If you want to live your life in a creative way, as an artist, you have to not look back too much.
You have to be willing to take whatever you’ve done and whoever you were and throw them away.
What are we, anyway? Most of what we think we are is just a collection of likes and dislikes, habits, patterns.
At the core of what we are is our values, and what decisions and actions we make reflect those values.
That is why it’s hard doing interviews and being visible: As you are growing and changing, the more the outside world tries to reinforce an image of you that it thinks you are, the harder it is to continue to be an artist, which is why a lot of times, artists have to go, “Bye. I have to go. I’m going crazy and I’m getting out of here.”
And they go and hibernate somewhere. Maybe later they re-emerge a little differently.
Playboy’s interview with Steve Jobs. 1985
/ January 21st, 2014
I have been away for a while, not sure anyone read my blog anymore, but I thought I would just post some updates.
First of all. I miss eggs.
I totally miss eggs.
I miss cooking and baking with eggs.
Since M is allergic to eggs, I kind of eliminated eggs from our kitchen and let me tell you, I really really miss it!!!
That’s about it.
And I miss cooking too.
And taking photographs.
But, I only have 2 hands and 24 hours.
The reason for this busy busy thing is my furniture.
Since my furniture brand took off last June, things have been pretty good but it meant that I’ve never spent more than a week at home and it is pretty tiring. Sometimes I take 10 flights in a week.
Because the production is not here but in Java.
Good thing is, I have finished my production batch for this year. Yeah!
And most of the products have gone. Double yeah!!!
I am very happy people appreciate my design.
If you haven’t seen them you can see it here.
Now what I really want to do is relax and sip a cup of nice tea and have a nice cake.
/ November 22nd, 2013
I have a big family. My mother has 8 siblings and from them I have 20 cousins. At least once a year we always gather together to celebrate my grandma’s birthday, everybody is closed to grandma. She’s a figure who’s always present. Me, my mother and my grandmother used to joke that we’re the three monkeys because we were born in the year of monkey.
Unfortunately, one of the monkey has gone. Grandma passed away, leaving an empty space in every heart she touched.
Since she was diagnosed with cancer, she started losing her appetite, I managed to bring her one of her favourite food I make: Banana cake, I made it in the morning and flew in the evening to visit her two months ago. Another favourite is pastel tutup (I think this is some kind of Indonesian version chicken pot pie with Dutch, Portuguese and Chinese influences) that I didn’t manage to make for her. Yesterday my sister and one of my cousins asked me to teach them how to make it. I’ve never really shared this recipe because I am too lazy to write it down, plus I don’t really eat it because I guess I have been making too many of them over the years. But now since I miss grandma and I am sure all of my family does, I want to share this.
300g potatoes, boiled, then mash and mix with
12g butter and
Season with sea salt and pepper
Mix well, set aside
5 shallots, thinly sliced
3 stalks of Chinese celery
2 medium carrots, peel and cut into 5mm cubes
1 chicken breast with bone, boiled with 1 liter of water until tender, cut into cubes
4 chicken sausages, cut to 5mm thick disks/cubes
1 handful of green pea (fresh or frozen)
Some wood ear fungus, wash and thinly sliced
A handful of cellophane noodles, immerse in water to soften
4 organic eggs, boiled
Melt the butter over low heat, then add the shallots, carrots and celery. Saute until soft but not brown, around 15-20 minutes. Add 65ml chicken stock and leave until the carrots are tender.
Add the chicken, sausages, green pea and wood ear fungus. Turn up the heat then add another 135ml of chicken stock.
When it boils, turn down the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
Add the milk, stir well, then season with sea salt, pepper and nutmeg and a pinch of sugar.
Turn off the heat, add the soften cellophane noodles.
Turn on the upper part of the oven.
Prepare one 20x20cm pan or two 10x20cm pan
Add the mixture to the pan. Thinly sliced the eggs and place on the top of the mixture.
Add the mashed potatoes.
Put in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until golden.
/ October 15th, 2013
Saya sedang kangen.
Kangen melihat dan mengalami dal-hal yang belum pernah saya lihat sebelumnya.
Saya kangen rasa, rasa yang hadir ketika berada di tempat-tempat yang saya kunjungi untuk pertama kalinya.
Seperti waktu melihat Angkor Wat untuk pertama kalinya.
Bersepeda pagi-pagi buta, nyasar ke tempat-tempat yang benar-benar tak dikenal, sampai melihat kabut yang pelan-pelan terangkat dari permukaan air.
Saya ingat kami kemudian berjalan sampai kesasar lagi dan kelaparan, lalu bertemu dengan wanita-wanita baik hati ini, yang menawarkan makan untuk saya dan M walaupun apa yang mereka punya sangat sedikit dan sederhana.
/ September 20th, 2013
Sewaktu membuat masakan ini, yang pertama terlintas di kepala adalah: Wah, dimana lagi nih, daun kelor bisa ketemu truffle kalau nga disini? :)
Ini adalah sup asal bikin tanpa mikir tapi jadinya enak: daun kelor, kentang dan soramame direbus dengan kaldu sayuran buatan sendiri lalu di blender dan ditaburi garam truffle hitam.
/ September 13th, 2013