Disney Cakes and Sweets Issue 8 bento guide

Yesterday I picked up my copy of Disney Cakes and Sweets .
As always the magazine is full of delicious looking treats! I honestly don’t know how I’ve gotten to the 8th issue without making anything from any of the issues. Madness!

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Included with this issue was 9 silicon cupcake cases. 6 blue and 3 pink.

These cases are perfect for bento and lunch packing!! They can be used to separate slightly moist foods away from dryer foods or even to keep different flavours from mingling! If you’ve seen my previous lunches you’ll know often use silicon cases to keep foods separate.

They also add a splash of colour in an instant!

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Black+Blum Sandwich on Board Review

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Black+Blum graciously sent me their awesome new lunch product, the Sandwich on Board, if you read my blog often you’ll know that Black+Blum are one of my favourite bento brands (and their other non-lunch items aren’t too shabby either!!)

On to the review!!

Cost: 4/5
At £19.95 this box may sound a little pricey at first but when you think about it, it isn’t just a lunchbox. It’s a lunchbox with an antibacterial cutting board and it’s made of beautiful aluminium and bamboo.

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt from my other Black+Blum products, they’re worth every penny and probably a little bit more too!

Size: 5/5

At 1.7 litres this box is huge!! But as it’s intended for sandwiches the size is perfect. Many bento boxes are far too small for sandwiches unless you cut them into tiny pieces. This gorgeous box has no issue carrying a sandwich or two.

But don’t worry about packing more traditional bento, it handles those with ease too!

Ease Of Use: 5/5

It’s simple shape and shallow depth make this box a dream to pack with. Too many times with deeper boxes do you put in some items which get lost below others. In this box all of your items can stand at equal height so you can take your pick from a glance.

Style: 5/5

Would it ever be fair to give a Black+Blum product anything less than a five for style? I don’t think so.

This box comes in aluminium and bamboo, two beautiful materials that compliment each other perfectly. Available in striking pink or green you can instantly catch people’s eyes or for a more subdued look why not choose the sleek silver.

Pros:
• Stunning, unique design.
• Antibacterial bamboo lid/ cutting board keeps for fresher for longer.
• Large size allows for bigger meals or bigger sandwiches.

Cons:
• Can provide a nasty “Nails on a chalkboard” sound when using metal cutlery.

And incase you didn’t catch my earlier post here is today’s lunch in this great box!

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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.

Shish Kabob Bento

Today may be the start of something good! I’m not spilling too much because I don’t want to jinx it but I’ll let you know once I know 😉

Anyway it’s going to be a pretty busy day for me so I had to pack a bento. Something I’ve been neglecting to do!

As I’ll be busy I thought if have a rice heavy bento for some nice slow release energy and to make sure I had a filling meal. Here it is:

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Packed in my Black+Blum Sandwich on Board is:
•Salted long grain rice ( I wanted to use Japanese short grain but my rice cooker thought it would be fun to turn it into porridge instead)
• Nori tamagoyaki
• Instant Tsukemono pickles (cucumber and lettuce) and
• Chicken, mushroom and pepper shish kebobs.

I can’t wait for lunch time to arrive as this smells delicious!!!

I packed the box and some home made sweet tea in my awesome new Built Crosstown bag from Formahouse .

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Disney Cakes and Sweets Issues 1-7 Bento Guide

I’ve been collecting the Disney Cakes and Sweets magazine and I’ve just bought the 7th issue. I have been buying these magazines for the great baking tools that come with them.
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I’m not a great baker but if there’s something I think I’m pretty good at it’s using baking tools to make bento!

It has just occurred I should be helping people work out how they can use these items to make awesome, healthy bento as well as awesome, treats!

This is going to be a long post so get comfy! (I will be posting on about each issue as it comes out on a Thursday meaning future posts will be shorter!)

Issue 1
Issue 1 came with this great Micky Mouse cookie cutter and embosser!20131024-173203.jpg
It may be a bit too big for most bento boxes but if it would fit you could make a great Micky Mouse bento by using it to cut or form rice into his face and then decorate with nori!!

Issue 2

Issue 2 came with these Winnie the Pooh moulds.
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These moulds could be filled with melted cheese and left to set so you have little cheese Winnie and friends to decorate your lunch box, maybe laid on a cheese sandwich?

Issue 3

Issue 3 came with a Minnie Mouse cutter and Disney character food picks.
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The cutter can be used in the same way as Mickey while the picks can be used to skewer vegetables to make small vegetable kabobs. Or even just put in for decoration!

Issue 4

Issue 4 came with this large Piglet jelly mould.
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You would need a pretty large box but you could use this as a rice mould, maybe dye the rice pink!

Issue 5

Issue 5 came with this Mike cutter and some shell moulds. 20131024-173519.jpg
The cutter can be used in the same way as the previous cutters. The moulds could also be used for melted cheese, or as a treat maybe frozen yogurt?

Issue 6

Issue 6 came with some number cutters ranging from 0 to 4.
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Used in the same way as previous cutters you can also use them to cut out cold meat slices or cheese to add a special touch to birthday bento!

Issue 7

Issue 7 came with a large Tinkerbell stencil and three star cutters.
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The stencil would probably be too large to use in a bento, but feel free to prove me wrong! The cutters however would be perfect for adding little cheese or ham stars adding instant cool points to a lunch!

Wow! Still here? Check back next Thursday for a shorter post about the next issue which comes with some great Mickey cupcake cases!

Update!
My friend over at Love, Peace, Bento have the great idea that the stencil could be used with food markers to put the image on cheese slices! Great idea!

Halloween Bento Hop

I can’t believe I haven’t made a halloween bento yet!!! But if there is one time I can’t resist making a bento for, it’s a BBF hop!!

Below is my Winnie the Phantom bento :

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Winnie is made out of sliced cheese, chicken roll and nori.
He is laid on two small chicken roll sandwiches.
Next to him are baby tomatoes and a bat shaped egg thanks to the CuteZCute Palz.
Next to those is a cauliflower cheese “spooky white forest” and some mixed vegetables being guarded by some spooky carrot pumpkins!

Now you’ve seen mine, click the button below to go to
Lunch Fit For A Kid and don’t forget to keep clicking the buttons on each blog until you get back here! Or else!

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Bento diet – Day 8

Before I get started!!! My friend over at Eats Amazing has opened a UK based bento shop!!! Yay!! Go check her out!!!

Ok back to the diet!

Today sucked! I pretty much have up today!

Breakfast

I had some porridge with some golden syrup mixed in for sweetener. It was delicious and luckily none of the porridge decided to throw itself out of the bowl this time!

Dinner

I was walking to my granddad’s which meant I didn’t have time to get much for dinner. I had a small doughnut if that counts?

Tea

This is where I completely gave up. I felt so drained from the walk to my granddad’s and I just felt so deflated that I buckled and I ended up getting a takeaway. I had some pizza, chips and some garlic bread. I know, shame on me!

Exercise

I walk to my granddad’s at least once a week and he lives an hour away from me.
The pedometer app I use is meant to work in the background. And it does. Until it gets to around 700 then it stops. So when I got to my granddad’s and it said 700 steps I could’ve cried. Because I knew I wasn’t going to “hit my target” visually. Anyway it worked on the way back and as it came to 6899 that means I did 6199 on the way back so times that by two and I technically did 12398 there and back 🙂

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