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How to make cute moulded eggs

These eggs up the cute in any lunch box!

All you need for these adorable noms are large eggs and egg molds (can be found on eBay, Amazon or speciality bento sites)

First, start with LARGE eggs (small eggs won’t fill the mold, and you’ll end up with half-shapes). Add about 1 tablespoon of salt for each 3 eggs boiled.

This extra salt does not flavor the eggs at all - as the water boils, the salty liquid penetrates the shell through osmosis and provides sort of a cushion of liquid between the egg and the shell. This makes it much easier to peel.

Boil the eggs for about 15-18 minutes. This helps loosen the egg from its shell. The time may vary on your stovetop, so experiment until you find the right combination : )

When the eggs are done boiling, tap them gently on a flat surface to split the shell - be careful not to puncture the egg! If needed, briefly run the egg under cool water, but don’t let the egg become cold. In order to mold properly the egg must still be HOT!

Gently and carefully squeeze the hot egg a little to fit it into the mold better. Don’t go too fast or the egg will crack. The egg is still very pliable when its hot.

After it’s tucked into its mold just right, you can close the lid. If the mold you’re using doesn’t lock closed very well, try using rubber bands to keep it tight.

When the molds are all filled, put them into an ice bath. I put this bowl into the fridge for about a half hour or so.

When you’re ready to take one out, run it under hot water for a second. It helps loosen it from the mold. Open the mold and wiggle the egg a little until it comes out easily.

Ta-Da! A super cute shaped eggs!

anonymous asked:

how are you able to maintain a vegan diet while in college? i want to go vegan but i can’t afford it ):

hello!! thanks for sending in your question again, i forgot to reply hehe 😋 now, i still live at home (bc uni is just an hour away by bus) so my parents help me out by buying the usual bread/pasta etc, however i still buy my own stuff and cook for them so here are some tips for you:

  • it is a misconception that vegan food is expensive. it is only expensive if you want it to be. buying meat alternatives etc gets expensive, but if you eat vegan wholefoods then it will save you money!
  • transition slowly. don’t go into veganism at once. start removing things from your diet slowly and take all the time you need. people are much more successful at veganism when they cut things down slowly, rather than everything at once. i say this from my friend’s experience.
  • understand vegan nutrition. it’s important to get all the nutrients on a vegan diet (and on any diet really). this meal plan can help + also this vegan food pyramid.
  • learn to cook. this is really, really important. you have to know how to cook before you attempt trying a vegan diet and it being cheap. you cannot depend on packaged foods.
  • plan, plan, plan. plan your food in advance, depending on your schedule/timetable, you will make it work.
  • that comes with, prepare. prepare your food in advance so you can save on time (especially when you have very long days at uni like i do and don’t feel like preparing food for the next day all the time).
  • follow some vegan people on instagram. - (lil self promo here) check out my ig stories for some vegan food i cook + do ask me for the recipes! i follow people like epivegan, the buddhist chef, vegan fat kid, mindful diabetic robby, follow your heart, adam kenworthy, conscious chris , hotforfood etc!!
  • check out the following youtube channels for food ideas. -  the buddhist chef (my fave recipes are here + i love his tofu with peanut butter sauce); hotforfood; cheap lazy vegan; sarah’s vegan kitchen; a chill vegan; caitlin shoemaker etc!!
  • make your own food for school. my fave fave youtube channel for vegan lunches - pick up limes; vegan lunchbox ideas by another fave - bonny rebecca; hot for food have some vegan lunch ideas here and here too; more bento box ideas etc!!
  • take snacks with you wherever you go. it honestly helps so much. i enjoy trail-mix very much everyday, but i tend to eat unhealthy things sometimes and opt for manner wafers between lectures (oops…). anyways, a lot of food you already eat is probably vegan (though not necessarily healthy).
  • eat the rainbow. make sure the food you eat is abundant and includes a lot of vegetables where possible. rice, quinoa, bulgur wheat and buckwheat etc. are all so filling and healthy (also, i live on pasta - add veggies and make your own sauces/pestos).
  • EAT BREAKFAST EVERYDAY. you will get hungry and you need to eat. make smoothies for breakfast. they are very filling too (when taking a large amount of course). also, frozen fruit is great and costs much less than buying fresh fruit, except bananas. bananas are great and so cheap, make sure to always have some on hand. oatmeal also rocks. versatile, easy to make, easy to take with you to uni, very cheap too. both smoothies and oatmeal can be taken to uni.
  • join some vegan facebook groups. i’m in groups such as ones for vegans in malta, vegans on a budget, and vegan food sharing. find some for yourself!
  • going out with non-vegan friends. happycow is a lifesaver for finding vegan restaurants close-by, or at least restaurants that offer vegan options. + check out how to eat vegan at chain restaurants.
  • partygoers. this is kinda inevitable if you’re one of the partygoers - alcohol. barnivore is also a lifesaver. you’re welcome.

