Food for the kiddos

Food for the kiddos

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Tsum Tsum I Love You

A friend posting a picture of Tsum Tusm fair on FB and the cute characters have caught my eyes. My kids have downloaded the game and so I decided to make a Tsum Tsum character egg mayonnaise sandwich for them today. Donald Duck is much easier without the fake eyelashes but I cannot think of any blue edible stuff to make a Donald Duck's signature blue hat.

Below is the BEFORE and AFTER look for Daisy Duck. Adding 'makeup' such as fake eyelashes and blusher for the sandwich. Which look do you prefer? The natural look or the made up one? Hahaha….

The duckies sandwich for the day. I have some pieces of mini chocolate buns left so I decided to put it into their sandwich box as well. Included grapes and some of their favorite cookies too! They have reminded me NOT to add an egg to the box today. It's egg mayo sandwich so enough of eggs for the day!

My kids came home and told me that their BFF loves the Miffy sandwich I made for them yesterday. So I made a Miffy for their BFF today. I have informed the mother in advance (incase her girl is allergic to eggs) but the mum preferred a peanut butter sandwich for her kiddo. Anyway, below is the sandwiches for today!

Hope my kiddos find that their sandwich resembles their Tsum Tsum character! :)

Getting Started - How to make a rabbit sandwich

There are a few basic items you must have to make cute sandwiches for kids. There is no need to buy all the fancy molds and seaweed puncher if you are only doing it once a while. You can always buy them over time when you decide to do it very frequently. I have built up my collection of sandwich making tools over time and my favorite hunt for cheap molds and seaweed punchers is Daiso Singapore. 

The items in the picture is all you need to get started :

1. Mental egg shaper ring (it is for making sunnyside up egg) for cutting bread
2. A small pair of sharp scissors (for cutting dried seaweed)
3. A tweezer to pick up the small bits of seaweed
4. Straws of different sizes
5. Round medicine bottle caps or anything round circular stuff you can find at home.

Yap, that's all the tools you need to get started! And most of the items do not cost you anything!!!

In this rabbit sandwich tutorial, we are not using all the tools shown in the picture. We are only using the mental ring, tweezer, scissors and the pink medicine bottle cap.

Basic Ingredient for the Sandwich :
A) 2 slices of bread 
B) Dried seaweed (seasoned seaweed that comes in small individual packs)
C) Jam or any type of filling for the bread
D) Mayonnaise or jam ( to make the seaweed 'stick' on the bread)
Looks like some surgical tools in place :p

  • Step 1 : Cut the facial expression on seaweed. Place the cutter and seaweed bits on a plate before placing them on the bread to see the effect. Having a seaweed puncher does make it easier but some can be quite costly. Get the punchers only when you are sure that you are making such sandwiches often. No point buying something for one time usage(even if it is just $2) and then leave it in the cupboard to collect dust.
Putting the pieces in place on a plate to see the desired effect

  • Step 2 : Spread jam and cut the bread with the mental ring.

  • Step 3 : Apply the mayonaise thinly behind the seaweed bits and 'stick' it to the bread. For the rabbit nose, use the pink round medicine cap to cut out some cheese before putting the seaweed on the sandwich. You can skip the cheese part if you do not have any cheese at home. 

  • Step 4 : Cut a semi-circle on the remaining bread and use the scissors to cut out the shape of the ears.  Make it into the shape of a teardrop. 2 ears = 2pieces.  

  • Step 5 : To attach the ears to the rabbit, insert the ears between the 2 slices of bread. At this point, the sandwich is completed. 

  • Step 6 (optional) : You can chose to add on more decorations such as a food pick as a ribbon or a bow. In the picture below, I used 2 small ham bits(again can cut the shape using scissors) and a food pick.  You can also add 'blusher' to the rabbit by dotting red strawberry jam on the cheeks!

The Final Product
For the busy mums, I totally understand how difficult to wake up early in the morning. I always prepare the seaweed bits and sometimes the bread(in this case, the ears and round face) and at night after I tuck the kids in bed. When the morning comes, I just need to spread the jam, stick the seaweed on the bread and pack it into the lunchbox.