Wednesday, December 22, 2010

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Anyone for Cake?

Doremon Cake, upon request

Today I saw ...

Something to bring tears to my eyes and a fit of giggles
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Sunday, December 19, 2010

DIY bento pick

Its hard to find bento picks outside of japan. So if your crafty, you can make your own. All you need are toothpicks, labels and sticky tape. A colour laser printer or a mono with green textas
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Friday, December 17, 2010

Bento Box Collection

I would almost change occupations for this bento box.
Gender might be a bit harder...

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Lunch: Bacco QVB

On level 3 in the centre of QVB, one of Sydney's prettiest buildings, a new Italian wine bar and pasticceria has opened. With such a cute name, Bacco (hehehe!) is full of pretty food, gorgeous pastries. (my first thought) and from the looks of it, some interesting booze.
Here's what we had to for lunch.

Italian Hot Chocolate - Four

Home cured Aust. Kingfish with Orange, Spring herbs and Toasted Brioche - Nineteen

Bruschetta ROMANA
Wood fired sourdough bread with olive tapenade and semidried tomato - Seventeen

Panini - FILETTO DI MANZO - Thirteen
Wood fired, grain fed eye fillet with rocket, Roma tomatoes and Dijon mayonnaise

We were too full to have dessert T_T wahh! but as its next to the office, I'll be frequenting soon!

Bacco QVB
Shop 24-27 Level 2, QVB, 455 George Street,Sydney, 2000
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Today I saw...

New Graffiti art in Newtown.
The stencil art is so nice. I wish taggers would learn.

I like how bare the girls back is and the glance over her shoulder at you.
Is she inviting you to climb on her back? Would you dare?

Decisions. Decisions.
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Monday, December 13, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Today I saw ...

The prettiest lilies in the biggest bunch.

Sorry I'm a bit drunk, and it's too hot to sleep.
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Thursday, December 09, 2010

Today I saw ...

The stunned surprised look on a strangers face that made me chuckle.
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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Today I saw ...

The curiosity in the blue eyes of a child.

Last night, I saw a documentary on Mr. Squiggle, Australia's longest running series. I was taken by the creative magic that each drawing drew on. And how important the skill of creating something out of nothing. And the sheer joy! We miss out these days. Everything is packaged. Perfect and sterile. I imagine we're missing out on something.

So today, I make something creative. I need some red paper, a pair of scissors, tape and string! Wait and find out!
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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Reverse Pressing Pita Hearts

A photographic instructions on how to Reverse roll Pita bread hearts.
Useful if you have something that is a bit stiff and won't press out
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Today I saw...

... the pleasure of reading the daily paper in the sun.

And my personal delight of taking a photo with vibrancy and composition.
All with one accidental flick on my phone.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Today I saw...

... the vibrant beauty of summer grass.

Today I will start this series,  The procedure is every day to go out and see something beautiful and post it online.  I have noticed a little too much negativity in people around me, so to react, I will post something positive.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Found! Yoghurt Tubs

At last! I have found the perfect yogurt tubs for bentos and they wont cost you an arm and leg!

Seen here is a Decor Dressing Tub with 2 spoons of plain Greek yogurt with a dollop of strawberry jam.

Decor's Dressing Tubs, come in 35ml, 75ml and 150ml.  They've been out for a while, but I hadn't seen the bento potential. Until today!

They only come in a clear option, but that is easily fixed with some stickers :). I tried paper stickers, but they started to peel off, so I went searching and found some bling-bling jewels!

Voila!  Husband will be a bit put off, but hey he'll live. hehehe!

Yoghurt can now be added to our bentos without a mess.

Happy Bear and 3 Grunts

Happy Bear and 3 Grunts, originally uploaded by EvaApple.

Happy Bear and 3 Grunts

On Youtube, I was delighted to find old v.clips of the Trapdoor. A
claymation cartoon that starred, Bert and my favourite spider Grunt.

The three things on the right remind me of him. Hehehe. All i need is that skittish-squeal sound effect and I'll be thrown back to the 80's

Oh, Big Bear hides curry sauce for the chicken nuggets and rice.

Heart Feels Bento

Heart Feels Bento, originally uploaded by EvaApple.

Hearts have feelings and therefore deserve faces.

Three Bears Bento

Three Bears Bento, originally uploaded by EvaApple.

When I make bento faces, I try to make each one different.

