Happy Boy’s Day! Since today is Boy’s Day I thought it would be appropriate to have a few fish (aka carp) for Sean’s lunch today. To make the fish, all I did was make a sandwich using an oat bran hamburger bun and cut it in half. The fish are decorated with mozzarella and American cheese, olives for the eyes, and carrots for the tails. I also filled up the box with strawberries and a homegrown cherry tomato.
Rwaaaarrrr!!! Here’s another sandwich that I made using a hamburger bun. The lion’s mane is made from carrots, and it’s face is made from cheese, olives, and carrots for his cheeks.
Finally, I have had a few people ask me what kind of cutters do I use to cut sandwich bread, like in my previous Bear Sandwich post. I use metal cutters because I find that they cut cleanly and with little effort. I love to buy the cutters in sets like this, because it can cut your bread to fit any sized bento box. The only negative thing is that you need to wash and dry them well so that they don’t rust.
During my trip to Hilo, I picked up this cute bear-shaped bento box at the local mall! It’s a pretty good sized box that measures about 6 1/2 inches X 4 1/2 inches. For today’s bento I packed a bear turkey sandwich, watermelon, and some veggies. I made a similar bear bento a while back and decided to keep it simple and reuse the idea.
We just returned from the Big Island yesterday after spending some time with family and friends. This was the first time that we got to meet Grandma’s new dog, Beck, and we all totally fell in love with him because he is such a sweet dog! Paige wanted to take him home with us so that Macky would have a friend.
We also took a picture from the airplane of Mauna Kea since we flew next to it. Being from Hawaii, snow is a rare thing so Paige and I were very excited to see some snow on the mountain. Believe it or not, as old as I am, I have never played, touched, or been in snow before. Building a snow man and skiing are on my list of things to do before I turn 60.
Today’s bento consists of a panda onigiri, oven fried chicken, some fruits, and veggies- including a cherry tomato that Paige grew.
I can’t believe that it’s been weeks since my last post! Aside from being busy with working on my next cookbook, Paige has been on Spring break and I’ve also been trying to get Sean preschool ready.
These are a few of the bentos that I had made recently. The first one is rice with chicken karaage, a few veggies, and honeydew melon. I used silicone leaf and lettuce baran (bought on eBay) which I just love! They are durable dividers that add color to your bento and are reusable too.
The second bento is a turkey on whole wheat sandwich with a cheese monkey. The bento also includes chicken noodle soup and peaches.
Lastly and more importantly, I just wanted to highlight the Bento4Japan eBay site. These wonderful bentoers are hosting an auction of bento items and accessories to benefit the people of Japan who were devastated by the recent earthquake and tsunami, and who are now faced with the threat with nuclear radiation. Proceeds from this auction go to supporting relief efforts in Japan. If you are able to make a donation or bid on something from the auction please do so for such a worthy cause. Don’t forget to check out all of auctions going on at Bento4Japan!
If you’ve been following my posts you know that for every post I make I donate a dollar to a worthy cause. In the past, for every 40 posts that I make I donate $20 to the Hawaii Food Bank and the other $20 to the World Food Programme. However on this occasion, I have donated the $40 to the American Red Cross towards the relief efforts in Japan.
Quickie post today! This was Sean’s bento that consisted of a peanut butter and guava jam sandwich, mango and grapes, and a few cucumbers with ranch dressing in the smaller container. Hope you all have a great weekend!
Last night I realized that Girl’s Day isn’t until tomorrow, March 3rd. Oh well, better to be early than late I guess. Here is my simple Girl’s Day turkey sandwich bento for Paige. I made a girl in a kimono out of cheese and cut a piece of sesame soy wrapper for her obi. Paige loved her lunch when saw it this morning but asked me what happened to the girl’s other eye. So I explained to her that the girl’s hair was swept over one eye. LOL, so much for trying to be artistic. Happy Hump Day!
With Girl’s Day fast approaching, I am trying my darnedest to come up with something for Paige’s bento tomorrow. I strongly believe that my mind has fizzled out in the creativity department as I have nothing… Anyway, tune in tomorrow to see what I come up with, that is, if I do come up with something. :)
Super quick bento today with oven fried chicken, two mini onigiri, and an Asian salad mix topped with carrots and macadamia nuts.