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Showing posts with label Bento. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bento. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

How to Make Heart Shaped Rice Rolls (Sushi Idea) - Video Recipe

Cute rice dish idea for Bento box or Parties!
Cute substitute for Onigiri (rice balls).


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wIEW1OYigQ

Of course you can use Sushi rice to make Sushi rolls :)



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Heart Shaped Rice Rolls (Sushi Idea)

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 15min
Number of servings: 1 roll (3 pieces)

Ingredients:
100g (3.5oz.) cooked Japanese rice (short-grain rice)
Furikake (rice seasoning) of your choice
1/2 Nori seaweed sheet

Directions:
1. Place cooked Japanese rice in a bowl. Add Furikake (rice seasoning) while the rice is hot and slice through rice using rice paddle to separate the grains. (Cool the rice before you use.)
2. Place a piece of plastic wrap on top of a bamboo sushi-roll mat. Place the seasoned rice, then wrap and shape it into a drop shape. Cut it into half.
3. Place 1/2 Nori sheet, shiny side down, on a bamboo sushi-roll mat. Remove the plastic wrap from the rice and place the rice in the center of Nori sheet.
4. Wrap the rice with Nori sheet. Then gently press the mat around the roll to shape it (do not squeeze).
5. With a moistened knife (bread knife cuts well) cut the roll into 3 pieces (re-wet as needed. don't push but pull to cut).

↓レシピ(日本語)
http://cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2015/03/blog-post_48.html
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How to Make Osekihan (Azuki Red Bean Rice) - Video Recipe

This video will show you how to make Osekihan (or Sekihan) Azuki Red Bean Rice. It is a festive dish served on any festive occasion, such as birthday!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFcKLTQ4nI8

I made it for my daughter's 100th day celebration: Okuizome :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0ufrrTy0PA



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Osekihan (Azuki Red Bean Rice)

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 1.5hr
Number of servings: 4

Ingredients:
2 cups uncooked Mochi sticky rice
55g (2oz.) Azuki red beans (Sasage)
Gomashio (a mixture of black sesame seeds and salt)

Directions:
1. Put Azuki and water in a pot and bring to a boil. Then simmer for 3 minutes and drain. Place the Azuki in a pot again, then add 200ml water, bring to a boil, and cook on low for 15 minutes. Drain and save the cooking liquid.
2. Wash and place the Mochi rice in a pot. Add water in the cooking liquid up to 200ml, add it into the pot, then add water to the appropriate level indicated in the pot, add 1/2 tsp. of salt (to make it tasty), and mix well.
3. Spread the Azuki on top (do not mix or the rice won't cook well), then place the pot into the rice cooker. Cover and press the button to start.
4. When it's done, toss the rice lightly using a rice paddle, serve in a dish, top with Gomashio.

レシピ(日本語)
http://www.cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2015/03/blog-post_31.html
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Saturday, March 21, 2015

How to Make SpongeBob SquarePants Bento Lunch Box - Video Recipe

Somehow I am receiving many requests for Sponge Bob Bento Box, so I finally made it :)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NPVQXkHUg8

BTW, Omurice is very popular dish among kids. I hope you like this idea!!!


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SpongeBob SquarePants Bento Lunch Box

Difficulty: Patience
Time: 40min
Number of servings: N/A

Ingredients:
((Flower Pork Teriyaki Rolls))
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHgsddmR9Dc
((Potato Salad))
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACYOzrT6B8A
((Chicken Rice))
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCmfXqVJc6Q
((Sponge Bob Decoration‪))‬
1 egg
Wilton Icing Color: Royal Blue
a bit of milk or water
a bit of salt
sliced cheese
Nori seaweed sheet
((Others))
lettuce
tomato
broccoli
etc...

Directions:
((Flower Pork Teriyaki Rolls))
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHgsddmR9Dc
((Potato Salad))
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACYOzrT6B8A
((Chicken Rice))
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCmfXqVJc6Q
((Sponge Bob Decoration‪))‬
1. Transfer a bit of egg white in a small bowl. Dilute the gel color with a little milk (or water) to give a thin consistency. Then mix into the egg white and season with salt to make blue egg liquid. For the yellow, mix the leftover egg and season with salt. Heat cooking oil in a small pan on low heat, pour the egg mixture in the pan and spread over the surface. ‪Cook the egg until the edges begin to dry, then ‬flip it over and cook the other side‪.‬
2. Cut the yellow egg crepe into a triangular shape. Then cut out a moon shape to make mouth. Cut out cheese, blue egg crepe, and Nori to make eyes. Cut out yellow egg crepe to make cheeks and nose. Make a few random holes in his face. Place it on the Chicken Rice packed in a bento box. Then place his tooth made with cheese to finish.

