Totoro Bonsai Guardian

Totoro Bonsai

Mike and I recently took the time to respectively watch and re-watch this excellent movie, and I got inspired to do a little illustration as a tribute. I’d say it’s a big improvement over my previous Totoro illustration, though the attached recipe really does hold up!

This is also available as a design on my Society6 store, and you can get prints, TOTE(oro?) bags, shower curtains, pillows, phone cases, etc. Technology is amazing. Free shipping until June 8th using this link!

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Sorry again for the radio silence. Or blog silence, rather. Good things come to those who wait, right? In the mean time, I just got approved as a tee designer on TeePublic, and I’ve uploaded a bunch of my cool video game and other geeky designs over there. Feel free to check them out, if that’s something that interests you! They’re $14 until Sunday, then they go up to $20.

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Fandom Foodie: My Little Pony Applejack’s Jacked Up Apple Custard

” Okay, all you high-class ponies. Here’s a highfalutin’ apple cake for your hoity-toity taste buds.”
-Applejack, My Little Pony Friendship is Magic

Let me confess: I used to be an ENORMOUS My Little Pony fan. Yes, I recall, in kindergarten, my friends and I would always duke it out over who got to have the jeweled unicorn pony from the class toybox. At home, I also had a few ponies…and a pony house…flutter ponies…sea ponies… *cough*

These days I am not really what you’d call a pony fanatic, but I can definitely see the appeal! The current show seems to be quite entertaining, and has garnered many fans…young and old…female and…male. I have only the utmost respect for these self-proclaimed Bronies! Heck, I thought I’d ruin my street cred by professing my love for rainbow coloured ponies, but you guys are out there flying your sparkling pony flag, strong and proud! ; )

Now now, here’s a dessert that’s inspired by the fruitiest pony…Applejack, of course! It’s a little spicy, a little creamy and sweetened only with apples. Delicious!

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Fandom Foodie: Kirby’s Maxim Tomato and Apple Ketchup

“Your spirit is willing but your pink flesh is weak.”
-Metaknight, Kirby, Right Back At Ya!

Believe it or not, but I used to be a…”Kirby Fanartist”. I drew many Kirbies back in the day! So, I’ll have you know that this piece was really easy once I channeled my expert Kirby rendering skills from the age of 12. For a pink puffball, he’s pretty tough! He inhales his enemies and gains wicked cool powers. Plus, he’s one of the best characters in Super Smash Brothers.

Here’s a BBQ sauce recipe that uses one of the health-recovery items from the Kirby series, the Maxim Tomato! Also, you get to use some Dreamland Apples! Ideally you should use in-season tomatoes and in-season apples…but pick one or the other if you can’t get both at the same time.

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Fandom Foodie: Goku’s Sweet Power Potatoes

“It’s my stomach, I’m hungry.”
-Goku, Dragonball.

Now, I used to watch Dragonball and Dragonball Z myself, but I wouldn’t exactly call myself a fanatic. However, I do happen know a true fan quite well…my boyfriend, Mike! So, I asked him to give me his DBZ elevator pitch! In his words:

“I’m not even sure what it is that I like about Dragon Ball Z… It’s action-packed, has super-powerful characters that can blow up worlds, magical dragons that grant wishes, a talking pig and a pure-hearted main character who takes on every type of opponent in the universe! The series is simply a classic and everyone should check it out!”

There you have it, folks! What’s not to like about that? Of course, they do spend a lot of air time ‘powering up’, so if you want to check the series out, and skip all that, you can also watch the fan-made ‘abridged’ version, which is of course, very very accurate! ; )

In the show, when the characters are beaten to a bloody pulp, and need a second wind, they eat Senzu Beans. Now, we don’t do beans around here, so instead I would recommend to Goku to try some Sweet Potatoes as his post-villain beating recovery food. Plus, they’re orange and round like Dragonballs! Wowza~

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Fandom Foodie: King of All Cosmos’ Majestic Mystery Meatballs

“We are moved to tears by the size of this thing.”
-King of All Cosmos, Katamari Damacy.

