Guest Post: Quick, Easy and Delicious!

Today’s guest post is written by my friend Beth. She makes simple lunches that are both delicious and healthy!

Hi! I’m Beth of A Boy & His Lunch. I pack cute, bento-style lunches for my two year old son, Jacob. Today he has a super quick & super easy school lunch!

  • CuteZCute Panda sandwich
  • Annie’s Homegrown organic cheddar snack mix
  • Watermelon and Blueberries
  • Annie’s Homegrown organic fruit snacks in the shape of rabbits
  • Lunchbox Love Note

All packed in our super-cute Boon Trunk Snack Box!

See, how tasty does that lunch look!!!

Did you know there is a tiny island in Turkey called Rabbit Islands, it is inhabited by rabbits that eat watermelon so they look like they’re wearing lipstick 🙂

Guest Post: Raccoon Bento

Today’s guest post is written by my lovely friend Rebecca. Her bentos are very cute! Take it away Rebecca!

Howdy from Texas!  My name is Rebecca Wolfe, and I am the author of Bentos on the Bayou.  I am so excited to be writing today’s guest post for Keith, and I hope he is having a wonderful time in Turkey!  Keith and I share a love of all things kawaii, especially charaben bento.

The bento I am sharing with you today is 2 little raccoons – something we have plenty of here in Texas!  To get the grey color for the raccoons, I ran black sesame seeds through my coffee grinder, then mixed them with steamed short-grain sushi rice.  NOTE:  Add a bit of warm water as you mix them together to keep the rice from getting too dried out.  The accents on the raccoons are hand cut nori paper and provolone cheese.

What else is in the box?

Green Leaf Lettuce, Snap Peas, Cucumber, Carrot & Celery Sticks, Grape Tomatoes

Colby-Jack Cheese Cubes, Ham

Raccoons Bento

– Rebecca

Wow! The raccoons are so kawaii!

Don’t forget to check out Rebecca’s amazing blog by clicking the button below!

Bentos on the Bayou

Keith

Guest Post: Zoo Party Lunch

Today’s guest post is written by Beau from Lunchbox Dad that’s right, I’m not the only bento making guy out there!

Now Beau is awesome, he makes some of the coolest bento art, but enough from me!

Hi, my name is Beau and I post fun and creative bento lunches that I make for my daughter over at lunchboxdad.com.

This week I get to guest post for my friend Keith here at Oh!Bento. I have admired his creativity for awhile (how can you not love his Game of Thrones Lunch?). So when he asked me to guest post for him, I couldn’t say no.

I originally posted this recipe because I made it for my son’s birthday party. However, I got to thinking, adults love animals too! Today I’m going to show you how to make my Zoo Party Lunch. The great thing about this lunch is that it is so easy to replicate to make for adults as well as for kids.
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You will need a few tools but you will find everything at allthingsforsale or amazon. The cutter I used is called the CuteZCute and you will use it over and over, so it is worth investing in. You can find cute animal food picks at those sites as well. If you don’t like some of the fruit that is used, feel free to substitute in what you do like. If you are having a party, you might even want to do a variety of fruit kabobs for your guests. The important thing is to have fun with it and I’m sure those who eat it will have fun with it too!

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Ingredients For Each Plate:

–2 slices of bread

–1 serving of peanut butter and jelly, ham and cheese, etc.

–1 banana

–2 strawberries

–Half an apple

–1 slice of cheese

–Black food coloring

–4 jungle animal cookies

Directions:

–Use the CuteZCute cutter to slice the bread into panda shapes. It is very easy if you follow the instructions. Fill sandwich depending on what your kids like. I used blackberry jam and peanut butter to create the panda.

–Slice banana and strawberries into thin slices. Slide them onto food picks alternating the fruit as shown.
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–Use rabbit fruit slicer or cookie cutter to make rabbit shapes in both the apple and cheese. Place the cheese on top of the apple. Use black food coloring and toothpick to draw the rabbit face as shown in the picture.

