A Cooking Collaboration: Biotech Women Recreate Authentic Tastes of Indonesia

April 30, 2011 3 comments

Cooking is a great way to connect with your colleagues.  A group of biotech women recently
gathered at the home of Susan Dube’ to prepare tasty dishes that transported us to

Indonesian cuisine is as diverse as the 6,000 islands that constitute Indonesia.  This menu
incorporates some traditional flavors such as coriander, turmeric, cumin and ginger.  These
spices have been incorporated into some very traditional dishes, including Lumpiah or Spring
Rolls, and Soto Ayam, the Indonesian version of chicken soup.  The menu is built around a 
Spice Paste blend that is incorporated into several of the dishes to simplify preparation. 
The Saté or Satays are very popular in Indonesia, especially with a peanut sauce.  This
peanut sauce has a bit of punch with a jalapeño kick.

The cooking experience gave everyone a chance to become acquainted or reconnect with old
friends.  A challenging menu was successfully executed through teamwork and cooperation. 
No, you are not seeing double:  Wendy Johnson’s twin sister, Gwen Melincoff, also joined in
for the evening of networking and cooking.

Below is one of the recipes from the dinner:

Carrot and Snow Pea Stir Fry
2 tablespoons peanut oil
5 large carrots, peeled and sliced on the diagonal
3 cups snow peas, prepared*
1 jalapeño, seeded and finely minced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons ginger, peeled and chopped
Juice of ½ lime
Salt to taste
Heat peanut oil, add carrots and sauté for 4 minutes.  Add snow peas, jalapeño, soy sauce
and ginger.  Sauté until snow peas and carrots are crisp, but tender.  Add lime juice and
salt to taste.

Serves 8.

*Pinch the tip of the snow pea and pull out the string that runs down the side.


3 Responses to “A Cooking Collaboration: Biotech Women Recreate Authentic Tastes of Indonesia”

  1. Jennifer Cayer says:

    I had such a great time!! I loved the team cooking (especailly since all the prep had been done prior to our arrival). The recipes were easily to follow and delicious. I would love to try this team cooking outside this summer in my backyard. I wonder if I could do it…………

    • Wendy Johnson says:

      It was such a joy to be with all of my friends and expecially my sister who got to meet everyone. Had great food and wine. Thanks Susan for hosting the event. Most importanltly at the end of the evening Gwen said–“I don’t know how you could even leave San Diego when you are surrounded by such wonderful friends. I should be so lucky”. She is RIGHT.

  2. Susan Dube says:

    It was really fun to host the dinner. This is a truly great way to entertain as everyone gets to participate, learn new recipes and generally have a terrific time doing it. We laughed and enjoyed each other’s company all night. Pefect! Thanks Karin for being our inspiration and our guide to a wonderful evening.

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