Friday, September 30, 2011


Bento No. 124
Bunny with an oversized long ears! Yeah, I made this bento yesterday with wholemeal bread bought from Yamazaka bakery.  I like the soft wholemeal and black sesame bread at this Japanese bakery.  The only pro is the odd size of the bread which comes smaller than four leaves or breadtalk bread that I find it hard to use my sandwich cutter.  Hence, I created this bunny by free hand cutting the shape of its ear.  As for its face, I topped one slice of bread with tuna mayo, small slice of cucumber and tomato and another slice to cover it before I used a cup as the cutter to press it to seal the edges.  The rest are cheddar cheese, nori, ham and grapes.  My son favors cheddar over normal sandwich cheese!    There was one food I have never packed in the his bento before.  It was the carrot! Raw!  My boy likes it very much.  
Bento No. 125

Can't see the brown rice?  Yes, it was hidden underneath the drumlette. This is what he has today for lunch.  The drumlette was marinated with Lam Yee overnight.  His bento consisted of blanched 'super fine' french bean, carrots, corn cob and grapes.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

My first Halloween theme bento (Ee Fu Noodles)

Bento No. 123
 I created a Halloween theme bento today.  Two Jack O'lanterns carved out from carrot which I attempted to shape a crooked teeth after seeing Happy Little Bento's tutorial.  Well, as you can see, I failed but don't they look spooky with the hollow eyes!  Just a consolation to myself haha...  Besides Jack, there are two bats flying in the moonlight (made from cheese and nori).  And a creepy crawly spider on a floret of broccolli.  It all happened when we were sitting on the dining table this morning for breakfast.  First, I flipped through the pages of his Charlie and Lola activity magazine.  Then I took out the nori and started cutting the shape of bats infront of my boy. Thought that I have completed the task. Instead, he requested a spider and reminded me it must have eight legs. Okay, for the legs, I cut a rectangle from the seaweed.  Then, I trimmed out the edges with  a 'L' shape and assemble around its head.  Got it?  Hope so...:)

The school has invited 'The Rabbi's daughter' today, 28th of September 2011 to teach the little ones about Jewish customs, Kosher food, and some Jewish folk-dancing.  The date coincides with the Jewish New Year.  It would be interesting and eye-opener for my boy other than the four races we know in Singapore; Chinese, Indians, Malays and Eurasias.  Mommy does not even know what is all about! 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sushi Bento

Bento No. 122
Lately, my boy's stuffing nose has got worse during his sleep.  Tossed and turned plus snoring loudly due to nasal conjestion.  I was amused at his reply when I told him about his snoring.  He said "Just like gorilla!".  I have not given him any medication from the onset.  Hoping that, he will heal naturally.  Well, it has been more than a week and his condition does not improve.  I have no choice but to start " Dexchlorpheniramine" with him.  Also, we skipped school yesterday and went cycling at the Sun Plaza park.  The air was fresh after the rain.  Although the ground was still wet but did not dampen our mood!  Sun was partially hidden behind the clouds amid warm weather with a breeze.  My son headed straight to his favourite sand playground.  He had a great time there.

Today's bento is his all-time favourite sushi; crabstick, cucumber and egg.  Along with a floret of broccolli, tamagoyaki, edamame and grapes.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Polar Bear

Bento No. 121
I made a white rice Polar bear bento this morning with eye lashes, a red bow but I forgot to apply blushes on her cheek.  My son chose the red bow foodpick over a sun hat :)  I am feeling that it akin more of Koala bear than Polar bear...haha...  Anyway, it is fun to engage my boy in the preparation/assembly process of his lunchbox. 

In the bento, he has steamed meat patty with young ginger, a cherry tomato, blanched snow pea/cauliflower and a large red strawberries.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Salmon sushi

Bento No. 120

We got our boy a new water bottle from Simei yesterday.  His favourite colours; orange and yellow.  He chose the sticker, 'Tom and Jerry' to be affixed on the bottle.  This is his third bottle I had purchased.  First is the Lighting McQueen and second is the Thomas and Train plastic bottles.  The former is still in used although the cartoon can hardly be seen now and the latter, he broke it.  They are all labelled as BPA free except for this 不锈钢单层运动水壶 made in Taiwan that did not specify if it is BPA free.  It cost us only $10 compared to those of brand name SIGG. At that point of purchase, Papa remarked "At least, it is not made in China!"

