BentoBots

Hello again strangers!

It seems like so long since I last posted, ok it is a long time since I last posted.

Let’s forget that and get to the good stuff, BentoBots!IMG_6237.JPG

BentoBots is a new lunch system that is currently in it’s funding stage on Kickstarter, and honestly it’s one of the cooler lunch systems I’ve seen, so much so that it is the first project I have backed on Kickstarter.

Other than the fact the lunch system itself looks awesome it also comes with magazines to help teach children healthy eating habits in a fun way that they will remember.

I mean which would you be more likely to remember, “Carrots are good for you because they contain vitamin A” or “Carrots are good for you because they help give you strength to beat the evil fast food bad guys?” I know which one I would’ve preferred as a kid (and an adult).IMG_6238.JPG

What I also like is that there are three different robots, or styles of lunchbox and carry case. I also like that they aren’t gender specific. These lunches would be great for boys or girls and I’m sure even some adults will love them too. I certainly do and wouldn’t feel silly walking around with them!

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But anyway why are you listening to me, get over there and check out the BentoBots for yourselves, I’m sure you’ll want one for yourself too!

 

 

 

Oh!Bento UK’s second blogiversary!!!

Today is my second blogiversary!

And while I am extremely happy to have made it this far I am a little sad that I have let my bento making slip recently.

Sadly life has thrown a lot of things my way, such as not being able to eat anything other than Mcdonalds without getting ridiculous stomach pains and other nastiness.

But I will start making bento again soon! Once life has settled a little, I promise.

So please keep your eyes peeled and I hope to be bento making and blogging again soon!

Thank you all and here’s to many more years!!!

Kuhn Rikon Sandwich Knife Review

Kuhn Rikon generously sent me an amazing sandwich knife!

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Not only does this knife cut through bread extremely easily it also has a large flat side so you can use it to spread your filling without tearing up the bread!

 

Here is a little video of just how easy to use it is and it saves you using two different knives!

 

Now on to the review!

 

Cost: 4/5

At £12.95 this is one of the pricier bread knives on the market but I can tell you it is well worth it. The fact you can use it to cut the bread and spread the filling without having to switch knives is a convenience you didn’t know you needed…but you do! As the knife is very sharp it makes quick work of cutting onions, potatoes and carrots too. So if you use it for all of that you get a bread knife, butter knife, vegetable knife and I’ve heard people have even used it to carve meat! So you essentially get 4 knives worth of use from one multi-use tool!

Ease Of Use: 5/5

As has come to be expected of Kuhn Rikon, this knife is extremely high quality. With a Japanese stainless steel blade this knife makes quick work of everything that I’ve used it on. It slices through bread like butter and doesn’t need much force to cut through even a tough vegetable. All while being able to spread butter etc without tearing the bread. 

Style: 5/5

I love the look of Kuhn RIkon’s kitchen ware. The bright colours and the great style makes them perfect for almost any kitchen. This knife is available in 5 different colours so there should be one for your taste too!

Pros:

  • Very sharp, strong blade for cutting.
  • Smooth blade edge for spreading.
  • Safety sheath.
  • Great choice of colours.
  • Very versatile.

 

Cons:

  • The price may put some people off.
  • Could be difficult to sharpen, but that’s only because I personally don’t know how.

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. 

Disney Cakes and Sweets Issue 40 Lunchbox / Bento Guide

Issue 40 came with 2 cookie cutters, Winnie the Pooh and Piglet.

How to use in lunch boxes / bento

These cutters can be used to make character sandwiches, use on sliced cheese and meats or how about using to shape rice to make character Onigiri?

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What recipes are included:

• Winnie the Pooh and Piglet cookies
• Donald Duck’s meringue cupcakes
• Flower’s chocolate button cake
• Kevin’s colourful cake pops
• Colette’s amazing apple tart
• Jessie’s chocolate caramel slices
• Mad Hatter’s tea party part 1
• Making a chocolate cake band
• Belle’s glorious gateau St Honoré

Disney Cakes and Sweets Issue 39 Lunchbox / Bento Guide

Issue 39 came with a silicone Lilo and Stitch mould.

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How to use in lunch boxes / bento

Now they have gone back to silicone moulds as opposed to the horrible plastic, you can get a lot more use out of this mould. You can use it to shaped melted cheese, frozen sauces or frozen yoghurt.

What recipes are included:

• Little Mermaid cake part 3
• Mater’s chocolate marble cake
• Pluto’s peanut butter cookies
• Periwinkle’s snowball surprises
• King Louie’s mango ice cream
• The Triplet’s coconut crispie rolls
• Lilo and Stitch’s surfboard cake
• Making a checked cake
• Spice bakes

Super Simple Salad Bento

I haven’t made a bento in forever!!!

My fridge-freezer broke a few weeks back and due to one reason or another I have been unable to get one.

Sadly I’ve been living off junk which is not only costing a lot it’s not helping my physique in any way.

Luckily the fridge compartment has started to work, in a fashion. So I decided to get some vegetables to combat the weeks of utter junk I have been eating.

Here is the first bento I’ve made in a long time:

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Packed in my Easy Lunchbox I have:

• Lettuce
• Cucumber
• Celery
• Radish
• Carrot
• Mushroom
• Cherry tomatoes and a
• Satsuma

It was so simple and easy to do, I promise I’ll do something a little more adventurous soon!

