September 11th, 2009

09/10/09 Bento

So, I made bento for lunch today. It took me about a good hour and a half. I found that cooking brown rice took longer than I thought it would.

OKAY!! From the top, left to right, we have...two slices of white apricot (because I LURVE white apricots!!!! ^____^) and two green grapes. On the right, it's fried pollock fish fillet (sliced) with long green beans. The three edamame are on top of fried brown rice with tomatoes (which did wonders to the taste of the brown rice, according to Rich and waskabi), mushrooms, and basil. Next to that is scrambled egg with mozarella cheese and tomatoes seasoned with basil, oregano, and olive oil. The bottom right is my scallop/olive/corn concoction. These days, I like putting more spice in my foods; so I added a whole lot of black pepper, red pepper, and paprika to this. waskabi likes it too, but Rich said to put less spice in his next time.

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80's monsters

So LittleMan is really into monsters and fantasy.  Which is really hard for everyday food.  So these are monsters reminiscent of Pac man ghosts... from the 80's.  He considers anything 'from the 80's' to be akin to prehistorica but I can use that most of the time to explain things away with not too much additional info.  I was planning on putting pupils on this morning but he liked the gaunt blank eyed stare and said the things I use for pupils (candy sprinkles, nori or laver punchouts) make the cheese taste gross.  So, no pupils.

pepper & pulm ghosts with cheese eyes on top of a corn dog round, radish mushroom, mini cord, blanched green beans in pepper rings, star fruit, mango slices, prunes and mini waffles.

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This was Baby Girl's lunch for today.  I used the new camera, but I am not happy with the picture.  Forgive me and allow some time for me to figure it out.  I promise my pictures will get better.
Reese's PB cups
Radishes, Plain Onigiri, Sesame Pork
Pineapple, Concord Grapes, Raspberries, Cherry tomatoes

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totoro bento

Bento #245

Seeing the lovely bento in the wooden box yesterday gave me the urge to dig mine out again... I'm a bit worried that one layer each will be enough food but I stuffed it with rich food in any case!
Salmon and spinach quiche with a grainy crust, couscous in tomato sauce with onions and raisins, rucola and cherry tomatoes. Olive oil and balsamico vinegar dressing in the bottle. BF gets exactly the same in the other layer.


My bentoblog:

Kawaii Bento Boxes & 2 fried shrimp lunches

Mystery solved! Turns out Pikko was right when she suspected that the new Kawaii Bento Boxes cookbook was a translation of an existing Japanese-language bento book. I've got the Japanese one in my collection: Ichinenju Yakudatsu Tsuen Obento. Wrote a full review of the English book here at Lunch in a Box with a comparison to the Japanese original.

Contents of preschooler bento lunch: Carp-shaped inside-out sushi roll filled with fried shrimp (eyes: sliced quail eggs, carrot or zucchini, and nori roasted seaweed. Scales: carrots or zucchini. Gills: nori roasted seaweed. Rice flavored with pink sakura denbu and green aonori.). Steamed zucchini and carrots with Korean barbecue sauce, grapes, and a bed of lettuce round out the lunch.

Morning prep time: 70 minutes — ARGH!!!  Way too long, but at least I only make bentos like this once or twice a year. Full details here at Lunch in a Box.

Fried shrimp bento lunch for preschooler

Contents of preschooler bento lunch: Fried shrimp, steamed broccoli with vinaigrette dressing, round onigiri (stuffed with Gohan Desu Yo! seaweed paste and decorated with strips of nori seaweed), wrapped triangle cheese, grapes, and kiwifruit.

Morning prep time: 15 minutes, using frozen rice and fried shrimp left over from the shrimp rolls the day before. In the morning I assembled the rice balls, nuked a couple florets of broccoli in my microwave mini steamer, and peeled/sliced the kiwifruit. Full details here at Lunch in a Box.

Bento, Bento

Another bento, but it so didn't turn out as I had hoped for. :/ I probably should have used a small quailegg - just that they aren't avaiable anywhere. Oh well. At least it tasted good!

+ Udon in plumwine-sauce with carrot-flowers
+ sugarpeas
+ a star-egg
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wherein i fail at making pineapple stars

the *idea* was pineapple stars on a concord grape sky, but i failed at making them somehow. i think i should of cut the pineapple flatter to begin with perhaps, or maybe frozen it first.

anyway: bottom is deconstructed salad. spinach on the bottom of the box, chorizo, cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, cucumbers, and my trusty penguin with dressing.

top is the remnants of my pineapple massacre, concord grapes, and, because i had to use my star cutter on *something* before i put it away, a babybel.

crackers got tucked into the chopstick area in the lid after the photo-op.