Sunday, August 20, 2017

How to Make Piña Colada Poptails:



How was your summer holiday?  I hope you were able to get some time off from work and hang out with your family.  We surely had an amazing vacation this summer and I couldn’t wait to share more details with you. I would love to hear where you’ve been and what you’ve done this summer.  So feel free to leave me a comment below.  

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What are the key ingredients of an ideal holiday for you?  To me, it’s not a holiday until you’re sipping a nice cocktail with a nice view in front of you!  Forget about all the stress and responsibilities for a while.  Well, even for a few days a year, it’s still nice.  Our bodies and minds definitely need a break and some rest to recharge, so that we can work harder and reach higher after the break.  Don’t you agree?

Although summer vacation might be over, we can still enjoy a little treat over the weekends to bring back those fond memories!  These Piña Colada Poptails definitely bring me back to the tropical paradise instantly!  While they taste just like the cocktail themselves, why not have some fresh fruits and vitamin C at the same time?

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If you haven’t done so, check out my video tutorial above.  I’ll show you how to easily cut these pineapple spears to prepare these poptails.  By the way, Poptails = Popsicle + Cocktail.  I’m sure you don’t need any explanation here, but just in case. These Piña Colada Poptails are so refreshing and so much fun to eat.  They are perfect for parties and gatherings.  Or, whenever you need a 'healthier' cocktail. 

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There is one thing that I forgot to mention in my video.  It has to do with the rum that you would used to soak the pineapple spears.  Please do not throw them away after soaking!  You can use them to make some nice cocktail later.  Maybe a Piña Colada?  Simply keep the rum in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.  I hope you enjoy today’s post and recipe!  And remember, Eat, Drink, and Be Happy!  Stay tuned for more fun and delicious recipe next week!

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Tools and Ingredients Used:
Pitcher (Click here for more information)
Long Bamboo Skewers 
(Click here for more information)

Maraschino Cherries with Stems (Click here for more information)
Coconut Cream (Click here for more information)
Coconut Flakes (Click here for more information)
Silicone Pastry Brush (Click here for more information)


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Saturday, August 12, 2017

How to Make Mochi Ice Cream 雪糕糯米糍



Have you ever tried Mochi Ice Cream 雪糕 糯米糍 before?  These little gems are one of my childhood favorites.  They used to be occasional treats when I was young.  Besides it’s considered a little pricey for me when I was a kid, and that there weren’t that many places that sell them back in the good old days!  So, I cherished them whenever I get my hands on these delicious treats!  Fast forward to now, they are more widely available and not as expensive as in the past.

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However, the good news is, I will show you how you can easily make them at home, with the help of my recipe and tutorial!  Best of all, you can create them using your favorite ice cream flavor!  That way, you can enjoy any flavor that your heart desired!  Mochi Ice Cream is a confection made from Japanese Mochi (pounded sticky rice dough) filled with a scoop of ice cream.  They might seems complicated to make, but actually quite simple.  Check out my video tutorial above for more tips and tricks.  There are quite a few steps and chilling time, but all quite straight forward to follow.

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In the mochi dough, I used a mix of glutenous rice flour as well as regular rice flour.  The glutenous rice flour gives this treat the signature chewy texture while the regular rice flour yield the tender and soft texture for the mochi skin, even after freezing! Therefore, it's important to use both type of flours and not just one. With that said, you should always let your Ice Cream Mochi rest at the room temperature for a few minutes before serving.  That way, the mochi skin and the ice cream will have a chance to soften up before you bite into one.

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In today’s Mochi Ice Cream, I filled them with an Easy Mango Ice Cream, which I will also show you how to make in my video, as well as Roasted Strawberry and Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream!  They are all homemade with natural and organic ingredients. Check out the recipe links at the end of the post if you're interested to make your own.  Otherwise, you can use any store bought ice cream as well.   

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Aren't they gorgeous?  I love how beautiful and colorful they turned out.  They make me feel happy just by looking at them, not to mention, they are refreshing and delightful to enjoy in the hot summer days!  Hope you’re enjoying summer in full blast!  If your kiddos are already back to school, these would definitely be their favorite after school snacks!  Thank you so much for stopping by today.  Remember, Eat, Drink, and Be Happy!  Stay tuned for more fun and delicious recipe next week!




