Little thrills, little trips, little ideas


Totoro Lost Weight!
This morning, I found out I did not replenish the rice, only left with a small cup. I promised Tz I will make him a totoro bento today and I did… a slimmer totoro. >O< hee hee…

In this bento,
Body – sushi rice mixed with shoyu
Tummy – hanpen cut-out with a circular cookie cutter and nori for “arrow” stripes
Foot – hanpen cut-out with a small circular cookie cutter and sesame seeds for toes
Eyes – hanpen cut-out with a small circular cookie cutter and nori
nose, mouth & whiskers – nori
Umbrella – Japanese cucumber cut-out

Steamed sausages & Broccoli
Beansprouts wrapped in bacon grilled


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Sumikko Spaetzle
These little fellows are Shirokuma (whitebear) & tonkatsu (Pork cutlet) from the Sumikkogurashi family. They were Tz’s lonely lunch buddies today. He even made conversations with them before he ate them up in just 1 bite. I have made them out of mash potatoes and the size of a thumb. They were sitting on a bed of German spaetzle and shredded stewed pork.

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Agent Perry

Www.ongling.comToday’s buddy for Tz’s lunch box is Agent Perry from Phineas and Ferb. Its a simple nori cutout placed on egg fried rice molded with a fan-shaped sushi press. Accompanying the fried rice are smoked pork collar, crispy anchovies and steamed vegetables. The smoked pork collar was made a day before due to long cooking duration. I have the recipe in Hubby Bento #04 post.

Simple Egg Fried Rice: 1 egg mixed with some chicken stock and overnight white rice.
Heat a little oil, pour in the egg mixture over low to medium heat. Just as the egg starts to set, stir in the white rice and mixed evenly until the egg is fully cooked and the rice will look naturally yellow.

As for his snack box, I made some crepes with passionfruit drizzle with my new triple pan I purchased recently from Japan. It is so convenient and efficient when preparing bentos cooking several food items simultaneously in one pan.
I cooked the crepes in the centre portion of the triple pan, perfect for making tamagoyaki too. In the below picture I was cooking savoury edamame crepes in the centre and pan frying crispy tofu skin for my hubby’s bento on the side. How convenient is that?!
Crepes with passionfruit drizzle
Crepes: 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt,  3 eggs, 2 cups milk, 2 tablespoons melted butter.
Passionfruit drizzle: 4-5 tablespoons of ready made passionfruit puree (without the seeds) , add more if you like a strong passionfruit flavour like me; 85g of brown sugar; 1 tsp of butter.

Sift together flour, sugar and salt. beat eggs and milk together with an electric mixer in a separate bowl. Mix in flour mixture until smooth; add in melted butter.
Gently melt the butter, add in the sugar and the passion fruit puree, cook until all the sugar has melted. Pour a thin layer of crepe mixture in the centre portion. Just before it sets fully, drizzle 1 or 2 teaspoonfuls of the passionfruit sauce and roll it up.


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hi..eee…YA! Karate Penguin

Processed with MoldivTz is down with a fever for a few days with little appetite. I was happy that he requested for noodle soup today and he wanted something cute on it. He wanted an animal, I could not refuse him even after a whole night of no sleeping looking after him as he was restless.

So I did a “Karate Penguin” and the first word Tz said when he saw it was “HI…EEE…YA!”, so I made up a story of the penguin eating lots of noodle to fight against the bad fever. Haa…. it was easy enough to trick him into eating.

Karate Penguin:

Noodle- flat noodle stick cooked in home-made vegetable stock.

Penguin- steamed minced prawn and meat patties for head and body, fish cake and nori for face, hands, head band and legs.