Ni Hao, Kai-Lan Bento

ni hao kai-lan bento
ni hao kai-lan bento

Today’s bento is Ni Hao, Kai-Lan!

This comes on Nick Junior TV every morning and its super jolly music gets me off to a happy start! I love the cute characters in this show: there’s a tiger, a monkey, a koala and a rhinoceros who flies about attached to a balloon. They are the epitome of “kawaii” !

You can read about Ni Hao, Kai-Lan in this Wikipedia entry

And this is what all the characters look like together Ni Hao Kai-Lan

I used a Chicken and Sweetcorn Pancake (“Dropped Scone”) that I made yesterday and wrote about in yesterday’s post

The hair, eyebrows and eyelashes are Nori seaweed, the red flowers are cheese and the eyes are boiled egg white, cheese with brown food colouring, nori and egg white again. At the right hand side is some macaroni with egg mayonaise and decorated with more cheese and carrot flowers of various colours. The cheese that I use is Gouda pre-sliced. It is on a bed of “Feldsalat” which translates to Field Salad or Field Lettuce, and Wikipedia has just informed me that it is also known as Corn salad, Valerianella locusta, Lewiston cornsalad, lamb’s lettuce, mâche, and rapunzel.

I carved the words “Ni Hao Kai-Lan” into an apple wedge using my trusty pergamano needle pen.

Ni Hao, Kai Lan was created by Karen Chau. This is the link to the official website,_Kai-Lan

Monstered Egg Bento with Chicken Fried Rice

monster egg and chicken fried rice bentoToday’s bento is a monster type creature made from a “dressed egg” or “egg mimosa” with green beans for the eyes and legs and arms, and an apple body on a grated carrot background, with chicken fried rice, peas, broccoli, cucumber and garlic on a food pick.

The rice was left over from when I made these chicken skewers earlier this evening. I got the idea for these chicken skewers from

curry ketchup chicken skewers
curry ketchup chicken skewers

I thought the ones on there looked really tasty and as it happens, I had got my chicken out of the freezer this morning just like the Flylady told me to do, so by the time I got my inspiration for what to do with it, it was pretty simple! I didn’t have any of the ingredients from the recipe apart from the chicken though (LOL), so I used spicy curry ketchup to marinate them in for a couple of hours before dipping them in some sesame seeds and sizzling them on their skewers in the frying pan!

Today I took part in my fellow Flybaby DianeDenmark’s Scaredy Cat Challenge! Weeding the patio! Not something I have ever attempted before, but I thought I would be brave and jump in, especially seeing I was prepared for anything, already being dressed to my lace-up shoes and timer AND already having complete the Weekly Home Blessing! (Go me!) I set my timer for 15 mins, spent 5 mins testing different pieces of cutlery and found out a long handled latte spoon works better than a butter knife for digging out the moss, grass and plantains! When the timer beeped I did another 10 minutes of weeding and then spent the last 5 mins sweeping up. I was really surprised what a difference 30 mins made! Here are the before and after pics!

patio before
patio before
patio after
patio after

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Kawaii Mushroom Sandwich Bento

kawaii mushroom sandwich bento
kawaii mushroom sandwich bento

While I was away in England, I dropped my camera and it broke! 🙁 so now I only have my camera phone to take pics with! The flash comes on about 20 minutes before it takes the picture so apologies for the photo quality! Today’s bento is a cheese and mayo sandwich on brown bread, with broccoli, tomatoes and deep fried aubergines. This one is for my DH and he likes the aubergines to be nice and blackened… almost burnt but we’ll say caramelized for the sake of argument! I used them as baran between the sandwich and the broccoli, seeing as the flavour of the aubergines will probably be more tasty absorbed into the sandwich than the soggy broccoli juice. I am astounded that I was even able to make a bento today, seeing as my fridge is very barebare fridge. Seriously need to go shopping! Looks like we have enough margarine to get us through til winter tho hehe! I also managed to jab one of the food picks down between my nail and my finger, which was sensational! I lost an astonishing amount of blood with that one!

