Thai style “fish” cake bento

First off, apologies for my incredibly poor progress on this blog, my life suddenly took on whirlwind status, and everything seems to have been chucked at me (both good and bad) and blurred by so quickly, I can barely recall what happened when. As a result, my diet has become nonexistent. Not cooking or preparing any meals, consuming a lot of candy and redbull, and grabbing fast food on the go, combine that with the fact that I haven’t been to the gym in a month and have been treated to numerous meals out, it’s no wonder i’ve gained some weight and felt my health deterioate slightly. So excuses being pushed aside, I need to get back on the bento train! After a grocery shop, because my cupboards are pretty bare atm! In the meantime, to make up for the lack of bento, here’s one from before this blog.

Thais style “fish” cakes, which actually are made (if I recall correctly) with cashew nuts and chickpeas as the main base. They were spicy, flavourful and filling! They are sitting on a bed of cold soba noodles. (I didn’t actually rinse these off properly and felt quite sick after eating them.) Two purple onigiri, cucumber sticks and a peach fill up the second layer.

When you look back at older bentos, what differences do you notice? Sometimes I feel my older bentos looked better, well some of them, but I do think I’ve got better at balancing my food groups, often my older bentos had far too much carbs and not enough vegetables…this one being a prime example. Rice and Noodles?! Ha ha..oh well, plenty of time to continue improving!

Hope everyone is well! 🙂

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!

Fried rice and chicken bento

Fried rice and chicken bento

I’ve been having some issues with this blog, I know what you’re thinking..already? I suck when it comes to computers, I really shouldn’t, considering I’m supposed to be of the advanced technology generation, but anything other than the basics, I just get confused….anyway, only a week in and I decided, that really I didn’t like the theme I had chosen, too dark, so I changed it for something lighter and fresher, which I loved….but then it wouldn’t allow me to do a photo post, so I changed it back. But it wasn’t anything to do with the theme, it’s some issue I’m having with the website, it’s telling me I don’t have the authority, so confused is my poor little technology wary brain. haha. So I’m trying it this way, goodness knows how it’s going to turn out.

Enough rambling, on to the bento! Is there anything as wonderfully simplistic and utterly delicious as fried rice?? It wasn’t until reading other blogs that I realised, I hadn’t had any in absolutely ages, well with leftover rice in the fridge and a ton of spare veg that needed using up, it was time to remedy that! Boy oh boy, it was easy and delicious! This particular one is made with the mixed rice I used for the onigiri, mushrooms, cauliflower, peas, aubergine/eggplant, courgette/zucchini (sp?- this was a globe type, have you ever seen one of these?? I’m easily excited, and I found this little round version so much cuter than a normal courgette.) and onion. The other tier contains a little chicken seasoned with a lazy all purpose spice thingy, which i regret because it’s rather flavourless, and sauteed in olive oil, lettuce baran and half a clementine and a sliced strawberry. A nice lunch to look forward to at work today.

I also made a different batch of fried rice earlier this week, with a pork mince mix, containing cloud ear mushrooms and green/spring onions, that I’d frozen for later use. That was also delicious and I still have mix frozen, so no doubt that’ll make a bento appearance at some point.

Have you guys checked out the 10 finalists for the Bento&Co competition?? Truly amazing! I hope one day I will be able to create bento as beautiful as those!! It was awesome to see all the entries again, and so much fun to take part this year too! Have you voted yet? Voting closes on the 16th July!! Don’t forget 🙂

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!!