Wednesday 30 November 2011

Horlicks Doggie Cookies

These adorable little doggies were done yesterday. It's another baking project for the boys. I just measured out the ingredients and gave them instructions on what to do. I did help them to shape out the dough into balls, they were not too good with that. :) Give this recipe a try if you are looking for holiday baking projects to do with your kids. I'm sure they will love this. :)

Their favourite part was decorating the doggies. LT was quite fast in decorating his doggies. IT took longer, he was busy thinking of different ways to make his doggies. They each had 20 balls of dough to decorate.

LT's doggies, before baking. :D

IT's doggies, before baking. :D

The doggies, after baking. :)


180g butter, soften at room temperature
80g Horlicks
200g cake flour
25g corn flour
25g milk powder
100g chocolate chips
some chocolate rice
some Koko Krunch


  1. Pre-heat oven to 140deg C.
  2. Line baking tray with baking paper and set aside.
  3. Sieve top flour, corn flour and milk powder.
  4. Cream butter and Horlicks for about three minutes at low speed. Do not overbeat.
  5. Put in top flour, cornflour and milk powder and beat for about one minute to form dough.
  6. Divide dough into 10g each. Put three chocolate chips into each piece of dough and roll into balls.
  7. Insert two pieces of Koko Krunch to form the 'ears', chocolate rice for the "eyes", and a chocolate chip in the centre for the 'nose'. Or just let your kids decorate in whatever way they fancy.
  8. Bake at 140 deg C for about 25 minutes.

Tuesday 29 November 2011

Mario and Luigi Bento

My boy had asked for Mario and Luigi quite sometime ago. But I've been putting it off because it will take me longer than usual to do. I am very glad I finally did them today, they were very happy to see Mario and Luigi in their bentos. :) This was done for their dinner, but it's not their complete dinner, as there was still a chicken leg grilling in the oven, which I've no space to fit in. :P

IT's bento, he likes Mario. :) In his box are multi-grained rice, grated cheese meat patties, broccoli and sausages. I gave him slices of grilled chicken leg and extra servings of broccoli and enoki in another bowl.

LT's bento, he likes Luigi. :) He's having the same food as IT in his box. He only gets slices of grilled chicken in another bowl. He does not eat much vegetables and he hates enoki. :P

Mario and Luigi bentos. Can you spot what's missing? I forgot about their eyebrows! lol. I only realised after uploading the pictures. Looks like I will have to attempt them again next year!

Sunday 27 November 2011

Happy Birthday To Me

It was my birthday last Thursday. :) LT wanted to bake a cake for me, but as Daddy was on leave to take us out to celebrate, we did not get to bake any cake. But he kept bugging me about it, so the following day, I allowed him to bake a cake for me. :)

I chose an easy fruit pastry cake recipe for him.

The cake before baking.

My birthday cake after baking. :)


100g butter, soften at room temperature
180g caster sugar
50g sour cream
3 eggs, lightly beaten, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon or orange zest
210g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
500g fruits

  1. Wash, cut fruits and set aside.
  2. Grease (with butter) and flour the side of an 8" pan and line the base with parchment paper.
  3. With an electric mixer, cream butter, sugar and sour cream till light and fluffy.
  4. Dribble in the eggs gradually and beat till incorporated in the batter. (The mixture may appear slightly curdled.)
  5. Add vanilla extract and zest. Mix to combine.
  6. Sieve over flour and baking powder and mix till smooth.
  7. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth out the top with a spatula.
  8. Arrange fruits on top, don’t press the fruits down into the batter. Decorate the fruits as desired.
  9. Bake in pre-heat oven at 180degC for 60-70 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the cake. Cover the top with foil in the last 15 mins of baking to prevent the top from getting over browned.
  10. Leave the cake to cool in the pan for about 5~10 mins. Unmold and transfer to wire rack to let cool completely. Dust the cake with some icing sugar if desired.

IT brought out his wallet when we went out on my birthday. He said he wanted to buy me a stalk of white tulip, my favourite flower. :)

Hubby brought him to 3 florists along the way but there were no tulips sold. So, I told him to just get me a white rose instead.

Thanks so much boys, for giving me the best birthday present and cake ever. :) Thanks for showing me boys can be just as sweet as gals. :)

Friday 25 November 2011

Ship Ahoy Bento

It was a last minute decision to dress up their dinner today. I do not like to take photos of our dinner, as I am absolutely clueless about how to take photos under indoor lighting. Most of the time, I dislike how the photos turn out. So, I was rushing to complete the bentos before the sun set. :P I ended up with 2 sets of photos, I decided to take a set first before I go about frying the chicken cutlets as the sky was turning dark soon. :P

IT's dinner, or rather part of his dinner, coz I've yet to fry the chicken cutlets when I took this pic. :P

LT's dinner, they are having Japanese curry with potatoes and carrots. :)

LT's dinner, after the chicken cutlets were done. They sky was getting dark, so I bumped up the camera's ISO.

