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Masked food … with an edible cosplay – Italian Cuisine

Who has never dreamed at least once to wear the shoes of one of the fantastic characters that populate our cartoons or favorite fantasy movies? Well, the moment of our cosplay has arrived. Maybe going from the kitchen …

The Carnival is approaching and for young and old it's time to disguise yourself. But there are those who do not wait for Thursday or Shrove Tuesday to wear a mask. We are talking about cosplayer, groups of people who love to become characters, often drawn from comics, cartoons or films, very dear to them. Linked, at least originally, to Japanese culture, the favorite protagonists almost always come from the world of manga and anime. But with the global spread of the phenomenon, today the choice falls on a much broader imaginary.

The cosplay with … food

A characteristic of cosplayers (at least among the very first ones) has always been to prepare the costume by itself, and not to buy it already done, as we usually do at Carnival. Nevertheless, the making of the mask is often expensive. But imagination, ingenuity and a strong sense of humor, added to a witty game with perspective, can give rise to extraordinary as much comical reinterpretations.
As evidenced by "Low Cost Cosplay" (on Facebook and Instagram): the cosplay at low cost. Among the many, there is a cosplayer, Lonelyman, who enjoys making his own costumes using fruit, vegetables, bread, brioches … In the picture below we see him in the role of Dragon Ball, protagonist of the homonymous manga written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama and later transformed into a cartoon TV series.

Dragon Ball - Lonelyman and Bakery
Dragon Ball – Lonelyman and Bakery @Facebook (

A bit of cosplay history

The term is the contraction of English words "costume" (costume) and play (game or interpretation): in practice it is the hobby to dress up as your favorite character. Usually this happens during public events such as conferences on anime, but it is not unusual for teenagers to gather together with friends with the same passion just to do cosplay. In Japan the practice is very widespread, so much so that one could say that the Rising Sun is its homeland. It is here that in 1984 the word cosplay was born, coined by the reporter Takahashi Nobuyuki. But it is only since 1995 that the phenomenon takes on a certain importance, when the Japanese press dedicates space to a group of young people in the city of Tokyo wearing costumes inspired by characters of Neon Genesis Evangelion, TV series in cartoons (anime) of 26 episodes. Since then the cosplay has become increasingly widespread becoming what is now a global phenomenon, full of international events that see the participation of thousands of fans. Even in Italy cosplay is now well established and has many fans and appointments.

Notice for Italian fans: in the coming months will be released Dragon Ball Super Broly, the new film in the series. You do not think to present yourself in theaters without wearing the clothes of our hero? Maybe … in edible version!

In the gallery other fun cosplay made with food

Holiday Granola – Only 8 Edible Gift Making Days Until Christmas!

When I was asked to take part in a special holiday YouTube
playlist called, “Christmas Morning Breakfast,” I started thinking about
seasonal variation on things like eggs benedict, quiche, and French toast. But
then I realized…you can’t wrap those things up and give them as an edible gift,
so I decided to do this granola instead.

We’ve covered the edible gift topic before, and discussed
the fine line between, “Wow, what a creative and thoughtful gift!” and “Wow,
what a cheapskate!” Happily, when it comes to this delicious, crunchy treat,
one taste and the lucky recipient will forget about any ulterior economic

Since this was a Christmas-themed recipe, I went with lots
of festively colored dried fruit, but the beauty of the granola technique is
that it pretty much works with anything. I love the looks of the green pumpkin
seeds, but things like hazelnuts and pecans would also work wonderfully.

As I mentioned in the video, it’s really up to you to
determine the cooking time. I tend to like mine just golden-brown, but many
enjoy the deeper, nuttier flavor of a longer roasting. Since you are pulling
and tossing every 10 minutes, this is pretty easy to monitor, but just be
careful towards the end, as it can get bitter if you go too far.

Anyway, whether this is for a quick and easy holiday
breakfast, with milk or over Greek yogurt; or you are going to package some up
as a stocking stuffer for the foodies in your life, I hope you give this a try
soon. Enjoy!

Ingredients for about 6 cups of Granola
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup shredded coconut (pure coconut, not candied)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped candy covered chocolate pieces (like M&M’s)
1/2 cup golden raisins, chopped
1 cup mixed dried fruit (any combo of cranberries, cherries,
strawberries, blueberries, etc.)
*Bake at 325 degrees F. for 30-40 minutes or until browned.

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