Sunday, 16 February 2014

Little Brown Bear Bento

This is one bento which I made months ago, but haven't had the chance to post until today. The bear is made of meat patties and decorated with cheese, nori seaweed and blanched carrot. Basically, before you pan-fry the meat patties, you have to shape the patties to resemble a bear's head and ears. Once done, you pan-fry the patties, season and coat with any kind of sauce you like, let cool and then add the edible facial features.

Some of the side dishes include a small portion of mac n cheese, sauteed soy sauce chicken with corns, pan-fried prawn cakes, boiled edamame beans, cherry tomato n cheese and a kamaboko (fish cake) rose.

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Sunday, 2 February 2014

Rilakkuma & Totoro Bento Platter

Made this a few days ago for my little niece. This time I placed everything on a plate instead of a bento box, since it was meant to be eaten at home. The rilakkuma bear rice balls are filled with chicken teriyaki and the mini totoros are boiled quail eggs seasoned with soy sauce and decorated with cheese and nori seaweed.

I am thinking to make Miffi or Winnie the Pooh for my next bento. Let's see what I am going to come up with :)! See you soon!

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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Chinese New Year 2014 - Horse Bento

Tomorrow is Chinese New Year's Eve, and to get in the mood, I made a horse-themed bento to celebrate the coming year of the horse. Hopefully this will be a better year for all of us :)! This bento is dedicated to my dad who is a horse  ;) - this just sounds funny, so I had to put a smiley! But it was my little niece who gobbled down the bento :). I am glad that I have one little monster (an adorable one, that is) nearby who loves to eat my creations :-).

This bento contains loads of eggs  so it's full of protein ;)! I actually wanted to make something more festive, but I forgot my big bento box at home, and as currently I am staying over at my sister's place, I had to make do with the small boxes available.

I also made another bento before - well, not exactly bento actually, since I placed the food on a plate instead of a bento box, but I am going to save it for my next post. So stay tuned :)!

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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Little Kitten Bento + Tutorial

Hey everyone! For people who have previously visited my blog regularly, please don't get shocked ;)! I am sure you have noticed that I recently changed the look of my blog ;). I just wanted a change, because I simply couldn't see that same, old blog skin anymore, and I also wanted to personalise my blog a bit more. Previously I used a free blogskin available online somewhere, but this time, everything is designed by yours truly ;). So, please don't be too harsh on me, I know that there are lots of rooms for improvement, especially because I don't have any knowledge in coding. I was thinking to use a different platform other than blogger, because it's going to give me more freedom in designing my blog. But then again, I've been using blogger for (wow!) a bit more than 4 years now, so I decided to stay here and be loyal to blogger ;). 

I will nevertheless add a new section to my blog, such as a gallery to improve audience experience - I am aware that my blog is not the easiest to navigate. If you think that there are other cool things I should add to my blog, please do let me know :). 

Anyway, back to the bento above - I actually made it ages ago, but haven't posted about it until today. It's pretty simple to make and you don't need god-mighty skills to make it as long as you own some cookie cutters and a nori punch. The kitties are made from fried spam, cheese, carrot and nori seaweed. The sides are a portion of boiled corn kernels, edamame beans and pan-fried scotch egg.

I will make a horse-themed bento within the next few days since it's my dad's year as well :). My dad is currently here, so it's going to be dedicated to him :). Stay tuned!

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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Cute Animal Sandwich Bento

After being MIA (again) for 2 months, finally I managed to make another bento. This bento is actually a new year present for my friend, Ms Baggins (remember this girl, who ordered the Star Wars & Lego bento from me some time ago:)?). Her 2 year-old nephew is visiting her from Perth and she wants to give him something special and a little different. Since her nephew is currently into animal farms, I made him mini ham & cheese sandwiches with cute animal faces (not exactly animal farms, but I think he wouldn't mind it ;)). I hope he would like this bento :). 

Besides the mini sandwiches, I also made two panda onigiris filled with fried chicken nuggets and tonkatsu sauce and some maki sushi rolls filled with chicken teriyaki and some veggies.

Let me end this post by wishing you all lovely readers a wonderful new year. May 2014 brings joy and happiness to all of you :).

The pictures look somewhat blurry, maybe I really need a new camera ;).


Till next time :)!

