Sausages, Bento and Gardens

7 04 2010

Hallo, readers!

On Sunday, Chris made eggs and sausages for breakfast/lunch! I really like sausages, even though they’re so fatty and greasy >( But eating them once in a blue moon is okay, so the guilt isn’t such a burden.

Chris cooking the sausages

In progress: cooking sausages

Sausages: ready to eat!

Afterwards, the room smelled like a sausage factory. But the sausages were very good, and went well with the sunny side-up eggs Chris cooked afterwards. I really like sunny side-up eggs, especially when the yolk doesn’t spill out during the cooking process, which happens quite easily, I’m afraid. But in my duration of cooking sunny side-up eggs, only 1 has had its yolk spilled during cooking, so that’s good news :)

Today’s bento stars yesterday dinner’s leftovers. There are some fish sticks and tartar sauce on the side, potatoes (which are really good!), and some side salad (leafy lettuce, cherry tomatoes and carrots). It’s the first time I’ve had fish in my bento, but I’m excited to eat it!

Bento with fish sticks, potatoes and salad

What do you think, readers? A “fishy” bento? Hehe, I couldn’t resist the pun. Gomennasai (trans: I’m sorry).

Yesterday night, I took a walk around grounds. I strolled through some of the gardens and really liked the scenery of the flowers and trees, so I took some pictures. I’m glad I did, because some of the flowering trees are blossoming very quickly, and soon, I won’t be able to see the flowers anymore. For instance, there was this magnolia tree in one of the gardens just a week ago that I passed by and took a picture of, but yesterday, I went by again and the magnolias were completely gone :( It’s a good thing I took a picture of them already!

Garden V Tree: my favorite!

Squirrel in a Garden V tree: I captured this picture through the gate door!

Squirrel in a Garden V tree: I captured this photo through the gate door!

Garden bench and flowers

Garden flowers

A magnificent garden tree

I love my university. The nature scenery is absolutely breathtaking. It’s unfortunate that Chris has allergies and can’t experience them too much. Anyways, the scenery is one of the things I’ll miss most once I graduate. But there’s always the prospect of visiting!

Oh em gee, the weather high for today is 92 degrees F, 33 degrees C o.O It’s like summer already!


April Fool’s Bento

2 04 2010

Howdy, readers.

Yesterday, I made a delicious April Fool’s bento box. I also concocted a geeky prank on Chris, by placing a post-it note over the eye of his optical mouse so that when he tried to use his mouse and the cursor didn’t move, he’d think he needed new batteries. And on the post-it note, I wrote, “April Fool’s Chris! Love, Alice.”

However, regarding the obento, I’d made a small taco the day before. It was a hard-shell corn tortilla filled with beef, lettuce and  sour cream. Alongside the taco, I added some rotini (spiraled shaped) pasta and conchiglie (seashell shaped) casserole. For veggies and fruits, I had cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, and a slice of cucumber.

April 1st Bento box (not a joke)

The bento was very good; I ate it all in one sitting. My friends commented how good the bento looked, to which I felt extreme happiness of having made such a delicious bento and one that didn’t include a sandwich! Not that I have anything against my sandwich obento, but it’s nice to have a change.

Chris is surprising me this weekend with my bento box. I’m very excited; I get to take a break from bento box making (not that that’s entirely a good thing; I love making bentos!) and I get to see what scrumptious obento concoction he comes up with. It’s going to be loads of fun!

Today is such a beautiful day outside! I took a nice stroll in the morning and went to one of the university gardens, where I sat and petted Noble, a collie belonging to the Vice President of Student Affairs. Noble was such a peach, either siding up beside me so I would pet him or laying beside my feet. Also, there were some puppies from the animal shelter and a massive throng of students was surrounding four puppies. The puppies seemed a bit overwhelmed but equally delighted in all the attention.

Now, I have to go and eat lunch; I’m starving! Enjoy this beautiful day, everyone!

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.


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!