Friday, 23 January 2015

CuteZCute Robo Bread

Sorry for the lack of updates, had a crazy week, something unpleasant happened as well, hiaz, don't feel like talking about it. :(  Next week will be even busier, but things should get slightly better for me after that. I know some of you want the recipe for my steamed buns, I will get one of the buns recipe updated next week. Meanwhile, if you want to make something cute for Chinese New Year, you might want to click HERE to check out my piggy pineapple tarts recipe from last year. The same post has instructions to shape bunny and panda pineapple tarts too.

For today, let me share with you this new Robo Bread cutter from CuteZCute. We received this just before the start of school, just perfect, as I can use it to cut my boys' sandwiches for school. I love all of CuteZCute cutters, you can make cute food quickly and easily with the help of their cutters. And they always allow you to mix and match so you can come up with multiple combinations.

These are the contents of the box. The black cutter allows you to cut out the robot shape. The red panels has cutter and stamper shapes for you to customise your robot. The robot food pick can be used to remove small cut-outs from the cutters or as a bento pick to decorate your bento lunch box.

This is my favourite part, the cutter panels can fold and "transform" into blocks to fit inside the body and head cutter. There's a place for you to slot in the robot food pick as well, so everything can be easily stored.

Here's our robot bento, everything is cut out using the Robo Bread cutter. The robot was a ham and cheese sandwich.

 I also packed in carrot pork patties, grapes and strawberries.

A closer look at the sandwich, I used cheese for the arms, legs and antenna and carrot for the bolt.  :)
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Friday, 16 January 2015

Sheep Hot Pot and Noodles

I'm suffering from a lack of sleep since school started, been surviving on 4-5 hours of sleep every weekday, slightly longer on weekends. :( Not that I don't want to sleep, I still have work not done, so I would wake up again after my boys sleep, sign. However, I think age is catching up with me, I felt dizzy last night before bedtime, and it was so difficult keeping my eyes open today while driving. I ended up taking cat naps twice in the car while waiting for my boys to be dismissed. It's going to be busier next week as IT tournament is going to start, but I enjoy watching him and his teammates at their matches. I hope I can still find some time to make food art and update the blog.

For those of you who are not familiar with the Chinese Zodiac, this year is the year of the sheep. I actually do not have many sheep charabens or food art, if my memory does not fails me, I think my one and only sheep bento was Shaun the sheep, which I made a few years back. Click HERE for that post if you are interested, there are some of our Taiwan travel photos in there. :)

This time I made a radish sheep for our hot pot. Yes, the sheep is completely made from grated radish, I added on nori and pink cake decor gel for the details.

I added salmon, fishcakes, mushrooms, veggies and leeks for the hot pot. Soup base was just chicken stock.

I took a picture after boiling, the sheep looks like it's peeping out, lol.

I also made sheep noodles to dip in the hotpot. The noodles were already cooked.

If you are looking for food decoration ideas for Chinese New Year reunion dinner, you might want to try these two sheep creations.

I took step-by-step photos on how I made the sheep noodles. I hope it's useful. :)

First, twirl noodles around your fork into a ball and arrange them onto your plate. I had 3 balls of noodles on the top and bottom and 4 balls of noodles in the middle. I used chopped up spring onions to garnish around the noodles.

Using a pair of scissors, cut out the head, ears and legs from a slice of ham.

Use a craft punch to cut out ovals from nori for the nose. Using a pair of scissors, cut out 2 curved lines for the eyes, one straight line for the mouth and 4 small straight lines for the eye lashes. Use an oval cutter to cut out the cheeks from a darker coloured ham. I used chicken ham for the face and picnic ham for the cheeks.

Fold the edge of the ears and poke a pasta through it. This step is optional but it does makes the ears look nicer.

Assemble the ham onto the noodles, add on a small ball of noodles on the top of the head and it's completed. :)

I used my Philips Noodles Maker to make the noodles, I wanted to keep my noodles white, so I only used water and flour. :) You can use somen or udon if you are buying the noodles.
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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Gudetama Bento

I was planning to update a review post today for a new bento box, but there were some problems with one of the links, so I've to update it another day. I'll just do up a fast post today of my Gudetama bento from last year.

Have you seen this Sanrio character before? His name is Gutetama, he is a lazy egg, who does not wants to do anything, lol. -_- Most of the time, he just wants to sleep, under his bacon blanket. You can go Youtube to search for short animation clips of Gutetama if you are interested, very hilarious.

He's quite an easy character to make for charaben, I just cut out nori for the features and add it onto sunny side up, cover with slice of bacon and it's done. The side dishes for this bento were broccoli and sweet and sour chicken. Everything is packed in a book bento box. My boys bring this book bento box to school very often, it's a good size to pack their recess food in.

I accidentally broke the egg yolk while I transferred it onto the bento box. -_- Just a note, if you are packing this for school, please ensure that the egg is fully cooked. The boys ate this bento at home during the school holidays.
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Friday, 9 January 2015

Japanese Curry Piggy Bread Bun

I've been so busy since school started, even though IT has not even started staying back yet. He will start his CCA trainings next week and his tournaments are coming, going to be busy. However, I do like that I can get lots more chores accomplished by waking up so early. If it's the school holidays, I will just laze around in bed till it's quite late and then spend the afternoon out, lol.

I'm going to share the recipe for these piggy bread buns I made during the holidays last year. I filled them with Japanese chicken curry. My boys liked them because they like Japanese curry. I want to try making our local chicken curry as fillings next time, I think it'll be good too.

I used back the same recipe for the bread dough as my previous sleeping doggy sausage buns recipe. The recipe was quite straightforward and yet the bread was still soft the next day. Don't ask me why, I've no idea either, lol. 

I made some full bodied piggy bread bun as well. I did not put egg wash on this.

Did you notice the 3D cat latte art behind? I tried making 3D latte art during the holidays and it was quite fun. Need more practice though, I tried making a piggy but it turned out terrible, so I ended up doing a cat instead.

Here's another 3D cat latte art I made, not sure if I'm doing it the correct way. In fact, I've never even drank any before, lol.

Recipe for the bread buns are below.


Bread Dough:
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

Japanese Curry Fillings:
½ yellow onion, cut into small cubes
½ carrot, cut into small cubes
300g chicken, thinly sliced
75g Japanese curry roux
400g water
40g butter
40g plain flour


Japanese Curry Fillings:
  1. In a frying pan, pan fry chicken till they are no longer pink.
  2. Heat up cooking oil in a small pot, sauté onion and carrot till aroma, add in water. 
  3. Add cooked chicken slices into the pot, continue to cook over medium low heat for about 15mins. 
  4. Add in curry roux and mix well.
  5. In another frying pan, melt butter over low heat, then add in plain flour, stir to combine well. Add into curry mixture. When the mixture started to turn thick, dish out and cool it completely.
  6. Roll into balls and set aside.
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Bread Dough:
  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 piggy's eyes.
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  7. Take dough out and punch out the air from the dough with your fist. 
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  9. Divide the dough into 8 portions. 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. Wrap dough around curry fillings and seal.
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  15. Slice out 2 pieces of sausage. Cut one into half for the ears.
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  17. Use a straw or round cutter to poke two holes in the other one.
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  19. Place the sausages cut-outs on the piggy. Cover with cling wrap and let the dough proof for 40 minutes.
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  21. The steps to make the full body piggies are similar for the head. For the body portion, just add on another smaller bread dough and place 4 sliced on sausage on it.
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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. 
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