A Ghoulish Bento

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Earlier this week I asked you all which Tokyo Ghoul character I should make a bento featuring, and someone replied! I want to thank Wazzup Wasabi for suggesting I just go for making a bento featuring the main character, Ken Kaneki! This style of the main character is totally spoilers, but if you’re not watching it, that’s your own fault. You can watch it for free on Funimation, so do it. Now.

Now that you’ve done that(welcome back), it’s time for me to tell you what’s in the bento!

And oh boy, I really wish I had Gardein’s beefless tips on hand, or at the very least a chocolate bar with espresso beans. Since in the anime ghouls can only eat humans(or drink coffee, so basically, they’re over caffeinated, Starbucks obsessed eaters of humankind) it does leave one to ponder how the heck a vegan is going to make a bento themed around this.

Since I didn’t have the really cool foods on hand, I settled for Gardein’s Meatless Meatballs, and strawberries(they are red like blood so it works… right?) and snow peas. I’m still not done with the bag of those things, but they’ve not gone bad yet so I’ll keep eating them.

Moving onto Kaneki, his hair is made out of mashed potatoes, along with the background(my carb of the meal). The mask and his hair details are done with cut nori, the red is a slice of strawberries. As for the teeth on the mask, I tried to cut up some of that silver candy paper, thinking that would be the easiest way to go, but I think it went stale, it was incredibly brittle, so instead I crushed up a couple of edible decor pearls and laid the most teeth-like of the fragments on the strawberry. I knew I wanted a different color to contrast between his hair and skin, so I took the batter coating off a piece of Gardein Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick’n, and put that under. I took some extra mashed potatoes and coated over it in the pattern of his hair until it laid just right.

That’s all there really is to this bento. A good pair of scissors and lots of patience!

Green and Red

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This bento was simple to make, and I quite enjoyed doing so! In it are Gardein’s Meatless Meatballs  accompanies by the snow peas, regular peas, strawberries and mashed potatoes.

You wouldn’t believe how hard it was to get a decent photograph of these potatoes! When I put the potatoes in the silicone cup, I focused on making it as smooth as possible, but texture and shadow are what photograph well, much more than a flat white bed of potatoes! I should have decorated it with nori.

Spruced Up Bento!

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Today’s bento is basically the same thing as yesterday’s bento, but in my bear box. There is one food variation, however, asparagus!

The rest of the bento is pretty normal; instant mashed potatoes, cut snow peas, Gardein Mandarin Crispy Chick’n with sauce in Tamagotchi cup, peas, scrambled tofu and strawberry slices cut into hearts.

I’ve taken to the Mandarin sauce provided with the Gardein chick’n. I like to dunk the “nugget” into the sauce right before eating it. I never took to the sauce until recently, so maybe Gardein changed their recipe?

The Bento Cart, Backdrops and Bunny Bento!

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Yesterday, I listened to an episode of the Simple Sophisticate podcast about bar carts that quite surprised me.

Truth be told, I wasn’t planning on setting up a bar cart, but as Shannon Ables was talking about the different ways you could set one up, my mind reverted to the bar cart my grandma gave me for Christmas a couple of years ago. For most of it’s time in my possession, it’s been used as a sort of pseudo-pantry. Those of you whom know my living situation know that I store most of my food in my bedroom with the exception of when I buy bulk frozen groceries(vegetables and Gardein, namely).

As I listened to this podcast I figured I wouldn’t make any changes, but as I listened I steadily felt the hype growing, and even sketched out a couple of quick prototypes for the layout of my current bar cart. When I got home, I quickly realized that my layout wasn’t going to work quite the way I planned, but I got it most of the way there, with a few tweaks.

The photo is of the initial setup. I’ve since added a hand towel to one of the side bars to wipe my hands on if I get them wet, sticky, or spill something.

There’s only a few things I feel like I need to explain; left drawer is spices, the right drawer is picks, silicone cups and bento bands, in the black container is dry rice, ready for the rice cooker, behind that is a stainless steel one for instant mashed potato flakes, and the purple tray on the bottom shelf contains bento shaping/cutting tools. If you have any questions about any other stuff on the cart, feel free to comment below!

