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Wednesday Bento

Today’s bento is plain rice with sweet chili shrimps, some stir-fried sweet pea, sungold yellow tomatoes and seeing the portion in his bento while I was packing it, my husband asked if he could have an egg to go with it too.

“Bull’s Eye!” and he grinned.

So one bull’s eye egg went with it.

Here’s a peek at the shrimp under the bull’s eye. There’s snow peas in there too.

To be honest, I had realized that I underestimated the shrimp portion for my man, and I was raking my brain trying to find something else to add to it with so little time left.

At exactly that point, the Hubby spoke up.

Good job he did!

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I have been multi-tasking/blogging…

… and I forgot to post the bentos I made.

Sorry about that.

Anyhoo, here’s the one I made for my husband on Monday. Brown rice mixed with bits of kimchi, lap cheong (Chinese sausages, in season during this Chinese New Year) and celery kinpira.

I discovered the rice was too soft, and made a mental note to adjust the water level next time. And in the end, my husband announced he didn’t like brown rice.

“But it’s healthier!” I exclaimed.

He shrugged.

Tuesday, he had plain rice with furikake, pan-fried salted chicken (the meat well done and I removed the skin after frying) and red pepper & broccoli kinpira.

This one he liked.

Tuesday Bento

Today’s bento is plain rice with furikake (from Daiso), chicken katsu with tonkatsu sauce in a separate container, carrot kinpira and some sungold cherry tomatoes. Following yesterday’s complaint that there was too much rice, my husband reminded me to pack it a little looser today.

Ok Sir!

*As you can see, poor meat-cutting with a less than sharp knife on my part.

I think that the chicken fillet was a little more chunky than may be comfortable for my dear husband. Next time I would either get a thinner slice or pound the meat a little before marinating it.

Been thinking about coming up with a more creative way to title my daily bentos on this blog instead of just ‘xxx day Bento’.

*Thinking cap ON*

Hubs liked the carrot kinpira.

First Bento of 2009!

Yay! I finally got to make one to start the year!

And it happened on the 3rd day of the Lunar New Year to say the least.

Anyway, the kids are home for the CNY holidays and will only be back to school next week. So today I was able to leisurely prepare my husband’s lunch bento.

I was telling him two nights ago that I finally feel the ‘real’ work of 2009 will begin as of the next day.

Which means after all the expenses incurred during Christmas, New Year & Chinese New Year holidays, time to cut back on the spending.

And that’s where the Bento comes neatly in.

My husband’s bento today is Kimchi Fried Rice, Biggie‘s recipe.  I left out the egg though ‘cos by the time I got to frying all the meat and vege, it was just too much work to add the egg!

Plus, at that very minute, my coming-to-4 yr old asked me a barrage of questions about breakfast and whether there’s pre-school today and are we sending Daddy to work!

My husband took this picture. At his office. I forgot to take a picture of it while still at home. Hence a little lacking on the food styling there.

I topped the rice with some steamed slices of the 8 Spice Roll, a favorite food of mine which I found at the freezer section of Servay Likas. (I never did find these in the Giant Supermarkets I’ve been to.)  And we had some leftover apple pies from McD’s so I put that in his bag for dessert or tea time snack. Whichever he prefers. I had wanted to cut up some peaches that I got for him last week but it was time to leave. Maybe tomorrow then.

Husband’s verdict: tasty but too big a helping for him to eat.

Really??

But it’s only an 800ml box!

Still, I so enjoyed making bentos again.

This week I am making juice jellos to go.

No Bento Week?

It does look like it on account of my second daughter going through Orientation Week for Year One this week.

School starts a half hour later than usual, but a half hour earlier than kindergarten. We also need to get my other two daughters ready to come with us early in the morning because we can’t leave them behind while we settle my second daughter to school.

And, a Parents Briefing we’ll need to attend in the week.

Can’t seem to fit bento-making somewhere in there.

Maybe later in the week.

On the last day.

Maybe.

We’ll see.

In the meantime, my sister is in town (another reason the week is full of activities) and look what she got for the Girls!

Cutleries and Oshiboris! She just thought to get them ‘cos they were cute.

The one who got all excited over these cute goodies though is NOT the kids.

Friday Bento

So yesterday afternoon I cooked a big batch of rice and made Onigiris with the new moulds I got. I understand that the key to succesful Onigiri is the rice. It should be short grain, which I was told, is stickier than the long grain. For the purpose of experimenting, I made my Onigiris with rice I already have at home. The long grains. I added a little more water than usual so I’d have a stickier consistency. Then I dipped my moulds in salt water before shaping the rice in them.

The Onigiris shaped okay but they break apart easily. I guess I’ll be getting a small bag of short grain rice at my next grocery trip.

I wasn’t adventurous enough to make a filling for the Onigiris this round. Maybe next round.

I sent three triangular ones off with the men today. One wrapped in Nori, one plain and one is supposed to be Grilled Onigiri, but it didn’t turn out quite right.

There was also fried chicken and a vege tanghoon salad with dressing.

And, I prepared a bottle of Leong Fun drink each. I even managed to prepare an Oshibori each for the guys.

Woah!

When I asked my husband which type of rice did they like better, he said, “All the same. We just put everything together and finished it all off!”

Okay.

Thursday Bento

Today’s bento took a lot of preparation. Less cooking but lots of cutting and prepping.

With a lot of love??

I… don’t know.

I wanted to experiment with cold dishes that I could pack straight away into the bento boxes and send it off with my husband in a whiff come morning.

So, on the bento menu today was sweet potato rice paper rolls served with soba tuna salad and a dressing to go with the salad. Simple but filling dishes. I had some leftover soba tuna salad, so I sent that off together with the bentos.

Lunch Buddy polished that off.

Again, the box came back empty.

And, I made another trip to Daiso in search of a birthday gift for a family friend, and sneaked some bento tools into my shopping basket.

No, really. I WAS there to get a gift, but no harm going round to the bento aisle and picking up some goodies right….?

I got Onigiri molds!

Gonna try them out tomorrow!