レシピ(日本語)
http://cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2015/03/blog-post_21.html
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Friday, February 27, 2015

How to Make Yakiniku Rice Burger - Video Recipe

Many people requested me to make a rice burger! Of course you can change the filling but I think Yakiniku is easy and goes great with rice ;) Enjoy!!!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8motUHNnHE



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Yakiniku Rice Burger

Difficulty: Very Easy
Time: 15min
Number of servings: 2

Ingredients:
400g (14oz.) cooked rice
A
* 1 tsp. toasted white sesame seeds
* 2 tsp. corn or potato starch
Yakiniku
lettuce
sliced tomato
sesame oil
mayonnaise

Directions:
1. Mix A in the cooked rice, then knead with a rice paddle until it gets sticky. Divide it into 4 portions, wrap with plastic wrap and shape each into a flat round shape.
2. Heat sesame oil in a frying pan, then cook both sides of the rice burger buns until golden brown.
3. Layer the rice, lettuce, mayonnaise, Yakiniku, sliced tomato, and rice to serve. It is easy to eat if you wrap with parchment paper.

レシピ(日本語)
http://cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2015/02/blog-post_27.html
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Friday, January 16, 2015

How to Make Omurice (Japanese Omelet Rice) - Video Recipe

Omurice is a very popular home cooked meal in Japan.
It is a chicken fried rice wrapped with a thin sheet of crepe-like fried egg.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCmfXqVJc6Q

Many people, especially kids and guys like it ;)
Perfect dish for bento box, too!



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Omurice (Japanese Omelet Rice)

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 20min
Number of servings: 4

Ingredients:
600g (1.3lb.) warm cooked rice
200g (7oz.) chicken breast without skin
200g (7oz.) onion
50g (1.8oz.) canned sliced mushrooms
8 eggs
cooking oil
ketchup
salt and pepper
cooked broccoli *if you like

Directions:
1. Dice the chicken and chop the onion.
2. Heat 1 tbsp. of cooking oil in a frying pan and cook the chopped onion until tender. Add the diced chicken and cook until no longer pink. Then add sliced mushrooms and 8 tbsp. of ketchup.
3. Add warm cooked rice, when they are evenly coated with ketchup, season with salt and pepper, then divide it into 4 portions. *you can wrap the leftover rice with plastic wrap and keep in the freezer for about a week or more.
4. Beat 2 eggs (1 serving) in a bowl, then season with salt and pepper.
5. In a clean frying pan, heat 1/2 tbsp. of cooking oil, spread the egg mixture and make a round omelette. Before the egg is fully cooked, place the seasoned rice in the middle. Fold both both sides of the egg, then shape it using the edge of the pan. Carefully flip it over onto a plate. *You can use a paper towel to shape it nicely.
6. Put some ketchup on top, and serve with cooked broccoli if you like.

レシピ(日本語)
http://cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2015/01/blog-post_16.html
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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

How to Make Flower Pork Teriyaki Rolls - Video Recipe

I found the recipe on the net and thought it is an easy and perfect side dish for Bento box :)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHgsddmR9Dc

Perfect for Japanese New Year's food, too!
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4FA3DDE33084E166



Leftover carrot scraps can be used for NO MEAT Vegetarian Bolognese Sauce!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oPvRHeCYYA

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Flower Pork Teriyaki Rolls

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 20min
Number of servings: 8 pieces

Ingredients:
8 thinly sliced pork loin
8 1.3inch-long carrots
salt
A
* 2 tsp. Sake
* 2 tsp. Mirin (sweet Sake)
* 2 tsp. soy sauce
corn or potato starch
1 tsp. cooking oil

Directions:
1. Use a small (2cm=0.8inch) flower-shaped cookie cutter and cut out the carrots. In a boiling water, cook the carrots for 10 minutes, drain well, and cool.
2. Place pork slices, season with a bit of salt, place the cooked carrot on the end of the pork, then start rolling.
3. Heat cooking oil in a frying pan, place the rolls seam side down, you can cover and steam to cook them through for a couple of minutes, then make sure to flip the rolls so that all sides are cooked equally crisp and brown.
4. Add and coat with A, sprinkle with a few pinches of corn or potato starch, and stop the heat when the sauce thickens.
5. When they are cool enough to handle, cut one side to let show the beautiful flower shape. *You can eat the scraps to see how they taste ;)

