado that makes our next blood test screaming for happy HDL.

If you notice, I do use a lot of avocados in my kitchen...

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