Bento #22 ~ A Taste of the Mediterranean

29 09 2008

A fun little blend of Italian and Greek, inspired by the local Greekfest that we attended this past weekend. Please excuse the gawdawful choice of bento boxes for this (pepto pink just doesn’t engender feelings of the Mediterranean, I know). Hubby had done dishes and my bento box drawer was a jumbled mess….I just grabbed the first complete box I could find. 😛

Top: Six-cheese tortellini with Bertolli Fire-Roasted Tomato and Cabernet Sauvignon pasta sauce. Bottom: Mediterranean vegetable mix (from Schwans), Baklava from the Greekfest

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More Ichiban Kan Goodies!

27 09 2008

Just got my latest order in from Ichiban Kan. Not as big at the last couple, but still lots of fun stuff. 🙂

Gyoza maker, Mayo cups, Natural Lunch lock seal box, Natural Lunch belts, Card wallet, Tenmari lock seal box, Furikake shakers

Left to Right: Gyoza maker, Mayo cups, Natural Lunch lock seal box, Natural Lunch belts, Card wallet, Tenmari lock seal box, Furikake shakers

Comments:

  • Gyoza maker: I tried this out right after I took this pic to make some pb&j faux gyoza out of tortillas. It worked pretty well, but I doubt that I’d want to go through that much effort on a regular basis. They turned out cute, though.
  • Mayo cups: These are super-cute. They’re both divided cups, one has three sections and the other has two, so you can put more than one type of sauce in them. They also come with cute little stickers to label what type of sauces are in the cup. I wish I’d gotten more than one set. Hopefully, they’ll get more in stock.
  • Boxes: I got two more seal lock boxes because I’m really beginning to like them better than the tiered boxes.
  • Belts: Got these for the other tiered boxes I have.
  • Card wallet: This was actually extra in the box. I didn’t order it, but it will come in handy for when I’m at the gym or on Guard duty and I don’t need to carry my entire wallet/purse.
  • Furikake shakers: These are cute…they look like little houses.




Bentos #20 & 21

25 09 2008

It’s a two-fer-one deal today since I forgot to post my today’s bento last night. As you can see, I’m getting the creative juices flowing again. It also helps to go to the Asian market and find lots of fun goodies to put in my bentos. 🙂

Today’s bento was soma noodles….lots and lots of noodles. They were really good, but I could not eat them all. My original intent with this bento was to mix in the contents of the smaller tier, but the noodles were such a huge, tangled mess, there was no way I could do it without making a horrible mess everywhere. Thankfully, I eat my lunch in my semi-isolated office space where my co-workers couldn’t see me trying to eat the Noodle Mass. I should’ve rinsed them with cool water before putting them into the box. Ah well…lesson learned for next time.

Choco-banana Pocky

Bento #20: Left: Soma noodles with surimi (fake crab), boiled egg and edamame. Right: More surimi, boiled egg and edamame. Lid: Choco-banana Pocky

 

Rice cubes with egg and nori furikake, rolled egg, surimi, and broccoli

Bento #21: Top: Spinach "salad" with grape tomatoes, baby carrots and a cheese "leaf", chocolate mushrooms. Bottom: rice cubes with egg and nori furikake, rolled egg, surimi, and broccoli





Bento #19 ~ Gyoza Galore!

24 09 2008

Yes, I was in a dumpling mood today…or rather, I was a lazy butt and just tossed in what was quick and easy. This is definitely not my best bento…but at least it was yummy!

Veggie gyoza, pork and napa cabbage gyoza, grape tomatoes, mango Fruitery Jelly, fish bottle of dumpling sauce...all on top of a bed of edamame. Korean yakgwa cookie on the side.

Veggie gyoza, pork and napa cabbage gyoza, grape tomatoes, mango Fruitery Jelly, fish bottle of dumpling sauce...all on top of a bed of edamame. Korean yakgwa cookie on the side.

Rollups are such a great quick and easy breakfast treat. I wanted to do the banana rollups again, but didn’t have time to freeze them…the pb&j ones were yummy, though a bit messy.

YoPlus strawberry yogurt)

Breakfast bento: PB&J rollups and red plum (not shown: YoPlus strawberry yogurt)





Yes, I Am a Bento Snob

24 09 2008

“To Post or Not To Post?” Indeed, that is the question that I believe that more bento-makers ahould ask. Many seem to feel obligated to post a bento everyday, regardless of quality. Despite the simplistic dictionary definition of a bento that states that it is merely a single-serving lunch in a container, I believe that a “true” bento goes beyond that and implies that care has been taken to the details of the meal. Leftover casserole tossed into a plastic container doth not a bento make. I guess that I’m somewhat of an elitist snob when it comes to bento-ing (along with a myriad of other things as well, but this is the bento blog, so I’ll just focus on bentos for now :P)…but I believe that folks should take a bit of pride in what they do and in what they post. Sure, I don’t see anything wrong with tossing leftovers into a plastic container, but why bother taking a picture of it and posting it in a bento community (or blog)? I am guessing that some people feel the need to see those numbers go up in regards to how many bentos they’ve made. As for me, I think that quality should prevail over quantity. Yes, there are going to be those days where the content isn’t terribly exciting, or the lighting isn’t quite right, or you rushed through it…or any number of factors that make for what I call a “borderline bento”; it’s more than glop in a box, but not quite as artfully arranged as it could be. That’s fine…I have those days too (today was one of them as you’ll see when I post my bento)…but any number of little tricks can be used to at least make it a bit more photogenic: tweak it in a photo editing program, use a pretty backdrop, etc. I think that if you’re posting something for all to see then it should be because you take pride in it….and to be honest, there are alot of bentos out there that I don’t think their makers (or anyone else) are proud of.

I would like to add however, that now that I’ve thought about it some, I realize that sometimes I have posted a subpar bento for the purpose of obtaining feedback on how I might make it better. In those cases, I can understand someone posting a bento that’s a bit below their usual standard.





Temporary Bento Burnout :(

23 09 2008

Yesterday, I forgot to make a bento and today’s bento was boring leftovers. It was borderline picture-worthy, but I opted not to take pics because I was feeling lazy. I think I’m starting to suffer from Bento Burnout. I’m just not motivated to take up most of my evening between Munchkin’s bedtime and mine assembling a bento like I have been (of course, I know that part of this is due to hubby having bought Mass Effect for the computer and I’ve been playing instead of bentoing at night…bad me). I just want to toss stuff in the box and not worry about prettiness…and that’s so not like me. It must be a depressive time for me right now…I’ll get over it, as usual.

But, for your viewing amusement, I present Cake Wrecks, a side-splittingly funny look at cakes gone wrong. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll never let Wal-Mart do a cake for you ever again after seeing some of the awful results of so-called “professional” cake decorators. Enjoy!





Bento #18 ~ BBQ Yaki Onigiri

18 09 2008
smoked turkey, grape tomatoes, and baby corn on picks, mango Fruitery Jelly, mixed nut moon cake wedge

Top: BBQ yaki onigiri, hard-boiled egg w/ curry powder, on spinach Bottom: smoked turkey, grape tomatoes, and baby corn on picks, mango Fruitery Jelly, mixed nut moon cake wedge In Lid: Choco-banana Pocky

I’m in a BBQ mood lately…can’t you tell? I decided to try a variation on Biggie’s Ketchup Yaki Onigiri (found here) and used BBQ sauce instead of the ketchup. They smell wonderful…we’ll see how they taste tomorrow. 🙂