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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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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Let it snow!

The snow season is finally here! Yeay!!

My next Kidz -O- Bento creation was inspired by my winter wonderland trip to Lake Mountain for a family day outing. It was a perfect day to go up to the alpine resort because it was snowing all day. We experienced the fresh icy air, the sleet of snow and fresh flurries for the whole day. It was Magical!!

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When we finally arrived, it was snowing quite heavily…yippeee…fresh snow! Embrace the cold, icy air! Touch it! Taste it! Play with it!
Look at how many “Olaf” of different sizes we found!

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From ‘Olaf’ made of snow to ‘Olaf’ made of yummy ingredients. Ta-da! My Olaf inspired Kidz -O- Bento creation.

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The Olaf was made of rice, bits of cheese and nori as his eyes, mouth and hands, and of course, carrot as his nose. Olaf’s head and body parts were made out of rice that was stuffed with a mix of chicken, mustard and mayonaise. For the sides items, we had snowflakes which were made of egg whites and a couple of sunflowers made out of sausages and egg sheets.

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This is how it looked like when Olaf went into the box ;).

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In the left side of bento box, there were mixed vegetables accompanied by the snowflakes and sunflowers. I also added Sesame Mochi and Coconut Pandan Mochi.

 Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things,
But just look what they can do when they stick together
~Verna M. Kelly~

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