Cute mini bunny bao / steam bun

August 12, 2014 at 4:26 am | Posted in Asian foods, food, food art, Foods, Homeschool, Kids activities, Kids cooking, Kids foods, Party foods, Preschool plays | Leave a comment

Little sweet pea loves mini bunny bao (steam bun).  This morning little sweet pea and I had fun playing with the boa dough and our mini bunny bao turned out lovely and yummy.



bao dough bao dough and paste red dough copy


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bunny bao cuteAw…aren’t them cute?

Here is the recipe that I use with Thermomix machine. This recipe was taken from ‘easily cook for you’, I have a problem of  linking it here.


130 g water

1 tsp yeast

15 g sugar

15 g oil

250 top flour*

Pinch of Salt

*Not high protein / multi-purpose flour


Cover Time Temp (°C) Speed
1)  Add water, yeast, sugar and oil into TM bowl Yes 40sec 37 3
2)  Add flour and salt to mix Yes 20sec 3-6
3)  Knead the mixture Yes 2min Knead function
4)  Roll, cut and shape into pieces, place them on oiled Varoma dish and tray.  Leave it to rise for 30 mins
5)  Add 500g water to boil Yes 15mins V 3
6)  When temperature reached V, remove measuring cup and put on Varoma dish to steam Varoma dish with mantou Balance of at least 10 mins V 3

If you do not use Thermomix. Please follow this recipe that I taken from China Sichuan


  • 300g all-purpose flour
  • 2 and 1/2 teaspoon instant yeast (one packet instant yeast)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 150g water or milk


  1. Prepare warm water around 35 °C and melt the sugar in. And mix the yeast with the water. Mix well and set aside for around 5 minutes. If you do not want sugar, just skip it.
  2. Prepare the flour in a large bowl. Pour the water with yeast slowly to the bowl with flour and stir with a chop sticker.
  3. Then knead the flour into smooth and soft dough. At the very beginning, it might be a little bit sticky.
  4. Cover the bowl and let the dough rest for around 1 hour or until the paste ball doubles in size. This process can be done by mixer.
  5. When the dough is double in size, get paste ball out and punch the air out.
  6. Then roll the dough into a long log around 1 inch in diameter or any size you want.
  7. Scatter some flour on your board and cut the log to small sections you like. Brush some oil on the bottom of each bun.
  8. Add cool water in wok and put the buns in the steamer to steam. Continue to steam for around 15 minutes after the water boils.


Have a Lovely DIY day!


Cute Miffi burger

July 25, 2014 at 8:40 am | Posted in food, food art, Foods, Kids activities, Kids cooking, Kids foods, Party foods | Leave a comment

miffi burger1Two slices of bread and one fried egg

DSC02205Spread homemade dragon fruit and pineapple jam on the bread. Then top it with fried egg and cheese.

miffi burger3Put two slices of bread together. Use a glass to place it at the center to cut the bread into a round shape.

miffi burger4It will look like this.

miffi burger5

Use melted chocolate to draw a Miffi.

miffi burger6

Since I was making this for my girl to bring to school. I kept the Miffi burger into an aluminum pocket and sealed it. It will help to keep the bread soft after few hours. Beside, it is easier for the kids to eat by holding the bread with the aluminum pocket so the filling won’t drop out.

miffi burger7miffi burger8A simple last minute snack pack for my girl.

Wishing everyone has a lovely weekend.

Bacon and egg cup

July 14, 2014 at 5:10 am | Posted in Asian foods, Foods, Kids activities, Kids cooking, Kids foods, Party foods | Leave a comment

Preparing kids’s meal and lunch box in the morning is quite a challenging  task for me. I only have 30 minutes to prepare the foods. I always think of quick and easy yet delicious and nutritious foods for the kids to bring to school. I would like to share with you this quick to prepare bacon and egg cup which I came across from a magazine.

bacon egg cup1

Grease the muffin pan with butter then tear and lay the bread as shown.

bacon egg cup2

Then cut the bread in  about one inch wide stripe to cover the side of each individual cup.

bacon egg cup3

Stuff cooked bacon into each cup.

bacon egg cup4

Break an egg into each cup. Then bake it with  uppper heat in 200 C  until the egg is cook to your like. Bake longer if you prefer fully cooked egg.

bacon egg cup5 bacon egg cup6 Breakfast for my family this morning.

Cute Mini burger

June 25, 2014 at 8:52 am | Posted in food, food art, Kids foods, Party foods | 2 Comments

mini burger3I have a habit of throwing out my ideas by doing random sketching. It helps me to get inspirations and ideas of my works.  I was actually thinking of making cute mini doughnuts but at the very last minutes, I decided to try to make mini burger instead. It is easy and nice.

mini bread burger

Use two slices of bread. Spread the one of the bread with strawberry jam. Then use any circle cutter to cut out the bread into few circles.


Decorate with colorful sprinkles.  To make the sprinkles stick on the bread, I applied a thin layer of butter on top before the sprinkles.

mini burger6Lets have tea!

