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Halloween Kitty Bento 6

Posted on October 31, 2011 by Debra

It’s a special Meatless Monday Bento!  Today is Halloween as well as the last Monday of the month!

What’s so special about the last Monday you ask? Read the rest of this entry →

Happy Halloween Hello Kitty Bento 10

Posted on October 30, 2010 by Debra

Not very scary but for this year’s Halloween party, Hello Kitty  donned her black wig and transformed herself to Aloha Kitty!

A hardboiled egg is Kitty’s head with nori for hair, flowers are watermelon radish, tomatoes, and takuan.  Thai black rice, romanesco (my first time!), enoki mushrooms and shiso leaf recreate her tropical paradise!

Happy Halloween everyone!

Leaf Impressions for Your Bento 14

Posted on October 24, 2010 by Debra

The skies are grayer, the winds are wetter and the bentos put on their autumn best!  I like to add “leaves” to my bentos during this time of year.

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The “Lost Caramel Apple” Bento 8

Posted on October 10, 2010 by Debra

Bringing another bento “back to life”.  Made with tofu, rice, egg, bell peppers…

Here’s the link to the original post during  Halloween 2009!

Insalata Caprese “Side Car” Bento Box 17

Posted on October 08, 2010 by Debra
Feed me...Feed me...FEED ME!!!
Feed me…Feed me…FEED ME!!!

I’m “digging up” some bentos from last year’s Halloween and fall season and bringing them back-to-life!


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The Forest Floor… 3

Posted on October 29, 2009 by Debra
Forest floor is littered with leaves and.....a caramel apple?

Forest floor is littered with leaves and.....a caramel apple?

Thought I would post another view of the bento box.  Thanks for all your encouraging comments!  Read more about this bento box.

Misplaced “Caramel Apple” Bento Box 10

Posted on October 28, 2009 by Debra
 A lost "Caramel Apple", now found by the ants...

A lost "Caramel Apple", now found by the ants...

A few years ago our office held a pumpkin carving contest and the winning entry had been transformed into a whimsical vignette of a dropped candy apple being nibbled on by rats and such.  This Halloween bento box is  inspired from that memory.

Here’s how I made it. 

One hard boiled egg wrapped in a pomegranate stained soy paper.  The original paper color was orange which I found too bright so a few minutes of soaking toned it down.   I placed this in the bento box that is filled halfway with  brown rice (cooled).   Top the rice with chopped cooked tofu.  Use extra firm tofu that’s been fried, cooled and chopped up.  Then back in a pan with garlic, soy sauce, minced onions and cook until it gets crumbly.  Again, cool this mixture before scattering around the “apple”. Be sure to leave some room for steamed broccoli.  Oh, before I began readying the box for the autumn leaves, I had placed red, orange and yellow bell peppers in the oven for roasting.  I just topped them, cut them in half and placed on a roasting pan with olive oil for about 20-30 minutes at 350 degrees.   When these are done the skin peels off very easily.  The peppers cut cleaner without the skins.  Now the fun part… cut a variety of different leaf shapes and pepper colors then carefully score the surface of each leaf with the knife tip to “draw” in the veins.  I arranged the leaves, ate the rejects and placed some black sesame seeds for the ants.  Finally,  a re-purposed wooden coffee stir stick  is a perfect prop for the caramel apple.

Originally I planned for a candy apple but could not achieve the needed bright, shiny red color.  I tried pomegranate juice and red pepper skin, but it was no good.  So caramel apple it is!  I hope you like it.

Fun Halloween Boxes 6

Posted on October 24, 2009 by Debra
Packing a holiday specific, themed bento box is a fun way to get the creative juices flowing. In recent weeks I’ve been on the lookout for inexpensive Halloween items to “get in the mood” and I found just the thing. These cute bat and Frankenstein snack boxes, about the size of an average apple, bought from one of the big craft stores. The perfect sidecar to accompany a lunch bento box or stand alone snack box. I’m not sure what to pack and I have a few more days to think on it. Maybe a musubi or some roll ups. Do you have any ideas? I’m open to suggestion.

Not a Bloody Halloween Bento Box 4

Posted on October 14, 2009 by Debra

We had torrential downpour this morning and the rest of the day remained chilly with this season’s first real soaking. The Pacific Northwest easily releases summer without ever looking back. So along with the gray sky and wind, autumn brings comfort food. Too bad I didn’t have time to cook any… so we are settling on pizza! A vegan pizza, as sumptuous and comforting as a vegan pizza can get. Whole wheat crust with pesto, olive, pepper, mushrooms and artichoke hearts. I can’t eat enough of it and I struggle to tuck some away for tomorrow’s bento snack. Corn pudding, strawberry and an “acorn” fit’s in there too. Now, about the carrot pick… I actually stabbed myself in the finger with this horrible instrument of death, disguised as a cute bento pick, as I tried to poke through the last carrot. It drew blood, REAL BLOOD! Ouch. Talk about a Halloween trick! Don’t worry, no trip to the ER was necessary. It will be a struggle, but I think I’ll survive another day to pack more bento boxes. And before you ask… yes, I did switch out picks, because otherwise would be kind of gross, even if it is a Halloween bento box.

Egg Foo Young Bento Box 1

Posted on October 11, 2009 by Debra

I broke out the wok for today’s featured bento box. Egg Foo Young, Sweet Sour “Pork”, and “Beef” Stir Fry. All vegetarian! Fake meat. Instead of pork or beef, I used seitan or some folks call it “wheat meat”. These “stir fry” recipes are basic, tried and true, and can be interchanged with any type of protien. Really. The Egg Foo Young is veggie too, with carrots, onions, and bean sprouts. A Halloween pick holds both colors of sliced sweet potatoes. I cannot however, proclaim this a vegetarian bento as there is a small slice of chikuwa holding the carrot bouquet. It was the last piece in the fridge and Saba Man is omniverous so I gave it a home. One regret… I should of used snow peas instead of edamame for garnish, but that’s all I had.Egg Foo Young Bento Box

Kamaboko Sammich Bento Box 2

Posted on October 07, 2009 by Debra

The pink, polka dot, basket bento box (tongue twister) is filled with a homemade sandwich…gasp…what? no banh mi? Nope, as much as we love our banh mi there are occasional opportunities to get creative and today I got my sandwich groove on. A baguette smothered with mayo, sliced green beefsteak tomato and kamaboko. Stop making faces. It’s good. The kamaboko with it’s soft sweetness and the crisp, yet moist, green tomato is a yummy combination. The Kewpie brand mayo alone would be heavenly in this “fresh from the bakery” baguette. You know this bread… crunchy brown on the outside and fluffy goodness inside. This is the bread that smells like you personally baked it yourself.
The bottom tier holds some fruit and a Jack O Lantern cut sweet potato. Shout out and thanks to gamene for the cute pumpkin cutter. And since it’s almost Halloween, here’s a cute Pekochan lollipop!
Basket bento boxes confuse me. Instinct tells me not to pack bread in the basket but somehow it turn outs okay. I should do some experiments using the basket on other items and share my findings. I’ll add that task to my long “bento box to do list”.
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