レシピ(日本語)
http://www.s-direct.co.jp/shop/kids/recipe04.aspx
http://cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2014/12/blog-post_30.html
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Friday, November 21, 2014

How to Make Microwave Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken) - Video Recipe

Karaage (also called Tatsutaage) is Japanese fried chicken. It is usually cooked for lunch, dinner, or bento. Also, it is the best party recipe favored by most people!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYavFxYmfBQ

I won this "Cookper Microwave Karaage Tray" at the sweepstakes, so I tried it out :)

Wavy tray catches excess oil, so the Karaage will turn out crisp.
The silicon paper will avoid Karaage from sticking.



I hope you can find it online or at a Japanese grocery store~ OR please get it when you come to Japan :)

Cookper Microwave Karaage Tray (クックパー レンジでから揚げトレー 6回分)

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Microwave Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken)

Difficulty: Super Easy
Time: 25min
Number of servings: 8 pieces

Ingredients:
250g (8.8oz.) chicken thigh or breast (w/o skin)
A
* 1.5 tbsp. soy sauce
* 2 tsp. Sake
* 1 tsp. grated ginger
2 tbsp. Katakuriko (potato starch) or flour
2 tsp. cooking oil

Directions:
1. Cut the chicken into 8 pieces. Season with A and marinate for 15 minutes. *This process will make the chicken tender.
2. Put Katakuriko (potato starch) or flour in a plastic bag. Remove excess seasonings from the chicken using paper towel (to make it crisp), then add into the plastic bag. Shake and coat the chicken with the starch.
3. Discard excess starch if any, add cooking oil, then coat until no longer powdery.
4. Place the wavy sheet on the tray and place the chicken pieces.
5. Place the tray on a microwavable dish. Microwave at 500w for 6 minutes (or 600w for 5 minutes).

- Cookper Microwave Karaage Tray comes with 6 wavy silicon sheets. Each sheet is one-time use.
- You can enjoy your favorite flavor by changing the seasonings!!!
- You can also use this product to reheat deep-fried food.

レシピ(日本語)
http://cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2014/11/blog-post_21.html
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Deep-fried versions here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bam1EE5NqhA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIYV-TceoGk

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

How to Make MOCK Eel Bowl / Unadon (Vegetarian Unagi no Kabayaki Rice Bowl Idea) - Video Recipe

This is a perfect substitute for those who want to enjoy the eel bowl :)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VTN7DyTk14

Eggplants look just like eels! Juicy and tender eggplants go great with white rice!!!



BTW, my mom's eggplant dish I mentioned in this video is here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3ZcVgJtU1Q

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MOCK Eel Bowl / Unadon

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 30min
Number of servings: 1

Ingredients:
2 eggplants
eel sauce
* 1 tbsp. soy sauce
* 1 tbsp. Mirin (sweet Sake)
* 1 tbsp. sugar
* 1 tsp. Sake
1 bowl of rice
Kizaminori (finely shredded Nori seaweed sheet)
Sansho Japanese pepper if you like

Directions:
1. Make a few holes in the eggplants so that they won't explode. Make an incision around the stem end.
2. Place them directly on a stove on a baking rack if you have (or in a frying pan, grill, oven, or toaster oven), then roast until the skins get wrinkly and tender inside. You can also wrap in plastic wrap and microwave at 600w for 2 minutes.
3. Cool until you can handle them, then remove the skins. Make an incision lengthwise and open.
4. Heat the eel sauce in a frying pan until it begins to bubble. Place the eggplants and cook until the liquid is gone.
5. Serve cooked rice in a rice bowl, layer some Kizaminori (finely shredded Nori seaweed sheet), place the eggplants, then sprinkle with Sansho Japanese pepper if you like.

レシピ(日本語)
http://www.cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2014/08/blog-post_12.html
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

How to Make Baby Penguin Onigiri Rice Balls (One Plate Lunch / Bento Idea) - Video Recipe

You can make the most cutest baby penguin-shaped rice balls using this Mold Set!!! I think it is available overseas, too.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keHXihCvPQ0

Perfect for one plate lunch or Bento box :)



When I first found this Baby Penguin Onigiri Mold Set, I bought it immediately because it was so cute!!!

