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 πŸ˜† 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!” πŸ™‚

Laughter is timeless,

imagination has no age,

and dreams are forever.

~Walt Disney~

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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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Snail Bento

“Slowly but surely…” is my motto for now πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ™‚ .
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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.Β 

~Confucious~

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Ballet Shoes Bento

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I have always thought of making ballet shoes bento for a while. As this was my very first attempt, I was still trying out how to go about doing it. If any of you have any suggestions how to cut ballet shoes with the ribbon in a more effective way, I would love to hear from you.

I made the shoes out of ham and cheese. First, I traced the size of the shoes on a tracing paper and cut it. Then I used that to cut the shoes with a knife individually. That’s why it wasn’t smooth round the edges and you might have guessed it, it took me awhile to cut the ribbons and shoes individually. A simple breakfast for a ballerina.

This is a closer look of the one placed in the bento box.

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There were 2 spam sandwiches, some lettuces, cut out sausages put together with a foodpick (whoopss..I’ve just realized that one of notes is in the wrong direction) and cut out carrots.

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On the plate, there were 4 sandwiches; the fillings were lettuces, spam and cheese. Then I used a mini flower cutter to cut the carrot and cut some long strips of carrots as just an add-on. I used tomato sauce to write the word “Ballet” on the sandwich. For the ballet shoes, I tried another technique of cutting them. Here’s how I did it… (pardon me for the imperfect pictures).

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I used 2 different sizes oval cutters. One is bigger than the other. The bigger one I used to cut the ham. I cut the sides of the ham to make it look slimmer. Then, I used the smaller oval to cut the cheese and cut it across diagonally to make it into 4 parts.

Bon Appetit! Enjoy the rest of your day! Keep watching this space, cause there’s more interesting creations to come! πŸ™‚

 

When days are gray, when your shoulders slumpΒ and your feet drag, take a deep breath and…Β STAND TALL.Β You’ll have a much better view.Β 

~Suki Schorer and the School of American Ballet~

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Elmo

It all started with a crazy idea I had about a month prior to my cousin’s son’s first birthday. Why I said “crazy”, it’s because I have never done this before and I have no idea how to go about doing it. I proposed to make bentos for children invited to his first birthday party…and BANG!! The planning and the research started there and then…and for the next couple of weeks, we are ‘off and running’ with our limited resources up our sleeves.

The theme for his first birthday party is Elmo. The day finally came and I was super excited to start the production line early. Proudly presenting my FIRSTΒ ever Elmo Bento!!

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Elmo Production Line

It consists of a sushi Elmo made of nori sheet, sushi rice, sausage, fried egg, fish balls, and carrots. The sides are mix vegetables and mix fruit with agar-agar.

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As a newbie, with such limited resources up our sleeves, I am so proud of what I have achieved. Even though the Elmo sushi may not be perfect, the parents were surprised and the children enjoyed the meal very much. πŸ™‚

Looking forward to my next bento adventure… πŸ˜‰

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