We managed to get back home to Germany before all the UK and German Airports started shutting down due to the Icelandic Volcanic Ash Cloud. We are so blessed to be home and safe. I got back and couldn’t wait to see what I had missed this past week from my bento pals, so I posted my findings here in a Squidoo Lens called  Bento Catch Up which highlights the bento news from 7th -15th April 2010. Check it out because the current bento contests / challenges / giveaways are highlighted in it.

I am always trying to improve my site, so now there are some new tabs on the home page; “Games” which features links to some of the cutest games around and “Harajuku” which is a new promo page for Harajuku Lovers Perfume which I fell in love with while on my trip to England! The Bento Supplies page has also been given a new look to make it easier to navigate and you get to see more products “at a glance” !

I’ll tell you about this Harajuku Lovers Perfume while I am here!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this and I am IN LOVE with it!

harajuku lovers perfume baby
Harajuku Lovers Perfume - Baby

This is the Harajuku Lovers perfume by Gwen Stefani. It smells like parma violets! Up til now Kenzo Flower was my favourite, but now I just think the smell of this is so delicious and the packaging and the bottle just feed my addiction to fatally kawaii gorgeousness!

I bought mine in England on my latest trip there, and looks like I paid more than I should have – I should have bought it online to save money. Though to be honest I would have ended up paying a little bit extra and getting the other one that I love as well which is a coconutty smell; “Music” ! I have to collect these (There are 5 to collect; Baby, Music, G, Love and Lil Angel) because once the perfume is gone, you still get to keep the bottles which are these heart-breakingly cute figurines!

Before I go, I would like to give special thanks to Kuusou from Bento Basket, Jenn from Fluteloop, Mombento, Marisa from All in Good Food, Lia from Bentolicious, Natakiya from Bento Anarchy, Debra from HapaBento and BentoBird for some phenomenal Guest Posts. Your guest posts are welcome any time, and it’s a pleasure to have you featured on my blog. :o)

Guest Post from Bentobird

Bentobird guest bento
Chicken Salad Bento from Bentobird

Hi, I’m Bentobird. I live in the Washington DC area and enjoy making bentos that express the culinary diversity and ever-changing seasonal beauty of the Mid-Atlantic, and sharing them on my blog, Bento is such a delightful to way to participate in the beauty of nature and connect with others through the tapestry of international food traditions!

This bento contains chicken salad with scallions in a light pesto-garlic dressing, fresh sprouts, baby golden tomatoes, Japanese pickled garlic and Korean pickled radish, and a mini berry tart. Thanks to Asfora for her wonderful site and the chance to share!

Jenn’s blog is here

Bento is such a delightful to way to participate in the beauty of nature and connect with others through the tapestry of international food traditions!
This bento contains chicken salad with scallions in a light pesto-garlic dressing, fresh sprouts, baby golden tomatoes, Japanese pickled garlic and Korean pickled radish, and a mini berry tart. Thanks to Asfora for her wonderful site and the chance to share!

Guest Post from Hapa Bento

kawaii cute bento
Hello Kitty snack bento from Hapa Bento

I am very flatterered that my bento-blog friend and fellow member of the Kawaii Bento Club Asfora asked me to write a guest post for her blog! So here goes…

My name is Debra and I have a bento blog called “hapa bento”. I create fun bento box lunches for my husband, Saba Man and for myself. I try to keep our bentos as healthy and as compasionate as possible. I am a vegetarian while Saba Man is not, so are bentos can get very interesting at times!

This bento I packed this “Hello Kitty” snack bento for myself as a demonstration that you don’t have to do charaben to create a kawaii-cute bento. Using a cute box promotes “squeal appeal” on it’s own!

I love a girly-sweet bento and sometimes there’s no time do charaben. So instead I use a basic flower cutters and pink veggies and fruits, a cute bento box and voila! I have a kawaii bento.

This snack bento contains, corn pudding, sun-dried olives, strawberries, tomatoes, vegan tofurkey sausage, enoki mushrooms, watermelon radish and yellow carrots!

So there you go… a fairly simple way to bring a smile and a twinkle in your eye at during lunch.

Thank you Asfora for inviting me as a guest poster!