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Saturday, 2 November 2013

Three Little Pigs Sandwich Bento

I made this bento last week as part of a school project, but haven't had the chance to post it until today. Inside the box are mini ham and cheese sandwiches and each sandwich is decorated with a ham piggy and a carrot flower. I will show you what kind of project I did with this bento within the next few weeks, as currently it still needs some kind of refining :).

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Saturday, 19 October 2013

Goldfish Bento

This week's bento is super easy to make! To recreate the cute little goldfishies, all you need are:
  1. 2 cherry tomatoes
  2. a slice of white coloured cheese
  3. a piece of nori seaweed.  
Take one cherry tomato and cut it into two equal pieces. One is for the head and the other half is for the tail and fins. To make the tail, cut the halved tomato into thin slices. Take one slice and cut out two mini triangles for the fins.

Get a thin drinking straw and punch two circles out of cheese for the white part of the eyes and cut  two small circles out of nori to make the pupils.

Arrange everything together as pictured above and voilĂ , you get yourself a goldfish :).

See you all next week :)!

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Sunday, 13 October 2013

Totoro Spam Musubi

Recently I saw a video which shows how to make Totoro spam musubi. I thought it's such a cute idea and very simple to follow as well. I didn't make a Totoro template because I couldn't be bothered to do so, but the Totoro spam musubis still turn out quite alright, don't they :)? Check out this video to make your own Totoro spam musubi, it's pretty cool :). 

I also included four mini Totoros which are made out of quail eggs tinted blue with purple carrots and decorated with nori eyes, nose and fried spaghetti whiskers. 

 That's it for today and see you next week :).  

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Sunday, 6 October 2013

Bashful Bears Bento

I made another bento today :). The little teddy bears are made out of deli meat (turkey) and they are sitting on top of mini cheese and nori sandwiches. I used a few bento cutters I got from Daiso to make the bears and I think they turn out pretty cute :).

The other bento box contains two tatami onigiris filled with fried egg and chicken/mushroom bulgogi, lettuce, cherry tomatoes and fried fishcakes, plus a piece of  carved radish.

I'll try to make one bento per week from now on, so stay tuned and see you next week :)!

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Saturday, 5 October 2013

Penguin & Totoro Bento

Ms Baggins commisioned me to do another bento, and this time for her sister's birthday. She didn't really give me a theme this time and just asked me to make something cute and perhaps with some penguins or totoro. This is the bento I came up with and I just hope that her sister would like it...!

I made two penguin onigiris, two quail egg penguins and two quil egg totoros. I also made some tamagoyaki chicks and decorated the box with blanched brocolli florets, fried tom yam flavoured fishcakes, cherry tomatoes, three pieces of carved radishes, blanched carrot cutouts and two pieces of cooked teddy bear shaped pasta.

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Sunday, 22 September 2013

Fungky Penguins Bento

Hey everyone :)! Recently I got to know purple carrots which have wonderfully deep violet tint. I loved to include purple potatoes in my bento in the past, but I haven't been able to find them so far in Australia, at least around where I live, that's why I was so happy when I found purple carrots in a local supermarket some time ago, as they're such great substitute for purple potatoes. 

This time I used purple water (which I got after boiling a few slices of purple carrots) to colour my quail egg penguins a funky bluish violet. I added nori eyes, cheese beaks, ham cheeks (radish cheeks for the middle penguin) and hat-shaped food picks to make the penguins look somewhat cooler ;).

The sides are very simple: ham and salami flowers, one piece of carved radish, two pieces of cherry tomatoes, two butterfly carrots sitting on top of an eggyolk and a rose shaped takuan (pickled radish) - as you can see, not much cooking involved, as lately I have been too lazy to cook much at all (maybe you have noticed that the size of my bentos is getting smaller and I don't include that much food variety in my bento boxes anymore as in the past).

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Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Star Wars & Lego Bento

This bento was requested by a friend of mine, Ms Baggins, for her anniversary with her fiance, who loves Star Wars and Lego. Normally I wouldn't make a Star Wars themed bento myself, since I am not into Star Wars and know almost nothing about it (I am sure you have noticed that most of my bentos are very girly and cute ;)). But since it's a special occasion for both of them, I tried my best in making this bento, even though in my opinion my Yoda resembles Doby the elf from Harry Potter more than Yoda. I slaved away in the kitchen for almost six hours since I made everything from scratch, no store-bought frozen foods or pre-cooked meals this time - so this bento has basically made history in my (well, short) bento making 'career' for being the most elaborate bento ever made, for I had never spent so many hours in the kitchen just for preparing one bento ;). But it was worth the effort and time because the lovely Ms Baggins was very happy with the bento fortunately, and she totally got the Yoda (and the mini nori seaweed cutouts as well, even though they're a bit messy) :).

