Friday, 16 January 2015

Rice Balls Bento

The kids are still in the holiday, so I arranged a school holiday activity which is bento making. I really wanted to use my new lunch box, so we only made one set of bento for sharing. After brainstorming with the kids and checking what was left in the fridge, we came up with this idea. The kids were enjoying all the process, and gobbled up all the foods in no time :)

Details as below :

Inside this box :
1. A boy hard boiled egg (with spinach for the hair, nori for the eyes, the nose & the mouth, and red crab stick for the rosy cheeks)
2. A girl hard boiled egg (with carrot for the hair, spinach for the hair clips, nori for the eyes & nose, and red crabstick for the mouth)
3. Rose carved carrot and cucumber slices
4. Cheese Kransky sausages
5. Carved apple

And for the three types of rice balls/onigiri, there are :
1. Onigiri with salmon furikake on top
2. Onigiri wrapped with spinach leaf
3. Onigiri decorated with nori and carrot

Similar stuffs I used in this post :


Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Moroccan Chicken and Vegetables Couscous Bento

Couscous is a wheat product and is very popular in the Middle East. It can be used as a fluffy grain alternative to rice. Here I share a couscous recipe that is so scrumptious and very easy to make.

Moroccan Chicken and Vegetable Couscous

475 g chicken thigh fillets
Moroccan spice mix as needed
2 cups water/chicken stock
325 g Instant couscous, (uncooked)
2 Lebanese cucumber, diced
1 medium red tomato, diced
2 carrots, diced
1 handful sultanas
1/2 bunch parsley, minced

For dressing 
1 garlic, minced
1 lemon, medium (grate the rind and squeeze the lemon)
3 tablespoons olive oil
salt & pepper as needed

Cooking method
1. Sprinkle the Moroccan spice mix over the chicken thigh fillets until well covered, then grill them until cooked.  
2. Prepare the dressing. Mix all the ingredients in a glass jar with the lid, and shake it vigorously until well mixed. 
3. Boil water/chicken stock and pour over the couscous in a mixing bowl. Stir for 30 seconds and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. With a fork, loosen the couscous to break up any large clumps. 
4. Pour the diced vegetables and the sultanas into a large mixing bowl, mix well.
5. Sprinkle the parsley and pour the dressing over the vegetables couscous and mix in well. 
6. Serve with grilled chicken on the side.

I prepared this bento for my husband's lunch. Inside the box :
1. Vegetables couscous
2. Grilled Moroccan chicken
3. Checker apple

You may find similar silicon cups here :

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Favourite Creations in 2014

To round up year 2014, here I share my 14 favourite creations. And if you want to read the post further, you may click the link on each title.

My highlight in 2014 is being able to participate in Japanese TV station (NHK World) special program, " Bento- the Global Lunchbox Project" which received the 4th in NHK World's "VIEWERS' CHOICE AWARDS 2014" of "Food&pop culture" category. If you missed the show, you may watch it online in this link.

I would like to thank you all for your supports and for being with me in my bento journey. Looking forward to sharing more creations and recipes in 2015! 

These are my 14 favourite creations in 2014 (In random order) :

1. Back to School Bento 

This bento has a special place in my heart because the idea to make replica of me and himself in the lunchbox was given by my youngest son. He was just 5 years old at that time. I'm sure he can feel the love when he opened his lunch that day.

2. Delicious Sausage Rolls Bento

I got lots of feedback from busy moms that really want to make bento for their kids, but can not spend lots of time to prepare them. And since I have to make two bentos for my sons every school day in 2014, I have to be practical as well. This bento is suitable for busy moms/dads because the sausage rolls and the jellies can be made in advance. I shared the yummy recipe in this post.

3. Special Valentine's Day Bento

In some occasions, I love to create bento with more details for special people. I really love how the cheese patterns and carrots messages turned out. 

4. Duck Pancakes Bento

I tried to put variety in my creations. This time, the homemade duck pancakes look and taste so beautiful.I shared the recipe in this post. Yum!

5. Sunflowers Bento

I adored the color of the sunflowers in this lunches. They are so vibrant and simply gorgeous. And my son told me that he loved the carved banana too :)

6. Bento & co International Competition 2014

Even though I did not win this competition, but I was really happy with how it turned out. I spent quite some time to plan, make and photograph it. I love all the details and how colorful this bento was.  

7. Perfect Couple

I shared this bento at #Wonderlunchbox competition by Wonder White and won a $100 visa gift card. So grateful!

8. FIFA World Cup Bento

This bento is so special for both me and my eldest son. I still remember his reaction when he saw it. He is really into soccer this year, and this bento means so much to him.

9. Fish Drumsticks Bento

The combination of colours, fresh foods and vegetables looks so gorgeous in this bento. I love the unique fish drumsticks well. I shared the recipe in this post.

10. Adventure Time

It was when my eldest son turned 8 and I made an Adventure Time birthday themed cupcakes for his teacher and classmates. To go along with the theme, I also made this cute Finn and Jake bento. My son really had a great time on that day.

11. Casper and the Pumpkin Witch

One of my favourite halloween themed bento. I can't believe so many of you love Casper so much like me and my son do :)

12. Santa Suit Bento

I don't know why but for me, this Santa suit bento is kinda cute. I love all the details from the snowflakes, presents, and the idea of using a coke ring as Santa's belt is just brilliant!

13. Minions Birthday Cake

This post is not a bento post, but I really love this Minion birthday cake that I made for my youngest son. Each of the Minions has unique expression, and by getting used to do Bento, certainly helps me a lot in creating this birthday cake. 

14. Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

I feel that these bentos are really suitable for my sons. The boys really look alike (even though they have 2.5 year gap) just as Thing 1 and Thing 2 from Dr. Seuss.