Keep Calm and Carry Bento!

No bento today. Sorry!

But I did recreate a little bit of art.

Et voila,

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I’m sure everyone has seen one form or another of the “Keep calm and carry on” posters that were originally printed during the Second World War to remind all is Brits to keep a stuff upper lip.

Here is my ideal poster, and now I really want this in my kitchen!!!

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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.

DIY Bento Baran (Updated)

UPDATE

I bought some silicon coasters from eBay, I received four for £1.50 with free delivery. They come in multiple colours and I received pink, brown, lime green ( looks yellow to me) and a darker green.

Here is how they look when cut into baran 🙂

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I have a habit of wanting something for a while, deciding I don’t want to pay the price/ like the style and then figure I’ll make it myself.

Some of you may remember I did a post about how to make your own bento picks. See, I could just buy a pack of picks but nope, I have to try my hand at making them 🙂

Anyway I had my eye on some Baran ( pieces of silicon used to separate food) but I didn’t want to pay £4+ for four small pieces. I figured that baran is generally made of silicon so in theory I could make my own out of some silicon baking sheets.

One large sheet cost £2.50 with delivery and here is what I’ve made so far:

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I still have way over half the sheet left!

All you would need to make these yourself is some silicon baking sheets, sharp scissors, some optional paper punches and some creativity!

Let me know if you make some, I’d love to see them!!

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I made some more baran 🙂

Some of it didn’t work out as I’d planers as I started to rush it, whoops!
But here it is:

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Black+Blum Lunchpot meal

I received a Tefal Fresh Express for Christmas and tonight I wanted to test what it can do. I already tried its slicing accessory and it will make the process of making my instant pickles a lot easier. It also has another accessory that I wasn’t sure what it was for but it looked like it could mince. That would help me eat soboro as ground chicken is something I’ve never seen in the UK.
I love soboro so I decided on a soboro bento.

I minced some quorn “chicken” bites in about 1-3 seconds. A lot quicker than I imagined!
I also cooked some rice in my tefal rice cooker, another trusty gadget! I mixed in some vegetables so cook with the rice and using the included steaming basket I steamed an egg, which is exactly like a boiled egg but easier 🙂

As I was cooking… Or rather waiting for my gadgets to cook for me I picked out my Black+Blum Lunch Pot bought for me as a birthday gift by a close friend.

Here is the lunch :

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I only needed the top section of the pot and I was extremely full so the full set would be great for a full days food!

A Game Of Thrones Bento

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So after months of wanting to do A Game Of Thrones bento I finally did it!!!

I love the series soo much and now I have a kindle I’m going to get the books to read! ( I already have the books but I can never get comfy to read them, kindles truly are easier to read!)

So this bento features the Direwolf of the house Stark, the Kraken of the house Greyjoy and a dragon egg.

Hope you like it!

Another Aladdin Bento

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Today I went to a local cash and carry called Makro ( I haven’t been for ages but my partner found his card so we could finally go!), it has changed a lot in the 10 or so years since I last went, but the prices were still amazing! Huge amounts of food for next to nothing, which will be great for if my bento catering business gets started 🙂

While there I found some Aladdin bento boxes, the pink one I bought was only £7.50 instead of the £20 on Amazon. The green and other colours were £10.50, not sure why the price difference for colour, maybe pink doesn’t sell as well.

It is a two tier and equals 0.95l with the bottom tier being 600ml and the top being 350ml.

Sando stamp review (mini sandwich makers)

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Today I decided to make mini sandwiches with my sando stamp set from bento&co, I thought that it would take a fair bit of force and half expected the bread and spread to just turn to mush. But surprisingly it was so easy! They cut right through the bread and even though the filling was tuna-mayo (so very moist and not at all solid) it cut through that too without it going horribly wrong! I would definitely recommend these for anyone with picky kids!