Now I can throw any food I want to put in my bento on the top of the cart and wheel it out to the kitchen while I cook up everything, if I need to use the stove, or if I want to watch anime while I make my bento in my room, I can wheel it right next to my desk!

I also splurged $5.00 at Walmart today to buy a book of scrapbook paper to have nice backdrops behind my bentos from now on. Twenty-five designs, but two sheets of everything, so if something gets stained, no need to worry.

Now, onto the bento part!

I know, I know, you’re probably sick of bunny rabbit themed bentos on my part, but I can’t help it! They’re so easy and cute to make! bunny bento, new wallpapers

Today, I’m rocking my new paper backdrop to help brighten up this bento. In it are instant mashed potatoes(with dulse and tyrosine added for my thyroid, hence the flecks), cut snow peas, Gardein Mandarin Crispy Chick’n with sauce in the bunny cup, peas, scrambled tofu and strawberry slices cut into hearts.

I’m pretty pleased with how this one turned out, with the exception of the bunny’s face, but then again, I was also trying to set it up atop a bed of tofu scramble which isn’t known for it’s smooth texture.

Wacky Food Combo Bento

IMG_0410It was my intention to try to use the tofu to make a bunny using an ice cream scoop but the tofu looked like the world’s grossest ice cream so I ended up making tofu scramble.I included a pickle, more snow peas, and mashed potatoes.

I cracked open a can of peas as well, I have so many peas that it’s fairly unusual, methinks, so I’m going to try to work through them as much as I can.

I’m working on another “no-spend” week which will end tomorrow evening, but I don’t think I’ll be topping off my groceries a whole lot very soon. I might go pick up a couple of things, although I’m not sure what as of yet. I have a paper due on March that I’ve barely touched(the teacher is going to give me a bit of feedback after class one day this week) so I’ll have to go to the grocery store after that.

I want to make more kyaraben bento meals! I’ve been watching a bunch of Tokyo Ghoul after seeing so many cosplays at Katsucon(I do feel silly for not buying any bento wares there) and it’d be pretty neat to do a kyaraben featuring Tokyo Ghoul somehow, but I’m not sure what character I’d make it of. Probably Hide because his character looks super cool, but then there’s a few others that it’d be pretty neat to make a bento of as well.

What Tokyo Ghoul character should I make a bento of? Comment below!

“The Lazy, I Don’t Want to Pack Lunch, But I Want to go out to Eat Even Less” bento.

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Yup, the same kind of bento as the last two days! I’m using the rest of the Gardein Meatless Meatballs and peas up, although there are still a couple of rice pockets. I also didn’t even bother with the snow peas because I was feeling incredibly lazy. Yes. Too lazy to even cut up snow peas and make them look cute to go in my bento box.

To be honest, I’m kind of embarrassed to post this bento on here ever since I’ve been trying to up the quality of the blog, but the truth of the matter is that sometimes people get incredibly lazy after working all day long(8 hours) and then working a few more hours on school work after that. Sometimes I don’t have time to make a beautiful bento box. Sometimes I don’t give two craps and just throw something together that will give me good nutritional value but save me the effort, hassle, and money from going out to eat. I dread having to go out to eat lunch during the work day. It’s a rush to get anywhere, get back to work and then eat. My boss said he doesn’t care if we go over a little on time for lunch if we do that, but I would rather take the full thirty minute lunch break to sit down and enjoy my meal and relax for a bit, chatting with my coworkers than deal with traffic. So in comes “The Lazy, I Don’t Want to Pack Lunch, But I Want to go out to Eat Even Less” bento.

Gardein, Peas and Daiya

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I’m out of names. Crud!

Anyway, today’s bento is basically a repeat of yesterday’s only I decided to get a little artsy in taking the photograph. I took this picture out in the kitchen, my bedroom is still basically in shambles since Katsucon, so no photographs of bentos in here!

The only real difference between today’s bento and yesterday’s is that I cooked the peas in margarine per a coworker’s recommendation, and I sprinkled Daiya Mozarella Shreds on top of them. Talk about rough, huh? I have a few cans of corn, beans, and tofu along with other foods but I’m getting kinda low on my favorites! The no-spend weeks really have been pushing me out of my comfort zone, so tomorrow’s bento will likely be a bit more interesting.