Have a Lovely DIY day!


Simple bread Sticks

June 3, 2014 at 1:17 pm | Posted in DIY gift, food, Homeschool, Kids activities, Kids cooking, Kids foods, Party, Party foods, Preschool plays | Leave a comment

This is a good recipe for using up the excess bread crusts. I taught my daughter to use the crusts to make simple bread sticks.  Today she made this simple toasted bread sticks for her dad :). We all love it especially when we have it with hot tea.




breadstickLeft over bread crusts.

butterMelt the butter

breadstick1grease the batter with butter

breadstick2Coat the crusts with melted butter.

Pop them in to oven for 10-15 minutes at 130 C until golden brown

Remove, allow to cool.


This is an awesome father’s day gift.

Have a Lovely DIY Day!

Love bear buns

April 24, 2014 at 10:15 am | Posted in food art, Foods, Kids foods, Party foods, Uncatogorized | Leave a comment

My daughter’s school exam is just over! I am glad that I managed to spare some times for doing crafts and baking. Today, I made bear buns for the girls. They were so lovely. My buns turned up to be a little bit better than before which I over baked them and it turned out hard. I still need to try a few more times until I get the really soft buns. Any clue?



bear dough

I used bread making to make bread dough. Then, shaped the bears with hands.

bear bun baked

Freshly baked bear buns

cute bears bun

Please meet my lovely mama bear and her baby. I used chocolate chips to make the bear’s eyes and nose. Mash mallows to make the bows and cheese for the clothes.

Recipe for bread maker machine (make about 12 small buns)

3 cups of all purpose flour

1 tbsp of yeast

1 tbsp of sugar

1/2 tsp salt

2 tbsp of vegetable oil

1 cup water

1 tbsp yogurt

Thanks for reading my post and I hope you enjoy watching.

Have a Lovely day!



cute mini animal bun

March 21, 2014 at 2:57 am | Posted in food art, Kids foods, Party foods, Uncatogorized | Leave a comment

cute animal bunsFirst semester school is ending today. School kids are going to have a one week short break.  What a happy Friday for all the children and also for me :).  This morning I woke up early to prepare these cute buns for my girl to bring to school.  First time trying to shape the bread dough, I over baked some of the bun surface and you can see the doggie bun is darker. These really cheer the kids up.

Check the Recipe and Tutorial:

Recipe for bread maker machine (make about 12 small buns)

3 cups of all purpose flour

1 tbsp of yeast

1 tbsp of sugar

1/2 tsp salt

2 tbsp of vegetable oil

1 cup water

1 tbsp yogurt

doughBread dough from bread machine

bread dough shapesI form the dough in animal shapes. Let it sit for 30 min. Bake in the oven at 200 C for 15 to 20 minutes.

cute animal buns

animal bread boxHappy snack for the Happy Day!

Wish everyone has a Happy weekend.


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Snack with panda

March 13, 2014 at 11:20 pm | Posted in food art, Kids foods, Party foods, Uncatogorized | Leave a comment

Happy Friday everyone! Today is a happy day thought there is no special occasion for me today. I just feel happy to see everyone around with a happy smiling face this morning. Yeah, it is Friday! Lets have a happy snack with me.


I bought these cute bear cookie mold from e-bay. I am going to use it for making cute beary snack with bread.



Cut out the bread in cute bear shape the bear cookie mold. Eyes and mouths of the bears were filled with melted chocolate.


Snack time! Have a beary happy weekend.

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Kids sandwich

January 2, 2014 at 2:48 am | Posted in Kids foods, Party foods | Leave a comment

Today is the my girl the “Apple Cheeks's” first day of primary school. Mummy decided to make her a 'star sandwich' to wish her has a good start of the year and bright future ahead.


For the sandwich filling : chicken, crabmeat mushroom, longbean, butter and tomato sauce.


Sealed the sandwich with sandwich sealer so that the filling won't drop out. I bought this from Daiso. But my bread is not thick enough to get the heart shape print on the bread.



Cut off the side of the bread. I toasted the excess bread, it is nice to eat with butter. No wastage.


Use a star cookie cutter to mark a star print on the bread.



Spread a thin layer of butter or mayonise of the surface of the star. Sprinkle it with tiny sugar hearts. Done!



Wishing everyone a bright start of the year 2014


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Bao lolli

October 5, 2013 at 6:38 am | Posted in Asian foods, Foods, Party foods, Uncatogorized | Leave a comment
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Pau is a type of steam filled bun. It is simply known as bao in Chinese.

My six years old girl appreciates edible crafts. She explored ideas of party foods mostly from our favourite site ‘Pinterest’. Cake lolli or cake pop has been her favorite party food. She often prepares it for her tea time. Today, we are excited to share our easy peasy pau lolli. Amazing!

Snip to form a ‘star’.

Attached a little red sugar heart on top of the star.

A starry, hearty bao lolli for you with love -LovelyDIY.

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