Friday, September 23, 2016

Easy Halloween Treats – DIY Oreo Owls



I know there’s still more than a month away from Halloween.  However, I learned from my previous experience that it’s always a good thing to plan things ahead.  If you’re also a last minute person like I am, you probably knew that most of the stores ran out of costume sizes and styles a couple of weeks before Halloween, every single year!  I mean, seriously?  Well, that happened to me more than once.  So I took a mental note to myself, “let’s make running around frantically for a last minute Halloween costume search a thing of the past!”  Besides costumes, I’m also planning the treats in advance as well.

How to DIY Halloween Treats -  Oreo Owls  http://uTry.it

If you attend or host a Halloween party, or plan to bring treats to the kids’ school parties, you know the festive treats are just as important as the costumes!  Today, I want to save you a few hours of Pinterest search and share this fun and easy DIY Halloween Treat with you: The Oreo Owls!  whoo…whoo…whoo…?  Sorry for the cheesy introduction, I couldn’t help it!   This Oreo Owl treat is super simple to prepare and kids will definitely love the ingredient list.  Have you watched the video tutorial (at the beginning of the post)?  If not, you’ve got to watch it until the end because there’s a little surprise that you don’t want to miss!  I hope you like today’s video and DIY treat.  Please stay tuned for another fun treat next week!  Stay sweet!

How to DIY Halloween Treats -  Oreo Owls  http://uTry.it



Ingredients Used:

Vanilla Pizzelle Cookies (Click here for more information)
Chocolate Pizzelle Cookies (Click here for more information)
Nutella
 (Click here for more information)

Oreo Cookies
 (Click here for more information)

M&Ms
 (Click here for more information)

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Hawaiian Poke Bowl



Every once in a while, my family loves to dine out and try new restaurants.  We can’t help but noticed one of the latest restaurant trend is Poke Bowl!  It sure seems like there’s a new Poke Bowl restaurant open up every month in the nearby cities!  Poke (pronounced as poʊˈkeɪ) is a raw fish salad served as an appetizer in Hawaiian cuisine.  Poke is the Hawaiian verb for "section" or "to slice or cut".  Traditionally, the fish/seafood used for poke are ahi tuna, octopus, or salmon.  You can definitely explore and make it with different type of shellfish or seafood that you prefer.  Today, I chose salmon and made the poke with a hint of spiciness.  You can definitely adjust the level of spiciness by adding more or less chili sauce to your liking.

How to Make Hawaiian Poke Bowl  http://uTry.it

If you follow me on Instragram, you might recall that I shared a picture of my Homemade Salmon Poke a few months ago.  Since some of you asked me about the recipe, I decided that it would be best to share it here on my blog along with a video tutorial.  Thank you for your patience in waiting so long.  Well, what can I say.  This recipe is totally worth the wait!  Also, this Hawaiian Poke Bowl is super easy to prepare and only needs a few ingredients.  It’ll be one of the best poke bowl that you’ll ever eaten, no exaggeration!

How to Make Hawaiian Poke Bowl  http://uTry.it

The key to a successful Poke Bowl?  Make sure you use the best quality of seafood.  I used the sashimi-grand salmon here and the marinate ingredients for the poke are just a few Asian pantry staples.  I’ll list all these ingredients at the end of this post for your reference.  This recipe is so easy that you can put dinner on the table in less than 15 minutes!  Check out the video at the beginning of this post for the complete tutorial.  You’ll also find out how to make this gorgeous avocado flower as well.  It’s super easy and the creaminess texture of the avocado is the perfect compliment to the slightly tangy and spicy salmon poke as well. 

How to Make Hawaiian Poke Bowl  http://uTry.it

I hope you enjoy today’s video and recipe.  Please stay tuned for more fun and easy recipe next week.

Ingredients and Tools used:
Light Soy Sauce (Click here for more information)

Rice Vinegar (Click here for more information)
Hawaiian Salt
(Click here for more information)

Zojirushi Rice Cooker (Click here for more information)

Japanese Short Grain Rice (Click here for more information)

Sesame Oil (Click here for more information)

Black Sesame Seeds (Click here for more information)

White Sesame Seeds (Click here for more information)
Sriracha (Click here for more information)
 
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Friday, September 9, 2016

Mini Bunny Vanilla Bean Doughnuts 小兔子雲呢拿甜甜圈



Looking for after school snack recipes that are cute and easy?  You’re going to love today’s recipe and video tutorial!  Check out these Mini Bunny Vanilla Bean Doughnuts (小兔子雲呢拿甜甜圈)!  They are packed with cuteness and awesome vanilla bean aromas.

