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jambalaya bento [Jan. 22nd, 2007|11:10 pm]
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top tier:  jambalaya with a cheese-and-tomato flower and some green onion garnish.
bottom tier: bologna-and-swiss flowers (to go with the crackers in the seperate bag), a bonjour banana half (the nori letters are all messed up and silly-lookin'; sorry) and raisins.
and ... i stole some of majessa's vanilla yo-baby yogurt. :-X

previous bento: the bread got kinda soggy from the zucchini, but the hot dog plain was just as good (and less carbs!).  everything else was as it usually is--and the cookies were my savior in logic class, when i started to fall asleep! hehe.
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sleepy octopus bento [Jan. 17th, 2007|08:35 pm]
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left tier:  a hot-dog octopus all wrapped up in a warm toast blanket on a bed of carrots and zucchini pillows (with a slice of cheddar underneath) and some blueberry shortbread cookies at the top.
right tier:  a bag of hello kitty fruit snacks, some pretzel rods, and a hello kitty sauce container full of ranch dressing.

previous bento:  probably the best lunch i've made! everything was really tasty and as soon as i opened the outer, insulated box, i saw the (h)apple peaking through and it immediately made my day! ^_^
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chicken bite bento [Jan. 15th, 2007|09:09 pm]
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[music |supernanny.]




in my pink tinkerbell star case (probably not intended as a bento box, but it's so cute!):  little chicken nuggets (with star-shaped cheese bites), zucchini with star middles, zucchini stars, cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks, an uncle pop milk-flavored rice snack, and a happle (hehe)!

tuesdays and thursdays are my easy days, so lunches for those days are usually pretty light.

previous lunch: the pizza was iffy; i think it was too cream-cheesy for my liking.  but the spaghetti and especially the hello panda! cookies were soooo goooood.
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pasghetti (:-p) bento [Jan. 11th, 2007|11:11 pm]
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[music |tv: some crazy hair-cutting championship.]

outside:


inside:



peter rabbit container:  left side is ranch dressing for the carrots and the right side is parmesan cheese and pepper for the spaghetti.
top tier:  baby carrots, snacku rice crackers, hello panda cookies
bottom tier:  crescent roll-cream cheese-veggies pizza, a fried spam divider*, spaghetti nest of cherry tomato eggs.

*i have so much leftover spam that i don't know what to do with it.  i don't want it to go bad, so i've been incorporating it into every meal. hehe.

yesterday's lunch: i wasn't very hungry today, so i ended up just eating the cheese.  i picked at everything else, but once home, the bento pretty much still looked untouched.
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beer bread bento [Jan. 10th, 2007|11:40 pm]
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today, i used one of my favorites: my awesome pink tapioca bento box!  the food contained therein isn't as exciting, but tomorrow is my off-day, so i decided to just pack it with some of my favorites.

top tier: fried spam and cheddar kabobs on little pink bunny toothpicks; chunks of homemade beer bread (sooo good!); cherry tomatoes.
bottom tier: sliced banana (on the bottom, so no one can see it browning. >_o); pineapple; raisins.
and a lychee-flavored jelly straw.

yesterday's lunch: was awesome! the rice in the spam musubi was still moist and the tomatoes were really good.  the yogurt, however, is a no-go.  it tastes like someone filled the container with 90% aspartame, 9% water, and 1% really gross strawberry scent.  luckily, i was too full on the musubi to care. i just sipped it and threw it away.
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spam musubi bento [Jan. 10th, 2007|12:39 am]
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[mood |sleepy.]

outside:



my red usagi bento box, a cupcake-shaped container, this strange construction worker oshibori i found at a garage sale, a teeny tiny bottle of yogurt, and some soy sauce!

inside:



cupcake container:  some yummy iced, oatmeal trail mix cookies; dried cranberries.
top tier:  spam musubi, cheese cubes, halved cherry tomatoes filled with cottage cheese and nori heart cut-outs on top.
bottom tier:  apple slices, raisins, more dried cranberries.
        ...and the little teeny tiny yogurt again!
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spam musubi [Jan. 9th, 2007|09:36 am]
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[mood |awake]
[music |wilco - company in my back.]

celebrating my return to bento-ing, i decided to attempt something i've seen in quite a few bentos and since becoming a meat-eater again, desperately wanted to try: spam musubi !

i used mmmbento's super-easy recipe and i think that they turned out pretty well.  i'm pleased anyway.  they're not the prettiest, but my little sister (the queen of picky eaters) asked if i could make more for her lunch, so i'm going to go ahead and mark this one as a success.



and just for cuteness' sake, here's a pick of poodledoo (my niece, majessa) eating breakfast this morning:

(warning: a toddler's idea of hilarity follows...)



heh heh heh.
 
