Thursday, October 29, 2009

Bunnies Bento (120)

I received the quail egg mold and a multi expression seaweed puncher I bought from Bento Craft last Fri, didn't get to open up the package til Tue nite. Little girl told me she wanna have some quail eggs in her bento and chose the bunny this morning.

I didn't really time my bento today, just know that I was in kitchen for about an hour to prepare breakfast (will show the pic later) and bento at the same time.

The bunnies - made from quail eggs, ham and seaweed

Korean sesame seaweed onigiri
Little girl always ask me to make her this onigiri whenever we visited Jusco, cos the one auntie (the promoter) made was very delicious

Leftover chicken nuggets (from breakfast) bits and baby green peas with a dash of mayo

Bought a big hami melon from market yesterday, very sweet & juicy!

Mini plum tomatoes

Little girl didn't finish up the bento today, left quite a lot :( Could it be the breakfast again (she had a nugget pita melt, 1 onigiri and 1 cup of honey)? She gave 1 of the bunny to her best friend R, ate 2 onigiri, 1/2 of the green peas salad, left 4 hami melon balls and a tomato. I asked her to keep the remaining for her snack later, hope she will clean it up.

My breakfast bento, nugget pita melt and some plum tomatoes
Didn't have time for breakfast this morning, gotta tapao (pack) & munch while waiting for little girl in the school canteen.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Palmiers (Easy version) & a Blog Award

1st of all, would like to thank javapot 4 this award, I'm more than happy to put it up since it doesn't require me to answer any questions, ;p I love reading ur blog too, javapot!

These palmiers were baked a week ago, was inspired after reading posting from Baking Bites and Carol's. I used the store bought roti prata dough to made do these palmiers, ;p It was so simple & easy...

even little girl can do it with little guidance :)

Used a piece of original & a piece of wholemeal roti prata, made 3 different palmiers.

1. With brown sugar - they r very very crispy & addictive, is little girl's favorite among all

2. With chocolate rice - it turns very hard, not as yummy as I tot

3. With toffee bits - the toffee part is chewy, I like these version more.

Creamy Loaf

Baked a batch of sausage buns (requested by picky eater Y) + cheese buns + sambal dried prawn buns on Sun noon, luckily I kept a few of the sausage buns (to bring home) as they were all gone after tea time!

Well, I didn't bake the buns only, I baked this creamy loaf as well, as we like to eat sandwiches 4 breakfast, b it spreading with nutella, marmite & butter, peanut butter, or stuff with ham, bacon ... etc

I adapted the Japanese Cream Bread recipe from Alex Goh's Magic Bread, but, I added more dairy cream (almost double) into it and omitted the milk.

The outcome of the bread is so marvelous => soft, spongy and creamy

Added some raisin (soaked in rum!) into the 2nd loaf, yum!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Creepy Peeper & Witch Fingers Bento (119)

Remember I made a similar bento last year? I saw the Cold Storage brochure with some creepy peeper sweets promotion last nite, it inspired me into making this bento again.

Used only 20 minutes to complete the bento, made 2 extra creepy peeper for little girl & me as brunch and used most time on skinning & deseeding the grapes.

The creepy peeper - salmon flake & fish roe onigiri as the white eye balls, cucumber slices as pupils and ketchup as those tiny blood vessels

Witch fingers - pork frankfurter as fingers and edamame as nails

Magic beans (left, edamame) and lizard eggs (right, red globe grapes) in bone skewer

Little girl ate very little today, left with an onigiri, 1/2 sausage and 2 grapes, :( Could it be the cheese bun & onigiri she had this morning that stuffed her up?

P/s This is the salmon flake & fish roe filling I put into the onigiri, I bought it from 100 Yen shop SS2.

P/s 2: And the following is the okonomiyaki sauce I used in my bento 118, pic as promised to javapot, I got it from Jusco.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Vegetarian Chocolate Chips Muffin and Rainbow & Saltana Muffin

Little girl requested a batch of muffins yesterday b4 she left to school, promised her with this muffins:

Chocolate Chips Muffin

Rainbow Sprinkle & Saltana Muffin

Recipe was adapted from Wendy Kor's Cakes' Talk. I divided the batter half to get the 2 batches of muffins.

They r eggless but still yummy, little girl ate plenty after school, even asking 4 few just after dinner for an early supper, ;)

A sad encountered - my hand mixer called 4 retirement during the preparation, * sob sob sob *

P/s Kept 1/2 of the muffins for Eve & her sons, they'll b delivered to u later, girl!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Noodle Omelette Bento (118)

Little girl has a wiggling tooth since Sun, she can't use her front teeth now therefore has to make something either soft or smaller in size to be easier for her. I used about 1/2 hour to prepare this bento.

2 layers of noodle omelette
Fried the noodle omelette with some julienned cabbage & cocktail sausages, spread with okonomiyaki sauce, mayo and sprinkled with lots of katsuobushi and nori flakes

Skinned & seeded red globe grapes

Cucumber slices

Little girl had 1/3 of the omelette b4 leaving to school, thus during her lunch she declared full after eating half of the omelette, cucumber and all of the grapes.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Cute Doggie Cookies

Little girl has been nagging me to bake this cute dog-dog cookies ever since she saw it last week. I 1st encountered this cookies from sygim, and the recipe was from Ohbin, thanks 4 sharing this cute little cookies.

