Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Winter Solstice Festival 2010

A bowl of 汤圆 for the festival. Mom being the traditional type stuck to two colors only, white and pink. Or to be more precise, only one is colored while the other is left in its natural state of white.

This year the glutinious rice balls she made were more QQ because she placed them immediately into a bowl of ice water after they were scooped out of the boiling hot liquid once they were afloat. Bye-bye to soft tang-yuen.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Kitchen Invasion

My kitchen has been 'taken over' by this bag from GNC temporarily, thus not much cooking done for the time being though I will still be posting bentos and our eating outs or those long overdue write-ups.

This meal replacement settles our dinner with just one single scoop per serving per pax, and we either mixed with iced water or low fat milk. Makes life so easy and kitchen sparkling clean, but I still miss the actions in the kitchen.

Let's see how long we can sustain on this bag which I dubbed as "fertiliser" due to its packaging, pun intended. Hopefully it won't be a permanent resident in our home, but until we achieve our target, I guess I still have to put up with this bulky pack of expensive powder. Wish me luck!?!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Bento #241 101214

Finished off the last two pieces of puff pastry in this bento for dh, which I reheated in the ovenette besides crisping it.

The other fixed compartment had blueberries with three cheeky snowmen having fun. 2 cut-up strawberries filled up the remaining gap, and that's all for this bento numbered two-hundred-forty-one.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Bento #240 101213

Store-bought puff pastry housed in the bigger compartment of this pink-bow bento box. One thing good about this type of fixed compartment bento box is that I don't need to worry about moisture seeping out from the fruits and staining the puff pastry, making them soggy.

Let's see what I had in terms of fruits: slices of starfruit, red cherry tomatoes and a handful of blueberries.
This bento #240 was assembled quite fast since it didn't require much work from me apart from cutting the starfruit and crisping the puff pastry in the ovenette for a few minutes, both of which I did simultaneously by multi-tasking.

Bento #239 101213

This was by far, the nearest I got to making a Christmas bento out of food and not deco. I made a Pancake King, taking a leaf out of gingerbread boy by using a cutter and a crown pick. This was atop a stack of pancakes hidden from view by the aluminium foil.

Marmalade and plum jam to go with the home-made pancakes, then some red cherry tomatoes and bluberries in silicon fancy cups. I threw in a wedge of cheese, as a gap filler as well as upping the protein intake.

Didn't realise there was still a gap until I was reviewing the photo. Guess my bento skill still has lots of room for improvement.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Bento #238 101210

Today is short-cut bento day, I declare. Happened to be in the market to pick up some eggs, so I took the opportunity to buy some 'butterfly' snacks. It is a cousin of the more common cruellers, but instead of being savoury, it is sweet and can be eaten on its own.

Gap fillers were tomato, strawberry (realised it was hidden in this photograph when I attach it here in this post), kiwi and banana. I found the Santa fancy picks I mentioned yesterday, snd thus, used them to secure a plump blueberry to two of the banana chunk.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Bento #237 101209

This morning's bento was more elaborate because of the Baked French Toast that took a considerable chunk of time to make. But it was worth the effort as dh loved it to bits. Recipe to follow soon.

One third of the bento box was filled with fresh fruits - green kiwi (the regular in the household currently), plum (hidden beneath the strawberry), strawberry and red cherry tomatoes.

Had to use these cute and simple colourful foodpicks because I had no luck in locating the Santa Claus food pick I bought recently. I have yet to sort out my purchases due to unforseen agendas, despite being back for a week now. Hopefully I would be able to get round to that task later today so that Santa can make a guest appearance come tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Bento #236 101208

I made a meat floss sandwich this morning as it has been quite awhile our household ran out of this item. We only consume one particular brand and the shop is quite a distance from where we stay, then factor in my lousy memory bank, I haven't been able to buy it till yesterday when we were in the vicinity.

There were 2 strawberries and 2 skewers of fruit-kebab on christmas-themed food picks that I managed to add in a frenzy this morning. Deep slumber made me overslept, so I consider this a hurry-scurry bento.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Bento #235 101207

Facing a fridge that needs re-stocking, this was what I managed to assemble. *phew*

Scrambled eggs and potato chips were the mains while green kiwi and blueberries were the co-star. There were also grapes and tomatoes 'fresh on their vines'.

The little container had mixture if sauce within, namely ketchup, chilli sauce and bbq sauce.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Bento #234 101202

Dunkin Donuts in this bento were made up of 3 flavours. Cinnamon Sugar was hidden underneath the pile because it kind of disintegrate when I transferred it from the original box to this bento box. Don't know why it only happened to this particular flavour but I noticed that somehow the texture of this Cinnamon Sugar Donut was different from the rest, it was more batter like than bread.

Half Peanut Butter and Jelly Donut with half Sesame Seed Wholemeal Donut took out the rest of the space. The colour was a sea of brown, so to brighten things up, I added a red cherry tomato with pink flower food pick.

As usual, fruits made their presence felt and today we have kiwi, plum and pineapple ring with us.

Bento #233 101124

Almost identical bento as the previous one, just that I didn't cut the bread slices into fancy shapes.

The middle cup contained assorted fruits of grapes, blueberries and cherry tomatoes.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Bento #232 101124

Sausage lightly sauteed with soya sauce to go with bread slice which I cut using a metal cookie cutter.

Sides were potato chips and fruits. Find that cutting the kiwi this way makes my life easier without bruising the delicate fruit. Eating also made easier by just scooping the flesh out. The green kiwi us 'adorned' by some bluberries.