Mickey Mouse Bento

I have a little nephew who turns 2 over the weekend and he loves Mickey Mouse very much. So, I have decided to create a Mickey Mouse bento especially for him and his sunday school friends. Being aware that the children are mainly toddlers, so I tried to make it as simple and as “toddler-friendly” as possible for our little guys to enjoy 😆 Ta-daaa…

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In this box, there are a couple of tamagoyaki, heart-frankfurters, a couple of ham and cheese Mickey Mouse, grapes and strawberries which the children love…

The birthday boy had a great wonderful day and our little friends enjoyed their lunch together.“It’s yummy, mommy!” 🙂

Laughter is timeless,

imagination has no age,

and dreams are forever.

~Walt Disney~

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Kiddie-O Bento

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Here’s another of my Inari sushi Kidz -O- Bento creation. Somehow, I am excited to use Inari as one of my ingredients for my bento. Not only it is easy, I can experiment with various toppings too ;-). On my previous post, I used quail eggs as the head; this time, I tried to use halved fish ball as the head. It actually turned out great!

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For one of the toppings, I tried using canned Unagi which I bought it from a local Asian grocery store. I have never tried canned Unagi before, so I thought, I might give it a try this time. The texture is actually not too bad, however, it’s a little bit too sweet for me. The other topping was “Hot and Spicy” Spam, which I bought a while ago in our local supermarket. Since I don’t normally buy Spam, I never thought that that flavour existed. To my surprise, it tasted yummy! The sidedishes on the plate include lettuces, carrots, tamagoyaki and Grape Perino tomatoes.

I tried putting them in two different boxes to see how they turned out. Let’s vote…Do you prefer Bento box 1 or Bento box 2?

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Box 1

In box 1, I put in 2 Inari sushi guys and lettuces, tamagoyaki, Grape Perino tomato and german potatoes as sidedishes.

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Box 2

In box 2, I put in 2 Inari sushi guys and lettuces, tamagoyaki, Grape Perino tomato, german potatoes and mixed vegetables as sidedishes.

Here’s the recipe for German Potatoes from “Kawaii Bento Boxes” book.

Ingredients:

1 small potato

1 strip bacon, cut up

1/2 tsp butter

Dash salt

Method:

1. Peel and slice potato into thin quarter rounds. Cover and microwave 2-3 mins or just until tender.

2. Heat butter in a frying pan. When butter melts, stir-fry potato slices, and then add bacon slices

3. Season with salt. (If moist finish is preferred, pour in some milk to finish)

I have just recently watched “Lego Movie” and bought some figurines. I couldn’t resist not taking photos of my Kidz -O- Bento creation with my lego figurines. “Everything is Awesome! Everything is Cool!” 😉

The only thing you need to be special is TO BELIEVE you can be.

~Lego Movie~

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Summer Seafood Bento

After a long hard year of work, I am just dreaming of summer by the beach. I just want to soak up the sun, breathe in the salty air, sipping the coconut juice from fresh coconut and of course, delicious fresh seafood. Therefore, I decided to create pasta-based seafood bento.

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There is pasta mix with cod roe and a sprinkle of bonito flakes. As the side dish, there is crispy baked salmon, sausages, seaweed and crabmeat wrapped with egg and topped with black sesame. I also drop in a couple of fish crackers on top. I made 2 different types of crab. The bigger one was made of 2 sausages; one for the body and the other for the pincers, they are put together using pasta sticks. The smaller one is the halved mini frankfurters, so it doesn’t look too bulky.

Here’s how it look like in a two-tiered lunch box.

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Hope you enjoy your summer days.

A Life without love is like a year without summer

~ Swedish Proverbs ~

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Bento Workshop

Chinese New Year is here again..Yeay!!

During my summer holiday, I had a chance to go to Singapore to have a workshop with my favourite bento idol, Little Miss Bento. I was extremely excited to finally meet her. I came across her work of bento art while I was ‘google-ing’ for bento ideas last year. Her work of art was amazing!

For the workshop, we decided on Chinese New Year themed Bento.

Here’s the cute sleeping sheep bento I learnt to make in a few hours. Time flies when you are having so much fun and I learnt heaps from my bento idol. 😉

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The sheep was handmade without any mould. Everything was made of rice except for the horn, which was made of egg sheet. I learnt how to make perfect yellow eggsheet, which I cut and rolled into flowers and attached the end with pasta. I also learnt how to make the 3D carrot flowers top with a few black sesame. The sides were prepared by her. There were baked chicken, edamame, stir fry broccoli, mushroom and tofu. Lastly, I was given that special kamaboko with the picture of a sheep. I love it to the max! It is so cute!! I wish we have them here in Australia.

Happy Chinese New Year!

新年快乐
羊年吉祥
万事如意

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Snail Bento

“Slowly but surely…” is my motto for now 😉 and the best way to represent this motto is the snail.

Did you know? “Garden snails has a top speed of 1.3 cm per second. They don’t move fast, they do move at a very steady pace.” (Facts from Snail-World)

Winter is over and spring is here, which means, more rain and warmer days ahead. Yeay!! On rainy days, I noticed some garden snails crossing the pavement as I am walking home. Be careful not to touch them and make sure you wash your hand thoroughly if you do touch them.

Here’s my version of the snail…
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The snail is made out of sushi roll and rice as the body of the snail. The sides are microwaved chicken karaage pieces (Yes! They are microwaved…very interesting, isn’t it?), some mixed vegetables and leftover chopped crabmeat.

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The sushi is filled with rice, nori sheet and chopped crabmeat mixed with japanese mayonnaise and sprinkled with pepper. Normally, I make sushi rolled with seaweed. However, this time, I tried making sushi rolled with cucumber. The cucumber is quite wet so it’s quite difficult to roll the sushi tightly.

So, here’s the main ingredients for Chicken Karaage…all in that packet…cannot get any simpler than this product I found at Daiso. Such a simple and hassle-free way of cooking…recommended for busy moms 🙂 .
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(Please note that the product I used is based on my own opinion.)

All I need is chicken fillet cut into little pieces, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and placed them in a plastic bag. Then pour the Karaage powdered mix into the plastic bag and shake them until all the chicken pieces are coated evenly. After that, put each chicken pieces on a microwavable plate leaving a space between each piece. Spray them with oil before putting them into the microwave for 3 – 5 minutes depending on how much chicken you have on the plate. Make sure you keep checking them. Don’t overcook it because it will become solid as a rock. (I have done this according to my own preferences and may not be following strictly to the packet’s instruction as I don’t know how to read Japanese)

 

So here’s how it looks like when it went into a ‘box’…
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It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. 

~Confucious~

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Relaxing Bears

I have been slack lately because I’ve been busy with work. I am really looking forward to a long relaxing break…”aahhh…”
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I went to the supermarket the other day and saw this product on the shelf. It’s a can of Angus Beef and Red Wine soup. Quick and easy soup for busy weeknights 😛 .

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(Please note that the product I used is based on my own opinions.)

I can smell the wine from the soup (So, supposedly it’s not suitable for young children :-p ). The overall taste is actually quite nice. I sauted (a whole) chopped onion with a bit of olive oil before adding the can of soup and sprinkled a bit of salt and pepper. Then, I made some cute bears, to slide down the bowl, which are made of mashed potatoes. I used cut out cheese to decorate the soup. Lastly, I used cut out nori sheet for their facial expressions.

Here are the cute bears indulging in their hot soup…
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Guten Appetit! Enjoy the rest of your week!

Weekends are sacred for me. They are the perfect time to relax and spend time with my family and friends. 

~Marcus Samuelsson~

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