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Petite Sandwich Presses

10 Dec

Petite Sandwiches

After my Christmas tree disaster, I went to an ol’ standby – sandwiches.  You always find comfort in what you know.  However, this time I thought I’d try my petite sandwich makers that have a press on them.  In theory, you should see the cute little animals on the sandwiches, but you couldn’t, so I decided to toast them.  But that didn’t help much either.  I’m wondering if it’s because I’m not using the right bread.  I’m using a wheat bread. Perhaps I should try a fancy square Japanese bread and see if that works??

Finished Sandwiches - Toasted or not-toasted? That is the question.

 

Contents:  Mini sandwiches filled with soy nut butter and jelly, strawberries and edamame/carrots sticks

Mac and Cheese with Edamame (but a story on my Christmas disaster bento)

9 Dec

Simple Leftover Bento

I’m back!  Sorry for the week long break.  I have been making bentos this week, but I had a disaster of a bento on Monday and just couldn’t bring myself to post it.  I tried to make a Christmas bento, and just couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do.  I ended up deciding to try a colored egg sheet tree.  OMG!  It was awful.  There was too much oil, the pan was not hot enough, my first try ended up with a gloppy mess and my second sheet was too shiny (due to the oil).  And then I decided to get all fancy and put sprinkles on it to act as “lights” on the tree.  Well… the sprinkles melted once it hit the oil on the tree, and I ended up with black smudges on the tree.  Oh, I was so sad.  Maybe if I have the courage, I’ll post a small picture of it at the end of this post.

Well… that has nothing to do with the bento picture above.  Besides the fact that I decided I need to stick to good ol’ standbys until I can perfect a christmas bento.  But I only have another week, so I better get crackin’ on that one.

The above bento is a leftover bento.  My motto is that I don’t like to fuss with my bentos, thus the Christmas tree bento is steppin’ out of my element.  Today’s bento is made from leftover mac and cheese from California Pizza Kitchen.  They already mixed it with edamame, I just added the carrots.  You can’t tell, but mixed in with the carrots on the right are sweet potatoes.  I had a large gap next to the carrots/sweet potato cup, and quickly searched in my cabinet for something to throw into the other cup.  I luckily found snack peas.

Happy Holidays to everyone!

Contents: Mac and cheese with edamame, strawberries, carrots, sweet potatoes and snack peas.

😦 my sad Christmas trees

Tamagoyaki and Nori Rolls With a Baseball Player Cutie :-)

5 Dec

Tamagoyaki and Nori Rolls with my Baseball Cutie

LOL!  It’s late and my sense of humor is a bit off, but I think the baseball “cutie” is cute.  But do you get it… it’s a cutie orange.  LOL!  Okay… I’ll spare you my humor.

I made the tamagoyaki rolls with a tool my hubs got for me.  It’s a silicon rectangle that you can put in any pan.  It’s suppose to allow you to make tamagoyaki without a special tamagoyaki pan.  But I learned that you need a REALLY flat pan.  My pan was not completely flat and the eggs leaked out on the sides, and it was hard to continue the tamagoyaki layering process with this “tool”.  So, I had to improvise and give Ms. Little Bubbles a tamagoyaki “roll” with nori.

After putting this bento together, I felt (as usual) that something was missing.  So I quickly got out my new nori punch and a cute baseball pick hat, and that made the bento complete.  I can’t help but smile when I see my baseball cutie.  LOL!  It makes up for the tamagoyaki mishap.

Contents:  Rice with furikake, tamagoyaki, broccoli, carrots, kamaboko, and a cutie

Good ol’ 5-mintue Bento (Teri Chicken)

4 Dec

Good ol' Standby Bento in a Hello Kitty Bento Box

This was from Thursday.  I didn’t have time to post a picture. 😦  It’s pretty much a good ol’ standby bento in a Hello Kitty bento box.  I timed myself on this bento, and it took me 8 minutes.  I think I could have done it in 5, but it took me some time to figure out what to do with the apples. LOL.  So, you got the apple flowers again.  I need to get more inspiration from my recent additions to the bento book collection, but with the holidays here, I seem to be concentrating on gift, cards and Santa pictures.

