Oh!Bento’s TV debut!!!

Today at 01:10, 07:10, 13:10 and 19:10 will mark my first (hopefully not my last!) time on worldwide tv!

I am part of a show called Bento: The Global Lunchbox Project. It is on NHK World which is Sky channel 507 and is available on the NHK app on android, apple etc.

So tune in and support the bento makers of the globe!!!

Akazuki Bento Review Project: Bento Alphabet Cutter

This is a great set for those who like to leave messages for their loved ones! Or those who may need to remind their loved one to do something while at work or school.

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Cost: 5/5
This cutter set contains the full alphabet a “&” and a star all for only £4.21 ($7). I’ve seen some alphabet cutters where each letter would work out more than that!

Size: 5/5

The size of the cutters are perfect for bento. Many letter cutters are meant for cakes or cookies which means they would be too large to spell out a word in a bento unless the word is 2 letters long. There’s nothing to stop you using these cutters for cakes however which I think makes them even better than other letter cutters. Instead of “Happy birthday” on a cake why not have the recipients favourite poem or lyric on the cake to make it truly special?

Ease Of Use: 5/5

If you can use a cookie cutter than you can use this set. Simply push down on sliced meats, cheeses or thin vegetables. Done!

Style: 5/5

With the whole alphabet there are limitless possibilities. From messages of love, reminders, quotes or even a stiff word if someone has put you in a bad mood. If you can think it, these cutters can make it, and make it tasty too!

Pros:

  • A huge scope of possibilities.
  • Make a bento personal.
  • Can be used on cakes, biscuits or to dress up any meal!
  • Sharp enough to cut food, blunt enough for children to use

Cons:

  • Again, I’m not able to find a fault with this set. Maybe some numbers would be good to. Or emojis?

Disclaimer
I received the product to review but no cash was exchanged, my review is my honest opinion and has not been swayed by the company or anyone else.

Akazuki Bento Review Project: Nori Punch Cutters Set

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I have wanted this set for a long time, there is something so simply adorable about a rice ball with a panda face! What’s better than a panda onigiri? How about a smiley rice ball, a panda rice ball and a koala rice ball?!

Cost: 4/5

This set of 3 nori (seaweed) punches comes in at £9 ($14.95), so only £3 per punch.

Ease Of Use: 5/5

Can you use a paper punch? Then you can use these nori punches! Simply put the nori in the punch and press down. Et Voila, you have a perfect panda, koala or smiley face every time, in what takes a second as opposed to the lengthy process of trying to hand cut nori.

Style: 5/5

With 3 distinct styles it would be enough to make anyone smile when being greeted by a koala in their lunch. I’m sure with a little playing around you could create more styles by mixing and matching!

Pros:

  • Cheaper than elsewhere
  • Super fast and easy nori shapes
  • A great way to get nutritious nori into a lunchbox
  • Easy for children to use

Cons:

  • What could possibly wrong with this set?!

 

Disclaimer

I received the product to review but no cash was exchanged, my review is my honest opinion and has not been swayed by the company or anyone else.

 

Akazuki Bento Review Project: Bento Sausage Cutter Review

A while back I was sent a huge bento parcel from Akazuki full of awesome bento tools to review.

Sadly it has taken me a long time due to work and life in general just throwing things in the way of being able to sit down and blog.

But today I made a start!!

So here in is the first installment in the Akazuki Bento Review Project!

Bento Sausage Cutter

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This great set is composed of a mini sausage cutter that creates two tulips and a butterfly from one small sausage. The tulips can be stuck on the included leaf-shaped picks and there are also two sausage cutters, a heart and a star. These can be used to quickly add interesting detail to plain sausages.

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Cost: 5/5

This set comes in at £3.28 ($5.45) which I think is a steal! You get a great set which can create lots of different combinations for a very small price!

Ease Of Use: 5/5

What could be easier than putting a small party sausage into a cutter, pressing down and then sticking on a pick? Not a lot! If you want decorative bento but don’t have the time to intricately carve your vegetables into work of art then this set is for you!

