Disney Cakes and Sweets Issue 20 Lunchbox / Bento Guide

Issue 20 came with a Cinderella’s coach stencil.

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How to use in lunch boxes / bento

This stencil may be a little too large to use for a bento but maybe little details could be used to decorate sliced cheese with sauces or rice with furikake or other sprinkles.

What recipes are included:

• Cinderella’s ombré coach cake
• Cogsworth’s custard cream pastries
• Rosetta’s fruity chocolate slab
• Cheshire Cat’s ginger cookies
• Pluto’s pineapple upside-down cake
• Jessie’s yoghurt-coated pretzels
• Aladdin’s Genie cake part 2
• Making sugarpaste bows and ribbons
• Coconut bakes

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I would be extremely cautious when it comes to ordering from the Eaglemoss website and where possible I would only buy these magazines in store (as I have been doing).

I ordered a large amount of back copies for some friends in America who cannot get them any other way. I ordered them on the 22/11/13 and paid for next day delivery.

I was told just over a week ago the magazines had been sent again… They still haven’t turned up. Will the magazines ever arrive? That is the question!

Monbento Square Lunchbox Review

If you know me you will know I love trying out lunch boxes.

When I heard the Monbento Square would be available again I knew I had to have one!

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Monbento were generous enough to provide a Monbento square for this review.

Cost: 4/5

At just under £24 for the Monbento Square you might be a little put off by the price. Don’t be, you get two large boxes and this is one of my favourite lunch boxes already!

Size: 5/5

With a total capacity of 1.7L this is perfect for people with hearty appetites or it can even be used for lots of little side dishes to be taken on a picnic or traveling. But another great feature is that you get two different sized bands so you can use the full 1.7L by using both boxes or if you only need one you have that option too!

Ease Of Use: 4/5

Very easy to pack due to a wonderful square shape. No funny shaped corners to try and pack. Although it may be a little deep for some forms of bento packing.

One of my only problems is that the lid can be a little tough to get off, but that has a silver lining, both boxes are airtight and watertight!

Style: 5/5

I adore Monbento’s style. Everything they design makes me love them a little bit more, I’m hoping to have everything one day!! Wish me luck!

Available in 4 colours, but Monbento are known for their customisation options. Will it come to the square? I don’t know but let’s hope so!

Pros:
• Airtight / Watertight
• Large capacity that can be halved, very versatile
• Stylish
• Easy to use

Cons:
• May be a little cost prohibitive
• Lid can be tough to get off

Overall an amazing box, but were you expecting anything less from Monbento?

Here are some lunches packed in the Square

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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.

Three easy bento

I realise I haven’t posted an actual “look here are my bento” post in a long time!

So here are three!

I still haven’t gotten into the swing of making a lunch each day for my new job. Honestly, I’m just too lazy! I’d much rather sit and relax than cook tomorrow’s lunch.. Sad but true!

But I digress, here are three bento that I made for work :

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This lunch is packed in my Monbento Square and contains:

• Chicken Tikka Balti and rice
• Teriyaki chicken stir fry
• Mixed Airfried vegetables
• Celery and
• Corn on the cob.

I am loving the Chicken Balti and Teriyaki stir fry, they are from Iceland and are called “Meal in a bag
“. You put them in a frying pan for around 15 and they’re done! Full of wonderful vegetables and delicious chicken!

Moving on!

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This lunch is packed in my Paperchase bento. (The link doesn’t go to the exact style as it is no longer available.)

And it contains:

• Egg noodles hidden beneath
• Tuna flakes mixed with pepper and topped with a frozen pyramid of salad cream
• Mashed boiled egg and
• Frozen peas and string beans.

I am so so in love with tuna and I would happily have tuna in most of my bento 🙂

Onto the last bento (and possible most boring)

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Packed in a small green oval bento is:

• Stripy bow pasta in salad cream
Squared hard boiled egg
• Roasted sweet pepper
• Bacon wrapped enoki mushrooms and
• A Cherry tomato.

Not very visually appealing but it was sure tasty!!!

Disney Cakes and Sweets Issue 19 Lunchbox / Bento Guide

Issue 19 came with 2 Cars cookie cutters, Mater and Lightning McQueen. The cutters also have embossers, the perfect type for bento making!

