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how to make sheep rice ball August 13, 2009

Posted by AnnaTheRed in how-to (all), how-to - decorations/basic stuff.
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My day job, an online card game Alteil did a HUGE system update for the game about a week ago. So I’ve been online, writing emails, checking for bugs, chatting with the Japanese developers (Alteil is originally a Japanese game, my company brought it over to the U.S.) days and nights… and I just couldn’t make the time to update my blog. T_T

Anyway, I still wanted to do a how-to on something simple, so I was looking at my old bento, and decided to do this one. This is something I made for my only original bento “Farm bento.” It’s sooo easy and you don’t need too many ingredients, and with right tools, it’s even easier!

I made this bento a long time ago. The sheep are on the left side.

[How to make sheep rice ball]
– sticky rice (Any regular Japanese or Korean rice is “sticky rice”)
– ham (or cheddar cheese)
– seaweed
– *cheese
– *anything you want to put in the rice ball
— *hole punch

*optional

1. Make a rice ball. (you can put anything you want inside rice ball) Don’t hold the rice ball too tightly when you’re making it. It makes the sheep look fluffier that way.

2. Cut ham (or cheddar cheese) for the face part. I used a round bottle cap to cut the ham first, and cut the sides of the circle off. I also cut cheese in the same shape as the ham. It makes the ham to stand out a bit more, but this is optional.

3. Cut ham (and cheese if you like) for the ear parts.

4. Cut seaweed for the eyes. I used a hole punch to make a hole in the seaweed, then slide the punch a little bit and punched it again to make ” C ” shaped seaweed.

Punch a hole in the seaweed...

...then slide the punch a little bit...

...and punched it again...

Then you get " C " shaped seaweed. (and a circle)

Baa baa

Good thing about this sheep is that you can make them big or small. You can make one big one, or herd of small ones!

How to make sheep rice ball on my flickr

For more pictures of my bento, visit Bento! set and Bento details! set on my flickr page.

If you have any questions about any of my how-to’s, please feel free to leave a comment or email me!

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how to make a radish mushroom June 21, 2009

Posted by AnnaTheRed in how-to (all), how-to - decorations/basic stuff.
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I made this for Totoro parade bento, but I realized that I hadn’t done a how-to on this! This may look difficult but it’s a very adorable decoration to your kyaraben.

[How to make a radish mushroom and Mario mushroom]
– radish
– *seaweed for Mario mushroom
— small fruit knife

1. Put a knife in the middle of a radish, and make a small incision.

2-a. Hold the radish, and spin the radish VERY SLOWLY, and cut all the way around the radish.

OR

2-b. Push the knife forward VERY LIGHTLY, and cut all around the radish. *Don’t push the knife through!

The radish should look like this after cutting all around it.

3. Make four incisions on the bottom side of mushroom like in the pictures. *Don’t cut past the half line!

4. Put the knife on the half line, and remove the radish pieces.

5. Trim the stem part, and cut off the bottom. (You can just stop here if you want)

6. Put a knife on the surface of the radish, and peel the skin. *It’s kind of like peeling an apple, but you don’t rotate the radish, and just peel the skin off.

7. You can make the stem part wider, put a small piece of seaweed and make a Mario Mushroom too.

You can just stop at Step 5 if you want. Please be extremely careful with this. I don’t want anyone getting hurt!

If you accidentally snap off the stem, don’t worry! You can stick the stem on with a toothpick.

How to make a radish mushroom on my flickr

For more pictures of my bento, visit Bento! set and Bento details! set on my flickr page.

If you have any questions about any of my how-to’s, please feel free to leave a comment or email me!

how to freeze carrot flowers June 16, 2009

Posted by AnnaTheRed in how-to (all), how-to - decorations/basic stuff.
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I had to get to work really early today, so no bento blog. >_< But instead, I’m going to show you how to make bento making less hectic in a busy morning.

I’ve done “how to make vegetable flowers” before, but it’s a time consuming process, especially in the morning. I used to buy baby carrots, because I didn’t have to cut it into a small circle which is a good size for flowers in bento, and they last longer than regular carrots. But baby carrots can be expensive, and I didn’t like the taste of baby carrots. (It tasted… “processed”?) Then I thought I should just buy regular carrots, and prepare it when I have time.

1. Slice a carrot and make as many as flowers you want. See “how to make vegetable flowers.” I’ve been using a diamond shaped cookie cutter. It makes it so much easier to make flowers. I just trim it to make smaller flowers. This time, I cut out a lot of different kinds of flowers and stars using cutters.

Of course, I saved the scraps from this and used them in spaghetti meat sauce. 🙂

Ta-da!

2. Put water in a pot, bring it to a boil. Then, put the carrot flowers in it, let it boil for about 1 minutes. (depending how big each flower is)

3. Drain water, and plunge them into cold water for 1 1/2-2 minutes. (You can add ice if you have any)

4. Take the carrot flowers out, and dry them really well with a paper towel.

5. When they’re dry, place them on a plastic sheet. Make sure the flowers aren’t touching each other.

6. I put them in an air tight tupperware container but you can put them in a ziploc too. (If you’re putting them in a ziploc, make sure the flowers don’t get shifted and touch each other.)

These little cute carrot flowers are now ready to be frozen!

Step 2 & 3 is called “blanching”, and it removes enzymes from carrots, and preserves its color.
Of course you can prepare other vegetables in the same way. But each vegetable has different “blanching time”, so make sure you check a website like this for a reference.

Now you’re ready to sprinkle pretty and nutritious orange flowers to brighten up your bento!

How to freeze carrot flowers on my flickr (There are more pictures!)

For more pictures of my bento, visit Bento! set and Bento details! set on my flickr page.

If you have any questions about any of my how-to’s, please feel free to leave a comment or email me!