Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Zigeunerschnitzel - Gypsy Style Schnitzel



A few days ago I made Jägerschnitzel aka Hunter Style Schnitzel. Today I came up with another popular dish from Germany, which is also schnitzel, but it is served with a different type of sauce that is Zigeuner sauce, or gypsy style sauce. As the name suggests, the sauce is slightly more piquant and has appealing, bright, red colour. Very tasty and definitely worth a try!


Zigeunerschnitzel - serves 2

The Cutlets
  • 2 chicken/pork/veal cutlets
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tbs oyster sauce (optional)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • Oil for frying
The Gypsy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp ground paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne powder (or to taste)
  • Beef/Chicken powder to taste
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 250 ml cream
  • Sugar, to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper
Instructions

The Cutlets
  1. Set the eggs, flour and bread crumbs in three different shallow bowls.
  2. Add oyster sauce, salt and pepper to the egg bowl and mix well.
  3. One at a time, dredge the cutlet in the flour, then dip in the egg mixture and coat with the bread crumbs.
  4. Repeat step 3 one more time (optional).
  5. Deep-fry the cutlets until golden brown.
  6. Serve with gypsy sauce, salad and fries.
The Gypsy Sauce
  1. Sauté chopped onion and garlic with 1 Tbsp of oil.
  2. Add tomato paste, ground paprika, cayenne powder and beef powder.
  3. Pour the cream and mix well.
  4. Add bell pepper slices and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Dust with flour and season with sugar and pepper. Cook until sauce is thickened.




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Monday, 29 October 2012

Sunflower Bears Bento



These two lovely bear onigiris are filled with chicken teriyaki and mayo. I  covered the rice balls with katsuobushi (bonito flakes) which make the bears look pretty fluffy. The nori details were punched out from the pink nori punch below and the white nose is made out of quail egg.


Source: CasaBento

You can easily get these nori punches from CasaBento or other bento suppliers in Amazon or Ebay.



The two little chicks are also quail eggs. They look quite worried as they know that they will be gobbled down by the two little bears quite soon. Fortunately for the bears, they don't know that they'll be gobbled down by me soon after I finish writing down this post, that's why they're still smiling ;).

  Have a great week ahead everyone!

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Sunday, 28 October 2012

Jägerschnitzel - Hunter Style Schnitzel


Jägerschnitzel or Hunter Style Schnitzel is one of the most popular schnitzel varieties in Germany. It is breadcrumb-coated veal/pork/chicken which is served with creamy mushroom sauce. Since it's so well-liked over here, you can easily get instant Jägerschnitzel mixes in most German supermarkets, be they big or small.

I love to use panko bread crumbs instead of the usual western-style bread crumbs. Panko bread crumbs are much coarser and as a result, your schnitzel will be crispier and tastier :)!


Jägerschnitzel - serves 2

The Cutlets

  • 2 chicken/pork/veal cutlets
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tbs oyster sauce (optional)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • Oil for frying
The Mushroom Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1 Tbsp chopped onion
  • 8 -10 champignons, sliced
  • Beef/Chicken powder to taste
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 2 Tbsp white wine
  • 200 ml cream
  • Freshly ground pepper
Instructions

The Cutlets

  1. Set the eggs, flour and bread crumbs in three different shallow bowls.
  2. Add oyster sauce, salt and pepper to the egg bowl and mix well.
  3. One at a time, dredge the cutlet in the flour, then dip in the egg mixture and coat with the bread crumbs.
  4. Repeat step 3 one more time (optional).
  5. Deep-fry the cutlets until golden brown.
  6. Serve with mushroom sauce, salad and fries.
The Mushroom Sauce
  1.  Sauté the chopped onion with 1 Tbsp of oil.
  2. Add mushrooms and cook for 2 - 3 minutes.
  3. Season with beef powder and dust with flour.
  4. Add white wine, cream and pepper to taste. Cook until sauce is thickened.

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Fried Noodles Bento


I wanted to make charaben today, but in the end I was too lazy and just made a portion of good ol' traditional bento box ;).

