May 21, 2019

Baru Belanda, a cookbook wrapped in Batik & Lurik

During the booklaunch I made a little pop-up to share more on KUB Srikandi
the book-covers of the Special Editions are all made 
with one-coloured Batiks designed by Ibu Ramini of KUB Srikandi

Pretty out of the blue I got contacted through Instagram if I wanted to help with a cookbook. Chef Pascal Jalhay was in the middle of preparing his third book, this time all about Indonesian inspired food made by (mostly) Indo-European cooks in the Netherlands. 'BaruBelanda' is a beautiful tribute to this shared history and everyone loves 'Indisch makan', I am no exception. The title is a twist on 'Hollandse Nieuwe' an expression used for the first herring's of the season, which are eaten raw in the Netherlands. It is also used to refer to 'New Dutch', a slang term for immigrants. So it is a great title with many layers, from kitchen to culture.
He contacted me because he wanted to make a special edition, 250 copies in total and was looking for "real Batik" to make a bookcover. Happy he found me and after a short meeting, I imported the first batch of Batiks. His mother made the one-coloured Batiks into envelop shaped covers for the books.

For the Special Edition 'BaruBelanda''s not only has a Batik cover; they are all signed, stamped {with a logo designed by tattoo-legend Henk Schiffmacher} & numbered. The first 150 Special Editions had a banderol made by Sabina de Rozario, or also know as 'Indo in Bali' (Instagram) & 'Door blauwe ogen' (Must read blog). For the banderols she recycled fabrics that were given to her by an Indonesian designer who use to make hippie dresses in the 80's on Bali. Together with recycled cardboard, fishing nets and a hand-stamped text she made beautiful wrappers for the first 150 Special Editions.

The one-coloured Batiks by KUB Srikandi

BaruBelanda Booklaunch

Tropical view in Hotel Jakarta

On the 18 of March 'BaruBelanda' was launched during a spectaculair day at the amazing Hotel Jakarta. I never been there before and I was instantly in love. They created an indoor tropical paradise with banana-plants reaching the glass-ceiling. 
We were first welcomed upstairs with Saya spekkoek likeur, jummie, in a room with a pop-up exhibition of the Liefkes collection, wauw!
The first copy of the book would be given to Henk Schiffmaker, this I knew. That is would be a Special Edition I did not and I also didn't expected to be thanked in Pascal's opening speech {see the speech in the Instagram post below}. All eyes were on me for a second & I was already flushed from spotting all these well known people. 
During the speech trays filled with pretty displayed food came by. I believe in total 14 dishes were served during the booklaunch, all made by the chefs featured in 'BaruBelanda'.

BaruBelanda Special Edition ready for Henk Schiffmacher

Yesterday the new cookbook Baru Belanda {Hollandse Nieuwe} by Pascal Jalhay was launched during a wonderful event at Hotel Jakarta in Amsterdam 📘🇾🇪🍛🥥👨🏻‍🍳🥭🍚🇲🇨The book celebrated the Indo-European cuisine, Indische keuken, in the Netherlands😋The book-launch started with a welcome cocktail by @sayahspekkoeklikeur & speech - @henkschiffmacher was given the first book, a special edition wrapped in the Batik Tulis cover🥰Pascal reached out to me for his project & I was happy I could provide the textiles for the batikcovers on short notice🎉💙The Batiks are made by KUB Srikandi Jeruk from Java, design by Ibu Ramini😍During the opening Pascal refers to me as ‘The Ambassador of Batik in the Netherlands’☺️Thanks Pascal for promoting & supporting Batik Tulis with this amazing project❣️After the opening, the chefs who contribute to the book, made their recipes for us, mine all vegetarian🤤I believe 12 dishes were served😋On the pictures a gado gado, a rendang from eggplant, a dessert with spekkoek and two more🤤So beautiful! And the book is beautiful too, with pictures by @harold13pereira 😍Get your {Special Edition} @barubelanda now! 📘🍛🇲🇨🥥🇾🇪🥭🍚👨🏻‍🍳💙🎉@fontaineuitgevers #barubelanda #food #cookbook #indonesiancuisine #indischekeuken #indonesianfood #kookboek #batik #batiktulis #batikcover #specialedition #pascaljalhay #hoteljakarta #celebration #somuchgoodfood #inspired #lucky #kubsrikandijeruk #iburamini #batikjeruk #batiklasem @hoteljakarta.ams
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Pascal's "rijsttafel", literal interpretation of the 'Rice table'.
'Rijsttafel 'is an elaborate meal adapted by the Dutch following the hidang presentation of nasi Padang of West Sumatra. It consists of many (forty is not an unusual number) side dishes served in small portions accompanied by rice

The Special Editions on the Rice Table

The booklaunch continued downstairs. Everyone was treated to a feast! I got, almost, every dish vegetarian and they all looked too beautiful to be eaten. 
The book itself is as much eye-candy as the dishes served. Next to recipes with great shots by Harold Pereira, the chefs tell their personal story and share their love for Indonesian food. The book elevates Indonesian food into Haute Cuisine.
Even if you don't plan on making any of the recipes, it a great book to read to see where and made 
by who you can get great Indonesian food in the Netherlands.

Some of the dishes served during the booklaunch. Mine were all vegetarian and jummie!

Pascal posing with his parents, Henk Schiffmacher and his wife Louise van Teylingen

My favourite of the day was the dessert, safe the best for last. 
Spekkoek, pandan & chocolate mouse made by the chefs of De Sawa in Delft

Lurik Banderol

BaruBelanda with try-out Lurik Banderol

For the last 100 Special Editions Pascal asked me to make the banderols. I still had these colourful Lurik scarfs from TheAria Batik at home and thought it would make a nice combination with the Batik covers.
Lurik is a woven fabric and recognisable from its long stripes. ‘Lurik’ cloths were called ‘Tenun gendong’ which referred to the use of the cloth to carry things with it. The current name ‘Lurik’ cames from “rik” which means line or threshold. The threshold would give protection to the wearer. 
Lurik use to be made with handloom, nowadays this is done with a foot-treadle loom. On many places this proces is already replaced by machines and many weavers lost their jobs because of that. These Lurik cloths are still from the last places were it is handmade, or feet-made in this case, from the Bantul Regency in the Jogjakarta region.
It was a lot of work, but the end result is great! To every banderol I added two tassels so you can see of which coloured threads were used to make this Lurik. 

Lurik scarfs hanging outside in my garden

Every banderol includes a little explanation about the fabric 'Lurik'

100 pieces ready

Colourful threads tassels

Tong Tong Fair

On Thursday 23 May Pascal Jalhay will present his book 'BaruBelanda' and make a dish from it on the Tong Tong Fair at the 'Kooktheater' at 17h.  His book will be available of course, and if any Special Editions are left, they will also be available.

You will find me also on Thursday at the Tong Tong Fair.
During the 61th Tong Tong Fair me together with Guave will be hosting 'The Batik Stand, A Stand For Batik'. From 23 May till 2 June you can find us on the Grand Pasar for everything about, on and with Batik. Come stand with us for Batik!

To read & see more:

Post 'Ik ben en blijf een Indisch meisje' on Rory Blokzijl blog

Post on 'Shyama in Boekenland'

On YouTube 'Pascal Jalhay & de Nieuwe Indische Keuken'

On Tong Tong Fair Kooktheater

To buy BaruBelanda 

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