爱。开心便当のPink bunnies sandwich

February 17, 2011

Happy Chap Goh Meh (元宵节快乐)!!! 🙂

Son no need to go school today, so I have made him this pink bunnies sandwich bento yesterday. 

Chap Goh Meh represents the fifteenth and final day of the Lunar New Year period as celebrated by Chinese communities. The term is from the Hokkien dialect and refers to the fifteenth day of the first month, which is the occasion of the first full moon of the New Year. 

The occasion is marked by feasting and various festivities, including the consumption of tangyuan (汤圆) and Kue Keranjang. In traditional Chinese culture, it is also celebrated as the Lantern Festival or the Shang Yuan Festival. In Southeast Asia, however, it coincides with the Chinese Valentine’s Day.  It is also when young unmarried women gather to toss tangerines into the sea, in a hope that their future spouse will pick it up – a custom that originated in Penang, Malaysia.  In the past, this was also the only day that unmarried ladies could be seen with their partners.

In order to celebrate both occasion, I made this pair of bunnies which is suitable for Lunar New Year together with the Chinese Valentine’s Day.  I made a pork jerky sandwich and on top of it I used pink egg sheet, nori and cheese to make the bunnies and the pink hearts .

Other than the bunnies, they are sausage pineapples, mini sausages tangerines and a pear in the bento.

Have a joyful Chap Goh Meh and Happy Chinese Valentine’s Day. 🙂

爱。开心便当のValentine’s Day Gift

February 11, 2011

Valentine’s Day is coming very very soon…I am sure many couples are thinking and searching of Valentine’s gift for their loved ones.  This is the headache job for me to find a suitable git for my husband too…hehe.   But, there are two common gifts which most of the guy will give to the girl…a gift and a bouquet of roses. 🙂

Today’s bento will be about these two things, a gift and a bouquet of roses. I used yellow color rice seasoning mix to color the rice into yellow and made it as a gift box with the pink color egg sheet ribbon.   Then, I made a bear from a quail egg and decorated it with nori for the facial details.  But..I feel like this bear  look more like a piggy..heheh..How about you? 😉

After that, I used some sausage stripes to make six roses and included some lettuce to make a bouquet of roses with two heart shape balloons (food picks).

Other goodies in the bento are chicken nuggets, heart shape prawn sausage, broccoli, pink flower made of egg sheet and grapes. 

Do you spotted a diamond ring in the box too??  Yah…a diamond ring is hidden in the middle of the grapes…hehehe…but not a real diamond…it is just a sticker food pick, just to give some “sparkeling light” to the bento. 🙂

Happy Friday and have a great weekend ahead!! Cheers! 🙂

爱。开心便当のPeach Blossoms bento

January 24, 2011

Hello, friends.  We meet again on this cheerful Monday. 🙂 I am still making bento for the coming Lunar New Year, and today’s bento features Peach Blossom (桃花).   I made a ham and cheese sandwich for my son, and used crab meat, cheese and nori to make several peach blossoms flower on top of the sandwich.

The peach tree with its peach blossoms (桃花) is a standard decoration for the Lunar New Year. Peach blossoms are highly prized in Chinese culture and because they appear before a single leaf has sprouted, the ancient Chinese believed the peach to possess more vitality than any other tree.

Other than the peach blossoms, there are three pineapples in the box too, which made of sausage and lettuce.  Pineapple (黄梨) in Teochew dialect sounds like ‘Wang Lie’ (旺来), which means imminent luck. The Chinese, being staunch luck-chasers love pineapples and love to use pineapple lanterns for decoration as well as for praying during Lunar New Year.

To make these pineapple sausages, first, cut sausage diagonally and put them into boiling water to cook (you can pan fry the sausages too).  Then, cut a small hole at one end of the sausages, put in the lettuce with the help of a chopstick. 🙂 As simple as ABC, right? Hehehe…

Put in some black grapes in the bento and a bunny pick to complete the bento.  Hope this peach blossom bento will brighten up your Monday and starts the week with joy and happiness!!  Cheers!!

爱。开心便当のCute Girl Bento

January 7, 2011

I cooked some spiral pasta in mushroom tomato sauce for dinner just now.   After that decided to make a bento for my son and I wanted to decorate it with a cute girl.

