Delicious Distraction

We, in Indonesia, are fortunate to have many religious holidays since we have Pancasila (literally means 5 principles) as our state ideology. Pancasila is an ideology that views all Indonesians as equal, despite our different faiths and ethnics hence the government accomodate different religious holidays of different religions.

As a working mom I am most happy when the holiday falls either on Friday or Monday coz it means we’ll have long week-end.

On May 28th, we were lucky to have one of the religious holidays fell on Friday ….yay… horrey …

What made me so happy about a long week end?

Long week end means more time for cooking experiment and it’s such a delicious distraction

 In this recent long week-end, I decided to try out two baking recipes.

The first one was a recipe I found in one of the popular cooking magazines in Indonesia “Sedap” May 2010 edition. The title of the recipe is very simple ‘Potato and cheese’ and this dish is relatively easy to prepare.

To make it sounds more sexy, I named the dish Cup Potato

Here is the my version of the dish, with few adjustments from the original recipe:


  • 2 eggs
  • pinch of salt
  • 100 gram steamed potatoes, mashed
  • 100 ml milk
  • 50 gram flour
  • 50 gram cheddar cheese, grated


  • Beat the eggs, add salt
  • Pour the milk into the eggs, stir until mixed well
  • Add the mashed potato and flour
  • Mix and stir well until the potato mix becomes smooth
  • Add half of the grated cheese into the potato mix
  • Lightly grease the inside of  baking cups with butter   (the original recipe   used muffin cups).
  • Scoop & place the potato-mix in each of the 4 cups until almost full
  • Add the other half of the grated cheese on top of the potato-mix

  • Bake the Cup Potato in pre-heated oven at 180 degree Celcius (using both upper and bottom flame)  for around 30 minutes or until golden brown

My next trial was a recipe of Banana Oatmeal Cookies submitted by Huda Abu Hamdia, one of the Popular Chef members in LifestyleFOOD cooking website, where I also became one of the popular members 🙂 …. yeah, it’s real … I am not bragging, you may check it out.

And this is my version of  Banana Oatmeal Cookies


  • 1 ½ cup Flour
  • 1 ½ cup Oatmeal
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg+ 1 tsp Vanilla
  • ¾ cup soft Butter
  • 1 cup mashed ripe Banana (about 3 bananas)

In the original recipe, Huda used nutmeg, cinnamon and peanut in the mixture which I took out due to personal taste preference.


  • Place  flour in a bowl
  • Add  salt and oatmeal, set aside
  • Beat sugar+ soft butter+ egg+ vanilla till light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes
  • Add mashed bananas and mix till well combined
  • Add flour mixture and stir till well combined
  • Refrigerate for about 30 minutes

  • Lightly grease baking tray or line it with baking sheet
  • Drop batter using rounded spoon 2 cm apart.
  • Baked cookies in 210 C  pre-heated oven for 15 minutes, or till golden.
  • Cool on a wire rack and serve


Well,  that’s  how my long-week-end  became  a delicious distraction.


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