Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Olaf & Penguin Christmas Bento

I'm back in Singapore, the holiday seems to be over so fast, wished I was still in Japan, now I've to wait another year till my next winter holiday. Sorry for the lack of posts, been busy with chores upon returning. I've quite a few Christmas bentos ideas, but I doubt I can make them all. I managed to rush out one today, might make another one before Christmas.

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Do you wanna build a snowman? Look at what this pair of penguins built! They built Olaf, complete with a festive Santa hat, lol.

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Not sure if you find this scene familiar. This was actually inspired by my own Christmas food art 2 years back. I made two penguins building a snowman then. Click HERE to take a look.

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Olaf was made from rice, nori, carrots, cheese, egg sheet and boiled kombu. The penguins were made from rice, noir, egg sheet and carrots. My original plan was to make a Christmas tree too, but I had to forgo it as I've not enough time today. Side dishes for dinner today were grilled chicken skewers and asparagus. I also made bbq ribs today, but they were still baking in the oven when I took this picture, lol.

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Also sharing this Olaf bento I made around 2 months ago for my sister. She's been saying she wants to try my bento, so I made her this, she likes Olaf. The dishes in the bento were cajun air-fried wings, mushrooms, broccoli, tamagoyaki and edamame.

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I know this one is not exactly Christmas themed, but hey, it's winter themed, which always reminds me of Christmas. Alright, I'm just being lazy, so I'm just making up an excuse so I can share it in this post, lol.
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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Clown Pasta

Back at Tokyo for the remaining of our holidays, did not managed to finish this post before I left. We are waiting for our shuttle to transfer to Disney hotel and since I've some time, I'm finishing up this post while waiting. :) We have been eating non-stop this trip, I don't dare to go back and weigh myself, lol.

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Meatball pasta which I turned into a clown. The pasta was made using Philips noodle maker, I've not been buying noodles since I received the noodles maker. Click HERE for my detailed post on the Philips noodle maker.

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Clown's hair was tomato pasta, and his face was a meat patty covered in cheese. Other ingredients used for his face were nori and tomato.

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Here's how the dinner looks like undecorated, this was mine. I used a meatball recipe but shaped them bigger as patties instead. Hubby was away on a work trip when I cooked this, which was just perfect as he does not like to eat beef.

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I took a video on how I made the noodles but had some problem uploading it to this post before I left, so I left it out. You can find the video at my Instagram account if you are interested.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Madagascar Penguins

Hello from Kyoto! That should be where I am now, did up this post before I left for my holiday. Just a reminder, I've having a Black + Blum Sandwich on Board giveaway on my Instagram tomorrow night. Please go there to join if you are interested.

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Have you watched The Penguins of Madagascar? We have yet to do so, but we saw the trailer earlier and it was really hilarious, lol.

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The last time I made the penguins of Madagascar was two years ago. Click HERE if you want to take a look. This time, I made the baby version, decided to make them out of rice instead. Ingredients used were rice, nori, cheese and carrot. Slightly different ingredients for Private, I used rice mixed with grinded black sesame on him, in place of nori. The egg shell on his head was a hard boiled egg.

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The baby penguins from left were Kowalski, Skipper, Private and Rico. Actually wanted to make the standing feathers on Rico's head to differentiate him from Skipper but I forgot about it as I was making the penguins.
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Monday, 1 December 2014

Totoro Autumn Bento

I'm flying off to my holiday on wednesday morning, going to one of my favourite country once again. Hope I am still in time to catch the autumn foliage but I also hope to see the snow, lol, greedy much. :) I only made 2 autumn themed bentos this year, had a few ideas, but simply too busy these few weeks to get them done. :( If you would like to see what I've made for autumn in previous years, you can click HERE to take a look.

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This is the second autumn bento I made, that's Totoro sleeping under the maple leaves. Totoro was made using rice, mixed with grinded black sesame, nori, ham, olive and fried pasta. Chibi Totoro was made using rice, cheese and nori. The maple leaves were cut out from egg sheet.

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The side dishes were chicken cutlets and broccoli/carrot stir-fry. Everything is packed in a beautiful magewappa box from Bento & Co. Doesn't Totoro looks like he's lying in one of those wooden onsen tub?

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There should be some scheduled posts while I'm away, I've yet to actually get any done, hopefully i can do up some tomorrow. There will also be a giveaway while I'm away, I will hold it on my Instagram account next monday night. The item is a black + blum sandwich box, one of the box that you often see me using. Do check out my Instagram next monday if you want to join.
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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Sleeping Doggy Bread Bun

It's been a while since I last updated a recipe. I do have a few waiting to be updated, but they take longer to update than my usual blog post, so I'm awfully slow in getting them done. But rest assured that I do see your requests for the recipes, and I will definitely get them updated eventually, just that I can't guarantee exactly when.

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For today, I will be updating the recipe for these sleeping sausage doggy bread buns. The original idea is from Pitachan on Cookpad. I used another recipe and used raisins for the doggy's nose instead.

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I tried out a new bread bun recipe and I really like this recipe. The recipe is a simple straight forward one and I was quite surprised the buns were still soft the next day. This recipe is a keeper and I've used it again for my subsequent bakes.

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Without further ado, here's my recipe for these bread buns, along with the instructions to fold the bread dough. :)

SLEEPING DOG SAUSAGE BREAD BUN RECIPE

Ingredients:
250g bread flour
30g sugar
1/4 tsp salt
25g butter, at room temperature
1 tsp instant yeast
1/2 beaten egg (keep the reminder 1/2 egg for egg wash)
120g water
Sausages
Raisins

Method:
  1. Mix all the ingredients, except butter, in a large bowl to get a dough. Add in butter and knead until dough is springy and soft, this takes around 10 minutes. If you have a bread maker, you can just use the dough function for this step, as well as step 2.
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  3. Cover the dough with cling wrap and keep in a warm place for it to rise. This takes around an hour and the dough should double in size. Do a finger test to check if it's ready.
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  5. While the dough is rising, soak raisins in water so that they will soften and expand. Dry them on a paper towel and set aside. These will be for the doggy's nose.
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  7. Punch out the air from the dough with your fist. 
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  9. Divide the dough into 6 big balls and 6 smaller ones. The big one will be the body and the small ones will be the head. Roll them out and form them into balls. Cover with cling wrap and let the dough rest for 15 minutes.
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  11. Roll out the big ball using a rolling pin.
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  13. Place a sausage in the middle, fold top and bottom and seal by pressing dough together. Turn the sealed part face down.
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  15. Seal and form one end as the tail, lightly twist and seal it to the body.
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  17. Cut the other end of the body to form the legs.
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  19. Flatten the smaller dough ball, make 2 cuts for the ears.
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  21. Place the head on the body. Cover with cling wrap and let the doggy proof for 40 minutes.
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  23. At the end of 40 minutes, place the raisins onto the bread dough and press gently.
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  25. Brush with egg wash and bake at 180 degrees celcius for around 15 minutes or till they turn golden brown. Draw eyes using melted chocolate or food marker.
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