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Totoro Vegetarian Zhajiangmian Bento

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The fork / food pick is only a prop. No one in their right mind would eat noodles with it. 😛

You may remember from last week’s bento that I bought a new brand of vegetarian mince (Neal’s Yard). I decided to make a spicy Chinese noodle dish called Zhajiangmian or jajamen in Japanese. Zhajiangmian is the Chinese equivalent of the spaghetti bolognese: wheat noodles topped with spicy pork mince sauce, spring onions and other toppings. I substituted pork with soya mince and mushrooms and used Shanghai noodles (white wheat noodles).

This week’s bento features Totoro, the titular character of animated film My Neighbour Totoro. I used the mince to form the body of Totoro and details from egg white and nori. Other components include julienned carrot and spring onion (scallion), egg yolk stars, and a radish eight-point star.

Unfortunately my mince turned out a little dry; I decided not to post the recipe. :-/

Hope everyone is having a great start to the week. 🙂

Love,

Winnie xx

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Asparagus Hollandaise Pancakes + Liebster Award

Breakfast Bento: Asparagus and Hollandaise Pancakes

Petit déjeuner – breakfast with a French flair

Hello everyone! Hope you all had a good weekend? I have been exceptionally busy the past couple of weeks with my new job and sister’s upcoming wedding (lots of shopping to do) that the blog suffered a little as a result. Thankfully I found some time to make myself a quick and easy breakfast of pancakes with asparagus and home-made hollandaise sauce. I couldn’t resist sneaking a Hello Kitty in. First I made the stencil by cutting out the eyes, nose, and whiskers from a piece of paper, then carefully sprinkling cayenne pepper over the stencil to form the shapes. Cayenne pepper happens to go well with hollandaise. Kitty’s bow was made from cherry tomato. The sauce was not difficult; a lot of stirring to do. Google for recipe – it is delicious with asparagus!

On a different note, the lovely Aearthr of A Little Typical has kindly nominated me for the Liebster award. Thank you very much! The award requires nominees to answer 10 questions and they are:

Are you a dog- or cat-lover? Dog-lover. We had a dog named Billy whom we adopted from the SPCA. He was gorgeous but he left too soon.
Are you a diehard Apple, Android mobile phone user or neither of them? I use Android but wouldn’t say I am a die-hard.
Are you a morning person? Absolutely……….. not.
What is your favourite colour? At the moment it is yellow.
What is/are your pet name(s) called by your family members? Small Sis, because I am the little sister.
What is your best childhood memory? Why? Family spending time together. 🙂
Name one thing you could never (or have a difficult time) forgiving someone for. People who hurt other people senselessly.
Who is the most important person of your life? Everyone in my family. 🙂
Write about something that you learned recently. You don’t ask, you don’t get. Especially true in the workplace.
Use five adjectives to describe yourself. I am confident, charismatic, calm, competent, and courageous. These are some of the positive affirmations I repeat daily to myself.

The Liebster Award is awarded by bloggers to other promising bloggers with 200 followers or less. I will need to research to see who among my favourite bloggers meet this criteria to pass the torch to.

Have a lovely weekend my friends!

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Emoticons Bento

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Simple but colourful vegan bento for lunch. Soba (buckwheat noodles) under toppings of diced tomatoes, sliced tofu puffs, courgette / zucchini slices, and soy simmered shiitake. The emoticons are made from sliced radish with nori details. 🙂

Colourful lunch box makes me happy. ^_^

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Lazy Leftover Lasagne Bento / Fake Meat Bento

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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! ^_^

Winnie xx

Link-Up’s:

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15 Minute Tabbouleh Bento

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This bento is made from last night’s leftovers. It consists of tabbouleh served with halloumi, baked sweet potato chips / fries, radish, and grapes. Tabbouleh is a simple vegan Lebanese salad made from fresh herbs and bulgar / bulgur wheat. To make it more filling, I’ve upped the bulgur-herb ratio. It is easy to make and you can make it in about 15 minutes or so (with prep done beforehand) if you wish to make it on the day. Otherwise, it is even more flavourful the next day. Here is the recipe. 🙂

Have a lovely weekend readers and fellow bloggers! ^_^

Winnie x

Link-Up’s:

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Despicable Me Bento

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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. 😦

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My Despicable Me bento was voted Bento of the Week! Thanks to all who viewed, Liked, commented, and voted. ^_^

Bento of the Week Winner

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Zodiac Bento: Aquarius

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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.

Winnie xx

Link-up:

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