Wednesday, April 27, 2011

[04-27-11] My recent work- Casting and Coordination

American Rag Cie Japan Men's collection COAST

I did this work in March. I was involved as a casting director and coordinator for this project.
It turned out we have an amazing catalog!!!

American Rag Cie Japan features Riviera Clubin this spring, and we asked Greg, Joe and Derek to be a model for this shooting.

I also found young skate/surf boys, Chaz, Zeke, Christian and Mark.
They did amazing job in our shooting!!

The photographer, Yoshi, is also famous as stylist in Japan.
The art director, Ryuji, is also very famous as art director!

Yoshiyuki Nagatomo
Ryuji Oya

I'm looking forward to hearing what people think about it!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

[04-16-11] Baking Breads For Babies...

Recently I have been baking many breads. First, I need variety for my son's snack and second he has milk allergy now..

I gave him a piece of bread from the Japanese bakery, which bake fresh bread, he still got few redness on his face. So I decided to bake bread by myself and avoid all milk stuff.

Since I have a basic knowledge how to bake bread, I have tried different ingredients and baking time. ( I even has a teaching license of baking bread from Japanese baking school!!!)

So here is the simplest bread I can bake, and you don't even need to use oven. I just use toaster!!! Fermentation takes time, but it worths it!!! My son loves eating my bread.

I use Panettone dry yeast which you can buy from Nijiya market.( they have online store, too)
Compared with regular dry yeast, its less stinky I think.

Bread flour (unbleached from wholefood) ----1c (180g)
Panettone dry yeast --- 2t (7-8g)
Salt (sea salt) --- 1t (3-4g)
White Sugar --- 1/2T and 1t (9-10g)
Warm Water (50/50 cold and hot)--- 120cc

If you make it more flavorful and tasty, put dry milk ( I use one in organic and can get from
Whole foods) 1t(3-4g) and butter (unsalted) 1T(12g). Heat butter with microwave for 30 sec-1min, and make it melt.

1. Put flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a bowl. Make sure put yeast and sugar together and put salt on the other side of the bowl.

2. Put warm water in the bowl. When you out it in, aiming sugar and yeast. Mix them well and out dough on a table. Mixing until all powder is gone, and feel like the dough becomes your ear lobe.

3. Put melted butter into the dough.Keep mixing until it's soft yet bouncy.

4. Make a big ball with dough, and put it back in the bowl. Put warp and mark the size of current dough, and put it somewhere warm. ( I use microwave. Put 1cut of water and heat up for 1-2min. Inside of microwave gets moistened and warm. Use that as fermentation room)

5. Wait for 1-2 hours until the dough becomes 3 times larger that the original.

6. Put flour on your finger, and do finger test. Make a little hole, and check the dough is only a bit bounce back yet not too sticky.

7. Use fist and take out the gas from the dough. Divide dough into 8-10. And make a ball.

8. Put wet cloth onto the ball doughs, and rest for 10min

9. Remake into a ball again ( to make it look better..) and put them onto the cooking pan.( don't forget to put parchment paper!) put wrap ( which you used for the first fermentation) and put the wet cloth onto the doughs.

10. Heat the lowest (90F) temp to set your toaster, and wait for 5min. The put doughs into the toaster.

11. Second fermentation for 20-30 min. To wait till the doughs get double size.

13. Take out doughs and preheat toaster to set 375. Put doughs into the toaster. Check 6-8 mins, if the surface is getting burn, put aluminum foil to cover the breads.

14. Total 13-15 mins, your bread should be ready!!!

Put comment or send my message to my twitter, if you have any questions or advice :)

Enjoy !!!
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Friday, April 01, 2011

[04-01-11] Baby Snack Tip!

Hi! My son will be 1 years old in 10 days!!! I skyped my friend in London who also has 12 1/2 year old son. Since boys have three meals and 2 snacks now, we have the same problems that planning meals and snacks' variety.

She mentioned that she made banana muffin for her son,I soon decided to get the recipe from her.

Flour 100g
Baking Powder 1tea spoon

Banana 1/2 piece ( about 1/2 cup)
Water or milk 100cc
Steamed sweet potato 1/2 cup

First making banana smoothy with banana, water or milk and steamed sweet potato. Then the smoothy will be 180-200cc.

Then put smoothy into the flour and baking powder. Mix together roughly. Then put them into the muffin bowl.

Steamed for 15min until it's done. If you think it's too much sticky, put less smoothy into the flour.

It doesn't look like the muffin at the store, but it's good enough, right???

It's pretty tasty and healthy snack!!!

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