My church has a program called Meals for Moms where volunteers sign up to make food for parents who have just had a baby or adopted a child. I sign up pretty regularly. I enjoy cooking, and it's a nice way to help a sleep-deprived mom not have to worry about dinner as well!
Typically, I team up with another friend of mine who's the best prep chef you could ever have. She's super meticulous, enjoys prepping ingredients, and we have fun together. A typical menu I make often includes a subset of the following dishes: Taiwanese Meat Sauce over rice, Beef Noodle Soup, Three Cup Chicken, Tea Eggs, Chinese Chives + 5-spice Tofu, and stir fried Baby Bok Choy.
This past week, I signed up to cook for a friend, Christina, who absolutely loves Totoro. I knew I had to incorporate Totoro into the food that I made for her.
These Totoro eggs are a cinch to make. I basically made hard-boiled eggs, but you can soft boil them or even sous-vide them. If you can find small circular white stickers, you are already halfway there. I didn't have any on hand, so I actually hand-cut the tiny circles out with scissors from some white stickers. A small hole puncher would also do the trick.
Once you've put on the eye stickers, use a food-safe marker to draw the eyes.
Draw the nose, taking care not to make it too big. I try to make it a tiny triangle slightly pointed at the top.
Draw the belly.
I thought Totoro looked bald but didn't want to cut the eggs to make ears to like I did when I made the Totoro Soy Sauce Eggs. Instead, I found some basil that I had left over from the Three Cup Chicken that I had also cooked for her.
I think these would be super cute for Easter, or for any time.
I leave you with a quote Christina sent me after I gave her the food. Note, her son Nathan is 4 years old.
Nathan: I want Totoro!!!
-5 minutes later-
Nathan: More Totoro please!!!!
-10 minutes later-
Nathan: Mama, how did Auntie Jen get the Totoros?
Christina: Nathan, she drew them on the eggs.
Nathan: But how did she get the eggs?
Mom: From the farmer who had the chickens.
Nathan: But Mama, how did the chickens grow the Totoros?
Christina: ----some mumbling about how the Totoros aren't real Totoros and Auntie Jen had to make them out of eggs---
Nathan: How did the farmer get the leaf?
Christina: Auntie Jen put it on.
Christina emailed me and said, "Thanks to you, I didn't have to worry about his protein intake the last three nights! :D"
Success! That statement totally made my day.