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Baby Penguin Onigiri Rice Balls

Difficulty: Very Easy
Time: 5min
Number of servings: N/A

Ingredients:
((Baby Penguin Onigiri Rice Balls))
Baby Penguin Onigiri Mold Set
Nori seaweed sheet
Japanese cooked rice
((Ebi Furai - Deep Fried Prawn))
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ar--zbHsnU
((Japanese Potato Salad))
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACYOzrT6B8A

Directions:
((Baby Penguin Onigiri Rice Balls))
1. Wet and set the lower mold in the scooper. Put some rice in the mold and place the upper mold. Press the upper and lower molds tightly to form a penguin-shaped rice ball, then remove the rice ball.
2. Cut penguin body parts with Nori seaweed sheet cutters (press until Nori doesn't make tearing sounds).
3. Attach the cut out Nori pieces on the rice ball.
((Ebi Furai - Deep Fried Prawn))
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ar--zbHsnU
((Japanese Potato Salad))
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACYOzrT6B8A

レシピ(日本語)
http://cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2014/08/blog-post_5.html
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

How to Make Maleficent Bento Lunch Box - Video Recipe

I liked the movie, so I decided to make this bento box even if there was no request for it. hehe I think Angelina Jolie in this movie was stunning beautiful!!!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQ2PacNT5As

I happened to find the "Maleficent bento box" online. It was well made and gorgeous. Dishwasher safe & microwavable!!! Nice and calm black color is perfect for Japanese-style bento for every day use. Worth to buy quality!!!



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Maleficent Bento Lunch Box

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 1hr
Number of servings: 1 bento box

Ingredients:
((Goya Chanpuru - Stir-Fried Bitter Melon))
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItbgoZxKDzg
((Maleficent Deco Rice‪))‬
cooked white Japanese rice
salmon flakes *or rice seasoning of your choice
sliced cheese
Nori seaweed sheet

Directions:
((Goya Chanpuru - Stir-Fried Bitter Melon))
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItbgoZxKDzg
((Maleficent Deco Rice‪))‬
1. Draw Maleficent on a piece of paper.
2. With a permanent marker (Sharpie), trace the illustration on the parchment paper
3. Place Nori seaweed sheet on a flexible cutting board. Then place the parchment paper on top. Secure them with paper clips.
4. Cut out the image with a design knife. Make sure you don't lose any of the parts you cut out (keep them in a box).
5. Place them on a sliced cheese.
6. Put cooked rice in a bento box, layer salmon flakes, then cover with the cooked rice. Place the decorated cheese on top

Tips:
You can make the deco cheese the night before. Wrap it securely in plastic wrap and keep it in the fridge till the next morning when you pack your bento box :)

↓レシピ(日本語)
http://cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2014/07/blog-post_15.html
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Friday, June 13, 2014

How to Make Sailor Moon Bento Lunch Box - Video Recipe

Sailor Moon is coming back in July, so I received many requests for a Kyaraben (Character Bento) recipe.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GHrIYopexM

I hope this gives you an idea ;)



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Sailor Moon Bento

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 1hr
Number of servings: 1 bento box

Ingredients:
((Vegetable Teriyaki Beef Rolls))
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJdo9BntgIA
((Japanese Potato Salad))
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACYOzrT6B8A
((Sailor Moon Deco Rice‪))‬
cooked white Japanese rice
YELLOW EGG CREPE
* 1 egg yolk
* a bit of salt
RED EGG CREPE
* 1/2 egg white
* a bit of milk or water
* a bit of salt
* Wilton Icing Color: Red
BLUE EGG CREPE
* 1/2 egg white
* a bit of milk or water
* a bit of salt
* Wilton Icing Color: Royal Blue
sliced cheese
sliced ham
cooking oil
mayonnaise
((Others))
rice seasoning of your choice
lettuce
grape tomato

