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Halloween bento + Mushroom Wellington recipe

halloween bento

Treat or treat?

Hello everyone! How is your Halloween prep going?

Marc the bf is incredibly busy as Halloween is his peak season, being a prosthetic and special effects makeup artist. If you are in need of last minute Halloween touches for your costume, do check out his realistic, reasonably priced prosthetic pieces (click here) << not for the faint hearted though! Still in time for Halloween delivery for those in the UK. ūüôā

I on the other hand don’t normally give much thought to Halloween, but this year I wanted to put in a little bit of extra effort. I made a Halloween themed bento last weekend consisting of a mushroom wellington laced with ‘cobweb’, nori spider, baked courgette / zucchini skull and crossbones, and clementine Jack-o’-lanterns, finished with some gory looking tomato sauce ‘blood’.

The mushroom wellington was the most complex and labour intensive component but you can make it in bulk and in advance. Here is the recipe:

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Asparagus Hollandaise Pancakes + Liebster Award

Breakfast Bento: Asparagus and Hollandaise Pancakes

Petit déjeuner Рbreakfast with a French flair

Hello everyone! Hope you all had a good weekend? I have been exceptionally busy the past couple of weeks with my new job and sister’s upcoming wedding (lots of shopping to do) that the blog suffered a little as a result. Thankfully I found some time to make myself a quick and easy breakfast of pancakes with asparagus and home-made hollandaise sauce. I couldn’t resist sneaking a Hello Kitty in. First I made the stencil by cutting out the eyes, nose, and whiskers from a piece of paper, then carefully sprinkling cayenne pepper over the stencil to form the shapes. Cayenne pepper happens to go well with hollandaise. Kitty’s bow was made from cherry tomato. The sauce was not difficult; a lot of stirring to do. Google for recipe – it is delicious with asparagus!

On a different note, the lovely Aearthr of A Little Typical has kindly nominated me for the Liebster award. Thank you very much! The award requires nominees to answer 10 questions and they are:

Are you a dog- or cat-lover? Dog-lover. We had a dog named Billy whom we adopted from the SPCA. He was gorgeous but he left too soon.
Are you a diehard Apple, Android mobile phone user or neither of them?¬†I use Android but wouldn’t say I am a die-hard.
Are you a morning person? Absolutely……….. not.
What is your favourite colour? At the moment it is yellow.
What is/are your pet name(s) called by your family members? Small Sis, because I am the little sister.
What is your best childhood memory? Why?¬†Family spending time together. ūüôā
Name one thing you could never (or have a difficult time) forgiving someone for. People who hurt other people senselessly.
Who is the most important person of your life? Everyone in my family. ūüôā
Write about something that you learned recently. You don’t ask, you don’t get. Especially true in the workplace.
Use five adjectives to describe yourself. I am confident, charismatic, calm, competent, and courageous. These are some of the positive affirmations I repeat daily to myself.

The Liebster Award is awarded by bloggers to other promising bloggers with 200 followers or less. I will need to research to see who among my favourite bloggers meet this criteria to pass the torch to.

Have a lovely weekend my friends!

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Princess of Manchuria Bento + Tofu Manchurian Recipe

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When I was little, my siblings and I used to have dinner at grandma’s. Dinner time would not be complete without back-to-back Chinese period dramas on TV.¬†I remember being in awe of beautiful princesses in their delicate brocade Manchu-style robes and elaborate tasselled headdresses.¬†This bento pays homage to all those TV shows back then that kept us entertained for hours as we chowed down grandma’s delicious food.

To keep my theme consistent, I made a side of¬†Tofu Manchurian, a vegetarian take on Chicken Manchurian (deep fried chicken chunks coated in a hot sweet-and-sour sauce)…¬†which funnily enough, doesn’t originate from Manchuria or China. It is an Indo-Chinese dish, i.e. Chinese food cooked Indian style. I decided to pan-fry my tofu (instead of deep frying) instead for health reasons.¬†Scroll further down for Tofu Manchurian recipe.

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Straw Hat Samurai

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Quick breakfast of nori wrapped onigiri rice ball with an inari (marinated fried tofu) pocket as straw hat. Other components: omelette, broccoli, parsley, garlic chives, and cherry tomato. It’s only after I demolished everything that I realised I forgot make him a sword! Should be as good in a bento box.

Happy Monday!

Winnie x

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Recipe: Sleeping Bunny Omurice

bunny-omurice

After a tiring Easter Sunday, the Easter Bunny is going back to bed. G’night all, see you next year! For the rest of us, it’s bank holiday Monday! ^_^

This is my take on the popular¬†omurice,¬†based on one of my food illustrations.¬†Literally ‘omelette rice’, the omurice is a popular contemporary Japanese dish inspired by the West. It is made by wrapping fried rice (chahan)¬†with an omelette, finished with a generous squeeze of ketchup. The¬†omurice¬†makes a great one dish meal and looks fantastic in your bento box too.

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Here’s how to make my Sleeping Bunny Omurice.

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