Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Totoro Black Sesame Seed Purin

05.August.2018 | ANIME&GAME / FEATURES / FOOD

With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s recipe series! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

 

In this character recipe you’ll learn how to make a Totoro black sesame seed purin.

 

1: Ingredients

Black Sesame Purin Mix (purchased from Daiso)

Milk

Pura Chocolate (Swiss chocolate also fine)

Transparent Jar (Weck jar used)

☆For Decorating:

Almonds

Fresh Cream

Fruits of your choice

 

2: Cook the black sesame seed purin according to the box instructions and leave to cool.

 

3: Cut the chocolate into eyes, a nose and stomach and decorate the features with a chocolate pen. Make a leaf with a green pura chocolate.

☆Cool each part in the refrigerator to fully harden.

 

 

4: One the chocolate in step 3 has solidified, place it on the inner side of the jar as shown in the photo.

Add whiskers with the chocolate pen.

 

☆Once everything is in position, leave it to cool in the refrigerator once more.

 

 

5: After cooling again, pour in your black sesame seed purin mix from step 2.

☆If you do not leave the chocolate to completely harden it will fall off.

☆Place in the fridge once more to harden and you’re done!

Finish off by decorating with fresh cream, add almonds for ears and top with a cherry.

 

Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

 

■Profile
Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)
I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character-shaped meals, desserts and breads.
I enjoy making character foods because I want to see my family smiling.
My character foods and character bento boxes are introduced on my Instagram page→@kaopan27

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    ☆If the features aren’t fully solidified they will melt and break when you put them onto the ice cream.

    ☆The coffee jelly used in this recipe was prepared according to the instructions on the box.

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    3:

    ①Use a hot ice cream scoop to scoop out a ball of ice cream. Using a heated scoop ensures a rounder shape. It only melts the ice cream a tiny bit so it’s fine to add the facial features. It’s harder if you try adding them to hard ice cream as they will break apart easily.

     

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    ・Sliced bread

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    ・Chocolate sheets

    ・Cutter

     

    ■How to make

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    ・Some corn

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    2

     

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    3

     

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    4

     

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    7

     

    8: Use the laver punch and to make the mouth parts.

     8

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    Put rice into the gacha gacha capsule.

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    3:Round out the rice (10g piece) as shown in the photo.

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    4:It should look like this. (refer to the photo)

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    Rillakuma and Korillakumas’ mouths→sliced cheese

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    Korilakkuma’s ears→ham

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    Finished♡

    完

     

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    ・Sugar 4-5 table spoons

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    3. Mix so that it does not come to a boil and melt the gelatin completely

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    6. Pour boiled water into a deep cup and melt the chocolate pen

    7. Deep fry aspaghetti and use this to join Purin’s hat, grape and peach together.

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    8. Draw Prin’s face. Place the chocolate pen in the dish and use a toothpick.

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    10. Put all fruits on the pudding taking great care to keep things in balance. Voila! Your pudding is completed!

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    Kaori also invites you into her world of character-themed rice dishes in her recipe series! Please check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

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    Kaori lives in Hokkaido and enjoys making dinners, sweet treats and character food using bread ♡ Kaori also loves to experiment with small tricks for easy character-themed ▶@kaopan27

     

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    The second entries to the series are two bags based on the beloved Studio Ghibli anime film classic Kiki’s Delivery Service. The bag designs feature Kiki on her broom with Jiji as they fly over the seaside town of Koriko where the movie is set. It’s a direct reference to the same scene in the film itself.

     

    The 1st entries were Ponyo and Totoro denim bags

    Ponyo Denim Bag ¥19,800 | Ponyo Sub Bag ¥16,500 | My Neighbor Totoro Bus Stop Denim Bag ¥19,800 | My Neighbor Totoro Bus Stop Denim Sub Bag ¥16,500 (Prices Include Tax)

    The first entries to the line-up were a collection of denim bags based on two other Studio Ghibli fan favourites: My Neighbor Totoro and Ponyo. The Ponyo bag is still available at the time this article was written, but the Totoro one is unfortunately sold out.

     

    Information on a third collection is scheduled for release in March, so stay tuned.

  • Kaori’s Easy Valentine’s Recipe: Learn to Make Strawberry Milk Chocolate Pudding

    13.February.2021 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s Easy Recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

     

    Today, I’ll be showing you how to make Strawberry Milk Chocolate Pudding, a delicious recipe whipped up with love for Valentine’s Day.

     

    Ingredients

    ✩Ingredients For Chocolate Pudding
    35g chocolate
    300ml milk
    30g-35g granulated salt
    5g gelatine (dissolved in 1 tbsp water)

     

    ✩Ingredients For Strawberry Pudding
    100g strawberries (fresh or frozen)
    350ml milk
    30g-35g granulated salt
    5g gelatine (dissolved in 1 tbsp water)

    Weck jars for the dessert.

     

    1

    First, we’ll make the chocolate pudding.

     

    Put the milk and granulated sugar into a pot and heat on the hob until the sugar melts. Turn the heat off, throw in the chocolate, and allow to fully melt. Once melted and the mixture is cooled, add the gelatine to dissolve.

