Showing posts with label Others. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Others. Show all posts

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Keep Calm + Make Bento

Just want to wish everyone a wonderful weekend :)! If you want to find out more about these 6 bentos above, here are the links:

And...recently I also just changed the cover of my bento cookbook. I like the new cover much better and if you should buy the book in about 3-5 working days, you will get the book with the new cover instead of the old one. Which one do you like better?

If you want to read more about my newly published bento cookbook, find all about it HERE. It's available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Fishpond and Powell's. Or simply search for my book on other online retailers, you might find it there too :)! My book is currently out of stock in some of these retailers, but they will be available again within a few days, so stay tuned :)!

Friday, 16 May 2014

My Bento Cookbook - BENTO DELIGHTS

Yup, you've read that correctly, my very first and my very own bento cookbook :-)! After months of hard work, it's finally done! This was also one of the reasons why I had been in an on-and-off again relationship with my blog the last couple of months. So, let me introduce you to my new little baby: Bento Delights - adorable + stylish lunches on the go. You even get to know my name too :). Hello, my name is Syntia, even though so far I have only been known as CG virtually. After knowing my name, I don't appear that mysterious distant anymore right ;)??

I'd thought about writing a bento book since mid 2011. Numerous people (blog readers, Facebook followers, etc) have contacted me via e-mail or Facebook messages, and inquired if I would publish a bento book in the near future, since they'd love to have one. I told them that it was something that I would think about and would try to fit into my schedule. However, due to professional commitment, I was regularly short on time and I just never had the chance to work on this project until a few months ago. But now, I've kept my promise and I hope this book would be helpful for everyone who wants to embark on a journey of bento-making or is just curious about it :)!

If you wish to know more about this book, read on, but be warned, this will be a quite long post!

Bento Delights is a 118 pages full-colour paperback (8.5 x 11 inches). It contains 31 bento menus and 100 recipes. The book is divided into 2 main sections: Character Bento (Charaben) and Traditional Bento. But, you will also find other information related to bento, such as Bento Basics, Tools & Accessories, Bento Helpers, etc. Please find below the complete list of Contents.

Bento Basics
Bento Boxes + Tools + Accessories
Character Bento
Traditional Bento
Additional Recipes
pickles + salads
stir-fries + other favourites
Further Tips + Tricks
colouring rice
bento helpers
idea list for a colourful bento box
pretty bento accents
Resource Guide

Keep scrolling to get a sneak peek of my book.

  • 16 Charaben menus including step-by-step photographs
  • 15 Traditional Bento menus and each features a full-colour photo of the final bento
  • 100 recipes (Focus: Modern Asian - especially Japanese, Chinese & Korean)
  • Other bento related information.
  • Even though half of the book features cute bento ideas, this book was not written with the aim to give parents fun lunch ideas for kids who are picky eaters. A lot of the recipes are more geared towards older audience who are into bento, Japanese cusine or modern Asian foods in general.
  • Out of the 31 bento menus, 5 have been previously featured in this blog (even though I just briefly talked about them and didn't really include any recipes). The other 26 bento menus were exclusively made for this cookbook.
  • Before you buy the book, check out the CHARABEN and TRADITIONAL BENTO sections in my blog - if you like my bento style, chance is you might like this book too.
Note: Amazon has a "Look Inside" function, which is great, since you will be able to see more sample pages of my book. Unfortunately, I don't have any control on which pages to display, and since Amazon doesn't really show the pages in order, the design might look rather inconsistent.

If your country is not listed above or if you would like to buy my book outside the mentioned online retailers, you can directly purchase the book from me. My printer is based in the US, but I can arrange the shipping/handling for you - and yes, my printer ships worldwide! Contact me for a quote!

  • Even though I now have one bento book published, I by no means would like to claim that I am a bento expert. Bentoing (and cooking) is just a hobby of mine and an outlet to express my creative urges - my educational/professional background actually has absolutely nothing to do with the culinary arts, but I've always been rather artsy since I was younger. I also love to cook, I love to eat and I love to create pretty things. So, the result is this bento book :).
  • If you have any questions regarding  this book, leave me a comment below, or simply shoot me an e-mail to:
  • If you would like to have a hardcover edition, you can contact me and I can arrange to order it for you, but the price for hardcover is of course higher than paperback. E-mail and ask me for a quote, and I will try to get back to you as soon as possible.

Monday, 23 May 2011

Some of My Favourite Posts

I will be quite busy next week, so I doubt that I will be able to make some bento lunches/dinners regularly. Because of this reason I decided to post a few pictures of some of my favourite older posts which are not bento related, so that you don't have to leave my blog feeling disappointed that there is no new post... ;). After all, I never thought of starting 'Cooking Gallery' as a bento blog (not that I regret the recent bento evolvement...:)).

