Can be kept for 1 year!? Surprize wedding cake.


Tada—-n :D!
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Apporogize first that Today’s post might not be a lazy recipe,
How do you react if you were asked to make a wedding cake?

It actually happened to me a year ago…

When I first got the request from my childhood friend,
I was thinking how can I manage time for making such a big cake without professional tools and in the limited amont of time.

Since I was kinda busy & lazy person who love sleeping, I wished to have a proper sleep the day before I attend the ceremony
coz I was also asked to do some performance during the party.

While I was desparetely reading one recipe book,
I suddeny reached to one idea. – a sugarcraft cake:D !

It said sugarcraft cakes are originally come from British, which use sugar paste to cover the dry fruit cake with some alcohol so that can be kept for a year…

That’s the one!!! Google had been my great teacher since sugar craft cake is not common in Japan.

First thing to do when making a  sugarcraft is make a sugarpaste.

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It was terrible when I first tried to make the top part as a trial 😦
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I learned that I need to complately dry all parts before I stick it together X( !!!

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Making sugar paste is like a bakery or clay fun.
It made me to get muscle pain in the end!

Inside of the sugar arts, I had to bake a fruit cake separately.
Only dried fruits and nuts were put and covered with the brandy and sugar.

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It took me for 4 hours to finish all chopping, mixing & baking.
but I could do it a week before the ceremony. Thank god I still had time to prepare for the decoration…!!

before start the decoration,
fruit cake needs to be covered by  marzipan.

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After that, it was re-covered by sugar paste & decorated with other parts made of sugar paste as well 🙂

It took me an hour just to decide the dots pattern….

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After I covered everything, I put the sugar ribbon & pearl on the top, then it was finally done :D!

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When I was carrying the cake to the church I was dying due to the big pressure not to break the wedding cake :((((

Although it took such a long time for preparation,
I was so happy to see my best friend’s stunning smile at the special day.

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That was the biggest cake that I ever made in my life.
At least I can say that I was not very lazy at that moment 😛

 

Heart shaped boiled egg<3


Konnichiwa:D

What is your favorite egg dish?
in other word, what do you normally cook with eggs?

I guess one of the most common one is a boiled egg.
We also often make and eat it in Japan.

but I want to share this cute idea of heard shaped boiled egg with you<3
Isn’t it cute?

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(http://www.love-the-day.com/lovetheday/wordpress/heart-shaped-boiled-egg-tutorial/)

Eggs are normally very soft right after it’s cooked so that it actually can be shaped while cooling down.

Ingredients

– Egg
– Milk carton or any juice carton (cut open, washed well and dried)
– Chopstick (round one is ideal)
– Rubber bands

All you need for the preparation is just cut hard paper !

Step 1: Cut milk carton and fold it in half lengthwise.

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Step 2: Make a hard boiled egg.

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You can cook eggs for your favorite minitues, but I personally recommend to cook about  10 to 12 mins to form heart easily.

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Step 3: While the egg is still warm, peel the egg and put the egg on the milk carton, place a chopstick on the center of the egg, and put rubber bands on the both ends.

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Step 4: Leave it for about 10 minutes. (Keep the egg in the fridge if it’s summer time.)

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Step 5: Take the chopstick off and cut the egg in  half.

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Cute heart shaped eggs are ready to be eaten :D!

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As you may guess, we can form boiled eggs to any shapes while it is warm.

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There is no special technique, plz try and make somebody surprized X)

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Lastly I introduce the video clip which I found on YouTube.
It explains many details, please take a look at it!

Have a nice day 😉

This entry was posted on October 16, 2013. 1 Comment

No need to roll? Easy tip to make Tamagoyaki.


Konnichiwa:)
Have you ever tasted Tamagoyaki?

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Tamagoyaki , or Dashimaki is a Japanese rolled omelette which made of eggs, sugar, and soy sauce.
When dashi-soup is added to the egg mixture, it is called dashimaki tamago.

It is a classic dish especially in Japanese bento lunches.

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We normally cook it in a  rectangular omelette pan, & roll it as it cooked several times.

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but if you don’t have the omelette pan you can use a round pan instead.

I found a video of how to make Tamagoyaki in a round pan 🙂

Huh…Do you still feel it looks difficult?
If you do, I’ll tell you a secret!

