I finally found some time to update about the lunches. As I said last time I’ve been crazy busy, but it’s been worth it. I’ve received an A+ for my BA-thesis so I’m really pleased with that!
Back to bentou-ing. I have seven pictures for you here, it really has been too long and I will update more regularly now that I’m a little less busy. A lot of the bentous feature mango, well, that’s what you get buying three fresh mango’s for $1,-. They look so yum but you do have to eat mango continuously for the next few days…
First off, my boyfriends bentou. It was supposed to be a busy day for him with classes and a presentation, but since he had to wait for one of his classmates to send in the powerpoint slides for the presentation (I hate it when they do that), he missed his first class and ate his bentou at home. It contains two onigiri with mixed in furikake, five tiny home-made meatballs, stars-shaped yellow bellpepper, starshaped cucumber, cheese cubes, half a kiwi and a hello kitty candy which he threw away :p Morning preparation time was longer then anticipated because I wanted to make him a pretty bentou so that somehow that would positively influence his presentation (which is stupid I know :p), I guess it took 20 minutes, waaaay too long for any other day, but for some occasions it’s okay I guess.
Please, behind the cut, six other bentou’s from the past days.
My bentou for the day, containing two onigiri with mixed in furikake, three tiny home-made meatballs. Half an egg, boiled and in pieces. A tiny cocktail sausage, half a kiwi, some dipping sauce for the meatballs and sausage. Also some seedless grapes and two easter eggs which I shared with my co-worker. Preparation time was about 15 minutes, mostly spent boiling the egg, I took a shower in the meantime and made the rest of the bentou then.
Boyfriend bentou containing half a kiwi, some seedless grapes. Some of those I cut in half, partly because this way I can fit in more grapes and partly because my boyfriend has this weird way of eating his grapes (de-skinning them first or something), two cocktail sausages which I tried to make into octodogs, but without succes, two cheese cubes, an egg sliced in halves, a slice of chickenfilet with herbs, some dipping sauce for the sausages. In the bottom tier were two onigiri with mixed in furikake, and some mini-meatballs. Morning preparation time was 15 minutes due to the boiling of the egg, again, I took a shower in the meantime.
My boyfriend did request his egg should be left whole in the future. He thinks that this will help avoid the smelliness of the egg in his bentou by lunchtime. It’s not really smelly, but it is your typical egg-at-room-temperature kind of smell. I figured he’s not a baby anymore so he should be able to eat a whole egg whitout difficulty, but I really like the yellow-ish colour the egg adds in this way. Anyways, he does have a point so I won’t cut up his eggs anymore.
Boyfriend bento, containing two onigiri with mixed in furikake, a steamed dumpling, some tiny meatballs, cheese cubes which did a good job as gap-fillers, a boiled heart-shaped egg (though the yellow part is ruining the hart a bit..) and star-shaped mango.
My bento of that day contained about the same, but I had seedless grapes instead of an egg and a slice of ontbijtkoek.
Boyfriend-bentou containing two onigiri with mixed in furikake, two slices of tomato, a star shaped egg cut in half *sorry, a cheese triangle, a piece of ontbijtkoek, some cut up and sakura-shaped mango. The boyfriend was pouting at the tomato before I closed the bentou so he was lucky that I found another dumpling in the freezer. I thought we were out but I still had one woo-tip dumpling, so I ate the tomatoes as a breakfast snack and put the steamed dumpling in his bentou. In the evening my boyfriend repaid me by making me a delicious lasagna, fair deal!
My bentou for that day, two onigiri with mixed in furikake, four slices of tomato in total, cheese cubes, a piece of ontbijtkoek and loads of mango. All in all the morning preparation time was about 15 minutes. Mostly spent inactive because I was cooking the rice and boiling the egg. I did spent some extra time with the dumpling, but ah well ;)