Paul The Octopus Wins Spain

The World Cup 2010 final seems like yesterday. Although it is now over, the exhilaration and sense of wild celebration are still there – sure you feel the same way.

World Soccer Cup 2010 Special Grilled Uruguayan Octopus

8 picks, 8 correct, 8 tentacles. Paul the Oracle Octopus is clearly the biggest winner of the World Cup 2010 after recording a perfect prognostication record. Since then, Paul has been an international celebrity of the highest order now, everyone wants a piece of him – both literally and figuratively.

The world hails Paul, most importantly because of him, Spain has won the World Soccer Cup in South Africa! This is more than just a huge world-wide event. In Spain, the streets are empty while the games are played, while the bars with big screen TVs are full.

Barcelona Bar in Spain Tapas Banquet

If you are a soccer fan, you probably are not sitting in the middle of a street, but you are most likely watching with friends. What could be more appropriate than serving Spanish tapas while watching such big events being played? Do you love watching soccer and eating something nice and easy at the same time?

Tapas in Spanish cuisine is the name of a wide variety of appetisers, or snacks. They may be cold, such as mixed olives and cheese or warm, such as chopitos, which are battered, fried baby squid.

Fried Calamaris Tapas

Calamares fritos or fried squid is a very popular appetiser or tapa in Spain. Many people know it by its Italian name Calamari. These lightly breaded and fried rings will disappear as soon as you put them on the table.

They are not hard nor expensive to make at all, can be found in any supermarket, and are super easy to cook – especially if you buy them already cleaned and ready to slice! Our next blog we will look into making this tapa using our recommended approach. So, stay tune everyone 🙂

Bubur Kacang Hijau with Cheese Recipe

Bubur kacang hijau with cheese is an Indonesian dessert made from mung beans with coconut milk and palm sugar or cane sugar. The beans are boiled until soft, and sugar and coconut milk are added. Grated cheese is sprinkled at the top before serving to add some richness and bring more flavours.

To save your gas bills by reducing the consumption of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), we highly recommend the use of our innovative product called Cooking Mama Pot in cooking this recipe.

Mung Beans Green BeansCoconut MilkGrated Cheese, Keju Parut

INGREDIENTS FOR CONTENTS:

  • 250 grams mung beans / green beans, soaked in water for 2 hours
  • 500 ml water
  • 100 grams palm sugar
  • 200 ml thick coconut milk
  • White sugar
  • 2 pandan leaves
  • Kraft cheese, grated

Resep Bubur Kacang Hijau

HOW TO MAKE:

  1. Pour water into Cooking Mama Pot – the Cooking Pot.
  2. Add the mung beans.
  3. Place Cooking Mama Pot – the Cooking Pot on the stove and cook over high heat for 10 minutes to boil. Add palm sugar, pandan and coconut milk. Stir evenly and add sugar if not sweet enough.
  4. Turn off the stove and transfer Cooking Mama Pot – the Cooking Pot into Cooking Mama Pot – the Heating Pot, leave it lid-covered for 60 minutes.
  5. Serve in bowls. Sprinkle some grated cheese at the top, ready for consumption.

Designing Your Home Kitchen

Natural Kitchen Design

Designing your kitchen to suit your home and lifestyle that reflects your personality is challenging as you want it to be as perfect as possible. A kitchen is an area used for food preparation and cooking. Your kitchen is not just a place for cooking and washing up, it’s a social centre, a shared room for your family and friends to experiment different kinds of food and often, is the heart of your home.

The Whole Family, Father, Mother, Kids at Kitchen

These days, modern kitchen functions not only as a communal place for cooking or preparing food but it may also be used for dining and entertaining. A successful kitchen renovation will reinforce this and complement your individual needs and lifestyle.

When you are renovating a kitchen, there are various factors that come into play, including cost, area size, usage, style, finishes, positioning, and the list goes on and on. Because the cost of the renovation will depend on your choice of materials and finishes, it is sometimes best to have a rough idea first of how much money you wish to invest and which materials you are looking to include.

While it may be tempting to save money by using your existing kitchen appliances, you would not buy a new car with a second-hand engine. Your kitchen appliances are the engine of your kitchen, therefore you need to carefully think through when deciding whether or not you need new appliances, kitchen set, utensils, etc. in your newly renovated kitchen.

Warm Chocolate Kitchen Design with Contemporary Style and Finishes

If you are thinking about designing or renovating your kitchen, whether from scratch custom built or adding some finishing touches, manufactured and ready for you to install, then you have come to the right place. You can trust us in exploring the diverse range of cost saving, innovative ideas, functional products and stylish accessories, so you can get started building your own kitchen.