You have to have played this game to understand it. Please tell me you have played this game? If not, watch the intro, it will help. A little bit. The main premise of the game is that The King of All Cosmos gets extremely drunk and destroys all the stars and planets. It’s up to his son, The Prince, to use the Katamari to roll things on Earth up into balls in order to make new planets and stars. This may sound odd, but actually this game is extremely fun and amusing. Speding hours creating chaos by rolling up everything from paper clips, to cows, to clouds, to the Statue of Liberty…

My favourite level is the one where you are rolling around an underweight Sumo wrestler, and you must fatten him up by rolling up tons of food. Then, eventually, you must roll him into his opponent and win the match!

We love this game so much that my family has made costumes from it…yes, we have our very own Katamari. I’m the one in red, in case anyone was curious.

These Majestic Meatballs are inspired by the whimsy and wonder that is The King. So changeable, so mysterious, so…bulging…

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Fandom Foodie: Princess Peach Baked Peaches with Goat Cheese and Red Pepper

“Thank you, but our princess is in another castle… Just kidding.”
-Princess Peach, Super Mario Bros.

She’s the sweetest gal in the Mushroom Kingdom. It’s the lovely Princess Peach! Always off being kidnapped by Bowser, constantly sending Mario to rescue her…I’m not really sure what’s going on there! C’mon girl, the whole Damsel in Distress bit is totally played out. Stand up for yourself!

Anyway, I’m sure she’d be a mean player in the kitchen, though. Maybe Bowser kidnaps her because he’s too lazy to cook for himself? Don’t be like Bowser, make your own dessert! Yes, peaches are in season, and although they’re delicious plain, why not take the chance to fancy them up a little bit for a killer treat. Juicy, ripe Peaches and tangy Goat Cheese, sweetened with Maple Syrup, with a hit of some spices and a pinch of Red Pepper for a little kick. Yum!

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Fandom Foodie: Mario and Luigi’s BBQ’d Maple Cheep-Cheep (Salmon)

“Well, I’m going to be here for a while, so I might as well stare at the fish. They are oddly hypnotic.”
-Toad, Super Mario 64

It’s-a me, I’mma here with-a dish that is easy and full-a fish!
Okay, I have to admit, this recipe is another act of revenge. Does anyone actually like water levels in any video games? Especially ones full of devillish fish that constantly make attempts on your life as you desparately try not to drown. Anyone? No, I didn’t think so.

“Mario! We’ve-a lost-a so much weight since we-a stopped eating pasta!” 

In any case, Mario and Luigi are pretty busy guys. They don’t have time for complicated dishes, what with having to dash off and save Princess Peach all the time. While you’re on your way through World 3, you might as well snag a Cheep-Cheep or two for dinner, and let them marinate while you hop through World 4. Supper will be on the table before you know it!

See, it’s so easy, you don’t even need a Princess Peach to cook dinner for you. Simple, effortless and tasty. There’s no reason not to try it out!

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Fandom Foodie: Totoro’s Forest Custards with Sweet Potato and Mushrooms

“My neighbor to to ro totoro to to ro totoro
if you ever meet him, a wonderful happiness will
come to you!”

-Japanese Theme, My Neighbour Totoro

Such a cute and endearing movie, it’s one of the first Studio Ghibli movies I ever watched. This was before I even knew what Studio Ghibli was! Miyazaki always crafts such unique and magical worlds in his movies, and the characters are endearing an compelling. Even though Totoro himself can be a little scary at times, mostly he is mystifying and charming! This recipe captures the essence of forest and fall flavours, a little sweet and mostly savory. I’m sure Totoro would dig in heartily!

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Fandom Foodie: Link’s Flying Hyrule Chicken Wings

“I… I shall consume. Consume… consume everything…” -The Moon, Majora’s Mask

Ah, Zelda. I have to admit, I’m a little biased. The Legend of Zelda is probably my favourite game series of all time! Many an hour of my youth was spent killing Keese and Stalfos in Temples. Getting violated by Redead in the streets of Hyrule Town! Being berated by Ruto in the belly of Jabu Jabu! And that pesky Ganon! Always causing trouble! Many an hour was also spent running away from chickens, who, once enraged, are apparently immortal and more powerful than Ganondorf himself. Go figure! Here’s a little tasty serving of revenge. A crunchy coating with moist chicken inside. You’d never guess it’s grain-free! Check your local bulk store, such as Bulk Barn for the alternative Flours listed.

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