IT's dinner. I still prefer the first 2 photos taken under natural lighting.

Wednesday 23 November 2011

Pineapple Tarts

We've been lunching out everyday this week, I did not get to make any bento at all. So this is not a bento related post. :P I decided to do some baking with the boys yesterday as we were back early. They did almost all the work, from sieving the flour to the final step of applying egg wash on the tarts. I only helped with the weighing of ingredients, reshaping their tarts and the baking. They definitely had fun and were very proud of their tasty pineapple tarts.

They helped to wrap the pineapple tarts, but Mummy's not too happy with their pineapple tarts.

So I helped them to reshape all the tarts. :P

Their first batch. I shooed them off to nap after this and I finished off the rest of the trays by myself. :P

The tarts all packed in jars. :)

I'm sharing the pineapple recipe below. I did not make the pineapple paste from stratch, I only did that once many years ago. It was too much work, so I always take the easy way out and buy packets of pineapple paste. :)


400g Butter Salted
500g Plain Flour
4 egg yolk
4 tbsp Skim Milk powder
80g gm caster sugar
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 pack pineapple paste

1) Cream the butter, vanilla & sugar
2) Add in the egg yolk and mix well
2) Add in the flour and milk powder, mix to form a dough
3) Divide the dough to 10gm each and wrap in the pineapple filling (8gm).
6) Brush egg wash on the tarts and bake at 170 deg for 20mins.

Monday 21 November 2011

What to do with leftover Bento food cut outs?

There might be some of you who are wondering what to do with those leftover cut-outs from bento-making. So here, I try to share with you what I do with them. The ideas might or might not work for your household, but I hope even if it is not practical for you, it will give you some ideas on how you can make use of your leftovers.

HAM/SAUSAGES - I usually throw these into my kids' fish soup noodles, and they have it for breakfast. I've also used them for pizza and pasta.

KAMOBOKO/CRABSTICKS - I use the left-overs in my soup and stir frys.

CHEESE - I keep the leftovers in an air tight box in the fridge. And I use them in sandwiches, omelettes, pizza and pasta. For pizza and pasta, I mix them with the grated cheese. I also stuff them in meatballs and meatrolls.

SEAWEED - This one is easy, my boys like to eat them, so they will eat up whatever is left after I am done with their bento.

BREAD - This is probably the food I get the most leftovers.I usually accumulate these in the freezer and use for bread pudding or french toast. Or I use them to make bread crumbs. Recently, a Daddy in our bento group shared with us how he toasted the leftover bread crusts with furikake. I tried it out and it was a hit with my boys. And if we are heading to the park, I will take a bag of leftover bread from the freezer and let the boys feed the ducks, fish and turtles.

Bread pudding from the leftover breads, I prefer to bake them in little ramekins, instead of one big tray.

This is a variation of the bread pudding above and this version is my boys' favourite, topped with raisins and strawberries. :)


Bread to fill 4 ramekins
1 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees C.
  2. Break bread into small pieces into 4 ramekins. Drizzle melted butter or margarine over bread.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Beat until well mixed. Pour over bread, and lightly push down with a fork until bread is covered and soaking up the egg mixture.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until the top springs back when lightly tapped. Sprinkle with raisins.

This is bread spread with olive oil, and topped with furikake and grated Parmesan. The boys love this. I've come up with a milder version with italian herbs and grated Parmesan, they like that too. Yet another variation is bread toasted with sugar and cinammon powder.

Sometimes, I also 'cheat' by stuffing the leftovers in their onigiri, sandwiches and hiding them under their rice. lol. :P And if I'm feeling hungry, I do at times just eat up the scraps as I make the bentos. Please share with me what you do with your leftovers. :) I'm sure you'll come up with other great ways to make use of them. :)

Friday 18 November 2011

Gingerbread Man Christmas Bento

It's the last day of School for LT today, and his Kindy is having a Christmas party to celebrate. I decided to make his classmates a simple bento box for the potluck. I also chose to do something easy for their lunch box today, as I was afraid I would not have time to complete so many boxes. :)

It's officially the start of the School holiday for my boys. It will be a 6 weeks break and they will only be back in School next year January. I will not be posting bentos on a daily basis, but I will try to do up some write-ups on my bento tools. And I will still try to share some bentos now and then. :)

LT's bento, strawberry jam sandwich, cheese, nuggets, golden kiwis and grapes. I made a smaller portion for their lunch today, as I am expecting LT to come home with some food from his School's Christmas party. :)

This is IT's bento, same food as above. :)

Gingerbread Man bentos. :)

These little boxes were for LT's Christmas party in School, each box has 2 strawberry sandwiches and 2 nuggets. :)

My lunchie, in the box are stir fried fish, prawn paste pancakes and egg broccoli. This is one of the rare fish dishes that I do like to eat. :P

Thursday 17 November 2011

Santa Claus Christmas Bento

It's another Santa Claus bento today, this time Santa is made out of cheese wedge. IT has no School today, so we went down to Daiso while LT was at School. We bought quite a few items, but zero bento stuff. There was nothing new at the bento section, hopefully they will bring in something interesting soon. :)

LT's Santa, in the bento are pineapple fried rice with chicken, ngoh hiang,cheese, broccoli, golden kiwis, grapes and sausages. I dun usually serve vegetables for their lunch because LT wun eat his veggies, unless it's finely chopped up and mixed with his rice. So, I normally include their daily serving in their dinner instead.

