Japanese Food fun

Last month I read a post on Hear Mum Roar about Japanese sandwich cutters and immediately went to j-listto buy one for myself (for Oscar of course!).  While I was there I found some other great food cutters and shapers – boiled egg shapers, a rice shaper (called a ONIGIRI Shaper) and vegetable cutters.  They were all very cheap and the whole order (see photo), including postage cost just USD$19.

4 piece bread shaper, elephant rice shaper, car and fish boiled egg shapers and vegetable cutters

My order arrived a couple of weeks ago and so far we have tried the sandwich cutter and the boiled egg shaper.  Oscar loves the sandwich shapes – car, boat, train and dog – and only the crusts are wasted.  I tried the boiled egg shaper last weekend for a picnic and I think I need a bit of practice, the eggs came out slightly shaped, but not as nice as in the pictures.  The instructions were in Japanese (obviously), but luckily my sister-in-law who lives in Japan was in Australia for a visit and translated for me.  It sounded easy – boil egg, peel, place into shaper and close, place into a bowl of water, remove and open.  I think getting the shell off without gouging holes in the eggs would probably help!  I probably need to buy one of those egg peeling gizmos.

On a more serious note, we all know about the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan last week and now the situation with the nuclear reactors.  As well as my sister-in-law I also have a Japanese friend who lives outside Tokyo.  Its pretty scary stuff.  If you are able to and haven’t done so already, please consider making a donation to help the hundreds of thousand s of Japanese people left homeless.  Donations can be made a number of charities, including the Red Cross:
American Red Cross
International Red Cross
Australian Red Cross

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