Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011

Cook With Me : Kare Rice

For those residing at Jakarta, you must have been aware of the public holiday we are having that causes all of the house assistants to go on holidays. Well, right now in Jakarta, Ramadhan is coming, hence the lack of help in the house. 

I, for one, likes it when I'm cooking on my own, with no one around. I feel the sense of calm and serenity, leading to relaxing state of mind. Since all of the house assistants here are on holiday, I decided to cook Beef Kare Rice. 

I like cooking this specific dish because it's easy to come up with and tastes great. I don't cook this everyday, but on special occasions. ^.^

For this dish, I need equal portions of beef, potatoes and carrots. I'll also need half an onion and 2 and a half blocks of Golden Curry block. 
I use the Hot formula, credits to pic
Cut the beef, potatoes and carrots in equal sizes so that they cook at the same time, hence pertaining the same texture at the end of cooking. Chop the onions finely.

Heat a saucepan with 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil or olive oil, it's your pick. Pour the chopped onions into the saucepan, stirring them occasionally for 5 minutes or until the turn translucent. This will help in bringing out the sweetness of the onions.

Next, pour the potatoes and carrots, stirring them until they are coated evenly with the onions, for 2-3 minutes. 

The beef is next in turn to be put inside the pot. Stir it evenly with the other previous ingredients, until it's combined.

Add water up to the level where the ingredients are submerged underwater. Wait for the bubbles to emerge, then turn the heat down to low. Simmer this for 15-20 minutes or until all the veggies and meat has soften.

When it has soften, take the saucepan off the heat. Add the blocks of kare to the saucepan and mix it well, until every bit of curry block has been dissolved. Place it on the heat again for 1-2 minutes just to reheat the sauce and thicken it a bit.
Taste as you continuously adding the kare blocks to make sure it's not overwhelming  

The finished product.

Pour the kare onto a plate of rice. 

That's all there is to it! A simple, quick and delicious meal for two or even three! Hope you'll try this simple recipe next time you're in the kitchen. 
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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Phanie's Prized Products: August 2011 Edition

Another monthly favorites, another month gone by that fast. Anyway, I don't have many products this month, especially for skincare, since it stayed the same. However, my hair care routine changed a little bit, so here you go

Oh, I got this cute butterfly wrapping paper yesterday and since the sun is shining ever so bright, I thought it's best to take pictures outside on the balcony. So, if you miss the white background like I used to have, I'm sorry but I just couldn't resist taking pictures outside today, for some reason. 

Kracie Shampoo

I like how it gives that refreshingly clean feeling after a shower. It reduces the itch that I experienced sometimes on my scalp.

Kracie Conditioner

It gives body to my hair and tames the flyaways I have. I like how light my hair feels after using this.

Marks & Spencer Issis Body Spray

Taken from Marks & Spencer website "Sparkling aromas of the sea are combined with flowers of violet, rose and lily of the valley with cedarwood adding depth to this fresh but feminine fragrance". I like how fresh it smells, plus it wakes me up in the morning. It's a bit energizing.

Vivelle Body Lotion

I am currently in love with all Vivelle body lotion, especially those in number 9 and 6. I like how it's affordable, easy to find and moisturizes my skin for nearly a day (roughly 8 hours)!

Johnson & Johnson's Baby Shampoo

I like to combine this with my antibacterial hand wash to deep clean my brushes once a week. My brushes felt soft whenever I use this.

Etude House Collagen Moistfull Cream

I've been battling dry, flaking skin around the edges of my nose and mouth. This cream helps to moisturize my face and get rid of those flaky skin. Although it's a cream, it feels light on my face. It's neither sticky nor greasy afterwards. 

Nivea Fruity shine Lip Balm in Strawberry

Another affordable and effective drugstore product from Nivea. This works like a tinted lip balm that's able to give a hint of red to my lips, hence making it look healthy and glowing. 

That's all for my monthly favourites. I know it's not as many as the previous months, but there hasn't really been anything that I've been loving so much in the makeup department. So, write you later! ^.^
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Review: Tony Tint Cherry Pink

I'm currently loving lip tints or lip stains as they feel like wearing almost nothing on the lips, yet it has a strong staying power. So, in this post, I'm going to review one of my favorite lip tints.

Tony Tint Cherry Pink

It comes in two colors, which are, Apple Red and Cherry Pink. This liquid type tint contains jojoba seed oil. It is absorbed in lips very quickly, and good in regeneration skin cells and moisturizing and lifting.

How I Use It
That's how much it's left after 2 months using it.

I apply two dots on my top lip and a dot on my bottom lip. With my finger, I just blend it evenly all over my lips. After it dries a bit (around 1 minute), I topped it with a lip balm.

What I Like About It
  • It's cheap, retailing at Rp 60,000 for  ml
  • It has a typical lipgloss applicator, even though I use my finger or a lip brush to blend out the tint
  • I only need a small amount to stain my entire lips. So, the product does last a long time.
  • The tint is very pigmented 
  • On my lips, it stayed for about 6 hours without drinking or eating. Quite a long staying power, in my personal opinion
  • It gives a natural pink appearance to my lips
  • The tint doesn't feel sticky or heavy, so it's suitable for hot and humid weather like Jakarta
What I Hate About It
  • It's not available locally, as in supermarkets or drugstores
  • It's dries quite fast, so you have to blend it quickly
I would recommend this product to :
  • People who doesn't like the feeling of sticky or heavy on their lips, yet still want to have a bit of color on their lips
  • People who are new to makeup since it's quite easy to apply 
  • People who likes to go 'au natural' with their makeup because this tint gives off an appearance of healthy looking lips

Bare Lips. Lately, it's been pale >.<

Dotting 2 on the top and 1 on the bottom
Blend with my finger and voila~ Subtle pink, but still has that healthy glow.

