Archive for February, 2009

The Boy Speaks!

Friday, February 27th, 2009

The boy here. Today I will be bringing you a guest blog as Smal has been having trouble with her wrists and can’t make bentos, much less type. This past Sunday we made a trip to the Super 88 which is a type of supermarket that mostly specializes in anything from Asia. They have quite a wide variety of foods there. Some I know of, others I could have a clue less about. Yet there was one thing that totally blew my mind while I was there. So without further adieu, I bring you something to both astound and amaze. I present to you, Vegetarian Fish flavored Meat Floss. Don’t think that such a thing can exist. Well look at the picture below.

Floss

I gotta admit, I have never seen such an oxymoron of foods mashed together such as this. That goes right up there with “jumbo shrimp” or “I did that accidentally on purpose.” I can maybe see how you can have an item be vegetarian and fish flavored or even vegetarian and meat flavored but not both. It’s as if the head guy in marketing thought to himself:

“We need to increase sales but how? Our Vegetarian floss is doing well, so is the fish floss, as well as our meat floss. I know, let’s just throw all the $#!T together and viola we’ll have the next Funions sensation”

Now upon closer inspection, it appears as if the product is some kind of shredded dried pork. Which, I guess if you drink a bottle or two of vodka it’d kinda look like floss. I think they should have called it Vegetarian Fish flavored Meat pencil shavings rather then floss since it appears to be that much closer in appearance. Maybe something got lost in translation. I don’t know. In any event I regret not making a purchase of the stuff. I suppose at the time in an effort of buying only what we need and not what we want, this was passed over. I should have made an exception if only to taste it and see what, if any, in the title will it taste like. If I go back any time soon, I’ll make sure to pick up a bag and give it a spin.

Bento Contest!

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

No, the contest isn’t mine, but the prize is pretty great and entering is a snap. Just head over to Not Exactly Bento and see if you’re lucky…punk.

Our Bloggers are standing by…

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Sorry for the lack of updates, but my wrists continue to be a problem.  As a result though, I have a bunch of things waiting in the wings, including a guest post over at Just Bento.

Until my wrists get better again, I am hoping to have a few guest blogs on here myself in addition to some fun projects like cheese making, mini cakes with decorating tips, and more recipes.

I should have a bento up within the next few days, as there are a bunch of photos taking up space in my camera. Thanks for your patience everyone and I will be on again shortly.

Just basic…

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

This bento is pretty basic, but looks good and also tastes good. There was very little prep time other than baking the zucchini. Hint for the zucchini: bake first then melt the cheese in your toaster oven or broiler.

Feb 13 bento

Click on the pic for more details…

Curse you Arm Control Nerves!

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

I know it’s been some time since I’ve posted, but I do have a reason for it.  After a bit of a marathon knitting day and a whole lot of typing at my new job, my carpal tunnel has decided to act up again.  This means that in addition to constant pain in my wrists, I get the unmitigated joy of feeling the occasional electric shock shoot down my arm and leave my fingers with a lovely tingly numb feeling. As usual when this happens, even picking up a frying pan to cook my dinner becomes an ordeal. But enough whining from me, I have been managing to keep myself busy regardless. And so I give you one of my latest projects: The Orange What’s His Name

Frosty

Deep down inside, I am still that 5 year old child who wants everything she sees on TV. So when I saw Alton Brown show us how to make a rip off of an Orange Julius, I marched myself halfway across the city and over the river to Haymarket and got me a whole bunch of cheap oranges. Due to a lack of the right equipment, The Boy and I were left to squeeze our oranges by hand, but our reward was so cool and frothy that you will get little argument from me.

Rather than watching the Good Eats episode again, The Boy found me another clone recipe online. this one called for an awful lot of sugar, so I made some adjustments. My only advice is to go easy on the vanilla. I used a very strong vanilla and it almost overpowered the rest of the drink.

My Recipe for an Orange What’s His Name

6-8oz fresh squeezed orange juice (I think I squeezed 2 oranges)
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup water
2 tbs sugar (I used rounded, but this is more of a matter of taste)
1/2 tsp vanilla
5-6 ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in blender until nice and smooth.

Mind you, this recipe is pretty flexible. I wanted something like an Orange Julius but a bit stronger on the orange and less sweet. I’m pretty happy with the results and hope to make it more often in the summer. Now if only I could find that juicing attachment for my food processor…

The Red Balloon

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

The Red Balloon

Remember that French short film about a boy who befriends a balloon?  Well basically the balloon follows the kid around all day , until he and the boy run into a group of bullies.  The bullies send the red balloon to his make,r and in order to make the boy feel better about the brutal murder of his helium-filled friend, the rest of the balloons in the city swarm the boy and take him on a magical ride.  My grade school had this film on VHS or something, and every time we had indoor recess due to the rain, they would try to make us watch it.  I remember staring at the brown and blue tiles on the floor of the “multi-purpose room” (the same room was used for the gym, cafeteria, and auditorium) and debating if slamming my head against them would be enough to get me a trip to the nurse’s room.  Sure I would run the risk of brain damage, but at least I wouldn’t have to watch that film again.  Not to mention, since hat room was used as a gym, I’d already survived quite a few head traumas against those tiles, so what’s a few more damaged cells in the grand scheme of things anyway?

Happily for my parents and future friends, I never had the guts to do anything about it.  But when I made this bento last night, it all came flashing back to me.  Though I am grateful for that adorable little pick that transforms everyday cherry and grape tomatoes into a floaty orb of wonder (*smirk), it reminded me of that damn movie!  I put a face on the thing hoping that I could make some other cute character, but it just wouldn’t work.  And no, I wasn’t clever enough to realize that I could have just nicked the balloon and made a flower out of the tomato instead.   Poo.  I hate when that happens.

So that is what the cat pick is for. I had no intention of eating with it. Instead, the kitty waits and waits…for his balloon friend to arrive….so it can give the stupid thing one good swipe and end it all. Poor little guy, he has no idea what I’ve set him up for. Mwa ha ha ha!

**As always, click on the pic if you want more details on the contents of the bento.

All about Smal…

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

I’ve been trying to update the “about” section with some random facts about me. As I think of more things, I’ll try to remember to add them.

So, in the odd case that someone out there wants to learn more about me, just click here.

Shy Bunny

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Due to my rather boring bentos lately (with the exception of Bernard the Wonder Carrot of course), I decided to step things up a bit to show everyone another aspect of bento making that makes bentos so fun: showing off!

When you are making bentos for other people (or even yourself in my case), it is not uncommon for people to really get into the mindset of food art. Some people do it to remind their kids how much they love them while they are away at school, and other people (like me) do it a) to prove to myself that I am capable of some artistic expression and b) because a little face like that smiling back at you can be a real pick me up when you are at work.

And so I give you Shy Bunny:

Shy Bunny

Shy Bunny is actually made from a food cutting kit I got off of ebay. There were instructions on how to make her, but I adjusted her a little bit to my own taste. Needless to say, she is a pretty impressive little thing for not too much extra work. With the help of this little cut-out kit, there is the possibility that I might try to stretch myself a little further and really devote myself to creating more fun little characters. I think they make things around her a bit more interesting and frankly I enjoy the sense of accomplishment.

As for the food, please feel free to click on the pic and read the comments on the flickr page.

The Story of Shy Bunny

Shy Bunny never liked her name much. Some people say that she was too shy to be comfortable with the idea of people knowing that she was shy, but the truth was, she had always wanted to be named Shirley instead. It was just a matter of preference.

The End!