here you go. this is all i can think of right now, i might make this into a masterpost sooner or later if you guys like it. hope you manage to start veganism and keep at it 🌱 i wish you luck at uni 💚

NB - @ my vegan followers - feel free to send in some tips so i can add them to this or a future masterpost (with reference to you, of course).

drawacirclethatsry  asked:

I just read all your Icarus tales stuff and I think it's very well done and absolutely adorable! And all the other gods are awesome, I absolutely adore the Underworld Power couple. Like I can see Persephone getting interested in those Japanese cooking videos and attempting to make Hades a cute bentos for when he has to work. Hades eats it not caring who sees because he's the God of the Underworld if anyone dares laugh at his wife's hard work, he will give them the worst day of their unlife.

Originally posted by meanwhileongiphy

LOVE IT, like i had this headcanon that Persephone loves japanese mascots, so this scenario fits perfectly <3

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Classic Omurice from Koufuku Grafitti (Requested)

Ah, the anime classic! As requested by an anon here. (Yes, there are still a few more versions of the omuraisu coming up in separate posts)

Rice in Omurice (6 servings)

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts, cubed
  • 2 yellow onions, diced
  • 3 cups uncooked rice
  • 50g butter
  • 1 bottle of tomato ketchup, to taste
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Omelette (Per serving)

Ingredients

  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • Olive Oil, 2 tbsp

Okay, the reason why there’s so much rice is that you can make lots of variations at the same time! (Will post them later) The leftover rice is also really great for bentos the next day.

Method (as shown above)

1. Cook the rice with a rice cooker! This will take about half an hour. You can prepare the other ingredients in the mean time.

2. Heat a saucepan and melt the butter.

3. Throw in the onions and stir-fry.

4. When the onions are transparent, throw in the chicken and stir-fry till cooked.

5. When the rice is done, throw in the rice and stir-fry until the rice has been covered with the melted butter.

6. Put in some ketchup, and stir, until the rice is evenly orange/red. You might have to do this a few times till you get the colour and taste you want.

7. Season with salt and pepper.

8. Now it’s time for the eggs! In a different pan (Non-stick will be easier), and put in the olive oil, making sure all parts of the pan are oiled.

9. Pour the egg in the pan in a circular motion, making sure that there is a circle of egg.

10: Do not flip unless your skill level is higher than mine (It always tears for me… in a 28cm pan). Place some rice horizontally on the egg and fold up the sides like this:

11. Place a plate over the pan, flip, and serve!

12. Attempt to decorate it with more ketchup, and enjoy!

Note: Kiri/斬り can mean to cut someone down…. or at least that’s what I learnt from Bleach eons ago. Lol. Or there’s the kiri in harakiri 腹切り. Either way, failing to spell out kirin’s name doesn’t sound very nice. XD.

Other Omurice Variations:
- Okonomiyaki Omurice
- Legendary Omurice (Coming soon)

Check out my Recipe Archive!

Although I mostly stick to vegetarian options, oyakodon is one of those dishes I continually make an exception for. I fell in love with this savory chicken and egg dish while living in Tokyo, Japan for 18 months (which I made a graphic novel about and you can read here!). It was always a bit greasy at restaurants, so I love the homemade version much better!

Bento box with oyakodon, white rice, and broccoli salad (broccoli with mayo dressing, veggie bacon, raisins, and sunflower seeds).

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Matching Bentos for the Bottomless Pit and I!

-Salad
-Sausage
- Sauteed black pepper king oyster mushrooms
- Potato salad with shirasu (small white fish)
- Umeboshi
- Iron egg ( from taiwan)
- Marinated bonito cubes

Iron Eggs (铁蛋)are my favourite Taiwanese snack (because I can’t bring taiwan sausage, yam balls, and bubble tea through customs), and they go very well with rice or rice porridge!