The box contains plain fried noodles, pan-fried gyoza, baby carrots, pan-fried garlic chicken, soy sauce egg, a piece of radish and cherry tomato.



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Monday, 22 October 2012

Happy Koala Bento




A simple but yummy bento with Korean Fried Chicken, pan-fried gyoza, soy-sauce egg and koala onigiri.

The beautiful pink bento box is one of the many goodies which I got from Bento&Co. Remember the contest which I took part in some time ago?

The cute milk bottle-shaped seal is also from Bento&Co. It's supposed to be placed in the fridge and everytime you open the fridge, it will speak and even complain to you in Japanese - cute but can be irritating in the long run;). But now that the battery needs to be recharged, I am somehow missing that pesky noise which always greeted me everytime I left the fridge open for too long. It's even got a name: Fredoline ;).


 

Wishing you all a great weekend!

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Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Halloween Contest


There is another bento contest going on...:)! Since Halloween is on its way, CasaBento is inviting all bento lovers from all over the globe to take part in their special Halloween contest as long as you are over 18 years old.

HOW TO ENTER

Each participant should submit two photos with the following details: last name, first name, postal address, date of birth together with a description of the bento in the photo (ingredients, name of the bento box used, etc) to the following address: contest@casabento.com

CONTEST PERIOD
The contest ends on October 28th, 2012 at 11:59:59 P.M. Paris Time. All dates are subject to change. 

JUDGES
Your photos will judged by:

Each Entry will be evaluated and scored based on the following:
  • artistic merit - bento skills and use of color
  • creativity and originality - considering the representation of the Contest theme “Halloween”, as well as the unique and novel approach to use of CasaBento products
  • quality of photo submitted
  • adherence to the the Contest Rules

PRIZES




1ST PRIZE -  1 Tokyo Pink Insulated Bag + 1 Tokyo Stainless Steel Lunch Jar + 2 Tokyo Mini Bento Boxes





2ND PRIZE - 1 Mini Marche Insulated Bag + 1 Tokyo Cup



3RD PRIZE -  15€ voucher to use for your next purchase at CasaBento (offer available with 30€ of purchase)
For more information about the contest, please visit CasaBento

Check out CasaBento's Facebook Page as well to find other interesting offers :D).



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Sunday, 7 October 2012

Fried Rice-Noodles Bento

 

This is another simple bento which you can whip up within minutes, provided that you have all of the ingredients ready. And please do use fresh rice-noodles if you could, it'd make such a huge difference...!

Ingredients:
  • 250 g fresh rice-noodles
  • 100 ground pork (or chicken)
  • 100 bean sprouts
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbs fish sauce
  • 2 tbs oyster sauce
  • 1 tbs sambal oelek
  • 1 Tbsp sweet soy sauce
  • white pepper to taste
Instructions
  • Heat oil in a wok.
  • Add the ground pork. Stir fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add fish sauce, sambal oelek and oyster sauce. Simmer for 1 minute.
  • Quickly add the noodles and stir until well combined.
  • Toss in the bean sprouts, green onions and sprinkle a dash of pepper. Stir fry for another 1 minute. Serve.
  • Top with slices of boiled egg, carved radish and a dollop of chili sambal :).



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Monday, 1 October 2012

Panda Bento for Beginners


I managed to come up with another bento today. The previous weeks have been crazy, but I am glad to say that the next few months will be less stressful.

This panda bento was made with the intention to show bento beginners that you can also make a cute and neat bento meal without much effort in the kitchen. I used the panda onigiri set which I won  from Bento&Co's 2012 Contest. I have to say that the panda onigiri set is a real gem - it allows you to create super cute panda onigiri within seconds! Well, okay, I do exaggerate a little bit ;), I would say about 2 minutes per panda onigiri.


This panda onigiri set contains a panda rice mold and a panda nori cutter. It costs $13.50.

I placed the two panda onigiri inside a lovely pink lego-shaped bento box which I also received from Bento&Co. They're very generous, aren't they?





You can choose the colour you like best: black, white, pink, red and blue. My favourite is pink and I am glad that it's the colour which Bento&Co chose for me :). You can buy the box over here. The price is $29.80.

Have a great week ahead!


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