It is sushi bento for my son's lunch today.  I rolled it with baked salmon with cucumber and sprinked with seaweed flakes.  Aside, he has edamame, cherry tomatoes and dragonfruit. 

Friday, September 16, 2011


Bento No. 119
This bento was made with brown rice onigiri in the shape of an Owl.  Eyes and beak are made with two type of cheese and nori. Inside his lunchbox, I packed leftover char siu we ate last night and pan-fried long beans with egg.  As well as a bunny apple and green kiwi.  This is the first time he did not touch or eat the brown rice and upon checking with my boy, he just said "I don't like brown rice".  But he ate it for dinner! What is going on inside his little head??? 

I was horrified when I realised my boy opened car door in the middle of the motorway while I was driving back home from school.  Immediately, I stopped the car on the road shoulder and jumped out to close it.  I was really mad and kept reprimanding him.  At the same time, I wanted him to understand the seriousness of making sure the doors are to be closed at all times and dangerous as well if the doors are left opened. The last time, I did an emergency stop at the road shoulder was having a punctured tire.  Afterwhich, I read from the newspaper that there was an accident whereby a lorry crashed right into the faulty car which was about to tow away.  One casualty in this freak accident!  We always assume it is alright to stop on the road shoulder but forgetting that it is 'unsafe' too.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Somen and Gyoza

Bento No. 118

Being a stay-at-home mom, I feel blues at times.  Today, I took a long time to prepare such a simple bento and left the stove fire on without realising it.  Luckily, I checked it before I left the house. Blogging, at least, will help me to ease my mood but sometime, I wish I can chit-chat with my friends over a cup of tea.  Reminiscing the old days.......

In the lunchbox, my son has gyoza, crabstick, broccolli, carrot and somen.  For fruits, he got kiwi and oranges. Hope he would like it.  Because my boy told me that he did not like the chicken and mango sandwich and he would not want any bread for breakfast in the morning.  Well, I said he either have it or go to school without breakfast.  Reluctantly, he ate the bread with orange marmalade spread.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mango and mayo chicken sandwich

Bento No. 117
I made something different I had never tried before.  Mango and mayo chicken sandwich! Coincide with the Lantern Festival, I had one big pomelo sitting in my kitchen.  My intention is to make the HK style mango sago desert since I had also bought some mangoes from supermarket.  Then, it striked me that chicken and mango paired very well in sandwich.  But how to go about it?  After browsing the internet last night, I settled with simply just mixed diced chicken breast with mango puree and mayo.  Topped with additional mango puree, tomatoes and cucumber.  I can taste the sweetness of mango but perhaps, too bland for my taste. 

A speedy bento compliments with kiwi and grapes.  In addition, I packed Emmi vanila flavour yogurt into his lunchbox. 

Yesterday was the actual day of Lantern Festival.  But my boy was too sleepy and yet insisted to take his dino lantern out at night.  He was in tears when we refused due to the fact that the weather was so hazy and he was dozing off during dinner.  He was asleep by 7.50pm!  This was the problem whenever he did not nap in the afternoons.  And the biggest headache for me is that my son only takes nap in my car and not at home!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Sushi and Panda

Bento No. 116 
This has become one of the standard bento I am fond of making.  Pretty simple!  It consists of sushi with crabstick, cucumber and egg, tamagoyaki, edamame and black grapes.  And I put two cute little panda foodpicks on the tamagoyaki.

It is the beginning of the school after one week holiday. We did not go any place special for this short break.  It was just ice-cream eating, Grandma and cousin Dexter came visiting us, Story-telling and craftwork at the library, celebrated lantern festival at Papa's office.

Thursday, September 1, 2011


Bento No. 115

The new car pixar movie is in town!  Of course, my son has requested to see it.  The last movie we saw was "Kungfu Panda" during Chinese New Year in Malaysia.   My boy got frightened with the fighting scene.  He was also tearing when the Panda recalled how he was separated from the parents.  We have to step out of the cinema to pacify him.  Well, I hope he will seat and watch the entire the show this time.  I made A 3D version using brown rice. Cucumber for its wheels, two type of cheese and nori for the eyes, headlights and mouth. Really, I spent a lot of time how I should fit it in his bento box without being crashed!  Arrgh...the cheese for the headlights keep dropping off.  In the end, I was left with no choice but flatened it. 

He has a corn cob, snow pea/carrots stir-fried with pork tenderloin, kiwi and blueberries.