Directions:
((Vegetable Teriyaki Beef Rolls))
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJdo9BntgIA
((Japanese Potato Salad))
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACYOzrT6B8A
((Sailor Moon Deco Rice‪))‬
RED and BLUE EGG CREPES
1. Dilute each gel color with a little milk (or water) to give a thin consistency.
2. Put 1/2 egg white in 2 small bowls. Mix in each color and a bit of salt. Heat cooking oil in a small pan on low heat, pour the egg mixture in the pan and spread over the surface. ‪Cook the egg until the edges begin to dry, then ‬flip it over and cook the other side‪.‬
YELLOW EGG CREPES
1. Beat egg yolk in a small bowl and season it with a bit of salt.
2. Heat cooking oil in a small pan on low heat, pour the egg mixture in the pan and spread over the surface. ‪Cook the egg until the edges begin to dry, then ‬flip it over and cook the other side‪.‬
SAILOR MOON
1. With a permanent marker (Sharpie), trace your favorite Sailor Moon illustration on the parchment paper and cut all parts into pieces.
2. Place the stencil pieces on the egg crepes, sliced cheese and sliced ham, then cut them out using a design knife. Cut out Nori seaweed sheet to make her eye lashes and nose.
3. Use a bit of mayonnaise to attach the cutouts onto a sliced cheese.
4. Put cooked rice in a bento box. Then top with some rice seasoning of your choice and place the decorated cheese on top.
5. Arrange with side dishes.

↓レシピ(日本語)
http://cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2014/06/blog-post_13.html
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

How to Make Easy Gluten Free Okonomiyaki (and the Sauce from Scratch) - Video Recipe

Okonomiyaki is Japanese savory pancake.

I know ingredients are hard to get overseas, so here I will show you how to enjoy Okonomiyaki using the ingredients available overseas :)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBf3mWH5Xfc

Instead of using flour, I used a lot of cabbage. Perfect for those who are on gluten free diet :)

Of course, you can add more fillings if you like!!!



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Easy Gluten Free Okonomiyaki (and the Sauce from Scratch)

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 20min
Number of servings: 2

Ingredients:
2-3 (70g=2.5oz.) bacon strips
300g (10.6oz.) shredded cabbage
1/2 long onion
4 eggs
salt and pepper
cooking oil
((toppings))
* Okonomiyaki sauce
* mayonnaise
* Katsuobushi (bonito flakes)
* Aonori (green laver)

Okonomiyaki Sauce from scratch:
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce + 2 tbsp. ketchup + 1 tsp. honey (or sugar)

Directions:
1. Thinly slice the cabbage, bacon, and long onion.
2. Pan fry the bacon, then add cabbage and long onion, and cook until they are wilted. Then stop the heat and cool.
3. Beat eggs in a bowl, season with salt and pepper, add the vegetables (2.), then mix well. *or you can do this in 2 separate bowls
4. Heat cooking oil in a large frying pan. Spread 1/2 of the batter in a circular shape.
5. Cover, and cook on low for 3 minutes. Then flip it over, cover, and cook the other side for 3 minutes until golden brown.
6. Serve on a plate, and sprinkle with toppings.

レシピ(日本語)
http://cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2014/05/blog-post_27.html
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Saturday, May 10, 2014

How to Make Nikujaga (Stewed Beef and Potatoes) - Video Recipe

Nikujaga (Stewed Beef and Potatoes) is a very popular Japanese home cooked meal. You can be a good mom if you can cook this perfectly. hehe


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEBsbECaFPs

You can make it with Ito Konnyaku (or Shirataki) and other vegetables (such as carrots) but simple is better!!!



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Nikujaga (Stewed Beef and Potatoes)

Difficulty: Medium
Time: 1hr
Number of servings: 4

Ingredients:
800g (1.8lb) Irish Cobbler potatoes
200g (7oz.) thinly sliced beef
1 (200g=7oz.) onion
400ml water
4 tbsp. sugar
4 tbsp. soy sauce
8 frozen green beans *if you like

Directions:
1. Peel and cut potatoes into 4~6 pieces, then do Mentori (plane off the corners) to prevent it from crumbling during long cooking. Soak in water for 10 minutes (to prevent from changing color & remove starch). Change water if it becomes cloudy.
2. Slice onion into bite-size wedges and separate into pieces. Cut thinly sliced beef into bite size pieces if necessary.
3. Place potatoes and onions in a pot. Add water, then put on medium.
4. When it becomes to a boil, turn down to low, and remove the foam. Then simmer on low for 3 minutes until the onions become tender.
5. Add 2 tbsp. of sugar, tilt the pot to mix (do not mix with chopsticks or a ladle or the potatoes will become mushy), then simmer on low for 3 minutes.
6. Add 2 tbsp. of soy sauce, tilt the pot to mix, then add beef little by little. *adding the seasonings half at a time will let them soak well.
7. Put on medium, then remove the foam.
8. When the meat is no longer pink, add 2 tbsp. of sugar and 2 tbsp. of soy sauce (tilt the pan to mix), then cover with Otoshibuta (drop lid) and simmer on medium low for 10 minutes. *you can taste and add a bit more soy sauce and sugar if necessary.
9. When the potatoes are cooked, tilt the pot and cook until the cooking liquid is almost gone.
10. Serve on a dish, and garnish with cooked green beans if you like.

