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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 kirby rice ball July 23, 2009

Posted by AnnaTheRed in bento blog (all), how-to - characters (Ghibli, video game, Wall-E).
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I’m pretty surprised that “how to make radish mushroom / Mario mushroom” got so much attention in the past couple of days. Especially because when I did the how-to, my main focus was just a regular mushroom. I thought a regular mushroom would be more useful for regular kyaraben, and the Mario mushroom was just spur of the moment kind of thing. I ended up using the picture of Mario mushroom for the main picture of the set because, well, it looked cute. 😛 If I had used the picture of the regular radish mushroom, it probably wouldn’t have spread everywhere like this.

Anyway, the whole radish Mario mushroom thing reminded me that I haven’t done a how-to in a while. So I was going through my old bento photos, and saw a character that would be easy to make and nerdy at the same time.

[How to make Kirby rice ball]
– freshly cooked or warm sticky rice (Japanese or Korean rice)
– ham
– carrot
– seaweed
– *ketchup
– *mayonnaise or cheese
*optional

1. Wet your hands well, put salt on your palms and make a small rice ball. Make sure you make it small enough that ham can cover at least the top and half of the side of the rice ball. (You can put stuff inside the rice ball if you want.)

2. Put ham on a plastic wrap, and put the rice ball in the center of the ham.

3. Pull the plastic sheet together, and wrap it tight.

4. Slice carrot for Kirby’s feet. I used a plastic cutter to trim it. (You can put carrot into boiling water to cook if you don’t want to eat it raw.)

5. Cut ham for his arms with a plastic bottle cap.

6. Cut out seaweed for Kirby’s eyes. *You can put cheese or mayonnaise on the tip of a tooth pick and put it on the eyes for the sparkle and ketchup for his pinkish cheek, but this is optional.

7. Cut out seaweed for Kirby’s mouth. A different shape for a different facial expression!

Happy Kirby

Sad Kirby

For “Super Smash Bros. Brawl bento”, I just cut a small piece of seaweed.

I used the pink part of kamaboko (fish cake) for his cheeks on this one.

Or you can use carrot for smiling Kirby. 😀

Now it's your turn to eat him!

Don’t feel bad eating Kirby. He eats EVERYTHING. He understands. 🙂

If you’re just making a rice ball and not putting him into a bento box, you can keep him wrapped in plastic wrap and skip the carrot feet, sparkle and cheeks.

For Kirby fans who aren’t big rice eaters, I’ll make a Kirby sandwich next. Not sure if I really need a how-to since it’s so easy, but more food for my boyfriend to eat! 😀

How to make Kirby 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!

non-bento 16: kaonashi and kodama onigiri July 16, 2009

Posted by AnnaTheRed in bento blog (all), bento blog - non bento.
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My boyfriend and I are on the road again! We’ve been trying to empty the fridge, so I’ve been making regular bento. But I still wanted to make a kyaraben-ish thing, so I decided to make breakfast.

Non-bento #16: Kaonashi and Kodama onigiri (rice ball)
Created and eaten on: 7/15/2009

Since we moved to the new office, we’ve been trying to find a good deli to get breakfast. But since our new office is closer to the big subway hub, it’s either expensive or they don’t care enough to make decent bagel (for my boyfriend) or coffee (for me) because they get so much traffic. So I’ve been trying to make breakfast for us in the morning, but it hasn’t been easy. If I’m making a regular bento, I have no time for making breakfast. If I’m making a kyaraben, I have nooooooo time for making breakfast. If I, miraculously had time to make it, I’d make rice balls like Doraemon rice balls. Doraemon rice balls were so easy, but these ones were even easier. I was thinking about what I could make with rice and seaweed, and I couldn’t believe I didn’t think of making this before. Kaonashi and Kodama! Not sure if I need to explain how I made it, but I’ll do it anyway.

I made three small rice balls with plain rice with salt, and put microwaved tarako (cod roe) inside. Then I cut a hole in the seaweed and put it over one of the rice balls for Kaonashi. I cut seaweed for for his eyes and the patterns on his face.

For Kodama, I cut seaweed into circle-ish shape and put them onto other rice balls.
(I put seaweed underneath the Kodama rice balls so that it’s easier to eat. The sticky rice (Japanese or Korean) is so sticky that you need something like seaweed to hold it without getting rice all over the hand.)

That’s it!

If you have access to sticky rice, this is probably the easiest kyaraben for a kyaraben beginner. You can definitely do this with white bread too.

Kaonashi:
– rice, salt, seaweed and cod roe

Kodama:
– rice, salt, seaweed and cod roe

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