Friday, January 30, 2015

How to Make Happy Animal Chocolate Truffles for Valentine's Day - Video Recipe

Kawaii (cute) chocolate gift idea for Valentine's Day!!!

Chocolate Truffles are bite-sized round petit fours made with a chocolate ganache centre coated in chocolate.

Other great Valentine's Day recipe ideas are here:

Happy Animal Chocolate Truffles

Difficulty: Need Patience
Time: 2 hrs
Number of servings: 9

((Kit Includes…))
70g (2.5oz.) white chocolate
30g (1.0oz.) milk chocolate for coating
30g (1.0oz.) pink chocolate for coating
30g (1.0oz.) yellow chocolate for coating
1 milk chocolate pen
1 white chocolate pen
1 pink chocolate pen
1 yellow chocolate pen
10 gift bags
5 ties

((What You Need…))
2 tbsp. whipping cream

1. Place whipping cream in a bowl, place it over hot water, add white chocolate, then melt the chocolate.
2. Place the bowl over iced water. Mix with a spatula until thick.
3. Spoon the mixture on a plate lined with plastic wrap and cool in the freezer until you can handle them.
4. Quickly make them into balls and cool in the fridge.
5. Melt the chocolates for coating in small bowls.
6. Coat the ganache balls in the melted chocolates and cool in the fridge.
7. On a parchment paper, draw face parts with melted chocolate pens and cool in the fridge.
8. Attach and draw the face parts with chocolate pens and cool in the fridge to set.


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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

How to Make EASY Mackerel Rice - Video Recipe

Super quick and healthy recipe using unflavored canned boiled mackerel!

Ginger removes the fishy taste and flavor, and makes easy to eat, even for those who don't like mackerel! Also, ginger is great for warming the body up on a cold day.

EASY Mackerel Rice

Difficulty: Super Easy
Time: 1hr
Number of servings: 4

2 cups uncooked pre-washed Japanese rice
1 small piece sliced ginger
190g (6.7oz.) unflavored canned boiled mackerel
* 1 tbsp. soy sauce
* 1 tbsp. Sake
chopped Mitsuba (Japanese wild parsley) if you like

1. Wash rice if needed. If you are using pre-washed rice (Musenmai) you don't have to wash it.
2. Place the rice in a pot, add A, add the liquid from the canned mackerel, then add water to the appropriate level indicated in the pot, and mix well.
3. Add the mackerel and sliced ginger on top.
4. Place the pot into the rice cooker. Cover and press the button to start.
5. When it's done, toss the rice lightly using a rice paddle, serve in a dish, top with chopped Mitsuba if you like.


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Friday, January 23, 2015

How to Make Country Ma'am Soft and Chewy Cookies (Matcha Green Tea Latte Flavor) - Video Recipe

Fujiya Country Ma'am Chocolate Chip Cookies are very popular soft and chewy cookies in Japan.

Vanilla and chocolate flavor are the ever classic, but there are some limited flavors such as Matcha green tea.

Country Ma'am (Matcha Green Tea Latte Flavor)

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 1hr
Number of servings: 25 cookies

100g (3.5oz.) unsalted butter *room temperature
50g (1.8oz.) brown sugar
1 egg *room temperature
vanilla extract
160g (5.6oz.) all purpose flour
2 tbsp. Matcha green tea powder
1/2 tsp. baking powder
40g (1.4oz.) white chocolate bar
40g (1.4oz.) milk chocolate bar

1. Cream the butter in a large bowl. Add sugar and mix until white and fluffy.
2. Add the beaten egg little by little, and mix well. Add a few drops of vanilla extract and mix well.
3. Sift in flour, Matcha powder, and baking powder, then mix well with a spatula.
4. Wrap in plastic wrap and cool in the fridge for about 30 minutes to set.
5. Break the chocolate bars into small pieces.
6. Divide the dough into 25 pieces. Make it flat and place the chocolates. Roll into a small ball. Then press the center of the ball gently with your finger to make it flat.
7. Bake at 170C (338F) for 10 minutes. Cool the cookies on the baking sheet or a wire rack.

You can keep the cookies in an airtight container or a Ziploc bag for a week.


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