Actually Tamagoyaki itself is very flexible right after it’s cooked.
So that even you don’t roll it, you can reform it by using a bamboo mat or cooking sheet :D!

Here are the ingredients.

2 eggs
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1 tbspoon of sugar
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2 tbspoon of hot water + 1 teaspoon of Dashi soup powder
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1 drop of soy sauce

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Step1 Mix the eggs gently (do not bubble!)

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Step2 Pour Seasonings mixture to the egg.

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Step4.  pour the egg mixture over the frying pan, & make an omulet!
at this stage, don’t worry about the shape 🙂

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Step 5.  Put the omulet on a cooking sheet or a bamboo mat, and roll it gently.
Shape the egg when it is still hot.
Let it stand for 5 minuted to cool down.

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Step 6, After 5 minutes, open up! the shape looks perfectly like a proper Tamagoyaki :D!
Please cut it into a piece as your desidesd size.

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This method is not a proper way, but if you think you can’t make a Tamagoyaki due to lack of skill,
Please start from this easy way.

Actually each home has their original Tamagoyaki recipe,
so seasoning can be varied.

If you don’t like a sweet one, you can replace to a pinch of salt.

Also, you can put whatever you want in a Tamagoyaki.
Such as Cheese,

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Tamagoyaki is a really something which reminds me my childhood.
When I went to school trip, my mom often put it in the lunch box.

Even we grow up, we still like to have it in our lunch box.

Especially when cherry blossum season come to Japan, many people go to picnics under the cherry blossum trees, called “Ohanami”.

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Sadly here is no sakura ;(
Since it’s spring now I’d love to make a lunchbox with my favorite Tamagoyaki & go to picnic!

Next thing on my to do list 🙂 hhh

Time saving! Hand made frozen food stocks :)


Konnichiwa 🙂

Market is one of my favorite places to visit.
I often go to weekend markets here in Australia.

When first I visited there, I was amazed and excited the huge amount of fresh foods.
& I even could find a lot of Asian veges that I was familiar with 🙂

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But….

I tend to make a huge mistake at the same time.
Yes, I often buy  too much stuff.

I’m going to tell what I do when I get so much foods.
The magical way is to make hand made frozen vege stock!

Even though some veges like tomatoes,lettuces, and cucumbers,
most of veges actually can be kept for appriximately 2 weeks in a freezer 🙂

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It is actually pretty useful because you don’t need to finish it at once
and eat it separately.

Plus, it is quite good for time saving especially during weekdays.
also it can be used when you have to be away for a while such as mid semester break.

As an example, I introduce how to make frozen onions.

Step 1, Wash Onions and chip it to your desired size.

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Step 2 Place the chopped onions in a freezer bag and squeeze out as much air as possible; and seal.

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Tips : Please try to put a bit separately like above.
If you have a straw, use it to remove air perfectly 😀

Ice tray is also useful!

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Step3 , Write the date on the bag, if you have a pen & put it in a freezer!

When you make a frozen vegetable, make sure to remove water by using cooking paper.

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Handmade frozen veges help to make your cooking process easier 😀
Just get the amount that you want to use from a freezer, & put them directly in to a pan, pot, oven and so on.

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Hope this tip helps your cooking;)

Thank you for reading my blog!

 

 

How to make Sukiyaki soup !


Konnichiwa.

Have you ever tried Sukiyaki?
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Sukiyaki is a popular one-pot meal which is usually cooked at the table as you eat.

The word “yaki” means “sautee” or “grill” in Japanese.

The word is used because meat is sauteed in the hot skillet.
The main ingredient in sukiyaki is usually beef which is thinly sliced.
Meat slices and ingredients are simmered in soy sauce based soup.

Hotpot is an actually pretty good & easy meal to share with friends and families.
I had one with my flatmates on the cold day X(
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I think hot pots can be the savior for many housewives in Japan….
because everything you have to do is make a soup, put meats and veges→leave. that’s it 😛

& most importantly, it is yummy & healthy.

Today I’m going to tell you how to make a soup for Sukiyaki XD

Ingredient (The one I used in Australia)

    • Thin sliced beef
    • 1 package of shirataki noodles.
    • 8 shiitake mushrooms
    • 1 carrot
    • 1 package of enoki mushroom
    • 1 leek
    • 1/2 wombok
    • 1 tofu

For sukiyaki sauce:

    • 100cc cup soy sauce
    • 4 Tbsp sake(rice wine)
    • 5 Tbsp sugar
    • 4 Tbsp Mirin
    • 3/4 cup hondashi soup

Step1 put 1 Tbsp of oil, and cook the beefs with sugar, Mirin, Sake wil the color change.

