Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Happy Cat Bento

Come. Come. Have a nice picnic on this summer day. The Beckoning Cat bento box lures me to a tuna and caper on English muffin sandwich and my very own Secret Ingredient* Pasta Salad.

Pictured here with her sister cat, Hello Kitty thermos, filled to the brim with Ginger Beer. Refreshing!

We sat in the shade of an old pine tree which rained dead pine needles with every breeze.

Parked on a side street of Mission San Miguel's cemetery. Come in. Come in.

And see the old Bell Tower just inside the cemetery.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pork Two Ways Bento

I finally got around to using my Sushi Bento House. It looks a lot bigger than it is. I filled the bottom layer with pork, two ways. My cooked ahead chicken-fried pork and my cooked ahead curry pork.

I am currently reading (and will soon write a review) a book called Effortless Bento. Cooking ahead a variety of meals, freezing or not, is the main part of the book.

The rice I made in the morning with my little and dumb rice cooker.

Strawberries, orange wedges, and radishes make up the top box, and cool pack goes in the attic.

Of course the whole bento goes into an insulated bag with two small blue ices because it gets hot out here.

And this is where I had lunch last Thursday - a turn-out along the railroad tracks in the shade of an oak tree. This picture was taken when my Scion turned 20,000 ODO in September 2009.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Chicken Fried Pork Bento

Getting on the bento train. Woooo woot! Here's my Tuesday bento - Chicken-Fried Pork - panko crust, radishes, mustard, and cubes of rice  with a sprinkle of roasted sesame seeds and watercress garnish.

All in my indigo rabbit box and eaten at the historic stage stop, Rios Caledonia Adobe in 100 degree heat.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Pink Bear Bento

A cut up pink lady apple with pink bear pic, cut radishes, and kimchi.

I am suspicious of what this bear might be doing. I've known a lot of boys in my life, and when they strike this pose, it usually means one thing.

my girly French bento box

Friday, June 13, 2014

Bullet Train Bento

Protein: white chicken meat, roasted. Leafy green: organic water cress. Super food: blueberries. Crunchies: radishes. From the garden: tomatoes, Juliet. Orange container: sea salt. Bullet Train pick. Bullet Train container: shoyu.

My cute Mio box

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Sly Cat and a Totoro Snack Pack Bentos

Cute little flap-down bento box that I'm calling Sly Cat. It's filled with cous cous with pine nuts and homemade kimchee. I always bring a juice and a piece of fruit with my lunch bentos that I end up drinking/eating at 3:00pm to power through the afternoon

I'll be working later starting this summer, so I might bring an extra bento. But the main problem is I need refrigeration. I like the "two hour rule" even with blue ice. It's just that it gets so hot around here!

This is my lovely Totoro snap bento. The pick and container are from Japanese planes, trains, and automobiles set that is perfect for a little boy (or a little girl if the little girl was like me). I still like to chase trains.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Sail On, Sail On, Sailor Bento

A midweek bento last week with a smoked salmon and cream cheese English muffin in the floater tray. Spinach with capers, red bell peppers with capers, heirloom green tomatoes, and a little pink pocket of walnuts in the main box.  

The lid of this box (and my current wallpaper) is a watery scene with demons on the horizon. I woke up last night with dreams of my death in the ocean. To all of those who have succumb to the kelp monsters, to the shadows of the deep, and to songs of the mermaids, my you rest in peace.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Deviled Eggs and Salad Bento

Rub a dub dub

New gear, new year!

I purchased some adorable little containers for bento and filled them with salad-friendly accouterments. 

chia, salad dressing, and cashews

Mixed organic salad greens, deviled eggs, a squeeze of lime in the yellow part. From the garden last summer some dried Juliet tomatoes, and cabot cheese with the animals in the green part. Honey crackers, and a couple of hard Jolly Rogers candies in the beige part. 

Put it all together and what do you got?
Deviled eggs and salad
All wrapped up in a Burger Box!

Hamburger Bento Box!