I have been making bento since January 2010 and up until now I have resisted every temptation to buy any bento supplies whilst trying to make do with what I already have, such as normal food containers and tools such as cookie cutters and craft supplies. Today, the temptation got the better of me! I saw the lovely bright colours of this 4 tier (Yes 4!!) bento box and I bought it thinking it would be extra specially good for family picnics, using all the tiers, and I can mix and match 1 or 2 of the tiers to suit for normal lunch days when we are at home!
Here is a pic to show you what it looks like with the lid.
By the way, it is another Moroccan Lamb with prunes! DH made it again as a treat for me! So I put some rice in the long compartment, the Moroccan Lamb with prunes in one of the squares, and filled the remaining square with carrots and cucumber. I decorated the rice with some carrot fans. There was only me eating dinner today seeing as my boy was asleep (he was feeling under the weather) and got fed later and DH and the baby had already eaten.
Here is what the bento box looks like all stacked together:
And taken apart:
As you can see, the top tier is enough for a meal for 1, so today the other 3 tiers were redundant today, but I have a feeling that when the weather gets nicer, we’ll be able to get a lot more use from the other tiers for picnics / days out.
I also splashed out and bought this:
I have used them to try them out, but I didn’t have enough chocolate to fill them up (I just had a half packet of dark cooking chocolate in my cupboard!) so I only got half done ones, so next time I try making them, I’ll be sure to let you see what they turn out like. These look promising – professional looking, lovely smooth glossy finish to them, and they pop right out just like ice cubes! You can buy the Silikomart Moulds here. Next time, I want to use some nice flavoured milk chocolate – Galaxy or Cadbury’s Dairy Milk spring to mind but I’ve no chance of getting my mits on that over here! Will see what I can find!
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