How to Make Mini Bunny Vanilla Bean Doughnuts 小兔子雲呢拿甜甜圈  http://uTry.it

Instead of the traditional deep-fried method, these mini doughnuts are baked in a mini doughnut pan (I’ll list the tools at the end of this post for your reference).  Therefore, they are a little bit healthier and easier to prepare.  You don’t have to deal with kneading a yeasty dough nor deep frying in a big pot of hot oil.  Phew…. 

How to Make Mini Bunny Vanilla Bean Doughnuts 小兔子雲呢拿甜甜圈  http://uTry.it

Since these doughnuts are baked rather than fried, the texture is more comparable to cakes or cupcakes, which is quite different than a traditional doughnut.  Nevertheless, these doughnuts are still light and fluffy.  Thanks to the vanilla bean paste that is added to the batter, you can definitely taste the vanilla bean flavor.  I love that these doughnuts are in mini sizes too.  Not only they are cuter that way, they are perfect for portion control too!  

How to Make Mini Bunny Vanilla Bean Doughnuts 小兔子雲呢拿甜甜圈  http://uTry.it

As you can see from my video tutorial above, these bunny doughnuts are quite easy to prepare  Because there’s no machine nor mixer needed.  Plus, it’s super fun to decorate them into bunnies as well.  Just a quick dip in the icing, then draw out the facial expressions that fits your mood. 


How to Make Mini Bunny Vanilla Bean Doughnuts 小兔子雲呢拿甜甜圈  http://uTry.it


These Mini Bunny Doughnuts were a big hit at home!  My kids loved them so much and they requested to have them as breakfast the next day.  What are your kid’s favorite after school snacks?  Tell me in the comment below.  I would love to hear from you.




Tools and ingredients used:
Nonstick Mini Donut Pan (Click here for more information)
Cooling Racks (Click here for more information)
Vanilla Bean Paste (Click here for more information)
Kerrygold Butter (Click here for more information)
Measuring Cup (Click here for more information)


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Friday, September 2, 2016

Back to School Recipe Idea: How to Make Cutie Mouse Bento Lunch Box 可愛鼠鼠便當飯盒



For those who have young kids, how was your transition for going back to school?  I hope all of you had a positive and smooth process so far.  Mysteriously, for my family, we’re returned to our normal school day schedules and routines rather smoothly.  Well, except that I had already forgotten to set my alarm clock twice in a week.  Luckily, I managed to wake up even before my usual time and that's just so... not me!

Adorable, easy, and healthy Kids Bento Lunch Box Recipe!  How to Make Cutie Mouse In The Garden Bento Lunch Box   http://uTry.it

Part of my morning routine is packing lunches and snacks for my kids.  This school year, one of my goal is to pack more fun lunch boxes for my Kiddos!

Adorable, easy, and healthy Kids Bento Lunch Box Recipe!  How to Make Cutie Mouse In The Garden Bento Lunch Box   http://uTry.it

As parents, we don't likes to open "un-touched" (or barely eaten/consumed) lunch boxes after school?  That’s probably one of the biggest fear for the lunch-packers (is there an official term for this role?)  For the kids, it’s always more fun to open a lunch box and see surprises inside.  After all, I think a fun lunch box will definitely help with one’s appetite!  Today, let me present to you the Cutie Mouse in the Garden 可愛鼠鼠便當飯盒 lunch box. It’s a Bento lunch box, with an open sandwich, veggies, hard boil egg, ham, and cheese.  It is also accompanied by a cutie little mouse wondering in the garden looking for her cheese.

Adorable, easy, and healthy Kids Bento Lunch Box Recipe!  How to Make Cutie Mouse In The Garden Bento Lunch Box   http://uTry.it

My Baby Girl had fun helping me out in decorating the lunch box as well.  If you haven’t watched the video tutorial yet, don’t miss out and go watch it now!  Make sure that you watch until the end for a little surprise too.  If you make this cute lunch for your kiddo, I’m sure they’ll feel the love and warmth that you send along with this lunch box!  Many of us can use some fresh ideas in packing fun lunches from time to time.  If you have any specific or special request, please commend below and I’ll try my best to create the videos and posts for you.  Stay tuned for another fun and easy recipe next week!  Take care.

