September 22nd, 2009


Bento # 625

Once again mostly leftovers, but this time I actually managed to make them look pretty *L*

Bento # 625
Bento # 625
Turkey cordon bleu with carrot stars. Cucucmber balls on skewer. Cherry tomato. Baby kiwi and banana hearts. Pasta Penne with tomato sauce and grated cheese, spicy baloney, salami and cucumber.

Peanut Butter Balls -- a fast, no-bake recipe

Hey gang, some of you said some very nice things about my peanut butter faces, so today I am sharing my recipe for peanut butter balls that not only taste wonderful, but are very healthy AND can be molded into creative shapes. I got the original recipe from a kids' cookbook and modified it slightly. It's always a crowd pleaser just as ball shapes, but it works nicely for bento too.

Peanut Butter Balls
1 cup smooth peanut butter
2/3 cup dry milk powder (like Carnation)
4 tablespoons honey
4 tablespoons finely crushed cereal of your choice (I like Special K)

Mix all ingredients and store in the fridge. Shape as desired, and decorate with cocoa powder, candies, or whatever your creative heart desires.  :-)  Makes about 10 to 12 balls.


If the blob seems too dry, add a bit more honey. If it seems too wet, add a bit more cereal. This is a great way to use up the "dust" at the end of a cereal bag.

Enjoy, and let me know what you think..

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I should really learn how to take pictures.  If you can see past the crummy focus and lighting, this is mini tacos, carrot snakes slithering through pepper grass & flowers, blueberries & grapes, cheese stick and a marshmallow.


Carte Postale d’Indonésie


Diana from Bento Concept and her friend KaraChiwie have started traveling around the world with bento. The first stop was Italy and the next stop is Indonesia (October 5th). Bento Concept has amazingly cute bento. Even though the site is written in French, Diana provides a short English summary at the bottom. Everyone is welcome to join the bento-around-the-world adventure!

Bottom tier (brown): Egg sheet; baby spinach; tofu noodles cooked with carrot, fish sauce, coconut lime dressing, ginger lime sauce, and soy sauce, Baby elephant made out of konnyaku and cooked in sesame oil with cheese decorations [I personally think the elephant looks like a mouse and my boyfriend said it could be an anteater too].

Top tier (orange): Spicy green beans with shrimp paste, curried chicken skewers, konnyaku and carrot with tofu sesame sauce. Under the noodles is an orange container filled with peanut sauce.

I’ve never been to Indonesia, but my boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend taught there for a while. I didn’t want to do the typical fried rice nasi goreng but wanted to get the range of flavors available in Indonesia. And Indonesia is also famous for elephants.

This was actually my first -ever- attempt at kyaraben キャラ弁 with the little elephant. I have once again proven that though I can come up with creative ideas, my execution (mind to hand) is lacking. How do I solve this problem and become craftier??

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Psuedo Lunchables Bento

The other day my co-worker brought in lunchables for her lunch.  I was immediately reminded of my childhood.  I really wanted lunchables.  But lunchables are the devil!  The sodium! The sugar! The meat-by-products!

Well, whaddya know?  I had everything to make my own healthy pseudo lunchables bento with just a few ingredients around the house. 

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Spiced zucchini, turkey slices, havarti and muenster cheeses, crackers on the side.

So next time you have a craving for childhood, remind yourself that you are an adult now that is knowledgeable in healthy eating...and make a pseudo one yourself!