One cute, one sad, one weird

It all happened when the "V" fell incorrectly. Then its like you're on speed, and everything else falls swiftly into place and then before you know it... Vampire Bear! Ta-Dah!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bear in Pairs Bento

Originally uploaded by EvaApple

White Bear was keen on a picnic. Yellow Bear wasn't too sure, but tagged along for want of something better to do. They packed last nights roast chicken and greek salad and headed to the nearest beach for some sun and air.

Boozy Bunny Bento

Originally uploaded by EvaApple

Mr Pink Rabbit was happy. At last he was at the beach. Crystal white sand. not a person in site. and the tomato cocktail drinks were lined up in a row ready for his boozy consumption

Ginger Bread House Inspiration

One day...
Must go home and practice....

30 Princess Belle kyaraben

30 Princess Belle kyaraben
Originally uploaded by mymealbox

My Hat goes off to them.
My Knees weaken with defeat. 
My Jaw drops at its awesomeness.

This is done commercially!  So if you live in Jakata, you have the most amazing source of lunch boxes
And gorgeous photos too!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Crafting: Lawn Decorations

Lawn Decorations

I made these decorations to brighten up my garden tea party,   I saw an advertiser using the same method, and I wanted to replicate it for Spring and for some fun.  Turned out to be so easy! 

Colour Laser Printer
Images (min 18cm x 15cm)
Hot glue gun
Wooden chopsticks - with flat sides
A4 290gsm Cardboard or Plastic
3cm masking tape
dry paper glue

  1. If you printed on card then you can skip to step 4
  2. Print out your images, turn over and apply dry glue, cover all of the edges + a bit over. 
  3. Stick the cardboard on sticky side and let it dry under something heavy. Repeat for the rest of your images
  4. When the glue is dry, cut out the image carefully, discard waste in recycle bin.
  5. Get your work bench ready.  Hot Glue gun in the middle, one side the chopsticks and images, on the otherside an empty space to rest the finished products and a vase to hold the finished products.
  6. Check your image,  as you are gluing to the back, last thing you want is an upside down rabbit!  So put it face down in the right direction, so you can quickly apply the sticky chopstick, error free!  
  7. Heat up the glue gun, grab a chopstick, run a thin bead of glue down the flat side, aim for at least 1/3 of the chopstick.  Depends on the image.  A long image will require more support up the top, and thus a shorter stake, a short image will get a longer stake.  Make that judgement as you flip each image over.
  8. Before the glue has set, press the gluey side of the chopstick down on the image. Wriggle the chopstick a little to spread the glue, then put aside and repeat with the rest.
  9. When the hot glue has set and cooled,  Cut a strip of masking tape to cover the section of the chopstick that is glued to the image. This will add extra strength and cover up and hot glue spills. Repeat until all stakes are done.
  10. Wait for a nice sunny day, Take  them out into the park and stick in the ground and admire and take photos

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Hot, thick fluffy pancakes, with lashings of sweet maple syrup, will pick up the lowest of spirits and sunshine will return.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Strawberry Fields

As far as the eye can see ...
*Dreamy sigh*

Naked Pav

After making the 4 pastry doughs I had 5 eggwhites left.

So ... Its Pavlova Time! Hooray! hehehe

I failed on my first pav.  I think I took it out before it had cooled >_< Baad move!
So this is my 2nd Pav.

The mix is still as sticky as I remember ! Seriously I do not know how people play with Macaroons! ^^ I'll take my hat off to them!

We are having it for dessert for tonight!  Bring some fruit and you can have a slice too!

Almondmeal Pastry Hedgehogs

I should really call them Echidnas, but the name, hedgehogs is much cuter (:

Maybe a first name will sugar coat the harsh name we have our Australian native... Eric? Maybe Edwina? Edmund? Nah. he's a softie. Eva? Possible.  I can be a prickly bugger if I get my dander up :)

To make them I used some of the almond meal pastry, made cones, filled them with jam.  Sealed the end and then stuck pieces of flaked almond and black sesame seeds.  Bake at 150 degrees C, until golden brown and cool on a wire rack.

Heavenly Strawberry Tartlets

I love how this photo is blown out.  I can almost imagine angels "lah!" the approach of the pearly gates (: hahaha!

Yes!  At 3am, I really should rest the imagination.  ^_^

Since taking photos of these I have added a wine jelly glaze, its really yum! the sweet boozy flavors adding to the strawberry and chocolate and shortcrust pastry.

If recipe is required, please request.  I mixed a few recipes to create this so I will take a bit of merging and creating, the wine jelly I made on the fly.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Pick a Piece of Pastry, Prick it and Print on a "P"

4 Balls of pastry dough and a big bowl of strawberries! Yum

Can you guess which type of pastry is which?

