Simple chicken bento

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This was yesterday’s work bento. I actually really like this one, despite how simple it is….the brightness of the tomatoes seems to spread across the entire bento and makes up for the lack of colour elsewhere, but I think the main reason I love this one so much is because it contains my very first checkered apple! I finally decided to give it a go, and I think for the first time it came out alright actually. What do you think? Next time, I think I’ll try and make the squares smaller though. Here’s a closeup.

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So this oh so simple bento contains my paprika seasoned oven baked chicken on a bed of watercress and baby spinach, boiled broccoli and sauteed piccolo tomatoes, and raw carrot pieces to fill up the gaps.  I forgot to pack the balsamic vinegar, woops. The little disposable tupperware ( I have yet to invest in a snack box) has my checkered apple, grapes, picota cherries and 3/4 of a clementine. I also packed a small wholewheat roll to go with this lunch. It was incredibly filling, and for the first time in forever I wasn’t ravenous and practically lunging for the fridge when I arrived home from work.

I missed my Bento&Co order today :(, since I live so so far away from the post office and I don’t fancy walking for a couple of hours to pick it up, I’m having it redelivered on tuesday, when I know I’ll be here…having to wait two more days for it is torture though. I want my goodies now!! I think everybody is impatient when it comes to recieving a package they were really looking forward to!!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend guys. 🙂

Turkey meatball pasta bento, handmade drawstring bag and my not so midnight munchies!

I did try to submit a post earlier, but my computer was having a bit of a hissy fit, now unable to sleep, and a case of the munchies, (just cured) I’m trying again. So let’s start off with the recently cured munchies, and I’ll work my way backwards through the day. Tossing and turning in bed, I decided to give up on sleep and start randomly downloading a bunch more recipe apps for my phone…bad mistake, or perhaps actually glorious mistake…because my gently rumbling tummy slowly transformed into a thunderstorm of malicious hunger, which reached it’s peak as I started reading the recipe for wholewheat oatmeal pancakes, that was it…I had to try them. I apologise for the utterly terrible picture, bad lighting at night, our lights aren’t the best, plus it’s taken on my phone (again), but I assure you despite the fact they don’t look amazing, they were fantastic! So freaking good, I might never go back to regular pancakes….ok not true, I love pancakes, adore them, so I will have them at some point, however I think this will definitely be a regular substitution!!Image

The recipe was from Healthy Recipes app, they have a website too I think, it’s sort of like AllRecipes, by the looks of it, but only “healthy” recipes can go up, of course that’s really all a matter of opinion. But pancakes made with skim milk, wholewheat flour, oats and a teeny bit of olive oil, well that’s healthy for me! For a topping, I drizzled a little bit of natural local honey, added some walnuts and a sprinkle of cinnamon and sea salt…yes salt. Lol, I’m one of those people, I love sweet and salt together! Especially on popcorn!! Butter sugar and salt popcorn…YUMMY! I love cinnamon, I think it’s a lovely natural way to add a sweet flavouring to your dishes, and a little goes a long way!

On to my drawstring bag. Tah Dah!

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Well not so much haha, I’m not great at sewing, and me being me, and not paying attention, I made the amateur sewing mistake and sewed it the wrong way so you can see all the stitching…never mind, focus on how cute the buttons are!! They better be darn cute, they set me back £2.60! That may not seem like alot, but for me and buttons, it most definitely is! I made this for my purple one tier bento box, it’s large enough to fit that, plus the chopsticks and a snack box or a small bottle of water inside. Yippie, overall, I’m pleased with the result. I did buy some red material to make a furoshiki for my other bento box, but I haven’t started on that yet.

Finally my rather disappointing bento that was today’s lunch. Disappointing in looks, lack of colour and presentation, plus this has so far been the only recipe I made (on tuesday) and I haven’t enjoyed, loved the bolognase, the quiches surprisingly turned out to rather tasty, the ratatouille was lush, but this…this was bizzare and bland all in one…I know creamy stuff doesn’t tend to freeze and then microwave well, but having frozen fat free greek yogurt before, I know the creaminess does stay a little bit, and the flavour is most definitely still there…well I don’t know what went wrong, but definitely not creamy in the slightest, nor could you really taste it…all there was, was a slight hint of lemon, and it didn’t seem that savoury type lemon, it seemed as if I’d crumbled some type of lemon sugar desert over my pasta and then ate it…I just didn’t particularly enjoy it, so I won’t be in a rush to make that one again. The cherries were the highlight. Ripe and juicy, just the way they should be!

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I recieved another email from Bento&Co today, offering 15% off….as we say over here…Sods law!! Oh well, now I just have to try and resist the urge to buy the item I thought I’d put in my basket, but apparently hadn’t…plus a few more, you know since it’s flat rate shipping and all….stay strong, stay strong! I don’t think I’ll last long haha.

That’s all. Good night everyone!

Happy Independence Day. Yay!

Happy Independence Day. Yay!

So this is where you find out a little more about me, I’m half American, I was born abroad due to the military and had a mixed cultural upbringing (which I’m very thankful for), but I always celebrate the holidays of both backgrounds. This year unfortunately I can’t, so I made an Independence day themed bento to take to work for lunch. This should cheer me up midday whilst all my friends and family are out partying and scoffing themselves silly.

Bento includes; Chicken Jambalaya ( a favourite of mine) decorated with white potato stars, which unfortunately don’t show up that well in the photograph, wholewheat healthy biscuits (I’m watching what I eat currently because I’m on a crazy ab routine at the gym, and I’d quite like to see the results sooner than later. he he lazy), blue dyed quail eggs and a small fruit section consisting of cherries and melons. So healthy American favourites, and a red, white and blue theme…that should suffice for a 4th July bento right?? Is anyone else doing anything for today?