Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Devil’s Doll

The Devil’s Doll

Happy Halloween and Samhain!

I chose this picture from we ♥ it because it represents the bonfires for Samhain and well the pumpkins for Halloween :nyan:
Have you looked at the moon recently? I don’t know if it’s only in Switzerland but the moon looks huge and has a cool sickle shape! Well the sickle shape is not that special but since it’s really big, it looks pretty fascinating.. Too bad I don’t know how to take a picture of the night sky with my camera :sigh:
Recently I haven’t been blogging because I’m entering a phase (actually weeks, if not months) of intense schoolwork and preparation for the first part of my final exam (the Swiss higher education entrance qualification.. lol) so sadly there isn’t much time left for blogging.. :crying: but back to the topic!
Even if Halloween’s popularity in Switzerland has decreased in the recent years, there are still many people celebrating this event on parties and with friends.
Actually I remember trick-or-treating twice when I was a child but I truly disliked it. I haven’t got a sweet tooth at all and I always thought that rining at the doors of others for sweets is embarrassing. Anyway, I think at least everyone enjoys dressing up and carving pumpkins :happy: I like Halloween because I love this time of the year and I have an affinity for spooky things.. I can’t explain what it is exactly but probably it’s the fog, the colored leafs and the dense atmosphere. Aaaand it’s my birthday soon :totorosmile:
I didn’t manage to make a Halloween Obento because of different reasons but I will try to do one next year! But- I managed to take some pictures of my Halloween makeup :ohnoo: so here we go!

I didn’t have a specific idea of how my makeup should look like from the start and it didn’t take me much time to do this! The thoughts I had while painting my face were “broken doll” and “chelsea smile“..
I first encountered the chelsea smile in the film “The Black Dahlia” by Brian De Palma and it left a huge impression on me. There is also an urban legend in Japan about the Kuchisake Onna (Slit-Mouth Woman)..
When I was younger I used to go to some gothic parties manly because I loved to dress up spooky. Now that I don’t go to such parties anymore Halloween is the only time I can live out this creepy side of me :iida: and believe me, there is a whole other side of me, you don’t know because I’m not writing about it on this blog muahahrhrhr :hehe:

The satanic reverse cross is inspired by Hirari!

To see more pictures of my Halloween makeup, read on!

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Teriyaki Obento

Teriyaki Obento
Remember my multicolored Totoro pirate crew Obento from last week? Well even if it was fun while creating it, it was also quite exhausting and nerve-racking. Fortunately I didn’t have to do it alone. Anyway, the next day I felt like doing an other one. I don’t know if it was the frustration over the last one that didn’t turn out like I wanted at all or if I just wanted to do a new one but I felt very determined. It was a saturday so there wasn’t really a purpose for it but Silvankun and I ate it for lunch and it was delicious! :kitsune:
Everytime I try to do a Kyaraben (character Obento) I’m happy when I can return to my “normal” or more traditional Obento. What I can say after my food cloloring experience is that with all the beautiful colors of vegetables there really is no need for artificial food coloring in an Obento to make it look radiant and tasty! Of course I knew this before but now it’s even more obvious. The food coloring will never render such a beautiful color as a vegetable.

Can you see the glossy chicken? I love meat that is cooked Teriyaki style but then again, seriuosly, who doesn’t?!? The “trick” to obtain this really sticky, glossy and decadent sauce is to mix soy sauce with Mirin, Sake and sugar. I don’t know if it’s really necessary but I always turn the meat in Katakuriko (you can use any starch) before I put it in the pen.
If you want to try Teriyaki sauce, here is what to do: Mince some garlic and ginger and put it in a pen with a little bit of vegetable oil. Make sure not to burn the garlich and ginger. Coat the chicken in Katakuriko (or any other starch) and remove any excessive starch befor you put it in the pen with the garlic and ginger. Fry the chicken on every side until golden brown. Add some sugar, Sake and Mirin. Wait until the alcohol has evaporated and than add a little bit of soy sauce. Now you have to be really careful not to burn the sauce. Lower the heat and let the sauce thicken until it’s as glossy and sticky as you like. If you are following this blog since some time you may know that I’m not good with quantities. I can’t tell you how much sugar or Sake I use because I just do it intuitively (maybe that’s why I rarely succeed in baking.. :snif: Don’t be afraid to try this out just because I didn’t write any indications of quantity! If you want there are plenty of recipes on the internet but I really recommend you to just follow your nose! Your taste buds and eyes know what’s good.. trust them! (and yourself)

This Bento is on the green side but after the last Obento I really wanted something fresh. The upper part is filled with Tamagoyaki and melted cheese, broccoli, Japanese sweet potato that has been cooked and then stir-fried with some sesame oil, sugar and soy sauce and some more winter cherries. The other half has Onigiri with Furikake, chicken Teriyaki, broccoli, cucumber and radishes.
Besides the cheese in the Tamagoyaki it’s a quite traditional Obento and to be honest, that’s the way I like my Bento. :sigh: I like to see them filled with Japanese food. :ghihi:

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Tsumori Chisato~ In the garden of Eden

Tsumori Chisato~ In the garden of Eden
Hey guys! I’m totally in love with the umbrellas (or rather parasols) of Chisato Mori’s Sping/Summer 2012 collection! This quote from “The clothes whisperer” describes her collection pretty accurately: “A very Japanese approach to vacationing in the tropics.” I like her crazy, cute dresses with colorful prints and patterns and a hint of Manga. I think she’s very versatile in how she combines different ethnicities and cultures in her collections. I could go on and on for many hours, babbling about every single collection of hers but as you may know I’m kind of tied up with a lot of schoolwork I have to do.. So for now I’m just going to show you some shots of the Spring/Summer collection 2012 that you’ll hopefully enjoy. Of course I am going to introduce her and some of my favourite pieces of her collections an other time.

To see more of Tsummori Chisato‘s Spring/Fall collection 2012, read on!

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