Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Bento (continued)


So I have my little blue bento box all packed and ready for tomorrow. Actually, it's the one I got for my son, but I can't find the bottom of my beloved red bunny set! They have tons on the internet, but they are all 15 times the price I paid for my pretty little bento ($1.50) SO if any of my good friends would like to get me the red bunny version of this cute little box for my birthday (the band I have on this blue one is the matching bento band...$1.00) I will love you forever and ever, because it's a crap-ton to order through e-bay.

Pooey.

Anyhoo, without further ado, here's my Urara dragonfly bento made by Sheep Lube, a division of Putrifresh (I swear, I did not make this up) all ready for tomorrow's hungry:

From left to right we have couscous, with lotsa fresh basil, a bit of summer sausage, made with chicken broth. It is delicious, and was my almost-midnight snack just now (looking at finished bento for an hour makes ya hunger!) Next are raisins, carrot sticks, and sliced pickles. At first, I wandered around my kitchen wondering where-in-the-hell all of my cupcake liners went to, when I came up with something brilliant! There's a cabbage in there, so sturdy and invincible, that it started to grow roots long after it's been sawed off it mama plant, loooooong after it'd been purchased, much less looked at by myself. And it's still fresh and perky. SO I figured cabbage leaves would make perfect little dividers for my raisins and pickles. Finally, in the portion usually reserved for napkins and chopsticks, I have piroutte cookies. Yummy yum-yum.

So yeah.. my lunch. If I can stick to what's in my bento box, I should be losing weight here shortly. Just have to stay away from the kitchen....

*sigh*

May Challenge and bento

I just realized that tomorrow is the LAST day of the month, and, aside from being PAYDAY, it also happens to be the day before the next Daring Baker Challenge is revealed. There are now almost 800 folks in this group. Pretty impressive considering that less than two years ago it was founded by two women who merely wanted to compare notes!

After having bailed/failed/nailed the last 6, I'm kinda surprised that they still let me play, but I think I'm finally in the groove, and, barring any more disasters (The fingers are in anti-hex mode as I type) I'll start in on them much, much earlier. Then I'll merely suffer the torment of wanting to post my lovely accomplishments on the web.

But there are still two I haven't done for 2008- Lemon Meringue Pie (January) and the Perfect Party Cake (March). I have all I need for the Party Cake, so that's likely to be done first. Not horribly sure about the Lemon Meringue. But this is so seriously fun that I thought I'd reward myself for good attendance by joining a cup-cake group later on in July....

IN the meanwhile, a new culinary obsession is slowly cultivating- bento. These unbelievably cute little lunch boxes are packed with all sorts of treats that would make any person feel loved. I doubt that I will EVER get to the point where I'm cooking everything fresh every morning unless I:

1. Find that wonderful man and get married, and stay home to take care of any new little ones.
2. Get so unbelievably good at this that I can do it while I get ready for work and corral my son into some semblance of school-worthiness.

First on the agenda.. finding really cute, but inexpensive bento boxes (my son loses things like you wouldn't believe)

Anyhoo, will keep you posted as I forge along.....

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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Fish-n-chix!!!!!




SO my darlin's, the cheesecake pops challenge went by pretty easily, even with having the wrong type of pans and all.

They were a hit at my friend L's BBQ, and went real, REALLY fast, which is good because I think I made myself ill eating all of the scraps while making them. I'll have to content myself with this little description until tomorrow when I can find my camera cord and post all of the "during" pics, along with the pics from the BBQ and the finished product.

IN the meanwhile, thank you Daring Bakers, for such a wonderful challenge!

-e