Pros:

  • Lot of different combinations for little cost.
  • Very easy to use.
  • Safe for children to use.
  • Great for beginners and professionals alike.

Cons:

  • I’ve yet to find a con. It’s a great little set that does what it’s meant to!
  • Disclaimer
    I received the product to review but no cash was exchanged, my review is my honest opinion and has not been swayed by the company or anyone else.

    BentoBots

    Hello again strangers!

    It seems like so long since I last posted, ok it is a long time since I last posted.

    Let’s forget that and get to the good stuff, BentoBots!IMG_6237.JPG

    BentoBots is a new lunch system that is currently in it’s funding stage on Kickstarter, and honestly it’s one of the cooler lunch systems I’ve seen, so much so that it is the first project I have backed on Kickstarter.

    Other than the fact the lunch system itself looks awesome it also comes with magazines to help teach children healthy eating habits in a fun way that they will remember.

    I mean which would you be more likely to remember, “Carrots are good for you because they contain vitamin A” or “Carrots are good for you because they help give you strength to beat the evil fast food bad guys?” I know which one I would’ve preferred as a kid (and an adult).IMG_6238.JPG

    What I also like is that there are three different robots, or styles of lunchbox and carry case. I also like that they aren’t gender specific. These lunches would be great for boys or girls and I’m sure even some adults will love them too. I certainly do and wouldn’t feel silly walking around with them!

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    But anyway why are you listening to me, get over there and check out the BentoBots for yourselves, I’m sure you’ll want one for yourself too!

     

     

     

    Oh!Bento UK’s second blogiversary!!!

    Today is my second blogiversary!

    And while I am extremely happy to have made it this far I am a little sad that I have let my bento making slip recently.

    Sadly life has thrown a lot of things my way, such as not being able to eat anything other than Mcdonalds without getting ridiculous stomach pains and other nastiness.

    But I will start making bento again soon! Once life has settled a little, I promise.

    So please keep your eyes peeled and I hope to be bento making and blogging again soon!

    Thank you all and here’s to many more years!!!

    Kuhn Rikon Sandwich Knife Review

    Kuhn Rikon generously sent me an amazing sandwich knife!

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    Not only does this knife cut through bread extremely easily it also has a large flat side so you can use it to spread your filling without tearing up the bread!

     

    Here is a little video of just how easy to use it is and it saves you using two different knives!

     

    Now on to the review!

     

    Cost: 4/5

    At £12.95 this is one of the pricier bread knives on the market but I can tell you it is well worth it. The fact you can use it to cut the bread and spread the filling without having to switch knives is a convenience you didn’t know you needed…but you do! As the knife is very sharp it makes quick work of cutting onions, potatoes and carrots too. So if you use it for all of that you get a bread knife, butter knife, vegetable knife and I’ve heard people have even used it to carve meat! So you essentially get 4 knives worth of use from one multi-use tool!

    Ease Of Use: 5/5

    As has come to be expected of Kuhn Rikon, this knife is extremely high quality. With a Japanese stainless steel blade this knife makes quick work of everything that I’ve used it on. It slices through bread like butter and doesn’t need much force to cut through even a tough vegetable. All while being able to spread butter etc without tearing the bread. 

    Style: 5/5

    I love the look of Kuhn RIkon’s kitchen ware. The bright colours and the great style makes them perfect for almost any kitchen. This knife is available in 5 different colours so there should be one for your taste too!

    Pros:

    • Very sharp, strong blade for cutting.
    • Smooth blade edge for spreading.
    • Safety sheath.
    • Great choice of colours.
    • Very versatile.

     

    Cons:

    • The price may put some people off.
    • Could be difficult to sharpen, but that’s only because I personally don’t know how.

    Disclaimer I received the product to review but no cash was exchanged, my review is my honest opinion and has not been swayed by the company or anyone else.