Monday, September 28, 2009

...And the Winner Is....


I want to thank everyone who entered--I know bento-ers are a creative bunch and I was blown away by so many fantastic poems. I hope you had fun with the contest.

It was such a difficult decision, but in the end Stars just edged out the competition with an incredibly expressive poem which really captures the Bento experience.

Congratulations on the winning Bento poem:

Unfolding the cloth
Untie furoshiki knot
Spread flat on a table

Layer on layer
Stacked up, tiered uniformly
Banded together

Leveling layers
Sprawling before all senses
Reveal insides

Compressed golden grains
Flooded by deep brown rivers
Topped with leaves, green sprigs

A present, pleasant
Surprise, discover inside
Contents are arranged

Symmetric patterns
Comprised of fresh vegetables
Intricately cut

Bento, it is art
Sculpted beauty, compassion
A true way of life

Please email me with your mailing information at: and I'll send your bento right out.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Contest ends Friday

Just a reminder to enter for your chance at a Bento Box by this Friday!! See the Sept. 4th post for rules and to enter.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Halibut at Home

My morning class today got canceled, so I made a nice lunch for myself at home.

Here is a pan-seared halibut fillet with avocado on a bed of baby lettuce and a bowl of creamy tomato soup.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Shrimp Salad with Grilled Veggies

Mr. Toro's lunch today is a shrimp salad on a bed of lettuce and shaved carrots with grilled zucchini, garnished with fresh dill and celery fronds. Dessert is a cup of diced seedless watermelon and a krispy treat.

I think mayonnaise is disgusting--I have always hated the taste, even as a child. Add in the fact it is profoundly unhealthy, and I'm happy not to use any.

The shrimp salad has a dressing made out of plain non-fat organic yogurt, dijon mustard, fresh dill, and black pepper. Tossed in is some fire grilled shrimp, leftover from dinner, and some celery and carrots.

--Edit: I forgot to mention I also used a squeeze of lime and some red pepper flakes in the dressing--

The zucchini is likewise leftover from dinner--I sliced it on the bias so it would be less likely to slip through the grill, then brushed it lightly with olive oil. About 6-8 minutes on the grill and voila, delicious.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Breakfast Bento

A little breakfast for the morning...

The top box has an egg cup. To make them, I sprayed a muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray, then wrapped a slice of turkey bacon around the cup of a muffin tin. Then, I patted turkey breakfast sausage, removed from its casing, into the bottom of the cup. After that, I cracked an egg into each, and pierced the yolk, then put the tray into the oven at 350 degrees F for about 30 minutes, until the eggs were just about cooked through. I pulled the muffin tin out of the oven, then put a 1/4 oz. slice of fontina cheese on top of each, then popped the tin back into the oven for another 5 minutes to melt the cheese.

The egg cups are garnished with basil and tomato.

In the bottom box is some steel-cut oats with raspberries and slivered almonds, with a touch of maple syrup for sweetness.

Steel-cut oats are super simple to make overnight in a slow cooker. Spray the bowl with nonstick spray, then add 1 cup steel cut oats, 3 cups water, and 1/2 cup milk (or soy milk). Turn the slow cooker on 'low' for 8-9 hours--setting it in the evening means fresh oatmeal in the morning when you get up.

I made a triple batch (3 c. oats, 9 c. water, 1 1/2 c. milk). The oatmeal will keep for about a week in the refrigerator. To reheat, add a bit of water, then microwave for one minute; stir, then microwave for one more minute.

To freeze, wait until the oatmeal is cold, then portion and freeze.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Caprese and Watermelon

A mini-sandwich of turkey and cheese is next to a caprese salad with a dessert of heart-cut watermelon pieces.

Don't forget to see Friday's post for your chance to win a bento box.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Bento Contest!!!

My visitor's counter is almost to 1000, so to celebrate, I'm hosting a contest! The winner will get the "Leaflet tight" bento box from the photos.

To enter:
Compose a haiku about Bento which is your own original work and post it in the comments section of this post. The best haiku wins!

Judging criteria:
15% - following haiku form (i.e. 5/7/5 syllables)
15% - using Bento as the main topic of the poem
50% - creativity
20% - expressiveness

  • All entries must be in English.
  • All entries must be posted by Midnight Pacific Standard Time on September 26, 2009.
  • You may enter as many original poems as you like, but each entry must be made as a separate comment. Multiple poems posted in the same comment will be read as and judged as a single poem.
  • I am not responsible for any errors in posting, whatever the source.
  • I am not responsible for lost, stolen, or misdirected mail--I will send confirmation that it is en-route, but if it doesn't make it to your hands, I'm sorry, but will not replace the bento.
  • I am not responsible for any issues arising from the bento box or your use of it.