Thursday, 24 February 2011

Sorry for the lack of updates! I've been on half term for nearly two weeks, and then next week I'm off to Paris ♥ So no bento : ( but hopefully lots of pics of all delicious French cakes I will be eating : )

I got a new bento box today, isn't it cute? I can't wait to get back to college, so I can start filling it with coconut rice, daifuku, strawberries~♥

Have any of you guys ever been to Paris? Do you have any recommendations of cute places to eat? ♥

Monday, 14 February 2011

Top layer - Soba noodles with nori, edamame beans, spring onions and sesame seeds, with soy sauce and sesame oil ♥

Bottom layer - Melon slices ♥

Snack box - Homemade ichigo daifuku, grapes, a strawberry ♥

And a nashi pear ♥

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I'm trying to make my lunches as quick to prepare as possible as I'm so busy these days : ( I miss rice, but unless you have a rice cooker noodles are definitely the way to go if you want something quick. The ichigo daifuku were delicious, but when I went to eat the second one there was a spider stuck to it :O ew, ew, eww how did that happen? I was not happy, and neither was the spider.

I do wish I would be a little more creative with my presentation : ( I want more colour in there! I wish I had cute little left overs to pop in my bento : (

And, of course, Amy drew a face on my pear! : )

Rating ~ 4 out of 5 ♥

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Mochi recipe ♥

Inspired by Lynne’s post on Happy Hearts Mochi, I tried again at making mochi, this time combining a few of the recipes I have read and just making the rest up. And they turned out beautifully! Squishy pillows of heaven ♥ I’m so glad I’ve got a recipe that works for me now : )

Ingredients ♥

1 cup mochiko
1 cup water
½ cup sugar
½ tsp vanilla essence (or pandan/almond/coconut/whatever you fancy essence)
Extra mochiko/corn flour/potato starch for dusting
Filling of your choice (I used peanut butter this time, but you can also use whole strawberries, red bean paste, mung bean paste, coconut, chocolate spread etc)

Method ♥

Mix all the ingredients together in a medium sized microwavable bowl, making sure there are no lumps. Scrape down the sides, and cover the bowl loosely with cling film.

Pop into the microwave for 2 minutes. Stir the mochi well, and then cover again.

Microwave for 1 minute. If it sinks when taken out and has a thoroughly mochi-like consistently, you're there. If not, stir again and microwave for 30 seconds more.

Prepare a chopping board by covering it liberally with mochiko/corn flour/potato starch (I used mochiko). Leave the mochi mixture to cool down for a few minutes, and then scrape it onto the board. Sprinkle mochiko over the top of the mochi, and on your hands, and flatten it to about ½ inch thick.

Cover a knife with more mochiko, and cut the mochi into equal pieces. Spoon a little bit of your filling into the centre of each piece, then wrap the mochi around, pinching it to seal. Roll the mochi into balls, covering with more mochiko if needed (you can also use desiccated coconut if you wish).

Enjoy! ♥

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Top layer - Cha soba, carrot flowers, strips of cucumber, edamame beans, sesame seeds ♥

Bottom layer - Blueberries and grapes ♥

Snack box - Raspberry muffins and grapes ♥

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Pretty much the same as yesterday : ) I still can't get over how much I love soba noodles. I unfortunately cannot say the same about blueberries, yuck (maybe because they're out of season?). The days are getting lighter and I can't wait to start cooking loads of spring-inspired food ♥

Rating ~ 3.7 out of 5 ♥

Monday, 7 February 2011

Top layer - Cha soba (green tea buckwheat noodles) with edamame beans and carrot flowers ♥

Bottom layer - Grapes and blueberries ♥

Snack box - Raspberry muffins, grapes ♥

A nashi pear : )

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I wanted to bake some cranberry muffins, but I couldn't get hold of any : ( but raspberries are tasty too : )

I love, love, love, love cha soba! Definitely a new bento staple : ) I want to try ume soba too but they were all sold out : ( Soba noodles are definitely the way to go as it get warmer ♥ I want to get a cute airtight container so I can bring some dipping broth with me so they're not so plain, though : ( Even if they were a bit bland, they were still amazingly tasty, plus they are cheap, quick to prepare and a lovely colour : )

My friend Amy likes to draw faces on my fruit. She's awesome ♥

Rating ~ 4.2 out of 5 ♥

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Last bento of the week :D

Top layer - Noodles with carrots, sesame seeds, sweet Japanese omelette strips, and umeboshi dressing ♥ Edamame beans on the side : )

Bottom layer - Dragon fruit, brazil nuts ♥

Snack box - Lavender shortbread ♥

And a nashi pear ♥

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No photos of the main because it was soooo boring. The umeboshi dressing was interesting though : ) This lunch really had everything you ever need in life.. Edamame beans, sweet omelette, little biscuits shaped like teapots.. ♥

And check out my cool new Lilo & Stitch bento bag! It's perfect for when you don't have much food to bring in : ) Awww, Stitch, you're so cute ♥

Rating ~ 3.5 out of 5!!

Thursday, 3 February 2011

✿Lavender Shortbread✿

I have no lessons on Wednesdays and Thursdays, so I have no bento to offer you : ( So, instead, let’s have a recipe! ♥

Lavender Shortbread~♥

Spring is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with these super cute cookies cut into sweet spring shapes? Here I’ve got bunnies, butterflies and tea pots ♥ Flowers, cats, teacups etc would be lovely too ✿

Recipe ♥

115g plain flour
75g butter, cubed
65g lavender sugar (I got mine from Waitrose)
½ tsp vanilla extract
2tsp milk (not really a traditional ingredient, but it makes them ever so yummy and chewy)

Pre-heat your oven to 180c.

Rub the flour and butter together with your fingers, and then add the sugar, vanilla and milk. Combine well. Place on a floured surface, and roll out to a thickness of about ½ an inch. Cut into desired shape, place on a baking tray covered in parchment, then prick well with a fork or cocktail stick.

Bake for 15-20 minutes until a light golden colour ♥

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Top layer - Edamame beans, rice stuffed tofu puffs ♥

Bottom layer - Cubes of dragon fruit, grapes, kiwi ♥

Snack box - Mung bean daifuku, various sweets ♥

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My lunch for my day out in London ♥ (although it is pretty much exactly the same as my last lunch) ♥ I made two lots of all this, one for me and one for a friend, and we munched together after a lovely time perusing the Tate Modern ♥

My new bento stuff has arrived ♫ I got a cute strawberry snack box, some food picks, Hello Kitty food dividers, and a Lilo & Stitch bento bag ♫ I'm going to have to make another order again soon, because the lids of my Hello Kitty sauce bottles keep on exploding :' (

Anyhow, I loved this lunch ♥ and so did my friend. Edamame beans are my life ♥

Rating ~ 4.7 out of 5 ♥