Here r the translated recipe:


180g butter
25g corn flour, sifted
25g milk powder, sifted
200g low protein flour, sifted
20g castor sugar
  1. Mix butter, Horlicks and sugar until even
  2. Stir in flour mixture, fold in slowly til forming a dough
  3. Separate into tiny balls each weight 10g, decorate
  4. Warm oven at 150C, bake for 25 minutes

For the ears - Kellogg's cocoa crunch
For the eyes - chocolate rice
For the nose - chocolate chips

Some tips:
  • Ear will keep falling during decorating, however, they will hold well after baking
  • May use all purpose flour to replace the low protein flour
  • Do not over mix the dough, just fold til even
  • An important tip: get all little dough weight in one time, then roll them round, after finish decorating the ears, then only continue the rest, or else it will take forever to finish
Little girl decorated all these doggie mostly by herself while I helped her weighing & rolling the balls. At the beginning, hubby was helping her with the eyes, but he was so impatient with it, I helped her up with the rest.

Little girl made some of the doggie to be female, with necklaces or ear rings or hair clips!

Don u think they have their own characters & facial expression?
All doggies went into container waiting to go to little girl's pre-school 2moro

Aren't they adorable?

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Assorted Colors Sweet Potato Crackers

I tried the cracker recipe from here again, but this rounds I used sweet potatoes, the yellow, orange and purple sweet potatoes.

The main ingredients

200g sweet potato, mashed
80g potato starch
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp sugar

Very ugly penguins
I did this last Thu, using yellow sweet potato and added 1/2 tbsp of black sesame. It was a disaster after I molded the penguins, having a tough time removing those molded pieces from counter to baking tray, in the end it changed its look and bcame very thick. The texture of this cracker r very very hard, however able to taste the sweet potato and the hint of black sesame really enhance the potato taste.

Orange clovers
Made these batch last Fri, using orange sweet potato and added 1/2 tsp of cinnamon powder. I molded the clovers on a piece of sling film this time, much easier to transfer the pieces this way. As for the taste wise, it is tasteless, just able to get the cinnamon smell out from the cracker, but they r thin and crunchy.

Purple rabbits
Made this batch yesterday, with purple sweet potato and added 1/2 tbsp of white sesame. I was turning good when transferring the molded pieces to baking tray, almost mistake free. Just like the penguins, they r tasty but as they r thin, they r much crunchier than the penguins (not hard).

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Leftover Food Bento (117)

The bento today is a combination of leftover from dinner last nite. Used only about 10 minutes to get it ready.

Korean sesame seaweed onigiri

Stir-fry snake bean with prawn and egg

Boneless pomfret (fried with asam last time) with a dash of mayo

Honey dew balls

Little girl has eaten quite a lot this morning b4 she left to school, she ate a slice of nutella sandwich, then 1/2 bowl of porridge after shower! Therefore when she declare that she is full after eating 4 of the onigiri, all the honey dew balls, half of the fried snake beans and pomfret, I just let her stop and rush her to her classroom.

Last but not least, I keep the bento in a new bag today, it is a giveaway from Amy - Easy as Pie, thanks again Amy!

Munchlers - Benny

Actually I find Benny very cute, though it may looks a bit fierce or grumpy :) and of course little girl likes it too, she was so happy to see it when she unwrapped the package, can't wait to use it to carry her bento!

Peanut Butter Apam Balik

Made apam balik again yesterday, we just love apam balik lately ;p I got the recipe from here, a batter containing yeast, sound interesting to me. I halve the ingredients from the recipe, lesser batter which is just enough for us.

165gm flour
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp instant yeast
1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
1/4 cup sugar
1 eggs
  1. Mix everything (except bicarbonate soda) together to form smooth batter
  2. Leave for 30 minutes
  3. Add bicarbonate soda into batter, mix well
  4. Heat pan, pour a cup of batter and spread out flat like pancake.
  5. Spread some peanut butter
  6. Fold in half and cut, serve hot
I able to get 5 apams from the batter, made 2 with peanut butter (shown above) and the rest r nutella & chocolate bits again, for little girl and her friends.

The apam balik made from this batter is a little chewier than the recipe from double chocolate apam balik, which is to hubby & my liking, will keep doing it again, yum!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Hairy Caterpillar, Rabbit Skeleton & Green Egg Kebabs Bento (116)

It has been a long time since the last time I prepare soba for little girl's bento. I took slightly longer time to decorate the bento today, took about 1/2 hour in total.

This is the box containing the main dishes

Hairy caterpillar is made of soba wrapping on a stick of cucumber

Rabbit skeleton: hard-boiled egg and a container of brain mellow (mayo) as dipping

Green egg kebabs: edamame

Some raw meats: radish pickled with miso

Iced mud & slime mold: soba sauce & spring onions
(I kept the soba sauce in the freezer last nite, so that the coldness will last till little girl's lunch time)

Cockroach and lizard eggs: assorted grapes

Hahaha... don't all that sound spooky & disgusting? I didn't tell little girl about those spooky names til just now when I was typing this, just afraid that she dare not touch the bento, ;)

Little girl enjoys this bento very much, as she loves soba & the cold sauce, therefore, she manage to eat up all the soba, edamame and the egg. I help her with the remaining 2 cucumber sticks and all the pickled radish (she dislike it). She left with the egg yolk and kept the grapes for her snack later.