Bento for IT. same food as LT's bento, except he has prawns in his pineapple rice. LT hates prawns. Yes, that boy is very fussy!

Another Christmas theme bentos for my boys. LT started singing jingle bells when he saw his bento. :)

And this is my portion of pineapple rice and ngoh hiang. I pan fried the ngoh hiang on my happy call pan instead of deep frying them today. They turned out fine too! :) And the three of us finally had our lunch at the same time today. Yay! :)

Wednesday 16 November 2011

Santa Claus Chirstmas Bento

My hubby had dinner with his clients yesterday, so I took the opportunity to cook a big pot of red wine beef stew. My hubby does not fancy beef, but I love beef, so I always try to cook it when he's not home for dinner. :) Love such fuss free one pot meals, I kept half of it for our lunch today. :)

I did little Santas to decorate their bentos today. Santa is made from crabstick, kamaboko and fish sausage. :)

LT's bento, multi-grain rice, beef stew, golden kiwis and grapes.

IT's bento, same food as above.

IT's bento for School, nutella sandwich and grapes. It's the last day of School for him.

Jolly Santas. :)

Red wine beef stew that lasted us for two meals, I had mine with baguette. :)



500g stew beef meat (cubed)
4 Carrots (cubed)
4 potatoes (cubed)
1 large onion (sliced)
1 can tomato puree
1 beef cube
1/2 cup red cooking wine
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp cornflour
salt/pepper to taste


  1. Marinate the beef for 1hour, with paprika and cornflour.
  2. Brown the meat in the pan; dish it out and set it aside
  3. Add some oil and fry the vegetables together with the onions
  4. Once the vegetables and onions are fragrant, add the beef into the pan followed by tomato puree and beef cube.
  5. Bring it to a boil and close the lid and stew for 1hr+ or until beef is tender.

Note: I usually buy this beef cut call chuck tender from Giant Hypermarket for beef stew. It comes in a big piece, and is cheaper than the cut for stewing from other supermarkets. :)

Tuesday 15 November 2011

Winter Boy Bento

We are staying in a place where it's summer all year round, it does feels like autumn when the monsoon season is here, the weather is very cooling due to the heavy thunderstorms. :P It's IT's dream to visit some place with snow, and hopefully Daddy will fulfil his wish very soon. Meanwhile, I made a bento of them, decked in winter hats and gloves. :)

This is IT, with his glasses. :) He's having rice, shrimp paste wings and golden kiwis.

This is LT, with his straight fringe. :) He's having the same stuff as IT.

IT's snack box, he's having pork floss bread ball, nutella bread rolls and grapes.

I forgot to add on 'blusher' on their cheeks, I only remembered after I cleared everything. :p

My lunch, grilled shrimp paste chicken and fish dumplings/broccoli stir fry. If you have noticed, I hardly eat fish. That is because I dun like to eat most fish. Hubby is a fish lover though, so there's usually another dish of fish for him and the boys. :)

Monday 14 November 2011

Snowman Christmas Bento

Yay, I did my first Christmas bento. Yes, I know I am very early. :) That is because it's the last week of School for my boys, I probably will not be making bentos on a regular basis during the School holidays, so I want to do a few Christmas theme bentos first. :)

Snack box for IT, in the box are biscuits, five spice meatballs, grapes and cheese.

lunch box for IT, in the box are rice, five spice meatballs, golden kiwis and sausage. Aren't the santa hats lovely? I got them from Jmama, along with a few other toppers. :)

lunch box for LT, same food as above.

Snow man family. :) Argh, my M&Ms melted though, I did wait for the rice to cool down before putting them on. But I think they were still not completely cooled, should have waited longer. :(

Friday 11 November 2011

Mario Goomba Bento

The boys have been asking me to make them a Mario and Luigi bento. But those two are too challenging, I'm keeping that for the holiday, when I have more time to slowly work on their bentos. I told them to find me something easier from Mario, they showed me Goomba and Yoshi. I chose Goomba for obvious reason, he's easier to make than Yoshi. lol. I will attempt Yoshi and the others another time. :P

LT's bento for home, with rice( I added a little black soya sauce, the boys said it tasted like white rice. ), semolina coated salmon, tomato, quail egg, sausage and golden kiwis.

IT's bento for home, same food as IT's bento.

IT's bento for School, with Nutella sandwich, grapes and meatballs.

LT's bento for School, with strawberry sandwich, grapes, meatball and salmon.

Potato salad and meatballs for Mummy.

It's the end of the School week again, happy weekends to everyone. :) Next week will be the final week of School for this year. How time flies!