–Place jungle cookies in muffin cup wrapper or similar container. Arrange all the food items on a plate and serve to your family or guests

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What a great post!! Thanks Beau!

I love how this can be easily achieved yet looks so great!

Did you know Turkey has a zoo called Gaziantep Zoo and it is 1000 acres!

Guest Post: Alfro Bento

Today’s guest posts is written by the lovely Shirley from Littlemissonigiri

This was one bento that I didn’t get to post earlier on my blog. With this special invitation to be the guest blogger for Oh!Bento, I thought it would be nice to share it here.

A fun and simple character bento. Do you know Alfro Ken? Quite an entertaining character with his alfro hairdo I must say.

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Aside from this bento photo post, what I wanted to share with you is the fun way to create some cute side dishes for your bento.

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Over here, I want to bring your attention to the cute meat patties with carrot cut outs. Here is a simple tutorial:

Recipe
Ingredients
50g of minced meat (chicken or pork)
0.5 tbsp/6~8g silken tofu
1 tsp brown sugar
5 carrot slices
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp ketchup

Method
1. In a small bowl, add silken tofu, brown sugar, soy sauce and ketchup to the minced meat. Mix well.
2. Using cutters, create cut outs of carrot slices.
3. Lay the carrot slices on a plate, spoon a portion of the minced meat mixture on top. Press it down to make a patty.
4. Heat 1 tsp of sesame oil in a non stick pan and grill the meat patties on both sides until brown and cooked through.

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Guest Post by Bento Blogger, Shirley from http://littlemissonigiri.blogspot.sg . Also check out my facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/bentosingapore

Wow! How cute is he! Maybe I can grow my hair like that?
And don’t those patties sound tasty!
Thank you Shirley!

Guest Post : Carrot Butterfly

Today’s guest post is written by one of my BBF (Bento Bloggers and Friends) friends.

She’s a lovely lady called Grace and she’s also from the UK! Yay UK bento makers!!

Take it away Grace 🙂

Hi, I’m Grace from Eats Amazing, and I’m delighted to feature as a guest poster on the Oh! Bento Blog today! I’m going to share a tutorial for one of my favourite edible decorations in this post; a carrot butterfly, which can be used as a cute little embellishment for a bento, or any other food. Be warned, this isn’t quite as easy as it looks, and may take several attempts to get right; I’m happy to admit that the first one I made took me 5 attempts!

All you need for this is a decent sized carrot and a sharp knife.

Start by cleaning and peeling the carrot, then trim one side so that it is flat. Cut a triangular groove into the carrot opposite the flat side, as shown below.

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Lay the flat side of the carrot on the chopping board, then cut into the carrot as if you are cutting a thin slice, but do not go all the way through.

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Make another cut next to it to slice the whole thing off. You should be left with a double slice which is joined at the bottom.

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Make two cuts all the way through your piece of carrot as shown below.

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Cut a small triangle from the other side as shown.

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Now comes the tricky part! Open out the butterfly ‘wings’ and bend up the the bottom of the antennae section until you can pop it between the wings. This should hold them open. This step is where it usually went wrong for me, so good luck!

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If you aren’t going to use the butterfly straight away, put it gently into a glass of cold water and pop it in the fridge. This will keep it fresh and also help to stiffen it up a little. When using my butterfly, I mounted it on a piece of cucumber to hold it more securely. You can do this by cutting a slit into the cucumber and gently pushing the bottom of the butterfly into it

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Here is the finished butterfly before it went into the lunchbox. You can use this in any way you can think of; it doesn’t have to be put in cucumber. You could also try using radish instead of carrot for the butterfly.

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I’d love Keith to give this a go, so here’s a little challenge for you Keith; upon your return I want to see a bento featuring a carrot or radish butterfly!

Thanks for letting me take over the blog for the day, I’ve loved being here!

Grace

Well I’ve got to say I love a challenge!! I’ll make sure to practise when I get back!! Hope I don’t let you down!!

Did you know there is a valley in Turkey called Butterfly Valley!