Ingredients and Tools Used:
Organic Vanilla Extract  (Click here for more information)
Glutinous Rice Flour (糯米粉) (Click here for more information)

Potato Starch (
粟粉) (Click here for more information)

Freezer Safe Container
 (Click here for more information)

Ninja Blender (Click here for more information)

Ice Cream Machine (Click here for more information)

Tovolo Ice Cream Tub
 (Click here for more information)

Mini Muffin Pan
 (Click here for more information)

Mini Cupcake Liners
 (Click here for more information)

Silpat
 (Click here for more information)

Rolling Pin
 (Click here for more information)

Round Cookie Cutter Set
 (Click here for more information)

Cookie Dough Scoop
 (Click here for more information)

Ice Cream Scoop
 (Click here for more information)

Regular Rice Flour
(粘米粉) (Click here for more information)




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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Sumikko Gurashi Sushi Rice Balls 角落公仔壽司飯糰




Have you seen these cutie critters before?  They are called Sumikko Gurashi!  Aren’t they super adorable?  Today, I’m sharing a recipe with you that’s inspired by these super adorable characters from Japan: Sumikko Gurashi Sushi Rice Balls 角落公仔壽司飯糰.  If you’ve checked out my video tutorial above, you’ll also see the tools and ingredients that I used to make them.

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It all started not long ago with a super soft and squishy plush toys that I got for my daughter from a Japanese store.  Ever since that day, we all fell in love with these cute little creatures!

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Image from the web

What does Sumikko Gurashi means?  “Sumikko” means corner, and “Gurashi” means life.  Together, they can be translated to 'living in a corner,' as that’s what these little critters like to do.

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From time to time when I see cute little Sumikko Gurashi products, I couldn’t resist but to take them home with me! 

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Picture from web

In today’s recipe, I’m making these sushi rice balls stuffed with a creamy and smoked salmon filling.  The rice itself is seasoned with different ingredients for their natural colors and flavors.

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First off, we have Neko Cat.  The rice is seasoned with cod powder for the umami flavor and gorgeous pink color.  It compliment the salmon fillings really well.

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Next is Polar Bear.  I leave the rice plain on this one for the white color.  Its ears are decorated with pink Soy Wrappers that are so much fun and easy to use!  It’s mouth and legs are stamped out cheddar cheese and it’s eyes and hands are stamped out seaweeds.

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Up next is Penguin!  The green color is from matcha green tea powder.  You can also substitute with spinach puree or other dark green vegetable puree if you have those on hand.  But the earthy green tea flavor truly balanced well with the smoky salmon inside these rice balls.

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Last but not least, Tonkatsu!  Remember I shared my homemade Tonkatsu recipe with you not long ago?  It’s Japanese style pork cutlets!  See the resemblance?   For this one, I seasoned the rice with a little bit of light soy sauce for flavor and color.  They all turned out super yummy!

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Image from web

How well did I I in in shaping and decorating these characters against the picture sample above?  Not bad, isn’t it?  I can’t wait to make “tail of fried shrimp”, “tapioca”, and “sparrow” next time!  They are all super duper cute!

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I hope you enjoyed today’s video and recipe as much as we do.  My daughter and I had a fun time creating them together!  Thank you so much for reading and stay tuned for more fun and kawaii recipe next week!  Remember, Eat, Drink, and Be Happy! 

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Products, ingredients, and tools used in this post:
Sumikko Gurashi Cat Plush Toy (Click here for more information)Sumikko Gurashi Rice Ball Mold  (Click here for more information)
Soy Wrappers  (Click here for more information)
Matcha Green Tea Powder (Click here for more information)
Sumikko Gurashi Chopsticks (Click here for more information)

Sumikko Gurashi Cup (Click here for more information)

Roasted Seaweed (Click here for more information)

Honey Smoked Salmon (Click here for more information)

Organic Soy Sauce (Click here for more information)

Japanese Sushi Rice (Click here for more information)

Japanese Mayo (Click here for more information)

Food Decorating Tongs/Tweezers (
Click here for more information)




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