Layered with a lip balm on top
To give you a better picture, you can build up the color. I only use a layer and topped it off with a lip balm.
Excuse my bare face~ >.<
Yes!! Definitely!!

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Dine With Me : Mr Curry Grand Indonesia

Last Sunday, we went to Grand Indonesia to have lunch at Mr Curry because a few days ago Cominica blogged about it. Seeing all the pictures of the curry made me drool, thus I went there with my bf and my little brother. 
The mascot of the restaurant

Although I've been here many times before, I never took pictures of the restaurant and the dishes. You can kinda say that this is a long, overdue review of the restaurant. 

It is located at :
Grand Indonesia Shopping Town 
Entertainment District 3A#7
MH. Thamrin No.1

There are glass shelves or display cases on the right side of the entrance filled with fake food made out of plastic. It gives the customer an idea of what the food concept of Mr Curry is in plastic form. They are so cute, adorable and looks very edible as well. ^.^
The usual fake food display case at most Japanese-inspired restaurants
The interior of the restaurant resembles what a kitchen would look like inside a small, cozy and warm house. Even the tissues have adorable characters imprinted on them!
Pans and pots hanging as a decoration

They also have tables near the window so you can gaze at the view
We were shown to our seats by the waitress and given the menus. We skimmed over it and placed our order. I ordered the chicken katsu curry with the original, spicy curry sauce and hot green tea for a drink. My bf chose Oyako Curry Don and Strawberry Smoothie for his drink. Last but not least, my brother ordered Chicken Katsu curry with original, very spicy curry sauce. 
Their latest menu, Omurice!

Choose the level of spicyness

I chose the original sauce because it has a cat on it ^^ just kidding!

If you're confused on what to order, you can always refer to the place mats

A cute ninja cat on the tissue~ Kawaii!! ^,^

Our drinks came quite fast, around 5-7 minutes. I didn't taste both my brother and bf's drinks because 1) I dislike mango (and their scent), 2) I dislike strawberry (don't hate me for it). So, I can only say that the green tea tasted like green tea, unlike other well-known, famous sushi place where the green tea tasted only like hot and cold water. 
Hot green tea. It has Mr Curry on it!

Strawberry Smoothie that has been sipped before the pic was taken ^^;;

Mango Lassie, which is a mixture of yoghurt and mango ^^
The first dish to come are the chicken katsu curries, followed shortly with the oyako curry don. 

The first thing that came to mind when I first saw the dish was, "Why is the plate an elongated oval shape?". I was thinking about how messy it would be if I were to eat in a such a 'unique' plate, but I managed not to spill most of my curry sauce. Although, I would prefer the plate to be round-shaped, for the sake of not spilling sauce on the table. (^.^) v
Each curry dish comes with a small bowl of salad

The scent of the curry is warming and spicy (not hot), just enough to remind of those rainy days where I usually eat something to warm up my body. The slices of chicken katsu adds another dimension of crispiness and richness to the dish. Both elements compliment each other well, especially served with warm white rice. The curry sauce itself is scrumptious, due to the combination of spicy and sweet to fulfill the palate. 
The Chicken Katsu cutlets stacked on the side of the rice
My bf also praised the Oyako Curry Don saying that the amount of sauce on top of the warm white rice is plentiful, hence the dish becomes very savoury and enjoyable. Also, the white rice absorbs the sauce on top, making every bite a pleasant experience. 
Look at that sauce! *drools*
For dessert, I ordered Chocolate Ice Cream Parfait and my brother got the Coffee Parfait. I've always loved parfaits because it looks well-arranged, layered and adorable. 
Dessert time!
The Chocolate Ice Cream Parfait has 2 wafers, mochi balls, small scoops of red bean (ogura) paste, a scoop of chocolate ice cream, and soft serve on the bottom. All drizzled with chocolate sauce! There are corn flakes at the bottom, which adds a 'crunch' to the ice cream. I'm not a big fan of the mochi since it's tasteless and chewy, so you'll have to eat it with the ice cream. 
The majestic Chocolate Ice Cream Parfait ^^

Sorry, the strawberry fell off the choco ice cream ^__^
The Coffee Parfait is a bit like the 'affogato' dish where ice cream and espresso is combined in a glass. This is almost similar where you have to pour the espresso on the parfait (which has soft serve, wafers and pocky) to get that unique coffee flavor. The mixture of sweet from the soft serve and the bitterness from the espresso joined in harmony as they give out a bittersweet taste that adds more depth to the dish. 
Coffee Parfait

Choco shavings on top are just the best~
Overall, I would recommend this restaurant to those who are into curries and parfaits. The ambiance is also very warm and cozy, making it a great place to chat with friends and/or family. You can get a certain discount with an Ismaya dining card, but I left mine at home, so I pay at normal price. ^^

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