Saturday, 28 May 2016

Hello Kitty & Friends Donuts

Hello!! I'm finally back to dust off the cobwebs from this space, lol. Sorry for the long hiatus, I don't really know why, was just feeling lazy after exams were over, just not motivated to switch on my laptop to update my blog. -_-

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If you have been following my Instagram, you might have seen these Hello Kitty donuts I made last year. I am finally going to update the recipe for these in today's post, sorry for the long wait.

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These donuts are baked, so the texture would be similar to cakes instead.

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I happened to have matchy Hello Kitty nails that day. Sadly, my pretty nails can never last past a few days, due to all the housework I do. :(

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I also went on to make Hello Kitty friends, Keroppi, Pompompurin and my melody on another day.

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These batch was rather messy though, as I had some problem with the chocolate consistency.

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I thought I'll share this Hello Kitty milkshake in this post as well, since there is a donut on it. I made this to share with my boys after their exams. I've seen lots of version of this ultimate milkshake and thought I'll try to recreate it.

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There's strawberries blended with vanilla ice-cream and milk in the glass. I frosted part of the glass with white chocolate and sprinklers. For the layers on top, I added donut, Kit Kat, Pocky, Hello Kitty and bow chocolates. This was quite fun to make and fun to share, definitely would be too much for one person to finish this.

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I used the Morinaga pancake mix for this recipe. If you can't get hold of them, you can use this old recipe of mine over here instead.

HELLO KITTY DONUT RECIPE

Ingredients:
150g Monrinaga pancake mix
100ml soya milk/milk
1 egg
3 tbsp honey
10g cold pressed coconut oil/vegetable oil/melted butter
Almonds
White chocolate
Pink chocolate/Wilton pink icing colouring
Chocolate
Yellow Chocolate/Wilton yellow icing colouring

Method:
  1. Put pancake mix, soya milk, egg, honey and coconut oil in a bowl and mix until all the ingredients are evenly distributed. 
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  3. Lightly grease donut pan with vegetable oil. Spoon mixture into donut mould till around 80% full. Bake in preheated oven at 180C for 15 minutes.
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  5. Remove from mould and leave it to cool down fully.
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  7. Using a knife, make slits on top of the donut, just enough for you to insert the almonds for the ears.
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  9. Melt white chocolate either over a hot water bath or in a microwave.
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  11. Dip the almonds in white chocolate before placing them back in the slits. Dip the donut in white chocolate. If you find your almonds dropping when you turn over the donut to dip it in the chocolate, you can scoop the chocolate over the donut to coat it instead. 
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  13. Draw on Hello Kitty's nose using yellow chocolate. If you can't get hold of this, add on a yellow icing colouring to white chocolate to colour it yellow. Draw on the rest of the features using chocolate. 
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  15. You will need a ribbon mould to make Hello Kitty mould. Alternatively, you can also use two heart shaped sprinklers to form the bow. Melt pink chocolate, pour into the mould and leave it to set in the fridge before removing. If you can't get hold of pink chocolate, add on a pink icing colouring to white chocolate to colour it pink. 
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Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Batman V Superman Bento

Sorry for the lack of updates again. It's the exam season and revisions with my boys is giving me a headache, lol. At the end of every day, I rather surf the net and do some online shopping, rather than to think of what to update the blog with. I do still have tutorials waiting to be updated, but that will be for another day when I'm feeling more hardworking, I shall just blog a short post today.

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The two bentos I'm sharing today is inspired by the movie, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. This is not the first time I'm making Batman and Superman, have made them a few times before throughout my bento journey. I do however, like these two current versions the best so far.

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Superman was made from rice, coloured with some ketchup. For the rest of the details, I used red bell peppers, fishcake(coloured blue using butterfly/blue pea flower), cheese, nori and ham.

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Batman is easier to make and uses less ingredients. To make Batman, I used rice(coloured using ketchup), cheese, nori and ham.

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It would have been nice to place both bentos together for a photograph, but unfortunately, I made them on different days, so it was not possible to do so.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Descendants of the Sun Bento

Have you been chasing the Korean drama, Descendants of the Sun (DOTS) for the past two months too? Sorry, if you are not, you probably won't understand what I'm rambling about in this post, lol. I've been addicted to DOTS for the past two months, I usually wait for the drama to be near the end before I start watching, so that I can be spared the agony of waiting for new episodes every week. However, I really like the two leads, Song Joong-Ki and Song Hye-Kyo, and I felt this story would be good, so I started watching from episode 1. I like Song Joong-Ki, and also Yoo Ah-In since SungKyunKwan Scandal, but sadly, I don't really like their subsequent dramas, so I never did finished watching those. As for Song Hye-Kyo, I like her since Autumn in my Heart, the very first Korean drama I watched and I always think she is the prettiest Korean actress.

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Captain Yoo Shi-jin aka Big Boss bento, the soldier Song Joong Ki played in the drama. I was craving for korean fried chicken so I cooked some that day, just apt for this Korean drama bento, lol.

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I edited the eyebrows here, the unedited version can be viewed on my Instagram. After completing the bento, I thought the eyebrows were not suitable and wanted to change it. LT asked me to help him with his work at that moment and I totally forgot about changing the eyebrows after I was done with helping him. *slaps forehead* Hiaz, since I have no intention of remaking this again, I decided to just edit the eyebrows for this post.

