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Last weekend had been an eventful and pleasantly tiring one as I spend loads of time in the kitchen. On Saturday, I baked my favourite Intense Chocolate Oreo Cake, a recipe I learned and adapted by Katie of Feeding Boys and a Firefighter. I love this recipe so much this is the 3 rd time I’m making it. The cake was made for my FIL’s be-early birthday celebration as my SIL was back over the weekend from New York. The cake was half gobbled up during the birthday dinner and the half was served for Sunday lunch for my cousin’s family that came back from Hong Kong.

On Sunday, I slave in the kitchen from 530 am till noon. I guess others that are master chefs will take only half or even less of tha time but not the clumsy me. I made a roast chicken with potatoes, bell peppers, onions, and lemon. Made spaghetti bolognaise and salad for side. And I made my cream of mushroom once more as my sis loves that soup. It’s my 2nd attempt and I would have to say the first time was the best. Haha! This round there were too much milk. Anyway, everything were once again gobbled up except for some pasta sauce remaining and a chicken drumstick.

So I packed the leftover for my lunch bento today in the biggest bento box I have as I need to fit in the drumstick..un-cut! Haha! Here it is….

For the sides, I just added some leftover brown rice and sticks of cucumber and cherry tomatoes! So very filling!!! ;D

How was everyone’s weekend?

 

Today’s post will be a 2 in 1 again coz I did not have the time to post the bento I made on Wednesday. 😦

The Wednesday bento star was the char siew (BBQ pork tenderloin, Chinese style) tortilla wrap. The char siew was home made by my mummy based on inherited recipe from my grandma. I toasted the whole wheat tortilla, butter it, lay it with pieces of yummy char siew and carrot sticks. Added a half boiled egg with a little smiley face for kawaiiness. There’s slices of guava, pear and grapes. My princess ate all except for the extra carrot sticks and the guava and pear. 😦 Again, I wonder when she’ll ever eat healthier.

So for today, this mummy here hid some chopped up carrots into the birdy pancake for the bento. Made the pancake shape with the silicon shaper and it’s actually not that difficult. I just have to use slow fire and watch it closely. Birdy has got a kamaboko wing which I believe I cut the rounded edges wrongly but didn’t have time to make  another one. There’s also a little pink crown on birdy made with the cut out kamaboko but hidded under the HK continer.  The eye is made from chocolate chip. The rest are some hami melon cubes and apple slices with two little prunes. The pancake can be eaten with the honey in the HK container.

This morning I overslept!! I always use my phone as my alarm but the battery died middle of the night. So there I was in dreamland until my “biological” alarm woke me up at 6am. Jumped up from bed and in my drowsy state, went to the kitchen stare at my freezer and pop two mini frozen chicken ham and cheese pie into the oven. Went back in to brush my teeth, took a bath while thinking of the healthy sides to go with the pie.

So tadaaa….here’s the simplest pop and boil and store bento for this morning.

The best my sleepy head could worked out was to put carrot sticks for the fibre, vit and also colour to the dull looking pie. 😀 My little girl had some cut-up pears and apple in another side container but didn’t give any to my nephew as it’s still the “no fruit” diet.

Yesterday evening I was about to go part with loads of my money to get a new tech toy….iPad2! Had been waiting for awhile now as I could not decide if it will be a good investment. Hahaha! So there I went with the heart thumping anticipating the new purchase….”Sorry no more stock”, said the sales guy. Part of me felt relief coz I didn’t have to part with my money (although hubs had volunteered to subsidized, after much persuasion of course) and part of me felt terrible, coz I really wanted that “toy”. Sigh…. So instead of parting with thousands of ringgit, I parted with RM 11 instead buying egg tarts and two tiny bo lo pau from John King. The egg tarts were really delicious, with flaky pastry and smooth as satin custard. As for the bo lo pau, I used them for this morning’s bento for the kiddos. Here they are:-

Made them into owlets and used my two new picks that I purchased during my recent trip to Daiso in Kota Kinabalu. Added a Yakult drink each (for a healthier tummy for my little girl who has a bit of constipation issue), kiwi and pear for my little girl and prunes again for my nephew. Wonder if they will finish these today?

Oh and though I didn’t get my new toy, I got a better gift when I returned home. This beautiful card that my little girl made for me! As she gave me, she said “Mummy, its nice so you have to bring it to your office and show your boss, ok?” And I started laughing when she said that. Little kids are so heart-warming…..

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The rusty bento making mummy is back!! The tools had been collecting dust in the past months but now it shall make its debut again!! 😀 Actually, I did make some bento here and there but I just didn’t have the time to post any. Some of those that I made were fully inspired by akinoichigo! May post it some time later.

