Friday, 17 October 2014

Doreamon Burger

I actually wanted to do up more blog posts this week, as there was no school these few days. I thought I would have more time, but somehow, it did not work out the way I expected, lol.

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Since I've some time today, I'll update this Doreamon burger that comes with step-by-step photos. I'll continue with my Halloween bentos next week. I probably will just be doing another one or two more Halloween bentos, I'm afraid I won't be able to update them all in time if I do too many. -_-

It has been a long time since I last made Doreamon. If you are a fan of Doreamon, you might want to click HERE to check out this old post of mine on Fujiko museum in Tokyo. :)

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We had chicken burger for lunch, along with some asparagus soup. This Doreamon burger was packed in a Deli Lunch Box, available from Bento & Co. I received the one in red, but it's available in orange and green too. It's the perfect size for a burger, but can be used to pack rice, salads, pasta, etc.

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To make Doreamon burger, slice your burger bun in half.

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Using cutters, cut out two small ovals and one big circle. If you do not have the correct cutters, you can also cut out the shapes using a toothpick.

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Don't throw away the leftover cheese cut outs, place them inside your burger.

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Cut out a circle for Doreamon's nose from red capsicum.

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Cut out Doreamon's features from nori, using a pair of scissors.

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I used red capsicum and yellow cherry tomato for Doreamon's bell. You can attach this onto the burger using pasta.

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Lastly, add on a dab of mayonnaise on each of Doreamon's eyes.
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Monday, 13 October 2014

Graveyard Pasta & Toast

My boys only have school for today, it's holiday for the rest of this week. Not really a holiday for them, as they have exams next week, so they will be studying instead. They are still happy to be off from school. And I'm looking forward to sleeping in, I hate waking up early. :P

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More Halloween food art to share. I made this Halloween pasta last week. My boys say the zombie is too cute, I need to make him scarier. Huh?!? He looks rather scary to me, lol.

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The black pasta is squid ink pasta, which I cooked aglio olio style with bacon.

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Tombstone was meat patty, with cheese letterings. Ghost is made from quail egg and nori. Zombie and pumpkins are mashed potato and spider is made using olive.

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I got the idea for this Halloween toast from pinterest, I simplified it though. I just cut out the nori parts on cheese free hand.

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Ingredients used for this toast were carrots, quail eggs, olives, asparagus and nori. Love those Halloween picks, they are cupcake toppers, but great for bentos too.
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Friday, 10 October 2014

Totoro Bento & Steam Cake

A fire broke out in the unit above us just a few hours ago. Thank goodness it was confined to one room and the security guards managed to put out the fire before the firemen came. Nobody was hurt in the ordeal, but it was still quite frightening since it was so close to us.

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I will continue posting my Halloween bentos next week. For today, let me share this Totoro bento first, as I want to update the Totoro steam cake recipe. Sorry for taking so long to update the recipe, I did see your requests, but I'm just awfully slow at blogging.

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This Totoro bento is actually very easy to make. The brown portion is pork floss, the other ingredients used were rice, nori and pasta. I quite like how Totoro turned out, the pork floss makes him look quite fluffy.

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I made these Totoro steam cakes for my boys' breakfast.

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They are made using Morinaga pancake mix, same recipe as the previous few steam cakes I shared. If you do not have this pancake mix, you can click HERE to use this recipe instead. A reader shared with me that she used another pancake mix and it works too, so you might want to give that a try too.

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My tummy is rumbling as I type out this post at midnight, no steam cakes at home now, but I do have lots of snacks hubby brought back from Japan, lol. Alright, have a good weekend, will be back to update my blog again next week. :)

TOTORO STEAM CAKE

Ingredients:
(makes 4-5 steam cakes)
150g Morinaga pancake mix
2 small eggs
30g sugar
45g milk
45g plain yoghurt
20g unsalted butter, melted
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tbsp plain flour
1/2 tbsp cocoa powder

Method:
  1. Whisk egg and sugar in mixing bowl.
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  3. Add in yoghurt and milk till well blended.
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  5. Stir in melted butter.
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  7. Sift in pancake mix, and baking powder and fold till well blended. Scoop out 1 tbsp of  plain dough to be used in step 6. Add in 1 tbsp of cocoa powder and mix well. Set aside 1 tbsp of the mixture and fill it in a pipping bag, you will need it for step 10 later.
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  9. Scoop 1 tbsp of batter from step 4, add 1/2 tbsp of dark cocoa powder, mix well. Spoon in pipping bag.
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  11. Using 1 tbsp of plain batter set aside from step 4, add in 1/2 tbsp of plain flour. Spoon in pipping bag.
  12. Fill cupcake cups with remaining mixture, fill till around 70% full. Tap cups lightly to remove air bubbles.
  13. Pipe on Totoro's details, start with the plain mixture, followed by the brown mixture. 
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  15. Steam cupcakes over preheated steamer on low heat for 12 minutes. When steaming, please cover pot lid with a cloth, to prevent water from dripping onto the cakes and spoiling the designs. 
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  17. Pipe out ears using brown batter from step 4. Pipe on a tray lined with baking paper, steam for around 3 minutes.
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  19. Make a cut with a knife on the cake, so that you can slot in the ears.
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Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Vampire & Grim Reaper Bento

Daddy is in Nagoya for a work trip now, he went a day earlier and took a side trip to Kyoto. How I wish we could all go but exams are coming, so I'm stuck in Singapore doing revisions with my boys instead. -_- He'll be back tomorrow, waiting for him to come back with my stuff, asked him to get me something for my bentos. :)

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Halloween has got to be our favourite bento theme, I love making Halloween bentos and my boys show the most interest over them. For my first Halloween bento this year, I made Jiang Shi (僵尸), not sure what you call it in English, is it chinese vampire, lol?

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Vampire was made using rice, nori, capsicum and egg sheets. Side dishes were broccoli, sweet and sour chicken, grapes and strawberries.

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If you are as 'young' as me, you would probably be no stranger to the Hong Kong movie, Mr. Vampire《僵尸先生》. The inspiration for this bento is from that movie. I did not know what I should write on the talisman, so I just drew a squiggly line.

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After I was done with the vampire, IT came to take a look. He said it is way too cute, I should make something scarier. Since I still have some time that day, I went on to make this Grim Reaper bento.

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This one was done quite fast, he's made from rice, nori, black sesame seeds, cheese and carrot.

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I should have packed him in another box, he looks a little too short. I asked IT if this one is scary, he said it is better than the previous one but still not scary enough.  -_-
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