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Step2 Add soy sauce & Hondashi-soup

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Step3 Cut the veges and put them all into a pot 🙂

Carrot

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Tofu

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Enoki mushrooms

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Leak

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Wombok

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Shirataki

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Shiitake (Brown mushroom)

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Like this

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Don’t feel puzzled even the amout of soup is a little.
because more water will come out from those veges!

Step 4 cover the pot, cook them with low or middle heat for 30 mins.

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If you feel it’s too salty, please add a bit more hondashi-soup.
& if it is too tasteless, add more saysause & sugar 🙂

When I was in Japan I had many Sukiyaki parties with my friends which was a great fun!
In the end of Sukiyaki, when we finish most of the ingredients, we often put Udon (Japanese flour noodle).

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It’s another way to enjoy Sukiyaki<3
You can put mixed egg if you want.

Hope this recipe helps you to have a great hotpot time with your friends!

Thank you for reading my blog;)

 

How to make carrot flowers


Konnichiwa.

Have you noticed that I often use carrot flowers for decorations?
It is actually very popular way to decotate especially Japanese lunch boxes like below 🙂

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Actually,when I brought my lunch box to the uni, many people thought I spent so long time to cut it by myself.

Well. I’m too lazy to do it!

Actually all you need to make this carrot is a cookie cutter :P

I actually brought it from Japan but I think it should be available at Daiso for $2.8(http://www.daisostore.com.au/)

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Step1 Slice a carrot
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Step2 put a cookie cutter on the carrot.

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Step3 Punch it!

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Then it is done 🙂 Nothing difficult.

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When I buy a lot of carrots, I normally make many carrot flowers and keep it in the freezer because it could be kept for 2 weeks in there!
Extra parts can be chopped and kept in the same way.

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Carrot flowers are not necessary, but it can add something extra to your dish.

Please give it a try;)

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Thank you for reading my blog!

This entry was posted on September 13, 2013. 6 Comments

Thank you Hayao Miyazaki ~ Studio Ghibli recipe 2~


Konnichiwa 🙂
Thank you for being interested in the studio Ghibli’s previous post.

Have you ever heard “Onigiri”?
In other word, it’s called “Rice ball”.

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ACTUALLY, Onigiri was the only one dish which I could cook when I was a high school student (-///-)
You see how easy it is.

I say, it’s one of the Japanese soul foods.
Mothers often make rice balls when kids go outside, or go to school trip.
Even we grow up, it is still always common foods to bring as a lunch in everyday life.

You may be surprised i you go to Japan and once enter a convenience store.
There are a massive numbers of onigiris on the shelf, but simply it is a usual view for us.

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In Hayao Miyazaki’s film, “The spirited away”,
The boy Haku gave simple onigiris to Sen when she had a huge concern about her parent.

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It has no seaweed and nothing inside either,
but it looks so nice when Chihiro eats them.

The reason she started crying was may be the onigiri reassured her instantly.

The onigiri in the movie was very, very simple one.
I’ll explain how to make them now;) !

Ingredient : 1cup of midium grain rice
1 teaspoon of table salt

Step 1 Put 1 cup of midium grain rice ( NOT long grain) in a large bowl and wash it with cold water.
Repeat washing until the water becomes almost clear.

when you wash, it is better to use your palm rather than fingers 🙂

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Step 2 add cold water until the line of 1 cup (TIPs: if you add a few drops of sake, it would taste better)
& turn the rice cooker’s switch on!

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Step 3 Once rice was steamed, please put a clear wrap in a small bowl.
It makes easier to form onigiri and your hands won’t be messed up :)!

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put a little amount of salt inside.

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Step 4 put 1 scoop of rice in the bowl

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Step 5, Please take a look at the movie 🙂
In order to make a triangular onigiri, you just need to form your hands into L shape,
and repeat holding and turning 🙂

When you remove the wrap,  it’s done 😉

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I brought those onigiris to my workplace today.
It reduces my tiredness, and made me a bit nostalgic.

Please try making the spirited away’s onigiri :9!