Not to digress (and not related to bentos) but today we stood in line for an hour to take a picture with Santa.  When Ms. Little Bubbles was a baby, we were casually shopping in a mall and saw that Santa was free, so we decided to have her take a picture with him.  Then when she was two, I was at the same mall with my friend and we again saw that Santa (the same Santa) was not busy.  So, we took her picture with Santa.  Well… little did I know that I was going to get sucked into this Santa thing.  I now refuse to take Santa pictures at any other place because I want the same Santa in all my pictures.  And according to my kids, that’s the REAL Santa and all the other Santas we see at other malls and stores are fake. 🙂  LOL.  I usually like to take my Santa pictures before Thanksgiving to avoid the crowds, but life got busy and we didn’t have time.  Thus…. today we stood in line for 1 hour!!  My goodness.  Thankfully, the kids were all happy and smiles when it was their turn.  I guess they knew they had to be “good” for Santa.  In fact, now that I think about it, all the kids that were waiting in line were amazingly calm and good.  It must be the holiday spirit!

Contents:  Teriyaki chicken, rice with furikake, carrots, kamaboko broccoli and apples

Soup Bentos

1 Dec

Portuguese Bean Soup

The universal question for anyone that has hosted Thanksgiving lunch or dinner is “what am I suppose to do with all my Thanksgiving leftovers?”  For my family, it is always SOUP.  Jook is an after-Thanksgiving staple, and in the last few years we’ve added Portuguese Bean Soup.  For those of you who are not familiar with jook, it’s a rice porridge that is made with turkey leftovers.

Unfortunately, we don’t have a sacred family recipe to pull out of our recipe box, so we rely on Google.  🙂  The past few years I’ve used a recipe by The Tasty Island Honolulu Food Blog. It’s not too difficult and makes really good jook.  The Portuguese Bean Soup recipe has been a trial and error experiment for my husband and I.  But I think we’ve narrowed it down to: 1) don’t overcook the potatoes, and 2) don’t add the macaroni until you are ready to eat it because if you let it sit in the soup, it drinks all your soup and leaves you with a thick mess.  🙂

A Not So Pretty Picture of My Jook Bento

 

The Extremely Last Minute, “What am I Going To Make?” Bento

30 Nov

Bunny Egg and Trader Joe's Onigiri

Thanksgiving weekend came and went in a flash.  The past few days I made soup bentos with leftover food (I’ll post those tomorrow).  I was extremely happy to CLEAN out our refrigerator last night because I swear I couldn’t fit another thing in there.  But much to my dismay, I woke up this morning in a panic that I didn’t have anything to make a bento.

All the leftovers were gone and we used most of the staples over the weekend.  I sat there for about 15 minutes, waiting for my coffee to kick in, and wondered what I was going to do.  No sandwich because I had no cheese and I ran out of soy nut butter.  I had no butter, because we used it all during the weekend. I didn’t have rice made and didn’t have time to make rice.  Oh my goodness…. what am I going to do? I honestly wondered if I was going to have to run to Togo’s for Ms. Little Bubbles lunch.

Thankfully I found a Trader Joe’s frozen onigiri in the freezer, and saw that I had eggs.  So, I hard boiled the eggs, threw them in a mold to at least make them cute, cut some apples and carrots and called it a morning.  Phew… I survived another close call.  🙂  BTW, I steamed the carrots in my cute bear silicon microwave steamer.

The bento box I used is a “new” box.  I’ve had it for a year, but never used it before today.  It’s a REALLY cool box.  It’s called Gel-Cool.  You freeze the top the night before and voila… your bento is kept cool for hours.

 

Contents: Hard boiled egg, Trader Joe’s onigiri, apples and carrots

Gobble, Gobble. Here’s Lookin’ At You Turkey!