I placed the pasta at the bottom layer of the bento box without mixing with the sauce and then covered the pasta with a piece of egg sheet.  I used ham and nori to make the cute girl’s head.  After that, I put in two red ribbon food picks as the hair ribbons for the two little ponytails. I used the chocolate alphbet letters to make the “HELLO”.

On the top layer of the box, I put in some broccoli, some chicken nuggets, flower made of sausage and imitation crab meat, a piece of apple and a small cup of the mushroom tomato sauce. 

I use a new bento box today, here’s how it look like after I closed the lid…

Isn’t it COOL??? 😉 A burger bento box which I bought it some time ago.  Has no chance to use it until tonight…hehe.

Time flies, is Friday night now…hope I will have more momentum and inspiration next week for bento making. 🙂 Wish you all a great weekend!!

爱。开心便当のTuna Bread Sushi

October 20, 2010

No kawaii bento this morning…I just made some bread sushi.  I put in some mayonnaise tuna and cucumber as filling and used bread to replace the rice.  With the help of the bamboo mat (makisu), I rolled up the bamboo mat, and shape the sushi into a cylinder. Then, cut the sushi roll into bite-sized pieces.  This is simple and easy. 🙂

Included in the bento are baby carrots, sausage flower and black grapes.

My son doesn’t like to eat cucumber at all, especially raw cucumber…so I hope that by putting it into the sushi, he will eat it and hopefully he will like to eat cucumber sooner or later…hehehe.

爱。开心便当のFlying Hearts…

September 30, 2010

I have no idea why I made this bento for my son…LOL…but..honestly, I really don’t have any inspiration on what to made this morning, so, just simply boiled some prawn sausages and made them as hearts to place them on top of the SPAM sandwiches.  

My eldest son and I love to eat SPAM so much, therefore, I will try to cook SPAM once a while.  To make the sandwiches, first, cut the wholegrain bread into round shapes, there were four pieces all together.  Then, cut two pieces SPAM into the same size and pan fried them.  Put some butter on the bread and layered with some lettuce, a piece of SPAM and covered with the bread again.   After finished with the sandwiches, I cut the boiled prawn sausage into half and cut it at an angle, put two pieces together, put them together with a piece of pasta to make a heart shape.  In order to make the sausages to stick properly on the breads, I cut two heart shapes from  cheese and place under the sausages, so that the heart sausages won’t able to “runaway” from the sandwiches…LOL. Finally, put in the wing food picks to make the sandwiches as FLYING hearts!!

In the bento, there are black seedless grapes and apple too.

After my son checked his bento, I told my son, “Please don’t let your heart to fly away after you eat these flying hearts.”  Son replied, “My heart will not fly away because I didn’t eat the wings!”  Opps…such a “prefect” answer he gave…I am speechless and started to laugh (this is the only thing I can do at the moment…haha).

爱。开心便当のHeart to Heart

September 15, 2010

I just celebrated my birthday yesterday, and today is another SPECIAL day for my hubby and I, our 8th wedding anniversary.   So, another celebration again…wohaha. 

This month is full of joy and celebration, we are so busy to ‘enjoy’ and celebrate the events and holidays. From the beginning of the month, we have school holidays, my youngest’s son birthday, Hari Raya Puasa, then my birthday and wedding anniversary.  Tomorrow is Malaysia Day and Mooncake festival will be next week…LOL…can’t stop laughing and eating. 🙂

To celebrate this special day with my hubby, I made this bento for my son..haha..not for him, as he is oversea now, just to dedicate my love to him..LOL.  The bento is made according to the following chocolate bar wrapping paper which presented by my hubby.

I made a simple sandwich with fried egg and butterhead letture.  My son like to eat fried egg with bread.  The two hearts and the red color words are made from artificial crab meat. I used the red color part only. Then I put in two food picks to attach the two heart together just as the picture shown on the wrapping paper.

Other than that, I made two heart shape sausage and used a heart food picks to join the sausage together. There are some black grapes in the box too.

Last but not least, a note to my hubby:  

“Happy 8th Wedding Anniversary and I love you always.  Our heart will always like the bento…heart to heart, regardless of any situation or distance. ”

Wishing all couple, love each other heart to heart forever. 🙂