Here are some of my favourite older posts in no particular order. You'll notice that my photography style was quite different in the past. When you click the pictures, you will be directed to the linked recipes.

Mandu Soup

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Monday, 25 April 2011

Five Recipes to Celebrate Easter

I was invited to join an Easter party by Lyndsey - The Tiny Skillet, Lena - Frozen Wings and Cheah - No Frills Recipe. Rules of the game: suggest 5 - 10 recipes with pictures plus the links and then tag another 10 bloggers to do the same. So here is my Easter menu taken from my old posts :

Appetiser: Graupensuppe - German Barley Soup

Dessert 2: Easter Cookies

These Easter cookies are decorated with royal icing and the patterns are hand-painted. I don't have a link to this picture because I made these cookies before I started blogging.

The 10 people I would like to invite to the Easter Party are:
  1. Mokiko from Oiishi Bento Blog
  2. Nami from Just One Cookbook
  3. Minnieh from Food is Delish
  4. Parsley Sage from The Deep Dish
  5. Tamara from Bite My Cake
  6. Coraine from Life is Like a Long Journey
  7. Min from Honest Vanilla
  8. Yummy Chunklet from Yummy Chunklet
  9. XinMei from Pudding Pie Lane
  10. Adora's Box from Adora's Box

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Monday, 14 March 2011

Onigiri Bento and Awards

I don't know what to name my bento... I call it 'Onigiri Bento' simply because there are 5 onigiris in the bento boxes. Two at the back are filled with prawn tempura and three at the front are normal onigiri without any filling.

Besides the onigiris, I filled in the bento boxes with Japanese rolled omellete or 'Tamagoyaki', Beef Yakiniku, chicken nuggets, Hawaiian piccolini, green beans/ham rolls, two quail eggs, broccoli, strawberries, blueberries, green grapes, cherry tomatoes and oranges.

Beef Yakiniku
  • 500 g beef steak, thinly sliced
  • Flour to coat the beef slices
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 medium sized onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 sweet bell pepper, sliced
  • 3 stalks green onions, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons sake
  • 3 tablespoons mirin
  • 5 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Sugar and white pepper to taste
  • Toasted sesame seeds for garnish
  • Heat 2 tbs oil in a wok.
  • Add miced garlic and onion. Stir fry until fragrant and slightly brown.
  • Toss in the flour coated beef slices and fry for about 1 minute.
  • Add sake, mirin , soy sauce, pepper and sugar. Mix well.
  • Now, add the bellpeppers and green onions. Stir fry for another 2 minutes or until everything is cooked through.
  • Garnish with toasted sesame seeds.
By the way, I would also use the chance today to say thank you to Stephanie Gang, the writer of Edible Art, for bestowing me with the wonderful award below :). It's highly appreciated...! Now I need to pass on this award to 15 lovely bloggers. I always find tasks like this very difficult, because there are actually so many wonderful bloggers out there but I am only allowed to choose 15. But well, since it is the award's rule, so here goes the list...

  1. Alison from Alison's Trials
  2. Belzy from Belzy's Kitchen
  3. Deepa from Hamaree Rasoi
  4. Honest Vanilla
  5. Jose Manuel from Asopaipas
  6. Kristy from My Little Space
  7. Lena from Frozen Wings
  8. Lia from Bentolicious
  9. Little Corner of Mine
  10. Manja from Jakubick
  11. Marie from ParikkObento
  12. Shierly from Kokken 69
  13. Swathi from Zesty South Indian Kitchen
  14. Tou Tou from Light Delight with Tou Tou
  15. Vivienne from Green Cilantro
I have also received another award a few days ago from Veny, a very nice and lovely woman in Indonesia who loves to eat everything 'enak-enak' (which means delicious) :D). To receive this award I need to tell you 7 things you might not know about me. I want to pass on this award to all my blog readers...:)!

  1. I am in my 20s. I have the impression some people think I am much older ...;)!
  2. I currently live in Germany, but I used to live in Sydney and Jakarta as well
  3. I love reading books, especially something related to history : The Renaissance, The Tudors, The French Revolution, etc.
  4. I love Barock and Rococo style, this might have been influenced by the manga I read when I was a little girl - The Rose of Versailles by Riyoko Ikeda.
  5. I hated shopping and fashion when I was younger, but now I do enjoy shopping very much and I love wearing pretty clothes and accessories (even though I cannot always do this every day unfortunately...!)
  6. I am a quite shy person and I am very bad at small talks. But once I have got to know you better, I could be crazy too at times and would show the sides you would never imagine I possess ;).
  7. I am rather paranoid - one reason why my profile picture is a bunny. But believe me, I am as cute as that bunny, hahaha...;)!!
Alright folks, that's it for today....!

