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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Beau Coffron

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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!

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DIY CuteZCute Dorayaki and Review

As some of you will know, tesco started selling Dorayaki. As it was a new product ( and not well known to most Brits) it started at a half price of 75p, but now it has gone up to £1.50 for one!!

I may be addicted to them but I refuse to pay that much for one.

So I decided to make my own, but I didn’t want the standard round Dorayaki. I wanted cute Dorayaki, and what better way to make things cute than with the CuteZCute bento cutter ( it’s so good at making things cute it even has the word twice in its name!!!).

Here are my Dorayaki ( check back tomorrow for the “recipe” )

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Cute right?!

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Here’s one in half to show the anko, apparently blending the anko makes it purple :/ .

Onto the review!

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This is one of my favourite bento tools. What makes the CuteZCute a winner in my eyes is how easy it is to use! There is no need to get up hours earlier to plan, it takes only a minute or two to prepare the sandwich and cut it. The CuteZCute also negates the need for tweezers as there is no fiddly bits of nori to try and piece together.

If you want a tool that makes bento-ing easy and fast while still having choice, the set includes the panda, frog, cat and pig cutter which also act as stamps, I would highly recommend the CuteZCute.

Cost: 5/5

Available on Amazon for just under $10 ( just over £6) this has to be one of the best investments if you make bento, bake cookies or love making your children’s food fun.

For just over £6 you get one “shape” cutter, four face cutters and a tool to remote the cut outs. That’s a lot of bento goodies for little money!
( If you buy cake decorating tools you’ll know how cheap this. But by no means is it cheaply made!)

Size: 5/5

This set is perfectly sized for cookies, bento and anything else your imagination can come up with!
It will fit snugly in most places and comes in it’s own little box that can be used to keep it neat and tidy.

Ease Of Use: 5/5

All that I can say to this is ” Are cookie cutters hard to use?” If you can use cookie cutters you can use this! ( although the CuteZCute will provide substantially better cookies 😀 )

Style: 5/5

With four “face” cutters this cutter should be able to please most people. The cutter includes a pig, cat, frog and a panda face. But the possibilities don’t end there, I’ve seen people create all sorts including cute octopuses!

Pros:
• Extremely affordable but not cheaply made.
• Four face cutters.
• Easy to use.
• Very versatile.
• BEST TOOL EVER!!!!

Cons:
• Not really a con but it would be awesome if more face cutters could be made 🙂

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.

CuteZCute eggless cookies!

Today I really wanted to bake but we had no eggs and I didn’t want to go out in the snow, or I should say I didn’t want to go out because the streets are like an ice rink!

So I searched for a recipe on cookies that doesn’t include eggs and I found one here.

I have collected a lot of cookie cutters due to my bento hobby ( I believe hobby is pronounced something like ob-sess-ion ) but it came down to using my CuteZCute because, quite frankly, it’s my favourite 🙂

Here is the finished results:

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Sadly one of the frogs didn’t survive the cooking process and his features disappeared, my fault not the CuteZCute 🙂

Oh!Bento uses a CuteZCute

This post, though not a bento lunch, does show the result of my first day using the amazing CuteZCute.

First off in the morning I had a panda jam sandwich:

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Literally the cutest sandwich ever!!

Then for tea I had two (it looks like four but that’s only because I printed each side ) “student” cheese toasties:

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This is now one of my favourite bento tools. What makes the CuteZCute a winner in my eyes is how easy it is to use! There is no need to get up hours earlier to plan, it takes only a minute or two to prepare the sandwich and cut it. The CuteZCute also negates the need for tweezers as there is no fiddly bits of nori to try and piece together.

If you want a tool that makes bento-ing easy and fast while still having choice, the set includes the panda, frog, cat and pig cutter which also act as stamps, I would highly recommend the CuteZCute.

Today has been an amazing bento day!

So sadly I haven’t made a lunch today but I did receive some amazing parcels today!!

Up first is the amazing CuteZCute! I have been wanting one for so long! The lovely JeeJee from AllThingsForSale sent me one as a Christmas present, I literally cannot wait to use this!! ( I would be using it now but as it was for Christmas my partner took it off me and wrapped it 😦 )

Here it is in its beautiful packaging!

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And here it is out of its packaging in all of it’s glory! I don’t know which face is my favourite, what’s yours?

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Receiving the CuteZCute had set my day off to a great start! Then I had to go pick up a parcel, I was slightly concerned as I haven’t ordered anything that would have arrived in this day,

When I got to the post office to pick it up I was greeted by a huge box. My mind raced! I couldn’t even wait to get home to open the box, I went straight outside, opened the box and little clouds of packaging ( I don’t know their name) flew off into the wind. I could only get a peek at what was inside but when I got home and opened the mysterious box my eyes lit up. This is what it contained:

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So many great items on one day!! This parcel was the joint effort of Karen from Our Lunch Bags and Kelly from Easy Lunch Boxes.

So i want to give a huge thanks, not to just these, three lovely ladies but to all my friends in the BBF 🙂