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1.3.2011 – Apple Bunny

13 Jan

Apple Bunny Bento

This was a fun lunch that O and I worked on together.  She cutout the cheese shapes with the Japanese Stainless Steel Vegetable Cutters that I got for a Very Bento Christmas. O loves to help with just about anything we are doing and  I try to let her help as much as possible.  She always seems to eat better when I incorporate her in my Bento.

The apple bunny isn’t difficult to make if you have a good paring knife.  I used another method for this apple bunny where the ears lay down, but it somehow turned out looking like a scarab beetle.  Next time I will use the tutorial I found at Lunch in a Box… http://lunchinabox.net/2007/12/13/how-to-make-apple-rabbits/

Ingredient List: blueberries (under the apple bunny), apple bunny, star shaped rice cake, small leftover egg roll, leftover teriyaki chicken, corn, sugar snap peas, and co-jack cheese cutouts

Tools: divided Tupperware container, small and large silicone cup dividers, Japanese stainless vegetable cutters, Wüshof paring knife, rice mold

Tuesday Tools: A Very Bento Christmas

11 Jan

A Very Bento Christmas

No, I did not spend my Winter Break making bentos in the morning for us to eat at our own table later that day, but Christmas was very good to my bento toolkit. (I did spend some time learning to do something new for bentos… dumplings, but that’s for another post.)

Although most of my extended family are crafty and creative, gift giving is purposefully utilitarian at times.  My spouse is a programmer and whipped up a quick program that allows people to add items to their wish list and see items from others’ lists.  Its all for good reason since no one wants to buy someone something they won’t use and it gives the list maker the opportunity to drop in items that they would really enjoy even though they might not purchase for themselves.

I added bento items that I knew I would enjoy but certainly didn’t need. My family delivered since the items were relatively inexpensive and really fun to search through.

Now I will share the bounty of my Very Bento Christmas:

  • Animal Shaped Fork-style Picks
  • Stainless Japanese Vegetable Cutters (flying bird, cloud, star, 3 flower)
  • Egg Molds (car, bunny, fish, bear)
  • Plastic Cutting Mats (4 color coded large, 2 small) – not pictured
  • Candy Eyes (small and large)
  • Yum-Yum Bento Box: Fresh Recipes for Adorable Lunches by Maki Ogawa and Crystal Watanabe
  • Kawaii Bento Boxes: Cute and Convenient Japanese Meals on the Go by Joie Staff

I will be hitting on tools as often as possible on Tuesdays, with more pictures, uses, etc.  Join me next week for Tuesday Tools!

BTW – You can see a list of all of my tools on the My Toolkit page.

Bentos B4 the Blog, part 3 of 4

5 Jan

Here is the third and fourth of a few of the bento that I made prior to the blog…

A REAL Bento Box

In a REAL Bento Box (August 8, 2010)

Not that my other containers weren’t working, but I got obsessed with buying a real bento box.  Because I wanted to lay hands on one before I bought it, I scoured the internet looking for a clue that might lead me to a local store… nada.  I looked at various “fancy” grocery stores… nada.  I literally drove myself nuts looking for one.  Then I found H-Mart, the mother of all asian markets in a suburb of the DFW metroplex. (cue the Angels singing)

That place is CRAZY and I got to go shopping by myself, a very rare occurrence.  I think I spent 3 hours in that store, but that is another post altogether!

So, I packed my first lunch into a REAL bento box! This doesn’t actually happen to be the one I packed… I think I bought it in May of 2010, but this picture was the first one I took with the new box.

Ingredient List:  spinach lasagna, grapes, pretzel fish, cheese sticks, raw green beans, carrots

Tools:  a REAL divided bento box, large and small silicone cup dividers, Wüstof paring knife

Learn:

  • The Good: getting better at packing
  • The Bad: could have filled in spaces a bit better
  • The Ugly: pretzel fish probably need to be sealed so that they don’t get stale

Breakfast Bento

Breakfast bento

I also made a breakfast bento for the first time… in a REAL bento box.  Still could have packed better, but I got to use two of my NYC Japanese grocery acquisitions – a very cute, small forest creature bento box and a fancy sauce bottle. (The whole NYC Japanese grocery experience is definitely another post.)

Ingredient List:  pancakes, raspberries, syrup

Tools:  small bento box, small silicone cup divider, sauce container