Anyway, I included quite a variation of food this time:
  1. Yoda - made out of rice coloured with nori seaweed sprinkles (furikake) and cheese for the eyes.
  2. Lego blocks - ham sandwiches (white) and cheddar cheese blocks (orange)
  3. Star Wars mini sandwiches - decorated with Yoda, Darth Vader & droid (forgot his name) nori cutouts
  4. Tomato/imitation crab/ green onions rolled omelet (tamagoyaki)
  5. Green beans/carrot/shimeji mushroom pork rolls glazed in teriyaki sauce
  6. Salami/green bean flowers
  7. Scotch eggs
  8. Maki sushi filled with pan fried chicken schnitzel, cucumber, lettuce and mayo
  9. Cherry tomatoes
  10. Fruit: strawberries, tangerines, grapes
  11. Carrot butterflies
  12. Cherry tomatoes and lettuce

This bento is quite different to the other bentos I've made so far, not really my style actually, but I hope you all still enjoy looking at this Star Wars bento, maybe this is more appealing and interesting for the boys :)? Till next time!

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Saturday, 7 September 2013

Mini Panda & Little Chick Bento

CasaBento sent me these three mini animal sauce containers some time ago. They are pretty damn cute, aren't they :)? My bento today is modeled after these lovely containers. I actually wanted to make a mini quail egg piglet as well, but I wasn't able to fit in the piglet container in my bento box, so I just ended up making two quail egg pandas and one quail egg chick.

As you can see I also used lots of animal food picks in my bento box. They can make a huge difference to your bento, without those picks my bento wouldn't look as festive :).

I had rice sprinkled with seaweed furikake, chicken teriyaki and black beans seasoned with soy sauce, imitation crab wrapped in omelet, blanched broccoli, carrot stars and a small portion of sliced strawberries.

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Friday, 30 August 2013

Matryoshka Bento

Yesterday I made a friend of mine a Matryoshka-themed bento. Unfortunately it was getting dark when I finished making the bento, so I couldn't really take any good pictures of the bento :(. This bento is modeled after the bento I made for her, which I think looks slightly cuter than the one I gave her. But fortunately she still seemed to be happy with her bento!  She wants me to make another bento for her anniversary next week and the theme will be Lego, since her fiance loves lego. I have never made a Lego-themed bento before, so this will be a (good) challenge :). Stay tuned :).

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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

The Lorax Bento

The Lorax 

The Lorax is the main character of the famous children's book "The Lorax" written by Dr. Seuss. To be honest, I have never read the book nor watched the movie, but I have always wanted to recreate the Lorax out of Babybel cheese after I saw Tiffany Yang's post, where she explained how to make the Lorax using babybel cheese.

Tiffany used store-bought candy eyes for her Lorax, which I would recommend as well, since it's going to save you time. But since I don't have any candy eyes, I made the eyes using green-dyed eggwhite and nori seaweed. The eyebrows and moustasche are simply cut out of a slice of cheese using a toothpick.

I included three pieces of pan-fried Korean seafood pancakes, two pieces of tamagoyaki and two pieces of halved cherry tomatoes. Decorate your bento box with some greens (I used mustard leaves) and a few cute foodpicks.

The bento box is one of my treasured bento boxes which I got from Bento&Co last year, it's called kyo bento box, isn't it beautiful? I should use it more often! Till next time :)!

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Sunday, 28 July 2013

Despicable Me Bento

To be honest, I'd never heard of Despicable Me until a few weeks ago when I started seeing lots of Minions (the little, yellow creatures) bentos almost everywhere. I was just wondering what the big fuss was about ;). I have to admit that the characters are pretty cute though, that's the reason why I decided to join in the hype and make a Despicable Me themed bento too :).

The minions are made of tamagoyaki (Japanese-style rolled omelette) and the details are nori and cheese cut-outs. I also included Agnes Gru in the bento box. She is made of soy-sauce flavoured steamed rice, nori and imitation crab. The other side dishes are pan-fried chicken nuggets, a piece of babybell cheese, two pieces of mochi cakes, a small portion of fruit (kiwi & mandarin), two halved grape tomatoes and a few pieces of blanched broccoli florets.

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