Sandwich Obento

31 03 2010

I made my second bento box this morning, but this time, it was for Chris! He requested a bento after I showed him the one I made yesterday for myself.

For his obento, I chose to make another sandwich. This one had lots of turkey, swiss cheese, a slice of tomato and a leaf of iceburg lettuce. I didn’t add any mayonnaise or extra condiments on his sandwich. Alongside his sandwich, I wedged in a couple slices of cucumbers, mini-carrots, and cherry tomatoes. I took two of the cucumbers and placed them on the sandwich to make eyes, and I used a carrot for a thin mouth, so it looks like the sandwich was extremely passive. On top of his veggies, I placed half a peanut butter cookie for dessert (only if he eats all his veggies of course!)

Sandwich Bento Box

Chris really liked the bento, and sent me a lovely text to thank me :) And I have already picked out the ingredients and foodstuffs for tomorrow’s bento box!

Sandwich, veggies and half a cookie obento

Visit tomorrow for my April Fool’s Bento Box! Until then, bon appetit!





Hamburgers and Bento!

30 03 2010

This Sunday, Chris made hamburgers!

We went to the grocery store and bought ground beef, hamburger buns, a tomato, Romaine lettuce, and condiments (ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard). Back at school, Chris molded the ground beef into three patties and fried each patty. Then, he washed the tomato and lettuce and chopped up the tomato. For the big finale, he added a slice of tomato and lettuce to 1/2 of a bun, placed the cooked beef patty on top of the veggies, and then squirted the desired condiments, and finally placed the other half of the bun on top of the beef patty deliciousness. Epic hamburger, if I do say so myself.

Chris' hamburger

This morning, I made my first bento box.

I bought this silver lunchbox from home that my parents used to use when they were in college. I wanted to have bento in it, so I bought it to school, intending to make at least one bento box before the semester ended.

For my first bento box, I made a sandwich. It had two slices of bologna, one slice of American cheese, one leafy Romaine lettuce, and mayonnaise.

On the side of the sandwich, I chopped up two mini-cucumbers (see image below) into mini-cucumber slices and placed them along one side of the bento box and placed the sandwich on the other side. Though it wasn’t much for a bento box, I loved it and ate it before my 11 o’clock class and my 12:30 class. Munching on the cucumbers and eating the sandwich was super yummy in my tummy.

Mini-Cucumbers

First Bento Box

A week ago, I also made two omelettes for us. I whipped 3-4 eggs for each person, then added chopped tomatoes and mushrooms and Parmesan cheese into each omelette. It was tricky getting them out of the pot I used to cook them in (we only have a pot at school, no pan for now!), but it didn’t matter once the omelette reached our hungry mouths. I love making omelettes, even though it takes awhile to prepare and cook. I can’t wait to make more omelettes in the future, especially for weekend morning breakfast!

Making an omelette

Adding Parmesan cheese to the omelette!

Bon appetit, everyone!





Holy Guacamole!

17 03 2010

Yesterday, I made homemade guacamole for Chris and me. I bought from home, two ripe avocados, cilantro leaves, a jalapeno and tomatoes. I forgot the lemon/lime -_- but it turned out to be good without it! Don’t you just love improvisation?

I cut open the very ripe avocados. They were very tender, and it was super easy to scope out. Then, I washed and chopped one tomato, which was more than enough with just two avocados! Then, I washed the cilantro leaves and the jalapeno and chopped them as well, adding them to the guacamole. Finally, I added some salt and pepper, tasted it, and thought it was good. We had some leftover tortilla chips and ate all of the guacamole last night.

Here is a simple recipe if you want to make your own guacamole:

Ingredients

  • 4 ripe avocados (hass avocados are preferable)
  • 1/2 onion, minced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 lemon or lime
  • 1 large tomato, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1-2 jalapeno chillies, stems and seeds removed, minced

Instructions

  1. Cut avocados in half. Remove seed. Scoop out avocado from the peel and put it in a bowl.
  2. Mash the avocado with a spoon. Add the chopped onion, cilantro leaves, jalapeno chillies and tomato in. Mix it well.
  3. Squeeze the lemon or lime over the guacamole. (Trick: Roll the lemon or lime a couple of times before cutting it in half, for extra juicing!)
  4. Add salt and pepper to your preference. You should taste the guacamole and add salt and pepper as needed.

Voila! Making guacamole isn’t too difficult, is it? In fact, it’s one of the easiest recipes, and it’s much healthier than buying store-brought guacamole. Bon appetit!

I found a simple, but effective tutorial on how to make guacamole on Youtube:

Incidentally, today also happens to be St. Patrick’s Day, so Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!