Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Earth Day Bento

Happy Earth Day! This is the third year I'm making foodart for Earth Day. Please click HERE and HERE to check out my previous two years' creations.

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I actually wanted to make something different this year,  and already had something in mind, but it requires more time to complete. I was busy today and did not want to spend too much time on making charaben. I ended up doing a remake of my first Earth Day bento from two years ago. Instead of making two boys, I decided to make a girl hugging Mother Earth instead.

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Did you notice the bow pasta on the top right of the bento? Had wanted to add it to the girl's hair, but did not like how it turned out, so I took it out. The girl is made from rice coloured with ketchup, pasta (her hair), nori and ham. I've been recycling the same idea for making the Earth, using blue coloured rice and blanched veggie. However, I've noticed I've coloured my rice blue using different methods in all three creations. The first one was coloured using natural blue powdered colouring. The second one was coloured using butterfly pea flower and this one was coloured with deco furi.

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Added the finishing touch to this bento by adding some herbs from my mini garden. There's thyme on the girls' hair and some oregano around her. :)
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Monday, 21 April 2014

Easter Egg Carton Chicken Bento

Oops, this post should have been up last Friday, but I was lazy to turn on my laptop. How did your Easter break go?  Ours was not as relaxing, as my boys' exams are coming soon, we started on some revisions.  We did slot in some outdoor activities, so it's not all work.

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I managed to make one more Easter bento just before Good Friday. I still have more ideas, I've yet to make any bunnies, guess I'll save all those ideas for next year.

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These egg carton hens and chicks are definitely not limited to Easter, you can make them anytime of the year. I created them in different expressions just for fun.

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I made chickens in egg carton last year as well. You can check out that post HERE.

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Ingredients used for the chickens were rice, carrots, nori and ham. As for the chicks, I used rice mixed with mashed egg yolk, carrot, egg, nori and ham.
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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Easter Chicks Shiratama

No bentos to share today, I'm sharing a deco shiratama chick idea for Easter. Probably a little late for Easter, but you can always make them on other days.

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I made these for our after dinner dessert, they were served with the Kiiroitori burger I shared yesterday.

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I served the chicks shiratama in a sugary syrup, with peaches and strawberries. :)

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I'm sharing the recipe for these chicks below. You can easily adapt it to make other characters. The recipe is adapted from Junko's book. She has a book on deco shiratama, which is available in chinese as well. My favourite in her book is the panda shiratama, I made that last year, click HERE to check out my post.

SHIRATAMA RECIPE

Ingredients:
60g of Shiratama Flour
62g to 69g of Silken Tofu
Wilton gel food colouring

Method:
  1. Mix 62g of tofu with shiratama flour, use your hands to knead.
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  3. Knead till a smooth dough is formed.If the mixture is too dry, add a little silken tofu till the dough is just right.
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  5. Divide the dough into 3 portions, one large and 2 smaller balls. Using a toothpick, slowly mix in yellow food colouring for the biggest ball, followed by orange and black colouring for the smaller balls. Knead till the colours are evenly mixed.
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  7. Mould out chicks using your hands.
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  9. Cook them in boiling water till they floats. Remove and place them in cold water.
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  11. They are many ways you can serve shiratama. I served them here in a cold sugar syrup, filled with fruits.
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Note:
  • The colour of the shiratama turns brighter/daker after cooking, hence do not use too much colouring, your dough before cooking should be a lighter shade than the desired shade you want.
  • Other than Wilton gel colouring, you can also use cocoa powder and black sesame paste to colour your dough.
  • You can also use a marker to draw in the features.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Easter Chick Burger

Ahhhhh, I've been super busy these few days. I've yet to make any foodart this week, I've had small pockets of free time here and there, but after all the running around, I rather whip up a fast meal, sit down, rest and catch up on my K-drama instead. I still have a few more Easter foodart I want to make, but I most likely won't be able to share them before Easter, rather undecided if I should still make them, guess I'll make up my mind tomorrow.

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Here's a simple food art idea for Easter, Kiiroitori hatching out from an egg. :)

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This is actually a cheese burger. I layered a slice of cheese on top of the patty and decorated it into Kiirotori, using carrots and nori.  This was quite fast to make. :)

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I will share another easy food art for Easter tomorrow. :)
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Monday, 14 April 2014

Chick Sushi Easter Bento

It's a short school week this week, I still have a few more Easter ideas but I'm not sure if I've time to make and blog about them before Easter. Will see how it goes.

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The idea for these chick deco sushi is from one of my favourite deco sushi book. I've wanted to make them for sometime, and the coming Easter gives me the perfect reason to include them in my boys' bento.

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I kept another two sushi for my boys to bring to school the following day. My boys still pack bento to school every day but I stopped decorating those this year. LT had an excursion and was thrilled to bring along the chick sushi for school.

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Ingredients used for the sushi were rice (coloured with mashed egg yolk), carrot, Abura Age and nori.
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