300 liker give-away

To celebrate the fact that we have reached (and surpassed) 300 likers on our Facebook page, I will give away a bento starter set.
This set consists of:
a sandwich cutter (Dolphin, Dinosaur, Butterfly, Elephant or Puzzle)
a set of egg molds (bunny/bear, car/fish or star/heart)
a set of silicone food cups (1 star and 2 round)
and a set of food picks (hats, pandas, bunnies, toys, garden, animal picks or animal forks)
Total value of the prize: $23.80 – $26.80 + postage

To enter, please comment below and tell me which one of our products appeals to you the most. I will keep that in mind for the next give-away or competition or even for my next advent calendar special.

Entries will close at 8pm Thursday 15th of December. The winner will be drawn with the help of random.org. The winner has to be a current liker of our Facebook page.
This promotion is in no way endorse by or affiliated with Facebook.

UPDATE: THE COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER IS ANDREINA!!! CONGRATULATIONS, ANDREINA!!!

St Nicolas Give-away

I am German and growing up we celebrated Saint Nicholas’ day on the 6th of December. So I want to bring you something a little special on this day.

I am going to give away a FooDoodler christmas cookie pop which includes a large gourmet cookie with an outline image pre-printed onto it and 2 food colouring markers for your children to colour-in. You can then use the markers for all kinds of other things. Write your guest’s names onto their plates for unusual place cards, or draw on any smooth, dry food to decorate.

To enter, just comment on this blog post and I will choose a winner with the help of random.org. The winner needs to be a current liker of my Facebook page to qualify.
Please only 1 entry per person. But if you share my Facebook page with your friends, you are entitled to an additional entry (which doubles your chances to win).
If you like you can tell me a little about you in your comment. What food issues you have with your kids (include ages, please), how or if a Bento-style approach has helped you, etc. But this is not necessary to enter. Entries will close on Friday, 9th of December at 8pm AEST.

 

Who is Saint Nicholas

Saint Nicholas was a 4th century saint. In the West he is most commonly known as the patron saint of children. Although he is also known as the patron saint of sailors, prisoners and many other groups. He was the Bishop of Myra and is the main inspiration for our Santa Clause, Father Christmas and Kris Kringle.

He came from a wealthy family but when his parents died when he was still young, he gave all his inheritance away to the needy and dedicated his life to god. He became bishop while still a young man.

One of the most well-known stories talks about him giving a poor man money to use as dowry for his 3 daughters to save them from slavery and prostitution. The bags of gold, tossed through an open window, are said to have landed in stockings or shoes left before the fire to dry. This led to the custom of children hanging stockings or putting out shoes, eagerly awaiting gifts from Saint Nicholas.
The famous poem “The Night before Christmas” was originally called “A Visit from St. Nicholas”.

 

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EDIT: This competition is now closed and the winner was: Jeanette!!! Congratulations!

How to use egg moulds

This is a picture of eggs using all our available egg moulds. The bunny & fish are decorated with icing eyes.

Did you know that had boiled eggs, when still hot, are so flexible that you can shape them into many shapes? The resus will amaze you and it is so quick and easy.  If you don’t believe me, try it out yourself. Hard boil an egg, peel it and while still hot squeeze the 2 end together a bit between your thumb and forefinger while holding in a bowl of cold water. Hold this for a few minutes and you can make a spherical egg.

But now to more important instructions of how to use our egg mould
Firstly you need to chose the right sized eggs. Depending on the brand, you need large to extra large eggs. They should not be too fresh as fresh eggs tend to be very hard to peel. About a week old is usually good.

How to make shaped eggs using an egg mould

  • Hard boil your eggs with your favourite method and to your preferred done-ness. It does not matter whether you use a special egg cooker, boil them or steam them. See below for instructions on boiling eggs.
  • When the eggs have been boiled drain them and fill the pot with cold water to cool them a little so you can handle them. But they still need to be very warm. Peel the eggs. If they are a bit hard to peel, you can peel them under running warm water (so not to cool them down too much).
  • If you want to colour them, this is when to do that. Half fill a cup with hot water and add a few drops of food colouring. Submerge the egg for a few minutes, depending on the strength of colour you want. If you want to leave them white, skip this step.

    Peeled hard boiled egg submerged in a cup of hot water and food colouring

  • Rinse the egg mould briefly under cold water and place the egg (still very warm) into the mould. Place the mould into a bowl of cold water and leave for 10 minutes
  • Carefully open the mould and remove the moulded egg. Store in the fridge and consume within 24 hours.

    How to hard-boil an egg

    I have one of those gizmos that you place in the pot with the eggs and it changes colour when the eggs are ready.
    This is a way to boil eggs the old fashioned way:
    Place eggs into a small saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer for:
    5 minutes if you like a softer centre.
    6 minutes if you like them cooked all the way through.

How to make Octodogs!

Octodogs are so cute and really easy to make and you don’t need any special equipment. Use your favourite cocktail sausage. We love csabai, a spicy Hungarian sausage, or cheese kranskies. But plainer ones will work as wellOctodogs - finished

  • Slit one end of the sausage in half lengthways. Only cut half way through the sausage. Then slice each half into 3 or 4 tentacles.
  • Slit Octodogs
  • Place the sausage into a pot of simmering water. Don’t boil too rapidly. Simmer for about 5 minutes. The ends will curl upwards.
  • Cooking Octodogs
  • Drain the sausage and decorate.You can use our nori punches to make the face of the Octodog. Or you could do what I usually do. With a knife or the tip of my cooking tweezers (I have a pair that is dedicated for kitchen use) I make 3 little incisions for the eyes and mouth. Then I insert black sesame seeds into the slits (this is much quicker and easier with tweezers).
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  • You can finish them off with a cute hat pick.
  • Or make a whole tray of them for a party!!!