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.

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!

Bento stash.

Yay! Ultimate yay! My package from Bento&Co finally arrived, can you tell I was just a wee bit impatient?? I’m uploading a couple of pics to show you what I ordered, and what I already had, it’s a small, but ever growing bento stash. I think you all know, that buying equipment and cute little accessories is dangerously addictive! This is what I ordered:

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Kokeshi Ichiro bento box 2 tier plus bowl (It’s a little smaller than I imagined, but I shall take this as a personal challenge to pack more efficently!)

Waku waku sauce cups

Panda sauce bottles

Panda picks

Panda baran

Bee sauce bottle (large!)

Sandwich cutters with stamp.

Food cutter set

In addition to what I already had:

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One tier purple owl motif bento box with cutlery

Two tier red usagi (Rabbit) bento box-which last week I lost the belt for, fooey!

Plastic alphabet vegetable cutters

Flower, heart and leaf picks in pink, yellow and green

Wink face nori punch (never used)

Star, heart and bear shaped onigiri moulds ( never used)

two triangle onigiri moulds

Round assorted colour silicone cups

Purple chopsticks

round onigiri mould with heart and clover press

Pine and bamboo leaf veg cutters (again never used, shame on me huh)

Pink mini assorted shapes silicone moulds (yep, you guessed it, never used!)

I have started to assemble my bento lunch for work tomorrow and shall finish it in the morning. I shall update you then.

Yay for bento!

Happy Eggs Bento

Happy Eggs Bento

I submitted this bento for Bento&Co’s 4th annual bento competition! Exciting. I’ve never entered a bento competition before, but I always love to check out the entries, and I’m really excited to see the entries for this year. So this bento includes; First tier- Two onigiri (as per the criteria), made with a mix of Thai black glutinous rice (although really the rice comes out this beautiful purple colour, it’s usually a lot darker, but the mix lightened it.), white sushi rice and long grain brown rice. I filled the larger onigiri at the back with a honey soy salmon mix, delicious! The other one is plain. I baked the rest of the salmon in olive oil, and seasoned with a little sea salt and black pepper. Stuffed into all the little gaps are some fresh raw peas, on my food picks, griddled British asparagus (our asparagus season is incredibly short here, especially this year, so I eat as much of it whilst I can), boiled green beans and corn, which I had never sliced before…I got the idea from Happy Little Bento, as she often has corn slices (you can find her blog in my blog roll.) Second tier- Boiled cauliflower and broccoli, hardboiled “Happy Eggs” with YAY spelled out across them, my first time carving something into an egg, again I got the idea from Happy Little Bento. This was undoubtedly the hardest part and took patience, not as good as I was hoping for, but I’m sure I’ll improve with practice. Couple of slices of a white flesh nectarine- anyone else think that they’re yummier than their yellow fleshed counterparts?? A clementine segment, sliced British strawberries( again a very short lived season here, but they’re so succulent and much naturally sweeter than strawberries from hotter parts of the world.) Galia melon pieces and a slice of a very juicy dark ruby plum. Yum! I ate alot of the scraps for this bento, so I feel a bit greedy now. The rest I set aside for use in later meals. I don’t have work today, so this will be my lunch at home. Nice and filling. Why don’t you enter the competition too!? There’s still time. Check out their website for all the details. http://www.bentoandco.com- submission must be done by July the 9th 8am Japan time. Good luck everyone!!