Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
I am really gonna miss all these amazing summer fruits when the season comes to an end!
Friday, August 28, 2009
Ma po tofu (minus the chili sauce), cucumber dividers, red Bhutan rice onigiri "Death Star" after destruction, TIE fighters cut from radishes (one of them was still red inside after peeling -- this is the "bloody" one -- o_o. Tofu Stormtrooper. Fruits section has black plum from friendly neighbor, strawberry, apricot, blueberries and lychee. Last section has peapods, sweet potato and Okinawan purple potato flowers.
I sort of wonder if he will even eat the fighters, or keep them to play with ;) This is #1; I know he really wants to see his favorite characters but I really have to work up to that...
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Have a fanciful day :)
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Here, my 3 tier tiffin comes in very handy! I have packed: peanut butter and blueberry jam on sandwich wheat thins, fresh blanched peapods, apricots and 2 kinds of grapes, bunch of strawberries, Asian pear, plum, carrots, yellow pear garden tomatoes, tangerine, nectarine, banana, mozzarella sticks, and cereal bars. The three tiers stack into a tight-locking frame with attached handle -- it's so cute and fun to carry. Of course, not everything you see here fits, but some of it they will eat at the playgroup they will go to first (while I swim my own laps).
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
So this one has a garlic lemon sauce, on a bed of greens, with an orange tomato/mozzarella perlini (after seeing them in hapa's bento, I had to get them --they are so cute and mini) skewer, more cherry tomatoes, Okinawan purple potato gingko leaves ~ can you see the shape? It is so pretty...I should have used a ligher background. Other side has peapods, yellow pear tomato, pluot, white nectarine, blackberries, strawberry and lovely lychee.
I like how this one turned out; balanced and nicely visually pleasing.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Since there were so many veggies in the pizza, I just made a small side of peapods, tricolor tomatoes, and more pickled bittermelon with raw carrot thrown in. Fruit section has quite ripe peach, YUMMY lychees, strawberry, cherries, grapes, rasp- and blackberry.
MisterMan goes to a park with lake today, for more "camping" adventures. I wonder what he will discover...
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
MisterMan gets barbeque pork Vietnamese sandwich (Banh Mi), and I added bean sprouts and extra cilantro (and removed the jalapenos). Sometimes I will add lettuce, but this time I just added a side salad in the tiny stainless box with tricolor tomatoes and pickled bittermelon. The pickling juice acts as a perfect salad dressing, too.
He will flip when he sees the fruit section! I don't think I've ever given him quite so much variety: blueberries, peaches, peapods (ok, not a fruit but I needed the vibrant green color), raspberries, blackberry, Italian plum, cherry and lychee. (doesn't the lychee look luscious?? .mmm, I am soo in love with them..)
MisterMan goes "beachcombing" for shells to make into artwork, halfway through Camping Week at Summer Adventures...
Monday, August 17, 2009
All my peaches are ripe right NOW, which is what I get for buying so many at the Farmer's Market last weekend. So, you will see lots of peaches in these bento (as the family is seeing at our meals at home too ;) S'okay ~ peaches rock.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
What do you think? Too much? Well, let's just say the boy came home with 2 empty boxes :)
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I thought this bento would feel "cool" on a hot summer day, but too bad it can't be a real shave ice, right? :)
Monday, August 10, 2009
This bento is for my 6 year old son, and he'll take it to summer fun, show his buddies, and get a healthy & nutritious meal all in one. Love this bento box, btw. When your bento is cute, the transparent lid serves to show it off ;)
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Other parts of the bento include: edamame skewer, orange sun sugar tomato, strawberries, yellow carrot spears, red grapes, blackberries, and purple cauliflower. Yes, this vegetable was grown to be this color; I did not color it myself. You can find all kinds of interesting produce if you'll visit your local farmer's market. I always encourage people to shop locally :)
TinySprite smiled to see this bento, and down it all went! That's what I like to see!
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
The fruit section takes advantage of the summer fruits I found in the market today: ripe red strawberries, white nectarines, black grapes (underneath), Bing cherries and golden raspberries. My 6-year old also gets a small section of no-salt cottage cheese with blueberries, pumpkin seeds and wheat germ.
And a little inverted alien pal to eat with.
Can you guess what this lovely basil will become? hint: in combination with ripe tomato... and with fresh mozzarella and fresh cracked pepper with a drizzle of olive oil...
OK, not just a hint ~ it's no secret that I love caprese salad, and it ranks as one of my favorite all-time salads.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
On the other side I placed sliced green zebra tomatoes (these are green and look tart, but they are actually quite sweet), a yellow pear tomato and an orange sugarsweet tomato. On the side are golden beet spears. For his fruit he gets a half pluot (brown skin, dark red flesh -- the sweetest kind!), blueberries and golden raspberries. Oh, I almost forgot the purple carrot disc skewer; I think this adds a nice colorful detail, don't you?
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
For this one I used Okinawan purple potato as the table for the bagel chip and pretzel basket, holding some green onions and cilantro fresh from the farmers market. Also included in this bento are carrot spears, okra stars, a little brown rice onigiri with furikake and a cherry tomato, a lychee, cherries and blueberries.
Here is the real-life inspiration for this mini:
My recent farmers market haul that included purple and yellow carrots, purple peppers, various eggplants, golden beets, orange cherry tomatoes, and pluots. Whew! This produce was beautiful right out of the earth.