Disney Cakes and Sweets Issue 38 Lunchbox / Bento Guide

Issue 38 came with a silicone Princess and the frog heart shaped mould. So glad they have gone back to silicone moulds!!
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How to use in lunch boxes / bento

Now they have gone back to silicone moulds as opposed to the horrible plastic, you can get a lot more use out of this mould. You can use it to shaped melted cheese, frozen sauces or frozen yoghurt.

What recipes are included:

• Princess Tiana’s loveheart cakes
• Lumière’s crêpes with salted caramel
• Mickey’s almond shortbread wedges
• Aladdin’s pistachio and cherry nougat
• Rosetta’s berry-topped bavarois
• King Candy’s chocolate blocks
• Little Mermaid cake part 2
• Making home-made spreads
• Special chocolate bakes

Disney Cakes and Sweets Issue 37 Lunchbox / Bento Guide

Issue 37 came with 2 Finding Nemo cutters, Nemo and Dory.

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How to use in lunch boxes / bento

These cutters can be used to make character sandwiches, use on sliced cheese and meats or how about using to shape rice to make character Onigiri?

What recipes are included:

• Nemo and Dory’s undersea cookies
• Dolly’s delightful cherry cupcakes
• Rapunzel’s glittering sun cake
• Mike’s terrific chocolate truffles
• Minnie’s beautiful berry-licious cake
• Simba’s nutty caramel bars
• Little Mermaid cake part 1
• Making appliqué decorations
• Orange bakes and cakes

It looks like next weeks magazine will see the return of silicone moulds!! Which if so is great as the plastic moulds really weren’t all that great.

Last easter bento!!

Sadly I didn’t get as many easter bento made as I would’ve liked but that’s just how things go when you’re busy right?

But I did manage to squeeze out one last easter bento!!

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Ok so it didn’t look anything like I had planned….but then again I didn’t really plan. I just sort of had an idea and ran with it!

Packed in my is :

  • Mushroom rice
  • Red pepper and radish flowers
  • Quinoa “easter eggs”
  • Broccoli “bush”
  • Egg “chick” with bunny ears and
  • Bunny Pop tarts

 

If I could do it again I would change the “Chick-pretending-to-be-a-bunny” so he actually looked like a chick!

 

But hey you can’t get it right every time right?

 

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On a more personal and serious note, I will be living on my own for the first time in my life. It’s a scary prospect and unfortunately I will have to start from scratch in regards to furniture etc so I have set up a GoFundMe page in hopes of raising some money so I can buy some furniture. I would appreciate any donations and if you are unable to donate I would greatly appreciate if you could share the link in hopes of spreading the message.

Here is the link : http://www.gofundme.com/8gelfg

 

Thank you!!!

Disney Cakes and Sweets Issue 32 Lunchbox / Bento Guide

Issue 32 came with two cookie cutters, Donald Duck and Daisy.

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How to use in lunch boxes / bento

The cutters seem to be getting a lot more detailed which is either a very good thing or a bad thing in terms of bento making! While detailed cutters can make great character sandwiches etc they also make it harder to get consistent results as the details can tear the bread.

But that doesn’t mean they can’t be used, why not make some character sandwiches or use on sliced meat, cheese or egg sheet?

Here are some mini character sandwiches I made:Donald and Daisy Sandwiches

The details aren’t that clear because I didn’t want to press too hard in case the details cut through the bread and the bread would get stuck in the tiny spaces.

What recipes are included:
• Donald and Daisy’s cute cookies
• Shenzi, Banzai and Ed’s cupcakes
• Princess Jasmine’s almond delights
• Remy’s chef hat cupcakes
• Elastigirl’s red velvet cake
• The Prince’s love-heart biscuits
• Winnie the Pooh cake part 2
• Creating wood eff
• Filo pastry recipes

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I would be extremely cautious when it comes to ordering from the Eaglemoss website and where possible I would only buy these magazines in store (as I have been doing).

I ordered a large amount of back copies for some friends in America who cannot get them any other way. I ordered them on the 22/11/13 and paid for next day delivery.

Eaglemoss have again made an attempt to fix the issue, one parcel arrived with some of the missing issues. After another exchange of messages I was told I would received the rest of the issues when they are back in stock.

A few days later another parcel arrived with a few more copies.

(That was months ago now)

A few more issues have arrived but I need to check and see if that is all of the ones I’m owed ( I don’t think it is but I could be wrong)

Disney Cakes and Sweets Issue 30 Lunchbox / Bento Guide

Issue 30 came with a silicone dalmatian mould which includes 4 dalmatian puppies and one bone.

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How to use in lunch boxes / bento

Like the previous moulds it can be used with anything that can be poured and frozen, like frozen sauces or yoghurt. You can also pour melted cheese in and allow to set. How cool would a dinosaur themed bento be with little cheese bones!

What recipes are included:
• Beauty and the Beast cake part 3
• WALL-E’s coffee Battenberg
• Edna’s raspberry jelly bites
• Peter Pan’s hazelnut cream biscuits
• Sleeping Beauty’s ice-cream cake
• Piglet’s chocolate honeycomb nuggets
• 101 Dalmatians’ super spotty cake
• Preparing and using nuts
• Nut bakes

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I would be extremely cautious when it comes to ordering from the Eaglemoss website and where possible I would only buy these magazines in store (as I have been doing).

I ordered a large amount of back copies for some friends in America who cannot get them any other way. I ordered them on the 22/11/13 and paid for next day delivery.

Eaglemoss have again made an attempt to fix the issue, one parcel arrived with some of the missing issues. After another exchange of messages I was told I would received the rest of the issues when they are back in stock.

A few days later another parcel arrived with a few more copies.

(That was months ago now)

So here I am still waiting, will they ever arrive?