Okay, the pic really don't do justice for my pie and the title of this post. If you ask me what was the hardest part to make on this article, the answer would be taking the photo. Seriously, no matter which angle I shoot from, my pie just didn't look Tastespotting worthy. But although my pie was not that photogenic, it did taste gloriously good and ridiculously easy to make.
I know there are a lot of you out there who likes thin pancakes or what the Croissant people call as crêpe, and I am one of you. I love how versatile this pancake is. I mean you can enjoy it as a savoury or sweet snack, breakfast, light lunch, and of course; as a dessert. It's all simply depends on the filling you use and how many pinch of sugar you put in your batter. I have read so many variation of pancakes from all over the world and Indonesia has its own take in the pancake world; Dadar Gulung, the famous green pancake.
Salad with mayo dressing is definitely not a typical Indonesian dish but it is pretty common find this kind of salad from times to times in special occassions. The salad mayo I used to eat was very simple, consisted of mixed veggies and boiled eggs. It was only lately I realized that it has uncanny resemblance with the Russian salad, or what they call it as Olivier Salad.
My lovely cousin, Eva, who now resides in Moscow shared me her favorite Olivier salad recipe. It was really yummy. Here is the recipe (with a bit of twist).
4 cups of chopped and parboiled mixed vegetables (corn, carrot, green peas, green bean)
3 yellow potatoes, boiled and cut into cubes (don't overcook the potato)
8 eggs, boiled and cut into cubes
500 gr of bologna (I used halal beef mortadelle), cut into cubes
12 small sweet pickled gherkin, cut small
1 cup of cucumber, decored and cut into cubes
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 1/2 cup of mayo
salt and pepper to taste
- Since I used frozen mixed vegetables, I re-boil it (not too long so it doesn't get too soft and mushy),
- In a big salad bowl, mix chopped onion, mayo, salt and pepper,
- Add cubes of bologna, pickled gherkin, and cucumber, mix gently,
- Add mixed vegetables and potato cubes, mix gently,
- Once everything is evenly coated with mayo, add cubes of boiled eggs and mix gently.
- Et voila, the salad is ready!
PS: I added the ingredients step by step because it was easier to mix.
Menemen is definitely not an Indonesian recipe, it's a classic Turkish breakfast egg recipe and it has all the things I love in it; spices, good sausages, and eggs. I fell in love on the first bite. Literally. I tasted this dish for the first time when I was traveling to Turkey last year. It was a breakfast staple at all the hotel I stayed at. I went to the kitchen specially just to have a chat with the chef and ask him about this dish. He told me to go to the local market and visit the spice kiosk and ask for menemen spice mix, and that was exactly what I did.