Ever Want to Eat Your Country’s Flag?

…or make your country’s flag out of food?

Now, I’m sure we’ve all heard of food for the holidays. Halloween gives us spider cookies and hotdog fingers. The United States’s July 4th Independence Day gives us cakes that look like the American flag with blueberries for the blue, whipped cream to cover the stars, and either raspberries or strawberries to make the red stripes on the cake.

Well, an Austrailian advertising agency named WHYBIN\TBWA  has created national flags around the world with food commonly associated with those countries to promote the Sydney International Food Festival! Some examples follow! See how they used the plates/containers to formulate the shapes too!

Which flags do you like best? Share! Have you ever made food to look like your country’s flag?

Japan – White plate, tuna on top of a mound of rice(sushi)

Thailand – Sweet chili sauce, blue crab, shredded coconut sauce

United States – Hot dogs with ketchup plus cheese. I think that blue is probably a blue plate. The bottom is a larger white plate/

Greece – Kalamata olives and feta cheese

Brazil – banana leaf, limes, pineapple and passion fruit

See some more flags here!

For more information about the food festival, check out The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Month Section!

Huh? Liebster Award? ^_^

I was sitting around one day trying to figure out what to cook for dinner when I was pleasantly surprised by an email notification from WordPress. It turns out that I have been nominated for the Liebster Award by Ada from More Food, Please!
Ada is a wonderful blogger who blogs about her own culinary creations as well as her fabulous explorations in the vast world of restaurants! Thank you, Ada! As a newbie blogger, I feel honored and hope you continue to blog as well as enjoy my posts~

Here are the rules associated with the Liebster Award (Copied and pasted from More Food, Please):
1. Each nominee must link back to the person that nominated them.
2. Answer the 10 questions which are given to you by the nominator.
3. Nominate 10 other bloggers you like and who have less than 200 followers.
4. Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Let them know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.

What is your favourite quote?
“”Everything is but a dream within a dream” — Edgar Allan Poe

Who is your favourite author?
Hmm… I haven’t really read recently.

What is a song that has a lot of sentimental value for you?
“Moonlight Sonata” – Beethoven

If you had to name one essential beauty product, what would it be?
Lotion to counteract dry skin and keep it from cracking.

Do you prefer the country side or the city?
Does  “in between” count? I like a taste of both, but I like the bustle of the city and ease in walking to places there.

What is the saddest film you have ever watched?
Grave of the Fireflies was pretty sad.  I can’t recall if it was the saddest I have seen though.

If your house was on fire, what would be the three items you would save?
Phone, wallet, and computer. Note that if there were other people I care about in the house, I’d forego these items.

What is your favourite season of the year and why?
This actually depends on the location. Where I am currently, I would have to say fall. The weather is neither terribly hot nor cold, making it perfect for outdoor activities.

If you could do any job in the world, what would you choose?
I would be a super hero with super powers! Just kidding! Being a wandering freelance detective/traveler would be interesting.

Everyone has something that comforts them when they are ill, what is it that makes you feel better?
Friends and family…as long as I don’t pass onto the illness to them!

Now that those questions are answered, who shall be next! I would like to nominate the following for the Liebster Award (I couldn’t make it to 10 because most of the blogs I explored have either already been nominated or are over 200+ followers! I need to get out and read more!) . Please answer the same questions!

My Kitchen Ventures – Join Julie in her cooking adventures. Her chemistry knowledge will answer some those pressing questions you have about some of her recipes and how they taste great (see this post as an example!) Congrats, Julie! 🙂 Your blog is so fun to read!


What is the Liebster Award?

Now I will admit I had absolutely no idea what the Liebster Award is. So, I did a quick internet search and found the links below about the origin of the Liebster Award! Peruse at your leisure! What is the Liebster? Take a look as these two bloggers describe it as an internet chain letter award.

Sopphey Says “Liebster” ———–Lorraine DeMystifies Liebster

How to Make Onion Rings Without Deep Frying While Crying!

Onion rings. Mmmmm… Eating sliced onion raw and alone….not so much mmm…. Instead of putting pieces of raw onion in salad, I decided to get more creative. I wondered if onion rings could be made without being deep fried and instead be baked. It turns out other people already had test this idea out. Check out the  owner of the recipe I used:  here.  Poormet’s onion ring pictures look more professional than mine! =p

By the way, anyone have tips on how to prevent tearing when cutting onions? I had to stop cutting the onion in the middle and go walk around while laughing at my tears. So.. yes, I supposed I was crying while making onion rings instead of frying them.


