Sesame chicken bento

My first bento of 2014,  and it’s better than the ones I’ve been doing recently,  plus it’s delicious (I know because it’s dinner leftovers). Sesame chicken,  with green beans and sushi rice adorned with little nori snowflakes,  I used a craft hole puncher from eBay, worked brilliantly! My one qualm with this bento….too much green.  Next time I’ll aim for more colour!! Happy new year everyone!!

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The obviously a bento, bento

The obviously a bento, bento

Since yesterdays bento was practically identical to wednesdays, and I’m not sure when I’ll next be having one, I thought that I’d post some bentos I made before creating this blog. So here’s the first one. Pointing out the obvious, by creating a bento that states it’s a bento haha. I really liked this one actually. Brown long grain rice, adorned with red pepper lettering and a little red pepper star. Chicken seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic powder, sauteed in olive oil, garnished with a lemon wedge for a little extra burst of flavour. In the cupcake case is a warm balsamic vinegar tomato and onion salad, and beneath that (hidden) are green beans seasoned with a little nutmeg. Simple, healthy and delicious.

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!!