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i'm baaaaaaaaaack. [Jan. 8th, 2007|03:43 am]
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[mood |excited!]

lucky you.

after an embarassingly long hiatus, i've returned to the world of bento-ing and livejournal-ing. 

this last semester of school was a hard one for me and both studying and holding down a job as a cook at the local co-op was just too draining.  equally, working in a kitchen for much of the day led me to boredom and exhaustion in my own kitchen.  now, i've got a stress-free and fumes-free job at the library, am doing well in school, and ready to hop back on the bento bandwagon!

this christmas, when i received a multitude of culinary goodies (food processor, sushi set, my very own set of dishes, a baking set, etc.) i realized how important cooking and putting my homemade meals on display is for my mental fortitude (haha).*  not only is it a way of relieving stress, but it keeps me healthy and--as other bento-ers have noted--is an awesome means of creative expression!

though i've changed a bit since we last saw each other (i'm no longer vegetarian, for example), i hope you'll find my creations interesting and delicious(-looking).  

i'm back, with baby quiches, wontons, and ravioli in tow.

thanks,
lala!

* i also can't help but admit that i've felt really inspired looking at the recent entries in the bentolunch  community.  keep up the good work, guys!


PS--for a glance of what i've been into lately:



(that's my kitchen after a late night cooking session.)


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curry chard (?) bento. [Jun. 9th, 2006|01:42 am]
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[mood |i'm always tired.]
[music |the slits - ping pong affair.]

i picked up my first co-op paycheck today ... and promptly spent half of it at the co-op.  when i came home with all my new goodies, i suddenly found myself in a rut: "i can make anything i want!"  stuffed mushrooms called my name, as did blueberry muffins.  but i ended up just giving in and throwing something random together.  something i like to call "curry chard."

i steamed swiss chard and a few cremini mushrooms in my handy-dandy steamer, while saute-ing red onions, three cloves of garlic, and some leftover tofu.  i threw paprika, curry powder, rice, and a near-negligible amont of soy sauce in the mix. and when the chard was done, threw it all on a plate and mixed it together.  it's actually pretty good, though not the prettiest thing i've made.



bento:  curry chard stuff, avocado, grapes.

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veganized ispanakli borek bento. (try to say that three times fast!) [Jun. 8th, 2006|03:38 am]
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[mood |my room still isn't clean. v_v]
[music |the slits - instant hit.]

tomorrow is my first venture into veganism.  i've noted some symptoms of allergic reactions to dairy products in the past month and so, i'm going to see if eliminating possible problem foods will make me feel better.

tonight, i made veganized ispanakli borek from rasmussen's veggie works vegan cookbook.



ingredients:

1 onion
1 tbsp soy oil
1 pinch salt
2 cups spinach – steamed
2 blocks tofu – course, crumbled
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 box filo pastry – thawed
½ cup soy margarine – melted


directions:

Chop up onion and saute in preheated oil, with a pinch of salt. When onions are finished, combined them – in a bowl – with lightly steamed spinach. In another bowl, mix coursely crumbled tofu with one tbs of salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and nutritional yeast.

Using a pastry brush, grease a large casserole dish. Using two sheets of thawed out filo pastry, paint a thin coat of melted margarine on top of each double-layered sheet. Repeat this process with four more (two layer) sheets, placing each basted sheet on top of the other.

Take half of the spinach and onion mixture and apply it evently to the surface of the four layers of pastry. Next, take half of the tofu mixture and crumble it over the spinach and onion layer.

Repeat above process with four more sheets of filo pastry then another layer of fillings. Top with 3-4 more double layered sheets of filo pastry. Pre-heat oven to 400F and bake casserole 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.


what i changed: instead of using the big sheets of filo, i opted for little filo shells (so cute).

tomorrow's lunch is a total hodge-podge, because i did the worst thing you can do ... make a bento when you're hungry.



left: peach and strawberry crumble, celery with almond butter.
right: ispanakli borek shells, kale with braggs (underneath.)
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