– Onion (Any onion will do. I used a yellow because it was what I had at the time. Poormet uses a medium sized one. I had no idea what a medium sized one was, but since I had to use more eggs than Poormet required, I’m guessing I didn’t use a medium sized one.)

– 1/2 cup flour

– 1/2 cup bread crumbs (or more as needed)

– 2 eggs (or more if you find out that you’re running out! The eggs are what make the bread crumbs stick to the onions, so this is important if you want nice looking onion rings!)

– Seasoning (optional – I used some Parmesan cheese, but it’s basically whatever you’d like. You can added pepper, etc).


1. Preheat oven to 450 F

2. De-skin the onion.

3. Slice onion into 1/2 inch wide rings (or whatever size you want them). Then push them out of each other to get the rings separated (since the onion has layers- each layer is another onion ring!)

Sliced Onions

Sliced Onions

4. Set aside four bowls. Make sure they’re deep enough that you can fit the onion slice in to mix.

Bowl 1: Fill with water.

Bowl 2: Flour.

Bowl 3: Beaten eggs

Bowl 4: Bread crumbs

Bowls with Flour, Egg, Bread Crumbs

Bowls with Flour, Egg, Bread Crumbs

5. Bowl 1: Dip sliced onion rings into water. This water helps get rid of the onion smell a little bit, and it helps make the flour in the next step stick to the onion ring better. Use chopsticks of a cooking clip/claw to grasp the onion rings for each station.

Onions in Water

Onions in Water

6. Bowl 2: Dip onion rings into flour

7. Bowl 3: Dip onion rings into the eggs. By the way, I got lazy and used my hands in the middle. Don’t do this. The egg is what makes the breadcrumbs stick tot he onion rings. I failed in that most the bread crumbs decided to stick to me instead of the onion rings until I switched over to chopsticks.

8. Bowl 4: Cover onion rings with the breadcrumbs. You can add seasoning too. I added some parmesan cheese and some pepper for some of the onion rings.

Onion in Bread Crumbs

Onion in Bread Crumbs- Umm, oops, I broke the ring…

9. Place breaded onion ring on baking sheet. Repeat until all onion rings are breaded.

10. Spray the onion rings on the baking sheet with cooking spray. PAM works.  Flip over and spray the other side of the onion rings.

11.  Bake on one side for about 8 minutes. Check to see that the onion rings haven’t turned too dark. If they are, it’s definitely time to flip them.

12. Flip and then bake another 5 minutes. give or take depending on the onion rings’ appearance.

Onion Rings Done!

Onion Rings Done!

Too bad… after one day, these rings still get soggy too just like fried onion rings. But, these are tasty! The flavor is slightly different from fried onion rings!

Pancaking with Scallions!

What do you make with scallions/green onions? Share your thoughts!

I don’t use scallion a lot in my cooking, so when I ended up with some scallion, I decided to try making some scallion pancake, the type served in Korean restaurants. Note that some regions refer to scallions alternatively as green onions. This recipe is easy because you will already have the materials (usually). The biggies are flour and the scallions.

The recipe I used below actually ended up with the scallion pancake being too thick. So, if you have a larger frying pan, it will be better and the pancake will come out thinner. The frying pan I used size 10 inch/24cm. Or …just add less flour.


– 2 cups flour (less if using 10 in/24cm frying pan… 1.5 cups should suffice)

– 2 eggs

– 1.5 cup water

– 1 bunch of scallions

– 1 tsp salt

– Other stuff you want to put in the pancake (e.g. Korean frozen seafood packs… home stir fried veggies, etc)

– Oil


1. Mix ingredients together and let it sit for about 10 minutes. I added some frozen seafood mix in. You can buy them from Korean stores.

Alternatively, you can also heat up the scallions first separately and then pour the batter onto the scallions when frying.

Frozen Seafood – Korean

Mixing Ingredients

Diced Scallions

2. Heat frying pan and generously place oil on it. Turn on your fans! If you want to reduce the smell from making the scallion pancake, use a lower heat setting on your stove.

3. Pour batter in! Press spatula against the batter to even it out in the frying pan.

Batter in Frying Pan

I got lazy and used the same wooden spatula to mix the ingredients and cook the pancake.

4. Fry/cook for about 3-4 minutes until brown. You may have to add some additional oil depending on your progress.

5. Turn the pancake over and cook the other side for another 2 minutes or so.

6. Ta da! It is now ready!  Serve with sweet chili sauce(red sauce), dipping sauce, or soy sauce!

Finished Scallion Pancake in Frying Pan

I messed up the circular shape a little bit, but it was still yummy! The sauce does make a big difference.