Wednesday 16 November 2011

Santa Claus Chirstmas Bento

My hubby had dinner with his clients yesterday, so I took the opportunity to cook a big pot of red wine beef stew. My hubby does not fancy beef, but I love beef, so I always try to cook it when he's not home for dinner. :) Love such fuss free one pot meals, I kept half of it for our lunch today. :)

I did little Santas to decorate their bentos today. Santa is made from crabstick, kamaboko and fish sausage. :)

LT's bento, multi-grain rice, beef stew, golden kiwis and grapes.

IT's bento, same food as above.

IT's bento for School, nutella sandwich and grapes. It's the last day of School for him.

Jolly Santas. :)

Red wine beef stew that lasted us for two meals, I had mine with baguette. :)



500g stew beef meat (cubed)
4 Carrots (cubed)
4 potatoes (cubed)
1 large onion (sliced)
1 can tomato puree
1 beef cube
1/2 cup red cooking wine
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp cornflour
salt/pepper to taste


  1. Marinate the beef for 1hour, with paprika and cornflour.
  2. Brown the meat in the pan; dish it out and set it aside
  3. Add some oil and fry the vegetables together with the onions
  4. Once the vegetables and onions are fragrant, add the beef into the pan followed by tomato puree and beef cube.
  5. Bring it to a boil and close the lid and stew for 1hr+ or until beef is tender.

Note: I usually buy this beef cut call chuck tender from Giant Hypermarket for beef stew. It comes in a big piece, and is cheaper than the cut for stewing from other supermarkets. :)


  1. hmm.. the beef stew looks amazing.. I bet it taste superb!
    can you share the receipe of the red wine beef stew?

  2. @Bobo, sure, I'll update under this post tomorrow, you can check in the evening, :)

  3. I really don't want winter & Christmas to arrive cause I am not a fan of COLD...but at least you make it festive!

  4. @Diana, yes, most of my friends who stay in temperate countries dislike winter, because of the cold and inconvenience. But we love it, because it's like a novelty for us, it's so hot over here all year round. :)

  5. Thanks for sharing the receipe! so the red wine is not the normal red wine we drink?

  6. @Bobo, I dun drink wine so I'm not familiar with them, this recipe calls for a fruity red wine like merlot. I hope it helps coz I've no idea what kind of red wine is tt. FYI, I always buy my red wine fr the cooking wine section in the supermkt n it's called red cooking wine.


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