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This version has the two leads in plush form. These two plush appears in DOTS too. They are from Bonicrew and can be purchase in soldier uniform, just like in the drama.

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I really enjoyed DOTS, I think it's my favourite drama so far, although I know some people watched and still can't comprehend what the hype is all about, my hubby is one of them. -_- There are flaws here and there, but the leads played their roles so well, I guess I overlooked all those. I think the best parts of DOTS were all in Urk, the last 4 episodes could have been better written, especially so since it's pre-produced, I don't know why the writers don't develop some parts in those last few episodes better so it makes more sense. But never mind, the happy ending makes up for it, lol.

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This last one was taken from a photo of the two leads after their Hong Kong press conference, when they were doing the fist bump. I made this breakfast for myself, not the boys. The boys were still at school while I was eating this.

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There were so many cute moments between these two leads during the Hong Kong press conference, as compared to the Korean one, where they were so stiff and proper. They have so much chemistry and look so good together, I hope they date for real, though I think they most probably already are in secret. :)

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Sleeping Rilakkuma Bento

Exams are coming soon again, time seems to pass so fast, we are almost halfway through the term, seems like yesterday the new school year just started. I dislike getting my boys to do revisions, they dislike it much more, but it's something we can't avoid and have to go through.

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I was looking through some of my archive to see what  I've yet to blog, and decided on this sleeping Rilakkuma bento, which I took step-by-step photos of.

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I feel like snuggling in bed with my blankets too, lol. Maybe I should go and do so after finishing up this post and leave the chores aside for a while. :P

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I used ketchup to colour the rice here, if you prefer Rilakkuma to look brown, you can also use dark soy sauce/teriyaki sauce to colour the rice instead.

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As with all my tutorials, I'm not claiming this is the correct or best way to make this bento, but I'm simply just sharing how I made it.

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You will need a thin omelette, you can season it with a pinch of salt, and cook it over a low fire.

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Add ketchup to rice and mix well.

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Scoop rice onto cling wrap and mould out the head, ears, hand and body as shown in the picture.

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Fill the base of your bento box with a layer of rice loosely, before placing the head and body onigiri on top. You can also arrange lettuce or your side dishes at the base instead of using rice.

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Slice omelette into quarters.

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Fold each omelette quarter and arrange around the rice.

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Add in the hand and ears, you can use pasta stick to sercure the parts.

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Using a round cutter or a pair of scissors, cut out the ears from cheese.

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Using a round cutter or a pair of scissors, cut out the mouth from cheese.

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Using a nori punch, punch out circles for Rilakkuma's nose, the other details can be cut out using a pair of scissors.

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Dab on some ketchup using a chopstick and ta-dah, you are done.

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Sorry, not too good with explaining, but hope the photos help you to visualise how I did this. :)

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Sakura Jelly, mousse & Cheesecake

It's the sakura season again, probably towards the end of it now. How I wished I can be in Japan now. Since I can't go on holiday during this time of the year, I made some sakura desserts instead.

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First up is sakura jelly, this is actually quite easy to make, check out my recipe at the end of the post.

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You will need sakura honey syrup and kanten powder for this. They can both be substituted with honey syrup and agar agar powder respectively, but the taste and texture will be slightly different.

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Sakura are still so pretty even when dried, the flowers taste like sour plum, since they are pickled.

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The second dessert I made was Sakura cheese cake. I'm actually missing an ingredient, which I wanted to use to decorate, I thought I had it at home but I could not find it, hiaz. I think I might remake this again next year, if I can remember.

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The bottom layer is crushed digestive biscuit. The cheese layer is mixed with sakura paste and the top layer is the same as the jelly recipe I'm sharing in this post.

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I also made some sakura desserts and shared the recipes previously, you can get the sakura konnyaku jelly recipe here, and sakura macarons recipe here.

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I found this sakura tricolour mousse in my archive, I think I made it around two years back, shared it on my Instagram, but did not shared on my blog. The pink layer is sakura flavoured, white is vanilla and green was green tea.

SAKURA JELLY RECIPE

Ingredients:
Bottom layer:
250ml water
3 tbsp caster sugar
2g kanten powder
100ml fresh milk
4 tsp sakura honey syrup
pink food colouring

Top layer:    
300ml water
2g agar agar power
3 tbsp sugar
4 tsp sakura honey syrup
8 pickled sakura blossoms

Method:
  1. You will need this mould, but you can also use a cake mould.
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  3. Rinse the pickled sakura to remove excess salt and soak for 30 minutes. Gently pat dry the flowers on paper towels. 
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  5. For the bottom layer, boil all the ingredients except fresh milk, food colouring and sakura honey syrup in a pot at medium heat. Keep stirring the mixture as it heats up. Remove from heat and add fresh milk, food colouring and sakura honey syrup into it, and stir to mix well. Pour mixture into the mould. Leave to cool and place in the fridge to chill for half an hour. 
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  7. For the top layer, boil all the ingredients except honey syrup in a pot and stir to boil at medium heat. Remove from heat and add sakura honey syrup into it and stir to mix well. Pour mixture into the mould. Gently place the sakura blossoms into the mould , gently shake the flowers in the jelly liquids they will open up. You can use a toothpick to adjust the petals.
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  9. Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours before serving.
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