Entry Bento

I’m sure you all know about the Bento&Co competition. Today is the last day for entry. Did you all enter? I procrastinated a lot this time with my bento, which didn’t really leave me much time to play around with the packing/decoration. I think my entry is better than the one I did last year, so at least that means I’m progressing. I wanted to pack it into my new aladdin box, but I haven’t quite managed to perfect the skill of efficient packing, so I went with my purple one tier. The bento shall be eaten for lunch at work today.

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Bento contains; Cherry tomato and chorizo spaghetti made with whole wheat and black spaghetti. Basil leaves on top, a baked stuffed Portobello mushroom- it contains pepper and cheese. Some slices of roasted graffiti aubergine (eggplant). I was rather disappointed in how it looked when cooked, I was hoping it would retain it’s original bright colour. Some more basil leaves are separating the grapes and there’s melon on in the cup. It’s not as balanced as I would have liked, nor as colourful, but it is definitely healthy.

 

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This is a graffiti aubergine, isn’t it cool. I’d never seen one before. Do you have these where you live? I might try other cooking methods to see if I can keep that bright colour.

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Yay! (Very Inspiring Blogger Award)

A while back, when I was computer-less, Rabbitcancook very kindly nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blog Award. I’m finally now going to partake in this, so firstly thank you to rabbitcancook for nominating me, I’m very thrilled and honoured. As a newbie at bento and blogging, and well computers, I never thought I’d be on the receiving end of a blog award. Thank you. Ok, so I’m not entirely sure if this is how you do it, but I’ll try!

Nominated by rabbitcancook- her blog details some absolutely stunning and creative bentos and other recipes, you should pop by and check it out!

Rules:

1.Display the award logo on your blog (this is where I’m having issues, not entirely sure how to do that…I’ve saved links, and pictures, but I’m pretty sure that’s not what you’re supposed to do..I need a computer class.)

2.Link back to the person who nominated you.

3.State 7 things about yourself.

4.Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them

5.Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the awards requirements.

7 things about me;

1.I used to horse ride, I sorely miss it and will probably take it up again at some point

2. I have terrible co-ordination and reaction times

3. One of my goals in life is to be multilingual

4. I am an only child

5. I’m hyper extensive in my knees, and my knee caps also point inwards (yes, I walk funny)

6. I’m exceedingly creative…but not necessarily good at it..ha ha

7. At 22, I’m only now learning to drive.

I now nominate the following bloggers:

Bento wa– Fresh, healthy, beautiful bentos from Western Australia

A Pocket Full Of Buttons– a fun blog about their family life, bento, sewing and much more

Kawaii Stuff– All things Kawaii! Interesting documentation of the miniature, adorable, and just plain wow.

Memoirs of a Kidd– An enjoyable blog full of recipes, day to day activities and experiences through work and student life.

Mothering Corner– Journey of her Motherhood, with the wonderful bentos created for her children!

She Likes Bento–  Bento, lunches, recipes and cookbooks, lots of awesome food related posts

Vegan Food Addict– Inspiring vegan recipes, dishes, and tips.

Veggie Bento Love– yummy vegetarian bentos, and the amazing “Cupcake Fridays”

JAG’s Fitness Blog– an inspirational journey of weight loss, and continuing a healthy lifestyle

My Baking Addiction– A wow filled baking blog.

Sally’s Baking Addiction– Tons of awesome baked goodies, including healthier versions

Bake or Break– Baking adventures, with some interesting recipes

Skinny Emmie– Outstanding journey to becoming healthy

Bento, Monsters– Fun, creative and cute bentos for her children.

Eatzy Bitzy– Character Bentos, tutorials and other fun recipes.

 

 

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This took me so long, I’m ashamed to give you the actual time ha ha.

Thanks everyone, hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend.
Ended up changing the title, as everyone else seemed to have the title as that, wasn’t sure if it was some kind of requirement.
 

Mixed Beans and Rice Bento

Mixed Beans and Rice Bento

Another simple, not particularly well presented bento, buuut now I have the flu….and that’s my cue to be lazy! It was on the other hand utterly delicious…having some southern roots (Thank you Dad!), I love beans and rice, and of course, that meal is not complete without cornbread! So on top of the rice is half a sweet corn muffin. Mmmm delicious. As you can see there are some lovely big hunks of ham on top there, and there were about 6 or 7 types of bean in this particular one, so all in all, simple, but not too bad, at least there’s veg and protein, and a wee bit of carbs too. Being ill, means I’ve been sticking to simple bentos, (sometimes none at all, just stuffing my face with fruit) and I haven’t experimented with what I want to do for the bento competition yet, time is running out, so whatever I do, I’ll just have to try my hardest to make it extra awesome.

A super cheat bento!

A super cheat bento!

Ok, so this isn’t the best debut for my new box, but oh well. I was late and rushing to get to work on time, so I just slopped in some chicken chasseur ish type dish, that was cooked for me (hence the super cheat, and I say ish because the recipe was adapted to add a lot more veggies), then I added some microwave rice and a little satsuma. It was quick, and messy, but it was hearty, healthy (minus the white rice, but it’s a small portion) and tasty…I think, ha, I’m suffering with a cold currently so everything tastes a bit mellow, I can’t really tell if I like them or not ha ha. I’m having a lot of fun catching up on all of your blogs! Better bentos to come! Promise.

I’m back!!

I'm back!!

It’s been so long, but finally I am back. I have a new laptop, and I’m excited to be able to continue with this blog. I can’t wait to get up to date on the blogs I’ve missed as well. I have to be honest though, I’ve done hardly any bentos since I’ve been away. My life is in a huge transitional period currently, seeking a new job, applying for online university, attempting to move house, it’s all very hectic and I’ve let my bentoing slip. The most I’ve done is just throw together a few salad bentos. But that’s all about to change, I have an incredibly busy month coming up, lots of appointments and formal events, what better time to get back on the bento wagon so I don’t fall into the habit of grabbing food on the go. I received this aladdin bento box from a good friend of mine, and I can’t wait to use it, I’ve always wanted one.
I’m sure most of you have heard, The Bento&Co annual bento competition has started again, and this years theme is “Pasta Bento”. I will be entering, it’s so much fun and I love looking at the other entries. Are you entering? I’ve got a few ideas bouncing around in my head, and when they come to life I’ll be sure to show you! It’s good to be back!