Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Bento 1. - Owl (but no gravy)

Banana chillies in the pot
Egg fried rice with chorizo and Mexican spices
Mini fajitas, with the usual chicken and pepper suspects
Spiced cashews

Thought I'd go typically Mexican, for the bento, rofl...nah, just didn't have any sushi rice, AND it's been crappy weather, so went for something easy, but pleasing, and hopefully a little warming!

May update later...

ciao for now xxx

Saturday, 7 May 2011

The post FINALLY arrived

...In my arms, at the depo... *SIGH* BUT IT'S ALL HERE!!! YAY!

I was gonna do a great video unveil, BUT I can't be bothered and look really haggard right now anyway!

'Box Appetit' - Rectangle
It is DINKY! But in the good way, very durable feeling, with a satisfying 'click' and 'thunk' when you open and close it.
There is a dimple for sauce, a sauce tub, a fork, and a divider. The sauce pot has this weird hinge, but seems that it'll be fine, just a little quirky. It is all smooth and quite clunky, and streamline... if that makes any sense at all? Should be able to get a medium meal in here, so long as its well packed, with all the divider and sauce pot in it, it'll be a smaller meal, but the box is still about 2" deep...soo...should be adiquate for a lunch, also depends what you put in it! :)
Oh, there is also this wee bit for the fork, or chopsticks to slot in to the top of the tub, its handy,
as they wont fit in the box, but it also means that it wont be flush, for packing in bags.
'Box Appetit' - Square

This is sorta exaclty the same as the other one, but...different....same materials used, and the same type of sauce container, fork and the same dimple in the lid. The difference is that it is square *laffs* and that it has a triangle tub as a separator instead of the spacer that the other had. I kinda prefer it as the idea of arranging food in it is more appealing, hence this being mine, the other was El Ginge's choice, and though the more classic shape, I'll possibly find it harder to pack. Ehm, this box also has the same loop for the fork, but I think it'll be easier to pack the fork into the box, therefore making it more streamline.
With both of these boxes, however, there has been a problem with the hinges for the lids breaking. If this happens let Black & Blum know, they seem more than happy to replace the lid for you!


'The Just Bento Cookbook'
This is the 'boring' one of the two that I bought! Mainly cause I have been looking at it for a good two years or so, and finally decided that I would spend money, and I am glad! It is pretty darn good! Many ideas and lots of information. Having only flicked through it, I can only say that I noticed that it repeats how to make rice more than twice, BUT a great advantage is the timeline, which sets out when to defrost things, cook things, for the Bento that you have chosen to copy, think Jamie's 30 min Meals, without the lisp and the poncey pretentiousness...

'Yum-Yum Bento Box'
The one that El G chose...cause he sees silly things and likes them...*SIGH*
It is, however, VERY CUTE, and will deffo be opened more than once in it's lifetime. It seems to be in the mondset of 'add eyes and a smile' and the lunch will taste nicer, lol! They have a great section on bento boxes and accessories, as well as a fun section on the anatomy of things Bento, with suggestions of what makes heads, ears etc, and ideas to make things like veg more interesting...often by adding ears and a smile... :) It is more fun! It is more childish though, and it gives me a bit of a kick thinking that a grown-up solicitor will be eating a little elf head for his lunch...El G is my practice for when I have children to make lunches for... I think this is the only thing that would make me a little broody tbh. It has wee bits for getting kids involved, and using their pics as ideas...but that is something for the DISTANT future ;)
As well asit being kinda for kids, it is also full of actual cooking tips, and skills needed for the creation of the CUTEST things you'd ever see in a lunchbox... yes, I like this book! It fills me with GLEE! The good kind, not the TV 'show'!

There rmay be more pics of inside the books, but there you go for now! I have to leave for work, BOO!

ciao xx

Wednesday, 4 May 2011



WAAAAIT! I KNEW ABOUT THIS...it's *drumroll* ... KAAAATY!

Yes, I have a Katy in the flat, she had a (sort of) surprise visit. It is a good day today. A day of watching films and eating omnom...like popcorn and egg fried rice...aaaaand for drinknign Cider :)

The only bad thing about today is, NONE OF MY MAILS CAME!!! *cries*

Ah well...am expecting a bloody red note or 45694690 in the next couple of days, would have been GREAT if something came today though!! I am NOT good at waiting...!

But it has also let me think about other things, and gives me time for more ideas for BENTO boxes!! WOOP!



Tuesday, 3 May 2011

20min til half an hour before I leave for work...

Hey there!!

This weekend has been GREAT! FINALY Jaf and I had the weekend off together!

Friday night we had the 'Tron' Night! Much food was made, many people came, and by most, if not all, a splendid night was had :) The theme was Meze, kinda. There was Two bowls of different cous cous, A rather nice Duck thing, Lamb done twice, Lentils with Butternut Squash AND Roast Chicken...everything spiced and nice! Oh, and Hummus doen 986745628974 different ways by Drew! Pudding was Fruit Salad and Ice-cream :)!

Saturday and Sunday were just...nice, sleepy and sunny, apparently I was cat-like as I KO'd on the floor while playing Pokemon, haahaa *SIGH*

"Thought about taking a photo"...thank the lord he didn't!

We have a small garden on the windowsill, mainly Jaf's doing, well done him, he's nurturing tomatoes and basils aaaand salad leaves :) They are getting quite big now...well, compared to when they were baby seeds anyway!

The latest thing I did (which happened to start on Friday) was to start planning Bento lunches for two days of our week...ordered things from the Amaaaahzon on Fri, and have planned the first lunch for when everything arrives!! AM EXCITED! VERY!

Yum-Yum Bento Box: Fresh Recipes for Adorable LunchesLunch Box, Black and Red

Yes, we are goths...everything is cooler when it is black and red...

ciao for now!