22 Nov

Gobble Gobble

Okay, here is my second attempt at a turkey. I hope this doesn’t become an obsession. Although, I’m determined to get it right. The example I went off of had another layer of white cheese on the top and yellow feet. Much to my dismay, I ran out of white (swiss) cheese and didn’t know until I went to look for it. And I ran out of time to make the feet. Mr. Sweet Peas woke up early and needed some attention. It’s always hard when he wakes up before I’m ready for him. Those darn garbage trucks. They need to invent silent ones that won’t wake up the kids. 🙂

To ensure that the nori on the eyes stuck to the white kamaboko, I “glued” it with mayonnaise. The mouse eating the strawberry was added at the last minute because I had a naked spot between the apples and cutie and it bugged me. LOL.

Tomorrow is a short day for Ms. Bubbles, so I won’t be making a bento until after Thanksgiving. I wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. Be good to each other and have fun shopping!

Contents: Ham and cheese sandwich, apples and a cutie

Happy Thanksgiving – My 1st Turkey

21 Nov

My 1st Turkey

Well, it’s okay, you can laugh. LOL! This turkey is horrible and looks like a big mess. I contemplated putting it up on the blog, but thought, that’s what a blog is for – to share the good and the bad. So, here is my first attempt at a turkey, and maybe my last. LOL.

When I woke up this morning, I didn’t plan on doing a turkey, but for some reason, I thought “why not?”. Well, planning on the whim is not a good plan, as I didn’t have much in my refrigerator to make the turkey, and I didn’t really know what tools to use. I looked over a parenting website for some ideas, tried to follow and example, but ended up with this sad looking turkey.

Under the turkey is some of Ms. Little Bubble’s favorite food – edamame rice, furikake salmon, roasted butternut squash and a cuttie. I hope she at least enjoyed her food, even though the turkey is a bit scary. I followed this recipe for the furikake salmon, but baked it at 350 degrees rather than frying it. I also skipped the added salt on the salmon. The furikake I used has a lot of salt in it already.

Contents: edamame rice, furikake salmon, roasted butternut squash and a cuttie.

How To Make Pretty Apple Flowers

19 Nov

Another Cute Hello Kitty Box

Ms. Little Bubbles recently got this Hello Kitty bento box as a present. It’s a standard sized bento box and is perfect for my little one.

Last night I decided to fancy up the rice and use a Japanese beans and seasoning packet in the rice.  I added the mixture to the rice cooker right before it started to cook.  Now, my Japanese s a little rusty (to say the least), but I think it said to put 2-3 cups of rice and then add the packet, but truly I was just winging it.  Luckily, the rice turned out okay, and Ms. Little Bubbles loved it.

Now, I made the rice earlier in the afternoon, without a clear thought on what the main dish was going to be.  Unfortunately, the chicken dish I made didn’t really go with the rice, but that’s okay.

For fruit, I added apples cut into flowers and added sesame seeds for the centers.  Sesame seeds is an easy way to complete a flower.  However, I do have to say that I had to use tweezers to place them.  And using tweezers early in the morning, without coffee, can be a challenge sometimes.  🙂

Yummy Rice

Contents:  Chicken, onigiri, kamaboko, and apples

Hello Panda!

18 Nov

Hello Panda!

Yesterday was a sandwich day, but I decided to jazz this sandwich up with a Japanese sandwich maker kit that my sister-in-law gave me earlier this year.  The kit is really cool.  It comes with a spoon to correctly proportion the food for the sandwich, a stamp to impress the panda with, and a cutter that seals the edges.  I decided to put egg salad in the sandwich, but you can put anything you want.  I used my normal whole wheat bread, but I think a truly square Japanese bread would work better as the sandwich cutter was slightly bigger than my slice of bread and thus it didn’t correctly seal the sandwich together.  To help the panda stand out, I toasted the bread.  Without toasting the bread, you can still see the panda, but it’s really faint.

As for where she got the cutter from… I’m not sure, but I’m thinking Marukai.

Panda (or bear?) Sandwich Making Kit

Contents:  Egg salad sandwich, kamaboko, carrots, and a cutie

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