Saturday, 12 April 2008

This week's bento and holiday notice

Well, it's not a holiday really. I'll be travelling for work from tomorrow and won't be back for about a week. I have prepared some posts for the week ahead so provided the hotel internet connection works fine, I should still be able to update. My response on comments might be delayed though. After all, any free time that I have will likely be spent on sight seeing in Boston :)

Before I go, here are our bento lunches this past week:

We were away last weekend and that meant coming home to little in the fridge. It was therefore another freezer stash lunch. The onigiri were made from frozen rice, warmed up in the microwave to restore texture and then mixed with salmon furikake and shaped by hand. I find it quicker to mould them by hand, although the onigiri moulds do make neater shapes. Meatballs and sausages were frozen too. Meatballs cooked in 2 minutes in the microwave. The sausages were defrosted in the microwave and then cooked on the grill for 15-20 minutes while I made the other items. Frozen edamame took 5 minutes in boiling water.

AP's lunch: Onigiri with salmon furikake, edamame, meatballs and Cumberland sausages. Animal picks added some colour and also eliminated the need to pack any cutlery.

Mine was similar except with smaller onigiri.

Lunches for the rest of the week were made the night before and kept in the fridge. We had honey roast ham and baby spinach leaves in multigrain bread, cherry tomatoes and a clementine.

Bottom tier: potato salad with spring onions. Top tier: Mini scotch eggs and cherry tomatoes on a bed of baby spinach leaves.

Bacon and leek quiche, and mixed leaf salad with containers of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.


VeggieGirl said...

Those animal picks are TOO CUTE!!! Love them :0)

I used to reside in Boston - you MUST find time to go sight-seeing!! There's so much to do there - be sure to go to Newbury Street :0)

Pixie said...

Have a great time away Nuria!

Pixie said...

oops think i called u nuria lol sorry nilmandra±!

Nilmandra said...

Veggiegirl: Thanks! I'll be sure to go to Newbury Street. It is highly recommended in my guide book too.

Pixie: Thanks, and no problem ;) I'll be taking my little digital camera with me and leaving the DSLR at home... I'm going to miss it! I'm looking forward to some good lobster chowder, hehe.

Little Corner of Mine said...

Your bentos always look delicious! Those tooth picks are so cute and I like your new sauce bottles, too cute!

Heather said...

Have a great trip! I still wish I had a mommy like you to pack me cute little bentos with Miffy picks. :D

Nilmandra said...

Little Corner: Heh, it's when the lunch is relatively plain and simple that I find cute accessories really useful to jazz things up :)

Heather: Aww thanks. Actually, I wish I had those bento when I was a kid too lol!

noobcook said...

they look so yummy, as usual? Did you buy your props from Daiso? Half my kitchen comes from Daiso, heh. Have a good trip! :D

didally said...

It's nice to bring bentos to work, healthy and sure jazz up your lunchtime.

tigerfish said...

You never fail to tempt me with your bento!

Happy holiday...I miss Boston. I was there 8 yrs back and gosh....yummy boston lobsters!

Dave said...

Tasty looking bentos!

Enjoy your trip to Boston! Newbury Street should be a fun walk...let's hope the weather stays nice!

And if you get the chance, check out the North End for some nice Italian + the most famous Cannoli in Boston, Mike's!

Jerry said...

I love your bento boxes! I would love to make them myself!

Christine the Strawberry Girl said...

I've always thought of making bentos my obsession. Great bentos & site.

But where did you get those cute animal picks?

Marc @ norecipes said...

Awesome photos. Reminds me of the bento's my mom used to pack me.

Nilmandra said...

Noobcook: Some of them are from Daiso, things I picked up when I was back, but most of them I had to buy in London or from online shops. Shipping is so expensive! :p My husband thinks I spend too much time in Daiso when we're back haha...

Didally: Exactly!

Tigerfish: I'm really looking forward to some delicious seafood!

Dave: Thanks for the recommendation. I'll keep Mike's in mind, and definitely hitting Newbury Street.

Jerry: Thanks, and do give it a go!

Christine: You can find the picks quite easily on eBay shops, search for 'bento' and look under 'accessories' in the shops that come up. If you have a Daiso or similar Japanese homeware store near you that's even better. I got mine from eBay.

Marc: Thanks, and lucky you!

Lina said...

Seems like a healthy lunch. Bento boxes are so cute! :D

Antonia said...

What tempting-looking lunches. I was wondering where you got the boxes and little containers for salad dressings etc. I took a look at the daiso website (having read the comments) but wondered if there was anywhere in the U.K. you would suggest?

Nilmandra said...

Lina: Thanks, they do brighten up my day :)

Antonia: I bought most of them off eBay actually. The shipping is not too bad if you buy a few items together as most sellers offer combined shipping discounts. I am a happy customer of Aramonoya (she's moving house at the moment I think) and Tokyo_Gift. I have also bought from JBox, which is pricey but has a good selection.

Japan Centre in London (Piccadilly Circus) have started carrying more bento items including sauce bottles. Take a look on their website to order online or pop into their store if you can.

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