Very Tasty Bento

It seems like so so long since I last made a bento.

I really need to get back on track with my bento making!!!

Anyway I finally managed to make one and it was delicious!!!!

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It contains rice cooked in homemade chicken stock, mixed stir fry vegetables, fried mushrooms, snap-peas, baby corn, cherry tomatoes, duck spring rolls, hotdog “octopi” and beansprout tamagoyaki.

Definitely one of the more varied and tasty bento I have made.

What is your favourite foods to pack for lunch?

Black+Blum Thermo Pot Review and “Donburi” Bento Recipe

I was recently sent a Black+Blum Thermopot to review by Find Me A Gift.

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This is a great item perfect for soup, stews or Donburi style lunches.

Cost: 3/5

At around £30 this lunch pot can be seen as quite expensive and if you want a truly versatile lunch box this, sadly may not be it. If however you eat a lot of soups, stews etc and want a lunch pot that will keep your food warm for upto 6 hours this is the lunch box for you!
While it is somewhat pricier than some lunch boxes this lunch pot makes up for it on style, nifty features and the ability to keep food warm. Something a sandwich box wouldn’t be able to do!

Size: 5/5
Although a somewhat smaller than some bento boxes at around 500ml, when you consider it will mainly contain soup etc that is more than enough!

Ease Of Use: 5/5

Due to the style of the Thermopot you don’t really need to do any forward planning regarding how you will arrange the food. If you want a pretty, decorated lunch box I’d look elsewhere. If you want warm, homemade stew this is perfect.

Style: 5/5
If there is one thing every Black+Blum item has more than enough of it is style. The sleek metal body combined with the charming cork lid makes this a quirky yet stylish item.
Add to it the beautifully shaped spoon ( never thought you’d hear a spoon called beautiful huh?) that attaches with magnets and you have a lunch pot that is sure to turn heads!

Pros:
• Stylish and sleek.
• Keeps food warm for upto 6 hours.
• Hard wearing and leakproof.

Cons:
• The price may be inhibitive to some people but you definitely get what you pay for!

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As always I made a lunch in the Thermopot to test for ease of use.

I decided on a Donburi style lunch containing plain rice, vegetables, bacon, fried egg and a delicious sauce.

It is neigh impossible to take one photo to show of the lunch due to the deep nature of the lunchpot, so I will add them to the steps of the recipe.

What you will need:
• 240ml cooked rice.
• 120ml bacon.
• 160ml chopped vegetables.
• 1 small egg.
• Brown sauce.
• Oxo cube / Gravy granules.
• Water.

Steps
1. Prepare and cook rice.
2. While rice is cooking give the bacon a quick fry until cooked through but before crispy.
3. If using fresh vegetables cut into very small pieces. If using frozen chopped vegetables measure out and set aside.
4. Measure 100ml of boiled water, add an oxo cube or a tea spoon of gravy granules and 2 teaspoons of brown sauce. ( This sauce is extremely rich so you may want to add a smaller quantity of brown sauce and gravy granules/ oxo.)
5. Cut bacon into smaller pieces, add to a sauce pan, turn on high heat storing for a few seconds before adding vegetables. Stir for a minute or two before adding the sauce. Put on the pan lid, lower heat to low and leave to simmer until the sauce has reduced but not completely evaporated.
6. While the sauce is reducing fry an egg. While the egg is frying use a spatula to press the edges inward to make the egg small enough to fit into the container.

To assemble

1. Divide rice into three equal portions, place one portion into the container.
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2. Divide the bacon mix into three portions. Layer one portion on top of the rice.
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3. Continue layering so you have rice, bacon mix, rice etc. Once you have used up the rice and bacon mix place the egg on top.
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4. If there is any sauce left in the pan drizzle on top of the egg.
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I’d like to say sorry for the extremely poor images. Due to the shape of the lunchpot and the weird light ( and need for the flash in one photo) it was very difficult to get a nice image.

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.

Sagaform Forest Lunch Box Review

Here is another review in the great Wayfair saga.
As you will know by now, I LOVE Wayfair, they’re a great company who really care about their customers.

Anyway back onto the review!!!

This is a review for the Sagaform Forest Lunch Box.

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Cost: 3/5

This set is £24.14 on Wayfair, in comparison to some other sets it can be seen as quite expensive.
It does however have some nifty features like cutlery and a hole that can be used with a carabiner…I imagine.

Size: 3/5

This is an odd box to understand ( I’m still not sure if I’ve worked it out! )
The box contains two “bodies” but one lid. I think the smaller box can only be used if it is inside the bigger.
The larger box is 400ml, the smaller being 200ml and when the small is fitted inside the larger the volume becomes around 350ml.

Ease Of Use: 4/5
This box is easy enough to pack with an interesting shape. I feel the box would be better suited to bento style lunches as opposed to the western style lunches.

Style: 5/5
This box is very stylised. With an almost tear drop shape and a moose logo this box looks very masculine, combined with the camping theme this box would be great for men who enjoy camping, fishing or other outdoor activities.

Pros:
• Masculine alternative to the largely feminine styled boxes.
• Changeable volume.
• Included cutlery with carabiner holes.
• A moose logo!!

Cons:
• Odd configuration.

As always here is a lunch I made using the Sagaform Forest Lunch Box.

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This lunch contains salted rice, two duck spring rolls, small carrots, baby corn, broccoli and a radish.

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.

May the 4th be with you – Star Wars Bento Hop

If you are a Star Wars fan you will know that May the 4th is a special day.
I’m sure there will be people everywhere screaming “May the 4th be with you!!!”
And if not maybe there should be!

As usual when there is a fun event or themed day me and my friends in the BBF celebrate by making some awesome food!

If you don’t know the rules of a hop by now all you need to do is click the hop button ( made by the awesome Cristi at Bento on better lunches ) and continue clicking until you return here 🙂

Here is my Star Wars bento:

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It contains an “omelette’ yoda, a hard boiled egg R2-D2, cheese Twin suns of Tattoine and lots of mixed vegetables.

Now click on the awesome button below to see what is going on in a galaxy far far away at What’s in our lunchbags.

And once you’ve come back here click below to see the Return of the 5th bento hop!