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Ok

So our road trip was postponed to next week.

Which means no bentos this week either.

I will however leave you with some pictures of Christmas-themed bento instead.

Enjoy!

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How cute are they!

Bento Thought Of The Week

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 From allthingspurple

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From Kooky Culinary

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Week Three

I just discovered that my post was a subject of discussion at an online forum. Wow. Didn’t realise how far reaching my (mis?) adventures went. Nice to know this blog has a small following. It’s a great motivator to keep making my bentos!

This week…

  1. I’m really getting the hang of packing the 3:1:2 ratio. Some of my limitations (subjective, I know) is the availability of fresh produce. I tend to use the same fruit and vege over and over just because they are readily available. But I try to my best to give a variation anyway. I’ll just need to come up with a little strategy on how and where to get the freshest produce available. (Hence planting my own veges!)
  2. After that, I want to take the presentation aspect of the bentos up a notch in the coming week. Maybe beginning with shape-making using my cookie cutters.
  3. I’m really happy that my picky eater is eating everything! That really blesses a Mommy’s heart. 🙂

I’ve just added another bento blog link on my page. I am so inspired by this one. Her bentos look effortlessly beautiful! Go check it out.

This weekend I am going shopping at Daiso.

Week Two

First up, apologies for the delay on this post, folks. Had a little family emergency involving my youngest daughter in the course of the week.

All’s well now though.

Ok. This week I didn’t make as many Bentos as I had the past week on account of my husband and his Lunch Buddy going out of town on work duties. They didn’t want to lug a lunch box around.

Men.

In between all that, the children and I had some lunch-outs with Daddy too.

Then I forgot to take photos of the Bentos I DIDmake.

Anyway, here’s my summary for Week Two.

  1. Hey, I’m getting better at assembling the Bentos quickly. Woohoo!
  2. I managed to make some meatballs and froze them for future use. My first Bento staple!
  3. At first I had a different menu for adult and child because I was trying to balance their likes and dislikes. That got me spending way too much time in the kitchen! After a good hour of sitting down to plan with Just Bento’s Bento Planner, I was able to come up with a workable strategy. I’ll let you know the outcome in the next post.
  4. And with the new menu plan I was able to cut down on grocery expenses this past weekend. Yay!

Next, I hope to be able to talk a little bit more about what I put in the Bentos.

Stay tuned!

Week One

Here’s a summary in pictures of the Bentos I made this week. (Some of the content macam tidak cukup, I know! Newbie bah… 😛 )

I made three children bentos and two ‘man’ bento daily. (I decided to make one for my husband’s co-league too since they are lunch buddies and with my husband bringing food from home, his co-league then no longer has a.. well, buddy for lunch.)

Unfortunately, I never have the time to take pictures of the men’s bentos. Maybe in the weeks to come when I have mastered the skill and gained a little bit more experience.

Here’s what I’ve since learned:

  1. It’s better to pack the Bento the night before. Leave the morning packing to the essential minimum.
  2. I already have lunch containers that I can use for Bento in my cupboards! I got the Japanese Bento boxes anyway for the children to excite them about the prospect of eating out of a cute lunchbox that they chose for themselves. 😉
  3. All my leftovers are being used up well and good! In the past, I’ve had to forgo some foods when I go grocery shopping because I feel they take too long to be eaten up and will spoil in the bottom of my fridge!
  4. The men being meat-eaters, I have to come up with more filling protein dishes for them that’s also in a size that fits into the Bento box! (With the men bentos, I always feel like there’s not enough space for everything!)
  5. I’d like to get an Oshibori box for each child (damp washcloth in a carrying case)  to go with their Bentos and encourage them to use it. In fact, I should even accompany the men’s bento with one each.
  6. It would be nice if I could wrap the men’s bento in a cloth wrap for when unwrapped, it functions as both a desk liner and a place mat.
  7. There is definitely skill to be acquired in terms of presenting healthy, compact and pretty food that my kids and the men will eat. And so, I’ve taken on some online Bento mentors to help me do just that. Looking forward to showing you what I’ve learned in the coming days!

Up next is building my Bento-making staples – Johbisai.

SO, as they say, stay tuned!