December 19th (Advent 2016)


Discovering details in old pictures (India 2007)

Chicken Curry with Star Anise

Chicken Curry with Star Anise

Don’t be intimidated by the long list of the ingredients for this Indian curry, because if you follow the instructions nothing can go wrong and you will get a fragrant curry with authentic taste.

You need:

Ginger paste:

  • 3 red chilies, to taste
  • 1 1/2 inches ginger, fresh
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 small red onion


  • 500 g chicken breasts, cut in bite sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon  coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Further ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 star anise
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon black cumin seed, lightly crushed with the mortar
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. Process all ginger paste ingredients in a food processor into a paste. If you don’t have a small food processor grate ginger, garlic and onion and add finely chopped red chili.
  2. In a big bowl marinate the chicken with 1/2 cup yogurt, lemon juice, turmeric powder, coriander powder and ground cumin for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Heat oil in a wide skillet and sauté the paste, star anise, cardamom pods and cinnamon stick until aromatic. Add chopped onion, crushed black cumin seed and garam masala. Cook until liquid is adsorbed.
  4. At this point add chicken and cook stirring from time to time for about 10 minutes.
  5. Pour in water and coconut milk. Simmer until meat is tender and oil begins to separate (this takes about 20 minutes).
  6. Add salt and adjust chili to taste. Add half of the fresh cilantro, stir.
  7. Garnish with the reserved fresh cilantro and serve with rice.

Indonesian Pineapple and Celery Salad – Selada Nanas

Indonesian Pineapple and Celery Salad - Selada Nanas 2

We tried this wonderful salad during one of our trips in Asia. As we got internet I searched for this recipe (translating the keywords in Bahasa Indonesia) and finally I found it and I’m glad to share it with all of you. It’s a light and refreshing salad that is always welcome!

You need


  • 1 pineapple, peeled and cut into bite sized pieces (about 1.5 cm)
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and cut into bite sized pieces (about 1.5 cm)
  • 4 stalks celery, cut into bite sized pieces (about 1.5 cm)
  • 1 red pepper, optional, cut into bite sized pieces (about 1.5 cm), optional
  • 1 -2 green onions, chopped, optional


  • 1 chili, chopped, quantity to taste
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, fresh, peeled and grated
  • 4 tablespoon light soya sauce, quantity to taste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce, optional  (I prefer without this)


  • 3 tablespoons peanuts, roasted coarsely crushed ( I use to roast them myself as the taste is more authentic)


  1. In a big bowl combine all the vegetables.
  2. In a separate bowl combine all the ingredients for the sauce.
  3. Just before serving add the sauce to the vegetables, toss well and top with the peanuts