We bought home some of our favorite take-away from a local street cart, which also happens to be a favourite of most Indonesian's too - Soto Ayam or chicken soup! It's a spicy and sour elixir, which after a busy week, was most definitely good for the soul.
Brown paper packages filled with rice. The packaging is always lovely here.
The turmeric gives the broth it's golden hue.
Lime is squeezed on lots of dishes over here. It gives the soto a fantastic sourness
which cuts the spicy sambal we usually add. The limes and little bags of sambal always come with the soup.
Bits of golden crunchy fried garlic sits on top of the rice.
As usual over here, the day was very hot so there was swimming after lunch.....
And after swimming - oh my goodness - there was salted caramel brownies. You have to try these. They are amazing. Those little specks of pale goodness is the caramel that weaves itself throughout the brownie.
The recipe comes from Emma at The Marion House Book and you can see her mouthwatering photos here. You will understand why I had no choice except To. Make. The. Brownies. Then of course it became more of a Can't. Stop. Eating. The. Brownies. Problem.
Later on that day, friends joined us for dinner (and shared the brownies!). Afterwards we all went night swimming in the rain. One of the pleasures of living in Jakarta is the weather. Sometimes too hot, sometimes too steamy, but always conducive to swimming, no matter what the time. It's crazy to think my family and friends are freezing in Sydney right now, while we are splashing around not only at night, but in the rain!
Peace out dear Esther