Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Captain America & Hulk Bento

Have you watched the newly released Avengers: Age of Ultron yet? The boys want to watch, but we need to revise for IT's upcoming exams, so we'll probably wait till his exams are over. Hopefully the movie will still be screening by then.

Meanwhile, I thought I'll make them Avengers themed bentos first, lol. I started off with Captain America. I managed to dye ham blue using butterfly pea flower, which is also known as blue pea flower. I've been wanting to try it since my Mario bento last year, but did not test it out till now. I simply dyed the water blue using butterfly pea flower first, and then I used an almost white coloured ham and soaked it in the blue water. This slice of ham in the picture was soaked only for a while, I left another piece in there longer to test out and that piece turned out a darker shade.

Happy that it worked, I've used butterfly pea flower to colour my rice countless times, and have also tried it on noodles, egg white and kamaboko successfully. I've even used it to make blue bread way back in 2012, see this post HERE, I used the blue bread to make Cookie Monster.

I know some of you have feedback that you can't get hold of the flowers from where you stay, there's actually another good way to colour your rice blue naturally, use red cabbage. It works for egg white and kamaboko, but for cooking rice, you need to add a bit of baking soda before you use the water to cook the rice. I've not tried it on ham, I'll update when I do. :)

Captain America was made using rice, ham, cheese, red bell peppers and nori. The side dishes were garlic baked prawns, beef enoki rolls and broccoli.

The second bento I made was Hulk. He looks like he needs a hair cut, lol. -_-

The side dishes for this was salmon, sweet peas, baby carrots and cherry tomatoes.

Hulk was made using rice coloured with mashed peas. I used red cabbage for his pants and charcoal noodles for his hair. The charcoal noodles were the same batch as the ones I made for Harry Potter's hair much earlier. I divided some of the noodles into small packs and froze them at that time.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Tsum Tsum Pooh & Friends Cookie

This post has been sitting in my draft folder with all the photos for two weeks, wanted to get it done end of last week, but I was busy with my bento project, so still did not managed to do so. It's a short school week for my boys this week, they have no school this Thursday and Friday, yay. However, we will probably be stuck at home most of the time revising for IT's upcoming exams, but we are still looking forward to the break.


Monday, 20 April 2015

Totoro Curry & Spam Musubi

IT's exams are coming soon, we have started with revising and as usual, I'm more stressed than him, he's forever so nonchalant. -_- And the good thing is LT has no major assessments till end of this year, so at least I don't have another kid to stress over, lol. I was planning to finish up writing a half done recipe post in my draft folder today, but I'm feeling lazy, so let me just share some of my Totoro creations instead.


Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Clown Cheese Wedge

Remember the cheese cream stew I shared last week using The Laughing Cow cheddar cheese slices?  I'm going to share another recipe using The Laughing Cow products again today, this time using their triangular cheese wedges.


Monday, 13 April 2015

Harry Potter & Hermione Granger

The characters for today bentos are from the immensely popular book, Harry Potter. I'm sure this book needs no introduction. Harry Potter has been on my to-do list for extremely long, the reason why I did not make him earlier was because my boys have neither read the books, nor watched the movies before this year. My hubby refused to let me get them the books for religious reasons. But this year, I just went ahead and get them the book as I'm hoping to bring them somewhere related to the book this year end holiday.


Thursday, 9 April 2015

Panda Cheese Cream Stew

Curry and stew makes a great canvas for food art. I use curry more often in the past, but recently, I like using cream stew too. I've been getting requests for a cream stew recipe, so today I'm sharing a version with cheese, my boys love this over the usual cream stew.


Sunday, 5 April 2015

Bunny & Penguin Easter Bento

Happy Easter! I only managed to make two Easter themed bentos this year, had more ideas but I forgot to start making them earlier, such a waste. It's too late to share my past Easter themed bentos for you to get ideas since Easter is almost over from where I'm located, lol. But if you still want to take a look, please click HERE.