Thursday, April 26, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
~~~~~~1. Start with a radish; remove root and stem.
2. Cut in half with a sharp knife.
3. Place the radish half on the cutting board, flat side down. Make the first cut at a slight angle, near the center, right down almost to the bottom. Make the second cut a slight distance away from the first cut, at an angle, to meet with the first cut at the bottom, to make a V wedge.
4. The wedge will stick to your knife and slide out easily.
5. Turn the radish 90 degrees and make a similar V wedge perpendicular to the first one.
6. There will be two half-wedges instead of one due to the space left by the first wedge. Now you have a cross.
7. Repeat the wedge-making cuts right along one of the angles made by the cross.
8. See? Repeat one last time along the last angle.
9. There you have it! A lovely star. Or firework, or flower blossom.
Any knife will suffice. You can also make the wedges all start at the same point at the bottom of the radish, so that they look like leaves of a plant. Don't you love how a few easy cuts can add an elegant touch to your bento, in just seconds? I'm a big proponent of quick and easy bento decoration. If I can do it, it means you can get by with basic knife skills and not a lot of extra effort or time. Hope you can try it yourself. Have fun!
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
recipe from Secrets of the Red Lantern. I adapted it a bit, using my slow-cooker so that I could run out of the house to take care of the multiple kid activities pickups and dropoffs. The recipe promised meat that falls off the bone, and it did not disappoint. Super tender and flavorful! I just served it over brown millet rice and the kids loved it. There's a sprig of broccoli in there for brightness, and the top tier of this cool apple-shaped bento box contains strawberries, carrots, blood oranges and grapes for MisterMan. When I was a kid, shoyu chicken was my absolute favorite. If my mom ever asked what I wanted for dinner, that was what I requested every time. When I ask my kids, TinySprite invariably shouts "Mac and cheese!" and MisterMan, always the diplomat, never chooses. He says "Your choice mom. I like everything you make!" Awwww. ^_^
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Okay, one last Easter one.
A cute little quail egg bunny. So easy, anyone can do it. The hardest part is poking the cheese ears into the egg far enough so that they stand up (you have to poke pretty far). Then just sit him in a bowl of rice, add the nori face, sriracha cheeks, pink somen whiskers, and wait for the kiddos to go "Ohhhh sooo cute!" Imagine a whole basket full of baby bunnies? Or bunnies and chickies? Awwwww!
Monday, April 9, 2012
Sistema multicompartmental box with some broccoli, carrots, clementine, grapes, strawberries, and a lone Okinawan sweet potato star. Hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend!
Thursday, April 5, 2012
method and recipe here), roasted kabocha (tossed with parmesan) and brussels sprouts. Yes, I've taken to tossing all kinds of vegetables with parmesan, and you know what? It suddenly makes them a lot more desirable to the kiddos. The rest of the bento contains ripe strawberries, blueberries and grapes. That's it for the Easter bento at our house for this year. Hope you all enjoy a wonderful weekend. Happy Easter and Happy Spring!
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Monday, April 2, 2012
recipe, but I have been trying to bridge the gap between the spicy-eaters and the nonspicy-eaters, and this time I mixed some of the spicy batch with the nonspicy batch for the kids' bentos. My girl would have none of it, but my boy actually ate the full spice version (over lots and lots of rice) this time! He probably drank a gallon of water with it, but still! I consider it a victory. The top tier contains some cooling grapes, strawberries, carrots, broccoli, and a little quail egg "Easter chick" -- wearing an Easter hat to boot! It's the week before Easter Sunday, so I thought I'd put a few spring characters in there. Did the tiny fluffy chick want to go along with his buddy?