Friday, April 18, 2008

Parsley Crusted Pork Chops & A New Header


Some of you guys noticed my new blog header :)
Millions of thanks to my baby sister, who did a faaaabulous job on the header, I love love love it. But, a perfectionist that she is, she is farrrrr from happy with it, and it is a work in progress, so this is just phase 1, you will see it change soon :p

Phase 1
I wanted something that's very me.
A bit of vintage feel, a bit cute, a bit Chinese, a bit Indonesian.
The super gorgeous and slim Chinese girl is obviously NOT ME, she is from an "old" beer poster I got from Temple St for HK$10 :). Since I ain't no beer girl, I wanted to have my favorite Indonesian sauce, Kecap Manis ABC (Indonesian sweet soy sauce) and my favorite Indonesian drink, Teh Botol Sosro (Indonesian sweetened tea) instead of beer on the header. When it comes to these two items, I am a loyal to the point of fanatic consumer, any other brand just won't do.

I am more than happy to promote things that I love, but after speaking to my lawyer (oh how cool does that sound.."my lawyer", actually he is a legal counsel in the company where I work, who is a dear friend ^_^ thanks tete!), copyright infringement is no fun, so we will remove the two particular logo/brand name soon T_T sob sob...

I also fancy having some batik pattern somewhere, maybe as a background, or as the pattern of the girl's dress...let's see how it goes ;)

I posted the header as soon as I got it, even though the size did not fit, and my sis went ballistic, and said something that's so true but I chose to ignore HAHAHA:
baby sis designer: "Overstreched image (pecah) is SO NOT SEXY!!! Please do not post!"
me: "How do you expect me to go back to plain text after posting the so not sexy but I love it header? It's likehaving to go back to sitting in economy class after flying business class"
her: ... (gave up)...

The designer won't show up until she's happy with the final result hehehe...

Now the food...I have lots of leftover cherry tomatoes, and tomatoes and pork are good friends who haven't seen each other for a while in my kitchen. So here comes the rendezvous:

Recipe
- boneless pork chops (allow 1 for each person), cut into big pieces
- breadcrumbs, parsley flakes, salt, black pepper, sugar, lime juice, chicken stock (home made/powder/cube)
- finely chopped garlic (4 cloves)
- half chinese pound of kale (wash and cut into 3, cut thick stems into halves)
- 1 pack of mushrooms (cut into two or four parts, depending on how big the mushrooms are)
- cherry tomatoes, cut into halves
- olive oil, teeny bit of butter

Bruise pork chop pieces and marinate with a bit of lime juice while preparing everything else. Heat up a bit of olive oil, add 1 teaspoon butter, prepare breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, parsley flakes on a plate, roll pork chops into it and pan fry until golden, set aside on kitchen towel. Saute garlic with olive oil, add cherry tomatoes and mushrooms, add kale, cook until kale's soft enough for your taste, add seasonings, serve with the chops.

23 comments:

daphne said...

very vintage looking! Nice! Looks like the both of us were looking at changing bits and pieces of the blog template at the same time. =)

eliza said...

hihi...i was wondering about the overstretched header the other day :)

Mochachocolata Rita said...

hi daph, yeah i checked out ur new template n lovin it! woohoo

hi liz, u noticed my designer's worst nightmare hehehe

Lina said...

you are a wonderful cook! THAT LOOS DELICIOUS!

Farah said...

Love your blog very much. Why don't you ask ABC and Teh Botol to sponsor your blog? They will allow their brands shown. I'd love to see our Indonesian original brands go-international ;-).

Mochachocolata Rita said...

hi lina, thanksss :)

hi farah...i wish that could work...cos i really really loveeeeee both brands hehehe

tigerfish said...

like your vintage header as well :)

the food...as always...so gOOoood!

I Cook4Fun said...

I really like the new header. Very vintage looking. By the way the pork chops look so delicious!!

deeTha said...

wah....iklan kecap abc ik....

Zen Chef said...

Do you own the trademark on the word 'yummility'? haha Can i use it? Can i use it? hehehe. I love those vintage chinese posters too. Very cool.
Now hand over the pork chops!!! :-)

kennymah said...

Oh very cool banner... I love the retro look, and a bit saucy at that, eh? ;)

Resto Mariena said...

Aichhhh cute banget header nya..keren ada kecap manis nya segala pengganti beer wakakakakakakaka.

Keren banget, Rita !!!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

I love the new header! I can't wait to see the final version.

The pork chops look great too!

Mochachocolata Rita said...

thanks tigerfish & icook4fun :)

deet...kikiki...maklum penggemar berat!

yo zen chef, feel free to use it, just let 'em know where u heard it from ya? *wink...i love "vintage" posters too (as "vintage" is cheap and vintage might be pricey hehe)...hey do you really fancy the tee that says "i love pork chops"? --> email me if yes

hi kenny...;) yeah i wanted it super saucy, i cant wait for the final result hehehe...now..shall i disturb my designer on weekend?

hi mariena, kikiki...thanksss..tp thanks untuk designernya yg berhasil translate ide ke hasil hehe, meski belon final

sgcc, i love your pin up inspired avatar too....i sooo love pin up girls vintage posters..just so hard to get em here..but pork chops are everywhere here LOL

noble pig said...

The header is gorgeous very old school and just all around adorable. The food looks great too! What a beautiful site.

beachlover said...

I like your header..something old and cool..I also cook some pork chop and now I'm seeing more pork chop here!!lol!

Kevin said...

Nice header image! That crusted pork looks tasty.

Little Corner of Mine said...

I love your crispy pork chop, must try! Haha...at first I thought you were advertising for ABC kicap. :P Now I know why you used that in your header, very vintage looking indeed. :)

Ayin said...

nasi kuninge nggo selamatan pasang plang anyar yo hehehe....
lha poto kerdus indomiene ndi ?

White On Rice Couple said...

Love the new vintage header Rita!! Wow, your sis did a great job! We need to learn how to do that, was it hard?
The pork chops look sooooo crunchy and good!

Mochachocolata Rita said...

noble pig & kevin, thanksssssss!

beachlover, guess we're both pork chop lovers aye?


lcom, hehe no, i wasn't doing ads for kecap ABC, i just love it too much i gotta spread the gospel hehe

yin, biasa aku tuku indomie seplastik 5 bungkus hoho, nek tuku se-kardus ngko rak pernah niat masak...ngemplok indomie terussssss hehe

worc, thanksssss hehe...for her, the header must've been easy peasy but for me...it's beyond hard...it's super duper unbelievably hardddddddddddddddddddddddddddd T_T

GICM Aficionado said...

Argh ... i'm hungry ...
If you get back to Jakarta, please cook me this meal .. I pay you for this ...
It's looks so delicious...

taste memory said...

I love the header-illustrations....Very pretty & vintage combines well. I love vintage too as you prob know.

;-)