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How to use in lunch boxes / bento

Just like other cutter / embosser sets these are perfect for cutting sliced cheese and meats, making character sandwiches and you can even use it shape rice!

What recipes are included:
• Lightning McQueen and Mater cookies
• Snow White’s orange cups
• Mr. Incredible’s coloured chocolates
• Vanellope’s Sugar Rush cake
• Flower’s rainbow-sprinkled tray bake
• Cruella’s chocolate-dipped marshmallows
• Aladdin’s Genie cake part 1
• Making patterned sugarpaste
• Yeast-based cakes

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I would be extremely cautious when it comes to ordering from the Eaglemoss website and where possible I would only buy these magazines in store (as I have been doing).

I ordered a large amount of back copies for some friends in America who cannot get them any other way. I ordered them on the 22/11/13 and paid for next day delivery.

Finally they have made an effort to fix this problem. Let’s see how it works out!

DIY BENTO PICKS/CUPCAKE TOPPERS AND TUTORIAL #2

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I’m sure you know by now that I love making my own things. I will try my hand at making almost anything but clothing and bento goodies are my favourites.

I have already made a Bento pick tutorial post and a DIY baran tutorial, but it’s about time I did another DIY bento pick tutorial.

This time I got the amazing idea to use ShrinkyDink (the pack I bought was called Shrinkles) from Licious Lunches

Onto the tutorial

First draw a circle around 2 inches across ( or 6.28″ circumference) and add a 2″ long, 1/2 an inch thick “stick” with a point at the end.

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Then trace this onto the sheets. I managed to get 12 onto one, just slightly smaller than, a4 sheet.
In my set was 6 sheets and cost me £4.95. That’s 72 bento picks for less than £5. Not bad aye!

Cut out the shapes and then draw whatever you want onto the rough side. Or you can cheat like me and trace 🙂

When you’re happy with the designs put them smooth side down in a baking tray lined with foil and put into the oven.
I put mine at the bottom of the oven and left for around 4/5 minutes but times may vary.

Once they have laid flat (or as flat as possible) remove them quickly from the oven, lift out the foil and place a heavy book on top of the picks to flatten them out and stop them from curling while cooling.

Et voila.

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Mine came out with the circle being about the size of a 20p piece.

Secret Santa!

Me and my bento buddies decided to do a secret Santa for Christmas. Sadly as I live in England and most of my bento pals live in the US, post takes a long time to arrive.

But today my parcel arrived!!! Ok, they tried to deliver it yesterday but I was at work so I went to pick it up today 🙂

I couldn’t even wait til I got home to open the large parcel!

My secret Santa was my good friend from Bento for kidlet and boy did she do a great job of making an amazing present!

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Included were :

• A Hello Kitty canvas tote and throw set (the throw is ridiculously soft!!!)
• a Hello Kitty bento box
• four different bento cutter and baran sets
• two sets of bento picks
• a Hello Kitty notepad, pens and 3d stickers
• a sandwich cutter and
• an awesome monkey cutter.

My friend at Bento for kidlet knows how much I love Hello Kitty but she must also be a mind reader. I have wanted all of these bento goodies for so so long!!!

THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Disney Cakes and Sweets Issue 18 Lunchbox / Bento Guide

Issue 18 came with a ball-and-bone modelling tool and some Mickey & Minnie food picks.

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Sadly the food picks are made from paper/ card so may not be reusable.

How to use in lunch boxes / bento

The picks can be used to hold little kabobs together or used purely for visual appeal by just sticking it into a Cherry tomato or other small food item.

The modelling tool could possibly be used on cheese.

What recipes are included:
• Boo’s bedroom cake part 3
• Pocahontas’ but and cranberry fudge
• Hamm’s sweet-studded flapjacks
• Princess Tiana’s rose-water cupcakes
• Wendy’s sweet orange creams
• Pumbaa’s hot chocolate pudding
• Mickey and Minnie anniversary cake
• Making ruffled flowers
• Classic hot puddings

And here’s a flash, or two, from the past!!

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It’s Sulley from Issue 13 and Mike from Issue 5!