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Panda Obento

Panda Obento
This morning I suddenly felt the urge to make an Obento. Maybe I was hungry because I had only, well let’s say “pretty disgusting”, chicken-flavoured cup noodles for dinner. To be honest, they were so bland that I didn’t even finish them. I’m not a fan nor an expert of cup noodles but since I was alone and too lazy to cook something for myself, I decided to pick up a cup. The best and well only cup noodles I had before were called にんにく ラーメン. Instant Ramen with a lot of roasted garlic slices :totorosmile: Even if instant they were delicious!

Anyway, this morning it was already so cold outside that I wasn’t in the mood for my usual muesli with cold yoghurt and fruits. Instead I was craiving for steaming, sticky and hot white rice. I know it seems akward to some of you to eat rice for breakfast but I can assure you that it’s as normal as eating bread. It’s really no big deal!! Sure, often it’s not only rice you eat but also other things like a piece of fish, a miso soup and pickled vegetables but that makes the plain white rice taste so good! I don’t remember having ever had problems with eating rice and fish for breakfast. In fact I think I immediately fell in love with it and quickly got used to it. The first few months back in Switzerland we still used to eat rice and miso soup for breakfast! (sometimes even fish..I think our former french housemate must have felt pretty alienated.. :nope: ). Why am I writing about breakfast?! Oh yes, because it was breakfast time when I suddenly felt the urge to make this Panda Obento:



They’re actually quite easy to make! Form the rice with wet hands into a cylindar with rounded down ends, cut out a long “stripe” of Nori (seaweed) and put it around the cylindrically shaped rice ball. Make sure not to cut out a too long stripe of seaweed for it doesn’t need to embrace the whole diameter of the rice ball! The two end of the stripe should be cut out roundish to look like paws. I used pickled, pink ginger to give them rosy cheeks.




for the ingredients and more pictures read on!

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Finally

Finally
it’s done! nekoblog.ch has found a new home. It took me quite some time to change everything like I wanted it but with a little help from Silvan-kun I finally got what I want! (or lets say almost). It’s not that I didn’t like my previous blogging software b2evolution but I was missing some more options an thereby decided to move to wordpress. Since I’m not used to wordpress yet it still scares me off a little bit but I hope I will soon get used to it. All in all it’s well organized and clear and I’m happy to have moved! If there are any problems with something please let me know!


Kawashima Kotori I wonder what flavour it is

I’ll be back soon with new entries!

byebye ねこちゃん :lipstick:

edit: oh my gosh! this was my 100th post!

タピオカドリンク~ Bubble tea

タピオカドリンク~ Bubble tea
Basically Bubble tea is a cold, milk tea or fruit tea based drink with tapioca pearls. The pearls can be soaked up through a large straw and their starchy and chewy consistency is fun to gnawn on! Tapioca pearls are the prevailing chewy tidbit in bubble tea, but a wide range of other options can be used to add similar texture to the drink. Each of the ingredients of bubble tea can have many variations depending on the tea house. Typically, different types of black tea, green tea, or even coffee can form the basis of this beverage. The most common black tea varieties are Oolong and Earl Grey. The milk in bubble tea is optional, though many tea houses use it.



The oldest known bubble tea consisted of a mixture of hot Taiwanese black tea, small tapioca pearls, condensed milk, and syrup or honey. According to the contested originator from Taichung, the drink was not popular at first, but after being featured on a Japanese TV show, the concept started to be adopted and popularized by drink vendors throughout Asia. source

The first and only time I had bubble tea was in a Japanese crepes shop in Okinawa. I honestly have to admit that I wasn’t too thrilled about this beverage at that time but due to its really easy recipe I will give this chewy fellows one more try. The great thing about bubble tea is that you can try out a large variety of tastes and come up with your very own composition. So here we go, here is what I did following this recipe.
For the bubble tea you need: tapioca pearls (you can find them in any Asian grocery store), black or green tea, sugar, ice and milk or water. Tapioka pearls come in different colors (such as white or brown/black) and sizes. I found the white ones to be more convenient if one wants to add a little food coloring to them.


To look at the recipe read on!

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