We can do the hard work for you by creating your perfect kitchen with the assistance of our impressive helpful planning guide, full of advice to help you plan, design, order and install from none to a complete and contemporary kitchen.

Talk to one of our Ellane Kitchen Sales Engineers today and we would be happy to assist you with your kitchen building and renovation. Happy renovating!

Organic Food, Is It Good for Me?

Organic Vegetables - Healthy, No Chemicals Residue

Organic food has become a hot topic among all of us these days especially for us who lives in a developing country like Indonesia. We heard more and more people talking about eating organic food and the health benefits that we can get out of it. The food we consume everyday is important to our daily life and as we are getting older, our body needs the right kinds of food to ensure our well being are properly maintained physically and mentally.

Many people purchase organic food because they believe it has more benefits and is healthier than conventionally grown food. The advantages of organic food have been a hot topic for more than a decade now but it wasn’t until relatively recently that these benefits were supported by more than just hearsay.

Organic Food - more vitamins, antioxidants, prevent diseases

Nutritional Benefits

According to research studies by scientists, it has been proven that organic foods, including fruit, vegetables and milk, may be more nutritious than non-organic produce. Organic foods have higher levels of many disease-fighting antioxidants and essential vitamins that are highly beneficial for our bodies, including Vitamin C. “On average, our research found higher vitamin C, higher mineral levels and higher phytonutrients – plant compounds which can be effective against cancer.”

Nicer & Better Taste

Yes, organic foods do taste better than conventionally produced foods. Many studies have found levels of specific vitamins, flavonoids or antioxidants in organic foods to be higher than the levels found in conventional foods. Many of the antioxidants are poly-phenols, flavonoids and other volatile compounds, which are responsible for a high proportion of the flavours in the foods we eat. The greater the amount of these protective compounds, the greater the flavours, hence tastier and more appetising.

Family eating organic foods - healthy choice

Healthier Environment

Last but not least, organic food and farming reach far beyond our own health and well-being. Organic food is safer for our entire planet – our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and generation after generation, will be able to live longer in a much healthier environment. Scientific studies are beginning to show that that eating organic food results in lower levels of pervasive chemicals in humans, hence preserving humankind civilisation even longer.

With antioxidants that prevent heart disease, cancers, anti-inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, should we start eating organic foods from now on?

Celebrating Chinese New Year 2010

Chinese New Year 2010 - The Year of TigerWish You a Happy Chinese New Year 2010

Red is hot, fiery, bright and glaring. Red brings joy, luck and prosperity. It is the Chinese New Year 2010. This year is so special because we have both Chinese New Year (Imlek) celebration and Valentine’s Day falling on the same day, Sunday 14 February 2010.

Red does not only symbolise happiness, wealth, prosperity and good luck, it is also believed to ward off evil spirits. Imlek is a holiday for everyone to enjoy and show their love, warmth, harmony and togetherness with family.

As Chinese New Year is just around the corner, the atmosphere is strongly felt everywhere including malls, shopping centres, star-rated hotels, Chinatown, etc., where the shops are brightly adorned with red-themed decorations. Various kinds of accessories are on offer for those celebrating this special moment with family.

Chinese New Year Cooking

Imlek is also a celebration of love for the family. As usual, many people will be dressed in red during Chinese New Year. They also decorate their houses with red ornaments and cook Chinese food cuisine for family reunion dinner. Red envelopes containing money – called ang pao – are normally handed over by the elderly to children and teenagers during the day.

When it comes to cooking for a Chinese New Year celebration, there are a few things you might want to keep in mind. The foods that are prepared each one has its very own meaning and a definite reason for being prepared. Noodles, garlic chives, peanuts, lettuce, lobster and chicken are a few examples that are normally served.

On behalf of Ellane & Chefer team, we would like to wish you all Gong Xi Fa Cai – wishing you a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year.

Happy Valentine’s Day 2010 – Dinner Where?



Di bulan Februari yang penuh dengan cinta ini, apa yang akan Anda lakukan? Sibuk mengurus acara romantis Anda di hari Valentine yang jatuh di hari Minggu 14 Februari? Atau anda masih bingung memilih restaurant untuk tempat dinner anda dengan si dia? Apapun yang anda rencanakan, inilah saat yang tepat untuk anda mencurahkan isi hati anda dengan si dia.