Don’t forget to check out Grace’s amazing blog by clicking the button below!

Keith

Guest Post: The Refashionista Bento

Today’s guest post is written by my friend Sheri who shares one of my other passions, sewing! Take it away Sheri 🙂

Hallo from Berlin fellow Bento Fans! I’m Sheri, the Refashionista behind the Blog Awesome Sauce & Asshattery and I am thrilled to be sharing my very first bento attempt with you. As I’m a definite sewing geek I was more than a wee bit surprised when Keith proposed this fab’ guest posting opportunity but having spent 6 lovely years in Tokyo (yet having never made a bento) I figured I simply had to give it a whirl…enjoy!

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As I’m a Refashionista a clothing-themed bento was spot on (& super fun to create)!

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My quirky little upcycled bento box contains: a shirt & skirt spicy chicken salad onigiri complete with homemade furikake, Korean-style chicken strips, stir fried sesame garlic veggies & a bouquet of fresh carrot & bell pepper slices
…wait a minute…an upcycled bento box?
Yep, you read that correctly…as I had never made a bento before I was sorely lacking any kind of cool bento gear, so, being a clever little Refashionista, I created my own out of some bits I had lurking about the house. Here’s the quick how-to:

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1. Grab a standard sized (30x45cm) bamboo or heavy fabric placemat, coordinating paint, two (12x6cm) pieces of wood or thick cardboard & a glue gun.
2. Paint the wood (or cardboard) to match the placemat.
3. Lay the placemat flat. On each side measure 10cm from one end to the center & stick on your wood blocks using the hot glue gun.

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4. Apply glue to the ends of the wood & carefully fold the placemat up onto your blocks. The end of your placemat should overlap the top of the wood, simply stick it down with a dab of glue.
5. Repeat the above step to attach the placemat to the back of the wood blocks.
6. Add a simple closure by tying a bead to the front of the lid & a loop to the front of the box.

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That’s it! Go line your fancy new bento box with some plastic wrap & load it up with your delicious lunch! *A bamboo placemat combined with wood block sides is surprisingly sturdy!
A huge domo arigatou gozaimashita to Keith for suggesting I try my hand at creating a Bento! I’m definitely hooked & shall be investing in some proper gear soon!
On a side note: This weekend (Friday August 30 – Sunday September 1/2013) I’m offering absolutely free downloads of my second refashioning tutorial book, Confessions of a Refashionista: Bewitched Bedsheets! Further info & your local Amazon download link can be found here: http://awesomesauceasshattery.com/confessions-of-a-refashionista/

Wow! Now I have to admit I’m blown away!
For a first time bento this is amazing! And the fact Sheri made her own bento, lets just say I’ll be having a go at that!! Thank you Sheri!

Guest Post : Apple Bento

Today i will be going to Turkey ^.^
Some of my wonderful friends have provided some great guest posts to keep my blog going while I’m away 🙂

Today’s guest post is written by the lovely Kathy from Eclectic Lamb. Her bento is so adorable! You have to check it out below!

Take it away Kathy!


Hi, I am Kathy from Eclectic Lamb. I am so happy to guest post today for Keith! My husband and I have 9 nephews and 3 nieces ranging in age from almost 2 years to 16 years old. We live in a rural area of New York State, United States. The main focus of my blog is cute vegetarian lunches that I make for my nieces, nephews, and my husband. (Sometimes I share lunches I made for myself.) I also enjoy and share crafts and party planning.

Apple Bento

It is now apple season in my area. I enjoy going apple picking and make many fun things with the fresh apples. My 14 year old niece ate this bento. She requested the homemade mini apple pie (cradled with a Boston Lettuce leaf). I made a rice pilaf with vegetable broth, toasted almonds, and diced apple. It is garnished with an apple covered in cinnamon and a cheddar cheese apple. The broccoli is supposed to be apple trees. I cut apple skins for the apples. I was told that it was a delicious lunch.

Kathy.

See, wasn’t her lunch so cute!
Did you know that in Turkey you can get apple tea? It’s delicious!