Simple Onigiri : Salmon Rice Mix And Dulse

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Onigiri makes a great rice meal that can be prepared in less than 30 minutes.  When 3 out of the 4 ingredients are instant, how long can they take to make?  They are pretty to look at and also taste good according to the kids.  Whenever I pick them up from school, they will request for finger food to munch on their ride home.  Onigiri is one of such car ride friendly snacks: no food spills!

// Some recipes call for sushi vinegar to be added to the cooked rice first, as I find the rice mix already contains sugar and salt, I skipped this step.

// I realized that with some creativity, I can actually cook quite a variety of food often using ingredients or kitchenware from Daiso.  I am starting this #cookdaiso52 challenge to see if I can hit 52 dishes with things from Daiso.  This is #1.  This could mean more onigiri variations coming.

#1 of #COOKDAISO52


2 cups cooked short grain rice
1 tablespoon salmon rice mix*
1 tablespoon dulse flakes*
nori sheets*


01. When the cooked rice are still hot after cooking, add the salmon rice mix and dulse flakes and mix well.  The dried rice mix needs the heat from the steamed rice to hydrate.  Allow rice to cool slightly till warm to touch.

02. With wet hands (to prevent rice from sticking on working hands), take out a handful of the prepared rice and roll them into a ball, triangle or oblong shape, pressing the rice balls tightly together so that it will not fall apart.

03. Wrap rice balls with cut nori sheets according to liking.  I wrapped mine at the base of the triangle where my hand will hold the Onigiri to eat.

04.  Repeat with the rest of the rice.

* from Daiso

DIY Ikea Pello/Poang Chair Felt Cover

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Our trusty 10 year old Ikea Pello armchair badly needs a new cover, but the price (starts from $50 for the most basic fabric design) made it difficult for me to decide, when I see a brand new Pello costs only $69.

Since there was nothing really wrong with the frame structure, I decided to sew the cover myself.  I found some ready-cut felt cloth (70cm x 60cm) in gray (I used four) and a ball cotton lace yarn in matching color within the craft section of Daiso. Total bill came up to just $10.
Here’s my plan to put the 4 pieces of felt together.

diy ikea pello cover // mono+co

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I kept the original cushion + cover inside as stuffing.  I hand-sewn the entire thing with back stitch, did not take too long as there was no cutting, or detailed measuring required.  The dimension of the ready cut felt cloths fits wonderfully well, and the cover was still removable for washing (or replacing) in the future.