Sebetulnya rumah anda-pun dapat digunakan untuk acara dinner romantis valentine day’s anda, asalkan didukung dengan dekorasi dan suasana yang tepat seperti lilin dan musik – terutama bagi anda yang dalam kondisi money tight, ini tidak berarti anda berdua tidak dapat menikmati fun. Oleh karena itu, kami ingin memberikan anda “back to basic” recipe untuk memasak “fine dining style” Indonesian Beef Rendang:

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1kg diced beef
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 50g sachet Rendang spice paste
  • 400ml can coconut milk
  • ½ cup beef stock
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp kecap manis
  • Tomato wedges, diced cucumber and sliced red chilli, to serves

METHOD

  • Serves: 6
  • Preparation: 15 mins
  • Cooking: 2 hrs

PREPARATION

  1. Heat the oil in a large, deep frying iPan. Cook beef in 4 batches over medium high heat until browned. Transfer to a plate. Reduce the heat to medium and add the onion to the pan. Cook for 5-7 mins until onion is soft and brown.
  2. Add Rendang paste and cook, stirring, for 1 min. Return all meat to pan. Reserve 2 tbsp of coconut milk and add rest to pan with stock. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to very low and simmer, uncovered, for 1 hr, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in coconut, sugar and kecap manis, and cook for 30 mins, stirring often so it doesn’t catch on bottom of pan, until liquid is almost all reduced. It should be quite a dry curry.
  4. Serve topped with tomato, cucumber and chilli, with reserved coconut milk drizzled over.

This recipe is specially brought to you from MasterChef Australia.

New Year Starts with New Inspiration

Happy New Year 2010

Hai apa kabar semua? Selamat datang di tahun yang baru 2010! Bagaimana liburan panjang Natal dan Tahun Baru anda beberapa minggu yang lalu? Tentu saja kami berharap anda menikmati liburan panjang anda sehingga bagi yang akan atau telah melanjutkan kembali rutinitas pekerjaan sehari-hari dapat merasa ‘refresh’ dan siap dengan inspirasi dan resolusi yang lebih baik di tahun baru ini.

Mini Chocolate Fountain Ellane

Agar suasana anda semakin ceria di tahun yang baru ini, tim Ellane mempersembahkan seputar informasi mengenai salah satu produk kami yang terkenal yaitu mini chocolate fountain (coklat pancur mini). Produk yang satu ini sangat sempurna untuk digunakan di saat acara kecil-kecilan di rumah anda seperti pada pesta ulang tahun anak anda, acara kawinan, acara selamatan anda ataupun pada acara arisan. Coklat yang mengalir di chocolate fountain ini akan membuat acara anda semakin meriah karena tamu-tamu anda dapat turut merasakan sebuah peristiwa penting yang sedang berjalan.

Acara Rumahan dgn Coklat Mancur

Selain daripada itu, masih banyak keuntungan lainnya daripada chocolate fountain mini ini termasuk:

  1. Baik orang tua, muda dan anak kecil akan senang berdiri di sekitar chocolate fountain yang mini ini, karena dapat mencelupkan snack dan buah ke dalam saos coklat sambil bercerita ria dan tertawa.
  2. Sangat cocok dan mudah untuk disajikan bersama makanan pencuci mulut seperti buah-buahan (strawberry, cherry, pisang), snack dan kue-kue kecil (poffertjes, waffle, dorayaki).
  3. Strawberry Dipping in Chocolate Fountain

  4. Membersihkan alat coklat mancur ini sangatlah mudah dan tidak membutuhkan waktu yang lama

Mesin mini coklat mancur ini dapat menampung hingga 1 kg coklat dan akan bekerja dengan baik jika coklat sudah dicairkan terlebih dahulu. Untuk perawatan mesin coklat fountain ini, anda dianjurkan untuk mematikan mesin setelah 3 – 4 jam berjalan. Lalu anda harus membiarkan mesin ber-istirahat selama 15 menit sebelum dinyalakan kembali, dengan demikan mesin akan tetap awet dan berfungsi dengan baik.

Untuk cara men-operasikan mesin coklat mini ini, anda dianjurkan untuk melihat posting artikel kami yang sebelumnya How I Operate Chocolate Fountain. Jika anda masih punya pertanyaan silakan langsung saja hubungi customer servis kami dan dengan senang hati kami akan membantu anda dengan pertanyaan seputar Chocolate Fountain. Mari kita mulai awal tahun yang baru ini dengan senyum dan tawa 🙂

Merry Christmas 2009 and Happy New Year 2010

Happy New Year

On behalf of all Ellane & Chefer staff, we would like wish you, your family and friends for happiness and prosperity during this festive season and the New Year (2010) ahead, so that the festivities may continue in all our lives all throughout the year. Thank you for your kind cooperation and support in this year 2009 and let’s have better communication and successful relationship in the Year ahead 2010!

Happy New Year 2010

Yesterday is memory. Today is a gift. Tommorow is a Hope. Let’s begin the New Year 2010 with faith, love, peace and new hope! May this new year bring all of us a new spirit to reach all our dreams, good health and happiness forever.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year !!