As for this morning, I made simple fried rice and decorated into a bunny shape with kamoboko for ears, sausages and nori for eyes and mouth. There’s also some homemade nugget under the food cups. I made the nuggets out of chicken breast coated with panko mixed with sesame seeds and oats. Very yummy! 😀 My little girl have got apples for fruit and my nephew, some prunes coz he still can’t take fruits as per the chinese sin seh.Ooopss….I should have made some buck teeth but I totally forgot…sigh…

They both finished their bento today!!! Am so happy. 😀

It was my mummy’s 60th birthday over the last weekend. For the first time I attempted an ice cream cake! Its kinda easy and the fun part of it was that the her grandchildren could contribute too! I made a vanilla chocolate macadamia oreo ice cream cake. The little ones had a lot of fun whacking the Oreo cookies into crumbs with the rolling pin to make the base for the cake. Here it is:-

We decorated with a little chocolate bunny as my mummy was born in the year of the Rabbit according to the lunar calendar. Also to add some colour, we threw some M&Ms on top! The sides had half pieces of Oreos as the side of the cake are not perfect as can be seen from the picture. 😉 All was consumed after the birthday dinner.. lip smacking!

So for the very next day kindy bentos for the kids I made them …”cake” theme! A three tier cake on top of that. It’s a very simple bento with a piece of really soft chocolate swiss roll from Sun Moulin, Isetan, the cheese “flavored” three tier cake and some fruits.

Bento finished till the last crumb!

Am creating my first post from the iPhone WordPress while putting my girl to sleep. All because time is so scarce these days and connection to the virtual world is limited. But it’s kinda cool blogging this way! 😉

Today’s bento for the two little ones consist of fried rice with my mum’s home made fish cake and egg. She whipped up the best bouncy fish balls n fish cake from mackerel. 😉 Made 2 little bears from the same fish cake that was pan fried n steamed awhile.

One other highlight of today’s bentos are the little blackened chicken karaage that I made following Maki’s Just Bento book. I did not have any sake with me and I substituted it with Chinese wine! Haha! They taste different but still yummy! Next time will follow straightly. 

Here are the bentos! I can’t rotate the pictures on this app so “sorry”! 

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Once again, its been a long while since I’ve posted my bentos. Its really not easy with the lack of connectivity at the new workplace. Previously, I could take a short break to put up my post but now it’s impossible. After work roles i.e wife and mother do not allow any spare time for blogging and I also needed my beauty sleep. 😀 Btw, for those who are still reading my posts, how have life been treating you all? Hope that all is great for everybody despite all these natural disaster that is happening around us. 

Once again, here are all the bentos I made while I tried to adapt to the “no connectivity” work place.

Chocolate Oreo Muffin With Carrot Cheese, Fish Fingers and Papaya

Twin Bacon Piggies with Corn and Princesses Choco Cookies

Rock and Roll Breads with Omellete, Crabsticks, Ham, Peanut Butter Jelly, Fruits and Princesses Choco Cookies

Doggy Bone French Toast, Mixed Vege, Doggy Cookies and Apple

Doggy Bone French Toast, Caramelized Bananas with Muesli and Fruits

Pink Yellow Green Soba Aglio Olio, Egg Rolls and Fruits

Now the terribly’s captured bentos from my phone camera due to lack of tick tock tick tock….

Milo stenciled elephant on a strawberry danish with corn and apple

Bak kut teh, brown rice, carrot flowers with spring onion leaves, a fish shaped egg, corn and oranges

Dragonflies green soba with edamame and prawn dumplings

That’s all for now folks until I get connected again!!! 😀


My little girl and nephew had been down with the cold bug for a few weeks now. Her cough was quite bad two days ago and we ended up doing a u-turn at kindy. She ate her bento at home instead. 🙂 The above bento made on Friday consist of a sweet potato vegetarian char-siu bun. The bun is really tasty as it’s made from sweet potato and not the usual flour. As for the filling, sorry, but I still prefer the real char-siu ones. 😀 Made a part piggy on top of the bun to show it’s meant to be “porky” bun. There’s no fruits in this bento as they are both taking chinese medicine and had been advised by the sinseh a.k.a. chinese doctor to refrain from taking any fruits. So to make up for the lost of vitamins and fiber, I cooked some long beans and carrot with some fish balls. Well…once again, fish ball and bits of carrots were consumed but not the long beans. Sigh…..

It had been a busy week as I needed to close a great big chapter in my career life to move on to something more challenging. Now that the closure had been finalized, I can now sit down, relax, have a cuppa coffee and update the bentos that I made during the “missing in action” week. Here it goes, all in one shot!

All the above bentos were made for my princess and nephew. Five were made by me, and one was made by my SIL. Guess which one? The Mickey mouse one! From all of the above, I would like to thank two bento queens for their inspiration and they are Debra of Hapabento and Susan from Hawai’i’s Bento Box. I made my first ham blossom as taught by Debra and two little cheese head as inspired by Susan in her 2nd serving of Hawai’i’s Bento Box Cookbook. Thank you thank you very much!

That’s all for now!

 

 

 


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