Adorable, easy, and healthy Kids Bento Lunch Box Recipe!  How to Make Cutie Mouse In The Garden Bento Lunch Box   http://uTry.it



Some Tools used in this post and other suggestions:
Food Decorating Tongs/Tweezers (Click here for more information)
Hello Kitty Bento Lunch Box 
(Click here for more information)
Hello Kitty Bento Lunch Box 2 (Click here for more information)
Hello Kitty Bento Lunch Box 3 (Click here for more information)
Small Bento Picks 
(Click here for more information)
Small Bento Picks 2 
(Click here for more information)
Small Bento Picks 3 (Click here for more information)


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Friday, August 26, 2016

Ice Bowl Chilled Udon with Onsen Tamago (Hot Spring Egg) 冰鎮烏冬配温泉蛋

Aloha!  If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you might have noticed that my family was in Hawaii this summer.  It was one of our best summer vacation, ever!  Now that we’re back to reality, all of us are suffering from a severe case of VWS, a.k.a, Vacation Withdrawal Syndrome!  Yes, I just made that term up.  You don’t need to Google it!    
How to Make Ice Bowl Chilled Udon with Onsen Tamago (Hot Spring Egg) 冰鎮烏冬配温泉蛋   http://uTry.it
While in Hawaii, we visited two islands: Oahu and the Big Island.  I’ll share with you, in other posts in the near future, the details on the places we visited, things we did, and restaurants that we tried and loved!
 
Marukame Udon Waikiki http://uTry.it
One of the restaurants that we tried was Marukame Udon in Waikiki.  The rating of this place from a popular restaurant review sites was really high.  Of course, we wouldn’t miss the chance to check this place out.  It was near our hotel and we actually passed by this restaurant on a few different occasions.  During the peak lunch and dinner hours, the line outside of the restaurant was super long!  Yes, my kids love udon, but I doubted if they would really love udon that much to patiently stand and wait for more than an hour for a bowl of udon!  So, we planned our visit in the late morning before the lunch rush hour started.  The good news was that we only had to wait about 15 minutes before placing our order (This restaurant offers a semi self-serving type ordering approach that is very similar to cafeteria style).   
Marukame Udon Waikiki http://uTry.it
To be honest, I was a little bit disappointed by their udon.  My hubby and I both ordered hot udon with beef along with some other side dishes.  The flavor of our beef udon was great, but the udon itself was a bit too soft to our liking.  On the other hand, both of our kids ordered cold udon and that was totally a different story!  The udon was cooked perfectly to el dente, perfectly chilled, super bouncy, and had the wonderful slightly chewy texture that I enjoy in my udon!  Guess the grown up ordered the “wrong” thing!  I have to say though, they have some awesome and delicious side dishes to choose from and the Onsen Tamago (Hot Spring Egg) was one of the item that I think is a must try!    
How to Make Ice Bowl Chilled Udon with Onsen Tamago (Hot Spring Egg) 冰鎮烏冬配温泉蛋   http://uTry.it
As a result of this restaurant visit, I was inspired to recreate this awesome cold udon recipe!  Let me introduce to you, Ice Bowl Chilled Udon with Onsen Tamago (Hot Spring Egg) 冰鎮烏冬配温泉蛋!  It’s perfect for the hot summer days!  Yes, summer vacation might be over, but the temperature sure is not coming down any time soon!  If you still long for a refreshing recipe that can cool you down instantly, you’ve got to try this one out.  
How to Make Ice Bowl Chilled Udon with Onsen Tamago (Hot Spring Egg) 冰鎮烏冬配温泉蛋   http://uTry.it
If you haven’t watch the video tutorial at the top of this post yet, please make sure you don’t miss it.  In the video, I’ll show you step-by-step on how to put this cold udon dish together, including the homemade dipping sauce, the ice bowl that the udon is served in, as well as this super decadent hot spring egg!  The egg is truly the star of this dish and adds so much flavors and decadent aromas to the udon!  Follow my video tutorial closely and you’ll get the perfect hot spring eggs.  The egg white is cooked to perfection, yet the yolk is still runny.  It’s really amazing how you can crack the cooked egg right from its shell onto the serving bowl!  The ice bowl will keep your udon cold while you eat.  Not to mention, it’s a super fun presentation as well.     
How to Make Ice Bowl Chilled Udon with Onsen Tamago (Hot Spring Egg) 冰鎮烏冬配温泉蛋   http://uTry.it
If you love spicy food, I highly recommend that you add a small amount of wasabi and mix it into the udon.  It’ll add a nice kick to this dish and balance the flavor perfectly.  I know I’ll be making and enjoying this dish over and over again!  It’ll certainly reminds me of the wonderful summer vacation that we had in Hawaii!  Aloha!
How to Make Ice Bowl Chilled Udon with Onsen Tamago (Hot Spring Egg) 冰鎮烏冬配温泉蛋   http://uTry.it
 

Tools and ingredients used:
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