Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Jack Skellington Bento

I first made Jack Skellington for Halloween 3 years ago. Till today, we have never watched the movie, The nightmare before Christmas. However, my boys are very familiar with this character, simply because there there is a theme ride in Disneyland which features him. Somehow, Halloween always reminds me of Jack Skellington, click HERE to check out similar creations of him from previous years.

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I've to admit this was not my original idea, I had wanted to make a full bodied version of him this year. But I was making another bento for my book prior to this, and it took up more time than I expected. So I ended up making a simpler version of Jack Skellington instead. Never mind, I will make him again next year.

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The food packed in this bento were honey chicken stir-fry and lettuce. There were also grapes and strawberries in the mini cauldron.

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Jack is made from  just rice and nori, the bat is a cupcake pick.
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Monday, 20 October 2014

Wednesday Addams Bento

It's so hard to wake up so early again today after the break. Doing revisions with my boys and marking their papers the past few days is giving me a headache. I can't wait for their exams to be over, have to hang in till next tuesday. Ganbatte!

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Have you watched The Addams Family before? There has been many adaptations of it throughout the years. I'm not a fan of the series, I've only caught a few episodes here and there. My boys have never watched this before, so I showed them some pictures of Wednesday Addams when I made this bento.

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Wednesday is made from rice, nori, cheese and ketchup. The side dishes in the other bento box were Japanese beef stew, gyoza, lettuce and strawberries.

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Did you notice the spiders pasta in the bento box? Hubby helped me to buy them back from Kyoto. I'm not sure if they are available in Singapore, I've not really looked around for them here. If you know where to buy them here, please let me know. :)
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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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