28 May, 2013

Recipe #2 - Fried Noodles & Vegetables

This time it's an quite easy meal but it's very light and healthy.

For 2~3 servings you need:

200g Mie-Noodles (vegan: please take a look at the ingredients. some contain eggs!)
1 Broccoli
350g Mushrooms
2 Carrots
300g Okra
Mentsuyu (vegetarian/vegan: there are some based on fish and some based on konbu)
Soy Sauce

Wash and chop all the vegetables. Cook the noodles ~5 minutes with 800ml water and 200ml mentsuyu. Fry the mushrooms until they become smaller. Now add the carrots and fry about 5 minutes. Add the okra and broccoli.
Take one tbsp. of mentsuyu and two tbsp. of soy sauce. Add it to the vegetables. Fry while stirring for another 5 minutes. Now add the noodles. Mix and fry it for 1~2 minutes and you're finished.
The vegetables should still be firm/crisp. Don't cook it for too long.
Of course you can add some garlic or pepper if you want to.

If you tried it out please let me know whether you liked it!

15 May, 2013

Review #1: la farfa [ラ・ファーファ]

Hello everyone!
So today I'll do my first review. It's a magazine review of the Japanese oversize fashion magazine "la farfa". You can take a look on their (Japanese only) website by clicking here.

So what exactly does the magazine provide?
Like every magazine for young women: Photos - lots of photos. Coordination help. Street Snaps. Makeup. Hair.

How much does it cost?

How many pages does the magazine have?
96 pages

What about the content?

So first you can see some cute coordinates divided in "Lady Casual", "Chic Gal" and "Sweet Feminine". They give some points about how to combine like tunic shirt and short pants to coat the body and give a nice shape.
Next to the clothes you can also see where to buy them and how much they are. I think everything is quite cheap. Usually it's around 3000~4000yen per item. Of course there are some exceptions.

There are some pages like this: Showing some coords and providing points about coating the body. How do you get a nice silhouette and stuff like that.

Guess what? Another coordination page. They show the models before and after, point out what's important and what I like most: they even give you size information about the models (height, weight, bust, waist, hip)!

How to dress "oshare" (stylish). These pages are dedicated to the latest fashion trends like now: Spring Style. You can see which colors, patterns and cuts are trendy and how to wear it.

The usual makeup pages. Shading help is also provided to make the face look slimmer.

Hair arange pages for short and long hair.

Here are some "Spring Codes". I really like the one on the very right. Looks pretty ♥

Accessory and more coordinations. They have a bunch of onepieces in the magazine. A lot of them are so pretty.

 Comfortable, chic and trendy shoes!

Of course there are lots of street snaps.

"Career Style"
How to wear the suit right.

 Shop list of the shops named in the magazine.
Next issue is planned in summer 2013.
"ChubbyKawaii" will evolve!

What do you think about the magazine in the end?
I find it quite informative. A lot of useful stuff is written. It's not a gyaru magazine as you probably saw. But still I guess it can help oversize Gals to style up and to become better in coordinations. You might get a better feeling for your body. Also, since the brands and shops are written down you know where to buy these clothes. Even with a "normal" body it might be hard sometimes to get clothes that really fit you (especially pants). I guess that is the main point why I bought the magazine.
Also it's great that there finally is something like this since all the other magazines in Japan promote (sometimes too) skinny models.

Any negative points?
Yes. Skinny models ads on first and last page. Also the magazine's variation is quite low. There are like 50 pages only coordinates and nothing else.

  • Photo Quality:  ❤❤❤♡♡
  • Information:    ❤❤❤❤❤
  • Styling:           ❤❤♡♡♡
  • Variety:           ❤❤♡♡♡
  • Overall:           ❤❤❤♡♡

06 May, 2013

Weekend Post #1

So on Saturday genzai, Mohaghi, Tara and I were at a performance of Serdar Somuncu. It was amazing. We laughed a lot and we had so much fun! I'd go again anytime. I know he might be very extreme and radical for some people. But I guess that's just what I like about him.
He himself said: "I say things that others are afraid of to think". And so it really is.
Afterwards we went to our Turkish neighbors. They were so nice and kind. We got some Turkish food and tea.

On Sunday I tried to make some matcha cake. I don't know exactly why but it didn't work out too good. It tastes okay but the structure of the cake isn't very good. So there's also no photo of it. Anyway I'll try it again. Also I want to test out chocolate with liquid matcha milk fillig. I hope I'm able to make it. If so I write a tutorial how to make it!

Here are some photos from my makeup and outfit of Saturday:

Knit: Liz Lisa
Skirt: Liz Lisa

02 May, 2013

Recipe #1 - Chili con Carne/Tofu

Today I would like to share one of my favorite dishes: Chili con Carne.
I love hot and spicy food that's why I like Chili so much I guess. If you don't like it too hot don't worry. You can also make it a bit less spicy.

What you need for 2~3 servings:
1 onion
3 garlic cloves
2 small chili peppers
1 carrot
1 red pepper
1 package minced meat (400-500g) (vegetarians/vegans: take the same amount of tofu)
2 cans of minced tomatoes (~800g)
1 can of kidney beans (400g)
(optional: 1-2 potatoes)
oil (preferably chili oil)
pepper, salt
tabasco (or any other hot sauce. I use something called "Ghost Pepper")

So you start with the onion, the garlic and the chili peppers. If you don't like it too hot just remove the chili peppers. Chop everything very small and put them in a bowl together. Add the (chili) oil (one tbsp) and mix it well. Then wait for maybe 1-2 hours while stiring it every 30 minutes.

If you don't have enough time skip this part and just put the onion, garlic and the chili peppers into a pot and fry it until transparent. Now chop the carrots and red pepper and add them to the onion-mix, stir it well and go on frying it (2 minutes). Finally you add the minced meat (or tofu. Chop it before). You now fry everything together until the meat is done (may take ~5 minutes).
If the meat is ready you add the tomatoes and the beans and cook it all together (also add the potatoes if you want to). Add salt, pepper and tabasco. Cook it until it's not too liquid (with potatoes ~20min). And you're done.

You can serve it with rice, bread or toast.
Enjoy your meal!