Irish Cobbler potatoes soak the flavor very well and won't become soggy.
May Queen potatoes are okay, too.

レシピ(日本語)
http://cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2014/05/blog-post_10.html
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Similar dish you may want to try:
Simmered Potato Pork Roll
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpunklDLlZE

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

How to Make Olaf Bento Lunch Box (FROZEN Disney) - Video Recipe

We finally went to see the movie recently!!!

Well… all the characters are pretty difficult to make except Olaf XD


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9E3FmtETSL8

Great bento idea for both boys and girls :)



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Olaf Bento Lunch Box (FROZEN)

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 40min
Number of servings: 1

Ingredients:
((Olaf Rice Balls‪))‬
‪cooked white Japanese rice‬
Nori sheet
sliced cheese
carrot
Oshaburi Kombu (chewing Kombu kelp snack)
mayonnaise
((Heart-Shaped Tamagoyaki: Egg Omelette‪))‬
A
* 2 eggs
* 1/2 tbsp. sugar
* a pinch of salt
cooking oil
((Snowflake Sausages‪))‬
sausages
((Nikujaga: Stewed Beef and Potatoes))
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEBsbECaFPs
((Others))
‪lettuce‬

Directions:
((Olaf Rice Balls‪))‬
1. Season the rice with a bit of salt. Use plastic wrap and form the rice to make the face and body parts of Olaf.
2. Cut out Nori sheet, sliced cheese, and carrot (cook if you want) to make his face parts. Attach them with bits of mayonnaise with tweezers.
3. Cut Oshaburi Kombu (chewing Kombu kelp snack) to make his hair and arms, then attach them.
((Heart-Shaped Tamagoyaki: Egg Omelette‪))‬
1. Mix A. Heat cooking oil in a Tamagoyaki Nabe (rectangular omelet pan) on low heat, pour 1/5 of the egg mixture in the pan and spread over the surface. ‪Cook the egg until the edges begin to dry, then ‬start rolling‪.‬ Move the rolled egg to one side, pour another 1/5 of egg mixture in the space and under the rolled egg. Cook it until ‪the edges begin to dry‬ then roll the egg again. Repeat this until all the egg mixture is gone.
2. Cut the egg into an inch pieces (just about the depth of your Bento box).
3. Place the cut side up, cut diagonally, then turn one of them upside down, and attach to make a heart shape.
((Snowflake Sausages‪))‬
1. Cut Sausages in half.
2. Make a cross incision, then make another incision in each section.
3. Pan fry the sausages (snowflake pattern starts to open).
((Nikujaga: Stewed Beef and Potatoes))
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEBsbECaFPs

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

How to Make Ikanago no Kugini (Sand Eel Boiled Down in Soy Sauce) - Video Recipe

Last weekend was a 3-day weekend, so my darling and I went to Kobe to visit my grandma to make Ikanago no Kugini (my favorite dish) together!!!
http://createeathappy.blogspot.jp/2014/03/ikanago-no-kugini-2014.html


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NyDB6OR-ao

Ikanago no Kugini is a specialty in Hyogo prefecture. It can be cooked and eaten during a specific period of time around March. Thanks to the holiday, I could finally visit my grandma :)



My blog post about our trip to Kobe:
http://createeathappy.blogspot.jp/2014/03/kobe.html

Souvenirs from Kobe:
http://createeathappy.blogspot.jp/2014/03/souvenirs-from-kobe.html

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Ikanago no Kugini (Sand Eel Boiled Down in Soy Sauce)

Difficulty: Medium
Time: 1hr
Number of servings: N/A

Ingredients:
2kg (4.4lb) Ikanago (sand eel)
A
* 440g (1lb) Kizarame (coarse crystal medium soft sugar) *400g (0.9lb) when Ikanago is small
* 400ml soy sauce *360ml when Ikanago is small
* 160ml Mirin (sweet Sake)
* 160ml Sake
260g (9oz) ginger
2 tbsp. Mizuame (starch syrup)
white peeled sesame seeds if you like