     

    2

    Now, we’ll make the strawberry pudding.

     

    Put the milk and granulated sugar into a pot and heat on the hob until the sugar melts.

    Add the mix to a blender with the strawberries and blitz. Add back onto the hob and heat through slightly. Allow the mixture to cool then add the gelatine to dissolve.

     

    3

    Once both mixtures are completely cooled, add them to the jars in an alternating pattern and chill until set.

    ⚠️Make sure the dessert is completely set and not runny before serving. About an hour each in the refrigerator should be sufficient.

    Top with cream and strawberries and enjoy!

     

    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)

    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡

    I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡

    You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page → @kaopan72

  • Kaori’s Easy Valentine’s Recipe: Learn to Make Rilakkuma Hot Chocolate Sticks

    05.February.2021 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s Easy Recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

     

    Today, I’ll be showing you a simple recipe for Valentine’s Day made with ingredients bought entirely from the 100 yen store Seria. I call it the “Rilakkuma Hot Chocolate Stick.”

     

    Ingredients

    Square mould from Seria (makes six sticks)
    1 bag of milk chocolates

    1 bag of white chocolates

    1 bag of dark chocolates

    Toppings of your choice (I used caramel chocolate chips and walnuts)

     

    1

    Melt all the chocolates separately over a bain-marie.

     

    2

    Create layers with each chocolate type. Pick your first choice and pour into the mould and wait for it to set lightly before adding the next chocolate. For this recipe, I went ahead and added the chocolate a little before layers had finished setting to create a marbling effect.

     

    ✩I also added some strawberry chocolate I had left over from my Rilakkuma chocolates.

     

    3

    Once all your chocolate is in the mould, stick in some lollipops and add toppings of your choice making sure they don’t overflow. This will ensure they set together with the chocolate.

     

    4

    Allow to set overnight and your chocolate stick is ready.

     

    5

    I made Rilakkuma chocolates from scratch and added those to the sticks to finish.

     

    Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)

    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡

    I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡

    You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page → @kaopan72

  • Studio Ghibli’s Kiki’s Delivery Service Releases Jiji Wreath

    03.February.2021 | FASHION

    If you’re a collector of all things Studio Ghibli, then Donguri Closet has the latest must-grab item for fans of the animated film studio. Donguri Closet is a brand of the official Studio Ghibli merchandise shop Donguri Kyowakoku which is managed by Benelic. It offers a variety of merchandise, ornaments, cosmetics, and more all based around Studio Ghibli.

     

    The brand has revealed two cute new hanging wreaths featuring the beloved Jiji from Studio Ghibli’s hit animated feature film Kiki’s Delivery Service. The wreaths were released exclusively at the Lazona Kawasaki Plaza branch of Donguri Closet at the end of January.

     

    The wreaths are arranged with dried flowers and come with different scented floral sprays.

    Pop Wreath Yellow – BERRY | ¥3,500 (Before Tax)

    A vivid springtime yellow wreath coupled with a sweet berry fragrance spray.

    Pop Wreath Yellow – GREEN | ¥3,500 (Before Tax)

    A forest of green flowers coupled with a fresh scented floral spray.

  • My Neighbor Totoro Bag Hanger Released by Studio Ghibli Store Donguri Kyowakoku

    06.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Studio Ghili merchandise store Donguri Kyowakoku, and its online shop Sora no Ue, is now selling a new bag hanger inspired by My Neighbor Totoro.

    My Neighbor Totoro Bag Hanger | ¥1,800 (Before Tax)

    The hanger is inspired by the opening scene of My Neighbor Totoro when Mei is talking to her father and lines up the yellow flowers.

    At first glance, the hanger looks just looks like the flowers, but if you peek a little closer you’ll see small Totoro hiding behind the leaves, crafted with all the little details.


    The hanger is perfect for at home or at the office when you want to hang your bag so it doesn’t touch the floor.

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Banana and Black Tea Muffins

    05.December.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s Easy Recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

     

    Today, I’ll be showing you a super simple dessert made using hotcake mix. I decorated the muffins with strawberries and a dusting of icing sugar to give them that Christmas feel.

     

    Ingredients
    1 bag of hotcake mix (150g)
    1 large egg
    20g sugar
    25ml vegetable oil
    30ml milk
    2 ripe bananas
    1 tbsp black tea leaves
    *If you don’t have loose black tea leaves you can use the leaves from inside of a black tea bag

     

    1

    Slice half of one banana for topping later. Mash the remaining one and a half in a bowl with a fork or potato masher.

     

    2


    In a different bowl, add all of the ingredients and mix together. Once mixed, add the mashed banana and mix again to combine.

     

    3


    Add the mix to muffin tins. The muffins will rise quite a bit so you may want to use less mix. Finish by adding the sliced bananas from Step 1 on top.
    上に1でスライスしておいたバナナをトッピングする。

     

    4
    Bake at 180℃ on the middle shelf for 25 minutes.

     

    5


    Complete your muffins by dusting with icing sugar, fresh cream, and strawberries. I added a chocolate Hello Kitty on mine!

     

    Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)

    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡

    I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡

    You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page → @kaopan72

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