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!

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Oh!Bento’s Busy Day!

Ok so wow today has been nonstop! Hence posting so late!

First off this morning I had to prepare two bento. One for me and one for someone involved in the training course I’m currently on.

It was fun and I made the kitchen look like a warzone!

Here is my bento:

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In my Black+Blum Box Appetit there is:
•Mayo-chip spice pasta
•Mixed salad
•Crispy chicken
•Carrots
•Broccoli
•Cherry tomatoes and
•Hard boiled egg

It was soo filling and so tasty too!!

The bento I made for the other person ( no I won’t tell you their name 😉 ) contained all of above with the addition of apple rabbits.

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Then the wonderful Sheri over at Awesome Sauce and Asshattery made a great post about my DIY bento picks ( You need to head over because she looks great in a yukata!! )

And then my guest post about how to start making your own bento went live over on SushiSushi!

And to top it all off I was up until 23:10 washing the pots and cleaning the kitchen 😦

But overall it was a great day and tomorrow I have to make lunch for me and two of the course tutors 🙂

Pink Sandwich Bento

The lovely Rie from Rie’s bento and cooking is holding a little course to help people get into the bento culture.

Even though I have been making bento for over a year I still like to join in courses like this as leaning any new tips can’t be a bad thing right?

The first them of the course was “Sandwich bento for Rie“.

So here is my attempt at a sandwich bento, something I’m not too used to making!

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The Monbento box contains ham and cucumber sandwiches, ham and cheese speckled eggs, cucumber and carrot skewers and “rabbit” apples all separated with my hand made baran .

Here are the tools and accessories used:

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1. Monbento Original Bento Box
2. Diy Baran
3.Cookie cutters
4.Egg Mould
5. Small circle cutter
6. Hello Kitty Picks
7. Bento Vegetable Cutter*

*Though it shows a large cutter I did end up using the smaller version.

What are your favourite sandwich fillings?

Cute Ninja Bento Bag

Yesterday, after nearly two months, a bento bag I ordered from a seller on AliExpress arrived!

Here it is:
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It was a LOT cheaper than elsewhere and the delivery was free!

However I’ve heard a lot of negative comments about AliExpress, so if you do want to buy something I’d test the water and make a small purchase first, you don’t want to spend a lot and then not receive your item!

£1 ASDA bento

Yesterday I was in ASDA when I spotted two lunch boxes.
They were a pound each and are extremely cute!!

There is I pig bento and a monkey ( I think ) bento.

I bought the monkey bento and here it is:

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It is a monkey right? And here is the inside with included cutlery:

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This box is great! I’m sure you’ll have seen the other animal head bento boxes online, they usually sell for around £18. So this is a huge saving at only £1, so much so I’m going to get the pig one too 🙂

Wilkinson’s Bento Sauce Bottles and Ice Packs

Today I visited my local Wilkinson’s and found they had a small section of “picnic” items, often “picnic” translates as “bento” to me 🙂

They had a three tier picnic lunch box for £10 which is meant to be used to carry enough food for a family, it’s a lot cheaper than most picnic bento boxes 🙂

They also had cute ice packs for £2.50, each set includes two “flat” ice packs:

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The ones I picked included a polar bear and a penguin:

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I also bought some sauce containers,

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These sauce containers cost £1.25 and although I love the cute little sauce bottles you can get for bento I think these particular ones will be a lot more useful 🙂

Here they are out of the packaging:

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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 🙂