There is
  1. Shortcrust
  2. Butter
  3. Rough Puff Pastry
  4. Almond Meal Pastry

Pocket Sandwiches and Panzanella Salad

I've been meaning to blog this one, because I like the efficent use of all ingredients so no scraps are left.

To make this bento you need a bento sandwich press. This one is mine. I got it from a Japan shipment a friend of mine brought back from Japan. ^^ They aren't cheap on the internet >_<. But if you are in a tight spot I guess you could substitute with cutters, using the large one as the cutter, and flip the smaller as used it as the presser.
You also need a huge loaf of bread. Most Australian bread is 650g or 750g, which i think is too small, so you need to find yourself a 800g loaf. Coles bake their own and you can normally find it in their bakery section. 
So make your pocket sandwiches. I filled mine with tuna and mayo, you can fill it with any soft ingredient, jam, peanut butter, mashed egg, mashed potato, leftovers (as long as they arent too wet).

This is the bit I like the best!  You will be left with the crust, What you do is pop them on the grill and toast until crispy. Then break into small pieces and put that in a sealed bag or wrap in foil.

Make the rest of your salad, (cherry tomatoes, chopped parsely, shredded basil, cheese) and dressing (little container of balasmic dressing with a dash of O.oil). And you are ready to go, pack it all into a your bento box, and when its lunchtime, take out the pockets, pour in the crusts and the dressing, seal, shake and eat!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Muesli Bars

Healthy and Naughty - Perfect Balance. (:

Chocolate Coated Muesli Bars
(Photo: Uncoated)

500g of untoasted muesli, your choice of mix.
1 tbs cornflour
150g Butter
1/2 cup golden syrup
1/2 cup honey
500g milk chocolate

Turkey Apricot Meatballs

Meatballs aren't chinese, but I started making them as part of my bento stash.  Bentos have taken a backburner, but lucky the meatballs still keep coming.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Want List

The Apron, I Desire

The Placement I Require

The Blog I Thank

Lavender Biscuits

Lavender Biscuits
Originally uploaded by EvaApple

I was collating all the pastry recipes in my cookbooks last night when i found a lavender biscuit recipe. "Ahh-Ha!" I said triumphantly, "I happen to have some culinary lavender, sitting there waiting for me to use!" Now go to sleep!  [more]

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Grapefruit and Shaved Fennel Salad

Like most Asians, I hate licorice, I tolerate all-sorts, I dislike Sambuca, but I love Fennel!  Roast it, Braise it, Salad it. I'LL eat it! hehehe

Before you start on such a salad, you must get a mandoline slicer. It is essential. AND make sure you get one with a safety holder, or you will be shaving quite a few knuckles and finger tips! [more]

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Cabbage and Bacon Stirfry

This is another simple dish. We were having chicken pies for dinner, and we needed a veg. I actually like cabbage. Not only does it keeps forever in the fridge, its sweet, crispy. and can be used in chinese or western cuisine. Chinese cabbage is sweeter and also keeps. but its much more seasonal. [more]

Monday, September 06, 2010

Loh Haun Jai - Pantry Soong

This is what I call Pantry Dish. - and it is what it is, other than a jar of fermented red beancurd (nam yu) you will find all these ingredients in your Chinese pantry [more]

Chilli Bean Eggplant and Charsui

Spicy, Sweet and Flavoursome. This is a simple dish that is great to make, leftovers are good in lunch, even the next dinner session. [more]

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Omu-Pasta Crab Bento on the Move

Omu-Pasta Crab Bento on the Move
Originally uploaded by EvaApple

Charlie had had enough of the big smoke. Money was good but the mentality of the 9-5 crowd was getting to him.

He needed refreshing, reviving and reliving. A friend had invited him to the country, where his property overlooked a huge pond full of shrimp girls.

It sounded like the perfect getaway, thats why he's picking up his little orange home and tippie-toeing westwards to paradise.

Omu-Pasta Crab Bento

Omu-Pasta Crab Bento
Originally uploaded by EvaApple

Charlie was a happy crab, he had found a new home, it was snug and the most perfect shade of orange, and best of all, it was mobile. A change of scenery was but a quick walk away.

Life couldnt be better for Charlie

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Claypot Rice - New Recipe, new Delivery

Last night I made claypot rice with Pork Ribs and Black Bean.   It was delicious and we were too hungry to take photos! hehehe! But as I was writing up the recipe to post, I found this REALLY cool flash app! [Door Dee?]