Hello everyone! How are you all? 🙂
We had a rather gloomy winter here in London, but thankfully yesterday we saw our first ray of proper sunshine in months! I have been dormant for a period of time due to forgotten passwords (to WP.com and the email I use for WP), two difficult dental surgeries (ouch!), and horrid weather… With all that behind me, I thought I’d resume cooking and bento-making!
Yesterday’s bento consisted of a Malaysian style ‘chicken’ and potato curry using soya protein, topped with a dollop of plain yoghurt, paired with mixed seed coated ‘soldiers’ (strips of toast for dipping). With the extra bread I had left, I made a simple bunny cut out, showing off its first harvest of the year!
On a completely different note, it was my birthday not too long ago and my good friend made me a cake in the shape of Domo-kun (a mascot monster of a Japanese TV station). How cute was he? 🙂
That’s all from me today folks! Have a fantastic week!
Lots of love,
Treat or treat?
Hello everyone! How is your Halloween prep going?
Marc the bf is incredibly busy as Halloween is his peak season, being a prosthetic and special effects makeup artist. If you are in need of last minute Halloween touches for your costume, do check out his realistic, reasonably priced prosthetic pieces (click here) << not for the faint hearted though! Still in time for Halloween delivery for those in the UK. 🙂
I on the other hand don’t normally give much thought to Halloween, but this year I wanted to put in a little bit of extra effort. I made a Halloween themed bento last weekend consisting of a mushroom wellington laced with ‘cobweb’, nori spider, baked courgette / zucchini skull and crossbones, and clementine Jack-o’-lanterns, finished with some gory looking tomato sauce ‘blood’.
The mushroom wellington was the most complex and labour intensive component but you can make it in bulk and in advance. Here is the recipe:
The bf was too lazy to cook anything outside the box yesterday, so he made a big batch of lasagne using Quorn mince a.k.a. fake meat. We eat so much fake meat that he’s forgotten what real mince tastes like. LOL. Accompanying the lasagne was more fake meat in the form of ‘chicken’ nuggets and ‘Cumberland sausages’ on a bed of garden salad.
Debuting my brand new place mat and serving fork (set of 5) I got from Tiger, a kitsch Danish chain, much like a Danish version of Daiso. 🙂
Hopefully we’ll be in the mood to make something more creative this weekend.
Have a lovely weekend readers and bloggers! ^_^
Miffy is a rabbit character from a series of popular chidren’s picture books, and is the star of last night’s kyaraben / character bento. Accompanying Miffy are four pan-fried tofu fritters. I believe most tofu-eating nations have their own version and name for these delicious morsels… dubu jeon in Korean, doufu bing in Mandarin, etc. They are filling, yummy, and rich in protein. You can pretty much add anything you like, thus great for clearing out your fridge. Last night I made heaps of mushroom tofu fritters with the help of my grandmother, who pretty much put together this recipe for me over the phone. Other veg that work well are peppers, carrots, peas, sweetcorn, wood ear / kikurage mushrooms, etc. – you get the idea. 🙂
Here is my recipe for mushroom tofu fritters:
Last weekend I saw THE summer blockbuster of the year with the bf – and no, it’s not Man of Steel… it’s Despicable Me 2! I have been itching to make a Despicable Me bento since. So this week, I made a vegetarian bento dedicated to the cuteness of this feel-good animated flick, featuring Agnes (left) and two Minions. Agnes is made from rice ball coloured with soy sauce, and details from nori and egg white. The Minions are made from rice balls coloured with turmeric and details from nori and egg white. Also added a cookie to depict the Cookie Robot from the first film.
Have you seen the film? Did you like it? 🙂
Been wanting a Minion to do my bidding, so the bf has been working hard at winning one on the Minion Grabber. After what seemed like the 5th attempt (could be more), we still have no Minion. 😦
My Despicable Me bento was voted Bento of the Week! Thanks to all who viewed, Liked, commented, and voted. ^_^
A quick and simple bento created in between studying for my exams. It depicts my star sign, Aquarius, and is constructed from meat-free ingredients: Quorn fake ‘ham’ slices (urn and stars), omelette (water pouring out of the urn and stars), and backdrop of rice coloured blue with red/purple cabbage to depict water or sky. Sides are Korean style spicy soy pan fried tofu pieces (recipe here), red cabbage, cherry tomatoes, and lettuce.
Yesterday’s bento which I made to mimic a typical fast food meal. The only thing, it wasn’t fast at all, since I made my own tofu burger from scratch. The ‘buns’ are onigiri (rice ball) with mixed flax, poppy, and sesame seeds. The ‘cheese’ and ‘fries’ are omelette strips, and the ‘fries carton’ is assembled from tomato wedges. All served on a bed of lettuce and mixed leaves and finished with a portion of diced strawberries and blueberries.
You can find my tofu burger recipe here.