Monday, October 29, 2007
The bottom tier on the nightmare box has cinnamon graham crackers (I adore these dipped in milk). With a little cup of pineapple to give me some fruity vitamins wohoo.
On the top tier to the left I have a rolled omelet made from egg whites, and has rosemary and parsley cooked into it. I sliced it into nice little strips to make easier to get with chopsticks.
On the right is corn beef hash that was cooked with some frozen peas. I put it on a tortilla and also puts some strips of tortilla on top. I would have done toast (more of a breakfast theme) but didn't have any bread.
For Wednesdays lunch I have some more of the corn beef hash and peas, as well as some tasty large curd cottage cheese and pineapple with a sprinkling of raisins. That looks so tasty to me I almost ate it right then.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Oh and the fortune cookie said I'd be having some luck financially. Here's who's hoping it comes true.
I decided to make a dinner bento to take with me to anime night. The Top tier is rice cooked in tomato sauce with chopped onion and garlic as well as tons of herbs and spices. Its decorated with a green bean and carrot flower.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
I also made some deviled eggs since another friend said he really likes them. All and all a busy day.
Here is the bread pudding that I just dumped out of its pan and into another that will make it easier to cut. Hmm I actually chopped up roughly some white chocolate chips to melt in it too.
Friday, October 19, 2007
They had green or blue and of course I grabbed one of each color (lol they were only a buck so I could splurge a little). They had another kind that looked more like a two tier one, but the second tier didn't stay atop the first instead nested inside which didn't make much sense to me so I decided to leave that one there.
These will make great lunch bentos I think since they are wide enough to fit more things even if they are only one tier. I always love the movable dividers too. Hello kitty is so cute, and this time also affordable. I also grabbed some new bake pans there, and some paprika to make deviled eggs with. Woohoo I'm definately going to be having fun in my kitchen tomorrow. The attempt tomorrow will be to make chocolate bread pudding. Wish me luck folks!!
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
I decided to make a second one for myself using a tupper-ware container I have that is very bento-ish looking. I didn't want to miss out on the tasty treats either.
So here was my mini bento. I have some of the extra home made stuffed wantons on the left, a fortune cookie, and my mini cookie pie. In the bottom are some strawberry filled bear crackers that I got from the little Japanese market I went to.
It is made up of bottom Dinner Layer. Which is homemade Gyoza (tried out my food processor for the first time) and Sausages that I hand cut into little octopus's due to not having a cute wiener cutter.
The filling on the Gyoza is made of sausage ground up with fresh vegetables, and mozzarella cheese and some herbs. Put them through the food processor. Used regular wonton wraps which I got at the asian market for like 99 cents.
For the cookie pie I covered the bottom of the little dishes with plain oatmeal and then rolled the sugar cookie dough into a little ball and flattened on top of the oatmeal filling the dish like a little pie crust. In the center i made a small indentation with my finger and put some chocolate chips in it to melt in the middle. When they came out of the oven they popped right out of the ceramic dishes and had a yummy sweet oatey bottom to them ( i really enjoyed the oat texture added to it) and soft chocolaty middles. Then I topped it with a dollop of whipped topping in the center.
They were absolutely delicious and super easy too.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
The black mens bento box I had ordered online as a gift for a friend's birthday. It is super cute and seems pretty sturdy. I'm surprised at how small it is though especially since this is the larger mens size box. The women there must eat like rabbits. Well when mine arrives it will just have to be viewed as an opportunity to shrink my portions and maybe shed some inches on the waist lol. I will edit this post later tonight with more pictures of the bento with it open and showing the cute chopsticks spot in the lid. They also had this same one in blue (grrr his favorite color is blue but they added it after I'd already ordered black) and one in red. The shipping took about a week and a half to two weeks which isn't bad considering it came from Japan, and the packaging was excellent. (not a single scratch on the item) I ordered it on Ebay and recommend this seller although it did seem a bit pricey to me.
You can see their Ebay store here http://stores.ebay.com/JAPAN-SOUVENIR
They have lots of cute bento's and accessories. Too bad I'm not richer lol.
Monday, October 8, 2007
So here before you my very first attempt at making Onigiri's. I think they turned out very cute. For the size of my rice maker I was able to make ten onigiris plus one small rice ball. The filling is tuna mixed with shredded cheese, mayo, black pepper, and some ketchup and mustard to taste. On half the batch I used the Furikake seasoning which I thought smelled kind of gross, and the second I mixed in a smidge of garlic salt, dill, parsley, and black pepper with the rice.
Over all I consider this a success. They turned out so cute and yummy. The filling is particularly delicious (goes great on tuna melt sandwiches too) I'm going to try freezing half the batch and then have a few for lunch tomorrow and dinner tonight.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Here is the recipe for those who want it.
Soft Sugar Cookies
2/3 Cup margarine (not butter)
1 Tsp vanilla
2/3 Cup sugar
¼ Cup milk
2 ½ Cup flour
½ Tsp salt
2 ½ Tsp baking powder
Mix well. Mixture will be gooey. Refrigerate 10 to 15 minutes or overnight. Turn on to LIGHTLY floured surface. Roll to ½" thick with LIGHTLY floured rolling pin. Cut out using floured cookie cutters. Bake 7-9 minutes @ 375°
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
I've been to four Asian markets and the only Japanese market all the way in Salt Lake. Five stores total and nothing. So I've resorted to using the internet which is both great for better quality and cuteness, but also frustrating because I have to wait for it to be shipped here (and I want to start making cute bento's now). On top of that I can't find my camera anywhere even after scouring the house yesterday. The good news is I have bid on a cute Nightmare before Christmas bento set, and bought a cute onigiri mold. Not much but at least it's a start. I wish my friends birthday Bento box would come in so I could at least make his bento lunch.
To help my avid cooking fever I think I'm going to make some sugar cookies using my cute new Halloween cookie cutters and dinner for my friends since we have anime nights on Wednesday's and all get together for fun. Nothing like feeding a house full of bachelors lol.