Directions:
1. Thinly slice ginger to the size of Ikanago.
2. Wash and drain Ikanago. *cook Ikanago as soon as you get or it can get bad easily. the fish gets white and water becomes cloudy when it gets bad.
3. Put A in a large aluminum pot, then put on high and bring to a boil. Tilt the pan and make sure the sugar is melted.
4. Sprinkle with hands full of ginger. Sprinkle with hands full of Ikanago. Then sprinkle with some ginger again. When the bubbles start to cover Ikanago toward the center (that means Ikanago is cooked), add hands full of Ikanago and some ginger again. Repeat this until the ingredients are gone. *do not mix with chopsticks or a ladle or the fish will fall apart.
5. Remove the foam if necessary. *to remove a fishy smell
6. Cover with a lid made with aluminum foil with a few holes. Put on high, make sure it won't boil over. Then simmer for about 1 hour.
7. Add starch syrup, cover and simmer until the liquid is almost gone. Now toss Ikanago in the pot to mix. *again, do not mix with chopsticks or a ladle or the fish will fall apart.
8. When the fish is caramelized, drain with a strainer.
9. Transfer to a tray, and fan like cooling sushi rice. Then leave to cool completely. *1.2kg (2.6lb) Ikanago after cooking.

You can keep Ikanago in a large container BUT I recommend to store it in small quantity (in a Ziploc bag is okay), since it can easily get bad if you open and close the container frequently.

レシピ(日本語)
http://www.cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2014/03/blog-post_29.html
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Inarizushi using Ikanago:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7u8wzq0F5bM

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

How to Make Kuki Wakame no Tsukudani (Wakame Seaweed Stems Boiled Down in Soy Sauce) - Video Recipe

Fresh Wakame (seaweed) is in season in spring in Japan!
My mom bought it as a souvenir. wow

I love Kuki Wakame no Tsukudani (Wakame Seaweed Stems Boiled Down in Soy Sauce) which my grandma makes, so I decided to make it with the stems.

It goes great with white rice and perfect for bento box :)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkSmR9XF3nc

You can blanch the fresh Wakame in boiling water (which will turn the natural brown color to the green) and freeze up to a year. When you use, you can just defrost at room temperature or soak in water.

There are many ways to enjoy fresh Wakame. Leaves can be used for Shabu Shabu (enjoy leaves changing color in hot water and eat with Ponzu sauce), Miso soup, salad, etc… Stems can be used for Tsukudani (simmered dish), Kinpira (stir-fried dish), etc…



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Kuki Wakame no Tsukudani (Wakame Seaweed Stems Boiled Down in Soy Sauce)

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 30min
Number of servings: N/A

Ingredients:
200g (7oz.) fresh Wakame seaweed stems
200g (7oz.) Enokitake (Enoki mushrooms)
100g (3.5oz.) Shimeji mushrooms
80g (3oz.) boiled Zenmai (Osmunda japonica)
2 dried Shiitake mushrooms
150ml hot water
A
* 3 tbsp. Sake
* 3 tbsp. Mirin (sweet Sake)
* 3 tbsp. sugar
* 6 tbsp. soy sauce
3 tbsp. ground toasted white sesame seeds

Directions:
1. Blanch the fresh Wakame stems in boiling water (which will turn the natural brown color to the green we are familiar with).
2. Soak dried Shiitake mushrooms in 150ml hot water until they become soft (after 15 minutes or so). Then thinly slice them. Reserve the soaking liquid.
3. Thinly slice Wakame stems. Remove tough base of Enoki mushrooms and cut in half. Remove tough base of Shimeji mushrooms and break into pieces. Cut boiled Zenmai into bite-size length.
4. Place the reserved Shiitake soaking liquid and A in a pot, and bring to a boil. Add the cut ingredients, then cook on medium (stirring once in a while) until the liquid is almost gone for about 15 minutes.
5. Mix in ground toasted white sesame seeds to finish.

You can keep it in the fridge for a week. Or in the freezer for 1-2 months but it may get soggy. In that case, you want to simmer it again to dry out the excess liquid.

レシピ(日本語)
http://cooklabo.blogspot.jp/2014/03/blog-post_19.html
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