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.

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Adult Bento – Vegetarian Bolognese

I have decided to try and focus more on adult friendly lunches, this doesn’t mean I will be hanging up my character bento gear, after all I said “try” and everyone needs a little, cute lunch once in a while.

The bento below may not be cute but it was very tasty and filling 🙂

Some of you may have read that I discovered a product known as “meatless mince” from Iceland ( the shop not country) it is Iceland’s own brand version of Quorn mince. It is however different in both cost and taste, in the sense it is both cheaper and tastier than Quorn, in my opinion at least.

Anyway I have been using it the past few days and today I really wanted Bolognese. I wasn’t sure how it would taste but let me tell you it was potentially the best bolognese I’ve had in a long time!

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I packed it into my Black+Blum Box Appetit with rice and mixed vegetables. If you’re wondering why rice and not spaghetti, it’s because I’m not a huge fan of spaghetti 😦

And just to show off how dang cool the Black+Blum Box Appetit here is the box with it’s lid on.

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Cool box huh?

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!

Birthday Black+Blum Bento!

So today is my birthday, YAY!!!!

My good friend, Kayleigh, got me an awesome lunch pot from Black+Blum, now if you’ve read some of my previous posts you’ll know I love Black+Blum

Here is the lunch pot:

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It’s made of the same plastic as the other lunch boxes in the Black+Blum lunch range which gives it a strong and modern look.

Both jars are watertight ( I tested this by filling with water and holding upside down while shaking. Not a drop was spilt!! ) and they fit together in a cool strap/ holder with a handle and a pocket for the included spork.

You’ve got to love the designs Black+Blum think up!

Black+Blum Review and First Christmas Bento

So today I finally got round to making a bento in my Black+Blum Bento Box and here it is:

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It is my first Christmas bento and it is made up of rice with a cheese and ham shooting star, mixed vegetables and minced beef with onions in a Christmas tree divider.

NOW FOR THE REVIEW

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Having used both the Bento Box and the Box Appetit I will be using this review to highlight both items.

Cost

The Bento Box is £13.95 and the Box Appetit is £15.95, I think for how well these are made along with all the unique features that is a small price to pay! Especially when compared with other boxes that can cost more for less.

Size

The Bento Box is 500 ml making it a great size for both children and adults. The Box Appetit is 880ml making it a great size for adults with larger appetites as well as being great for picnics by filling with multiple small dishes.

Style

Both boxes are extremely stylised and it really makes them stand out from the crowd. With their smooth curves giving the box a futuristic look and the specially made plastic a dream to touch these boxes are more gadget than just a lunch box.

Both boxes are available in black or white with a different, subtle coloured seal on the beautiful see-through lid available.

Each comes with its own fork / knife that attaches to the lid through a loop keeping everything neat and together and their own stylised sauce pots with a hinged lid meaning you won’t lose the lid. The Bento Box comes with a divider and the Box Appetit has a large lidded, removable compartment.

The lids on both items have a little recess that when laid on a table becomes a small sauce well for all your dipping needs.

Ease of Packing

Due to the shape of these boxes and the sauce pots / compartments make these lunch boxes extremely easy to pack. The Bento Box is great for a tightly packed, varied lunch and the Box Appetit is great for large helpings of pasta and other “chunky” dishes.

Pros

• Great value for money.
• Stand out from the crowd.
• Great sizes.
• Easy to wash and maintain.
• Spill-proof and watertight.
• Unique selling points : fork holder, lidded sauce containers, recess in lid.
• Easy to pack.

Cons
• While being sleek, a few more colour choices couldn’t hurt. ( I personally love the colours but I know some people want cuter boxes.

Don’t forget about the bento magazine!

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.

Bloomin’ ‘eck it’s Black+Blum

Yesterday I received some amazing boxes! They were graciously sent from Black+Blum so that I may do a review.

From the few exchanges I can tell these are a great company, a company that truly care about their customers and their products.

So here are the boxes:

First is the Black+Blum bento

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And now the Black+Blum box appetit

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I know what you’re thinking, “No details?!”

Nope I’m leaving them for the review,
which will also be featured in my Oh!Bento Tutorial Magazine

New Old Traditional Rabbit Bento Box

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I ordered this bento off eBay about 8 days ago, although it seemed sooo much longer!

It’s such a great little box, it’s slightly scratched and buffed in places but I think that adds to the character of the box. Plus it was made in, I think it said, the 70s so I don’t expect it to be gleaming. It did say in the description it was scratched so it’s not like I wasn’t warned 🙂

It’s a two tiered, black box with a traditional usagi (rabbit) and moon motif. In Japan there is a story that on the moon there lives a rabbit making mochi ( sweet rice cake), so rabbits and moons are often featured together in Japanese culture. Just like Sailor Moon, her name in Japanese is usagi tsukino, which translates as Rabbit child of the moon… I think.

The bottom layer is 250 ml and the too layer is 200ml so it’s a nice little box 🙂
And the seal feels pretty water tight!