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Sunday, 2 January 2011

Roasted Goose with Armagnac Sauce

Another festive dish with poultry - roasted goose. I don't usually make goose dishes because goose tends to be very oily. But once in a year, it's something that we shouldn't really miss, because when cooked right, it's just sensational...!

  • 2 haunches of goose
  • 400 ml chicken stock
  • Salt, pepper, marjoram, paprika powder
  • 4 tbs Armagnac
  • 50 ml cream
  • 1 tbs corn starch (mixed with 3 tbs water)
  • Sugar to taste (for the sauce)
  • Rub the goose with salt, pepper, marjoram and paprika powder
  • Put goose, skin sides down, in a medium-heated skillet. Don't add any oil, because the goose itself is already fatty and going to produce (a LOT) of oil.
  • Cook goose until skin is golden brown (about 10 minutes - you want to get all that oil out). Turn over and cook for another 10 minutes.
  • Remove goose from skillet and put into a roasting tin. Pour chicken stock.
  • Roast goose at 160° for 2 hours.
  • Remove roasted goose from the tin and keep warm.
  • Pour the goose juice into a saucepan. Add the cream, armagnac, salt, sugar, pepper to taste and let it boil.
  • Add more chicken stock if necessary and the corn starch mixture to thicken the sauce.
  • Serve goose with the armagnac sauce, carbs and braised vegetables of your choice!

Happy New Year, everyone! It's 2011...!!

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Monday, 27 December 2010

Gingerbread House

Finally my mission to make a gingerbread house is completed...:)! But I have to say it was a LOT of work of several days. I am nevertheless happy with the result of my first gingerbread house ever. Well..., it's actually not really my 'first' gingerbread house, I tried to make one last year on Christmas Eve and thought I would be able to do everything in one night (template, baking, decorating, etc), but after one of the roofs broke and fell apart, I gave up completing the house. This year I was wiser and gave myself several days to complete the gingerbread house project.

The gingerbread house in the making...

The house after I added some sugar icing, sweets and muesli for the chimney.

Bilbo's house from The Hobbit, German Fachwerkhaus and of course Hansel and Gretel's candy house came into my mind when I decorated the gingerbread house.

Can you see why? Does the round 'oreo' cookie door remind you of Bilbo's little house? - at least a little bit... ;)

Hopefully the handpainted timber makes it look like a Fachwerkhaus.

And the candy-covered roof like the witch's house in Hansel and Gretel....

I will not write much as I am at the moment in my MIL's house. But I want to wish you all a lovely Christmas time with your family and friends.

And one more time, in German, Frohe Weihnachten, lovely readers :)!

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Sunday, 14 November 2010

Korean Spicy Stir-Fried Squid

I participated in a Korean (food) photo contest some time ago. This contest was organised by Maangchi, the online Korean food goddess :). I sent two pictures, one from my Piggy Pork buns post and the other one from my Kimchi mandu post. I was lucky and I got the 4th and 9th place...! Two days ago I received two big boxes from Sempio Foods, a Korean food company which sponsored Maangchi's photo contest. I was so very happy... :D!!! Lookie what I got...!

I got 4 bottles of soy sauce, 8 bottles of drinking black vinegar with 4 different flavours: Quince/Citrus, Red ginseng, Wild Grapes and Pomegranate (need to try them, I have never in life drunk black vinegar...), 4 bottles of seasoning soy sauce (for soups and stir-frying), hot-pepper paste, soy-bean paste, grilled seaweed and 3 sachets of instant seasoning sauce.

I tried one of the instant sachets today. Since my knowledge of Korean is zero, I had to check the Sempio website to find out the names of each instant sauce ;). The one below is Mokpo Nakji-Bokkeum sauce or Spicy Stir-Fried Baby Octopus in English.

The sauce tastes great but extremely hot...!! I drank 2 litres of water while eating the stir-fried squid - this was a mistake I suppose, since I have heard that water would only make it worse and we should drink milk instead to neutralise the biting sensation. I felt bloated afterwards, but it was nevertheless a very nice meal :).

I used 800 g of squid, 2 tbs oil, 1 medium onion and spring onions plus the sauce to make this dish.

I ate the spicy squid with rice together with the grilled seaweed which I also got from Sempio. I absolutely adore the seaweed, it was crispy, crunchy and slightly salty. Just delicious!

Thank you, Maangchi and Sempio!!

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