I made this snack lunch for my friend Renae’s daughter Elizabeth. It was a bonus cute meal since I knew she would not like the soup everyone else had for lunch that day. I was happy to make it for her.
Container: ELB Snack Boxes
Contents: Red grapes, carrots, cheddar cheese (cut with a cookie cutter), cat tortilla chips (flour tortillas cut with a cat cookie cutter, place on cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray, brush cats with olive oil and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp)
I made this lunch for my friend’s husband Jeff during a weekend at my parent’s Lake House.
Left Side: C3P0 – cheddar cheese cut with a cookie cutter, focaccia bread
Top Right: Pistachio nuts
Bottom Right: Blackberries
I made this ghost lunch for myself on a day that I made other rice lunches and wanted an easy theme for myself.
Left Side: Ghost – hot cooked Nishiki rice pressed into a cookie cutter with plastic wrap, carefully push rice out of cookie cutter, spread a little bit of Brie on top of the rice, Eyes – blueberry, green peas
Top Right: Walnuts
Bottom Right: Ghosts – apple (cut with a cookie cutter and dipped in water with lemon to prevent browning), blueberries
I made this photography themed meal for my friend Mark. He requested the theme and it was actually one I never did before! I represented photography of nature and people.
Container: Book Bento Box
Contents: Photographer – roasted garlic mashed potatoes cooled then cut with a cookie cutter, Photographer’s Eye – spinach, Camera – cucumber with carrot details attached with a piece of angel hair pasta, Butterflies – rainbow carrots cut with a mini cutter, lentils cooked in vegetable broth
Container: ELB Snack Boxes
Contents: Cucumber and Radish faces – details cut with Japanese decorative bento face cutters, Camera tortilla chips – corn tortillas cut into rectangles, brush both sides with olive oil, add smoked paprika details, place on cookie sheet and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp
Note: I cut a potato into a circle and small rectangle and used it as a stamp to attach the paprika to the tortilla chips before baking.
I made this meal for myself to eat at work. I don’t often make themed meals just for me but I enjoy it.
Left Side: Maple Leaf – polenta made with broth and cornmeal (stir 1/2 cup cornmeal into 1 cup of vegetable broth, heat at medium-low heat while stirring, when it becomes a ball and is somewhat firm, remove from heat and spread onto a plate at the desired thickness for your cookie cutter. When cool, cut with a cookie cutter), Spanish Garbanzo Beans
Top Right: Macadamia nuts
Bottom Right: Maple Leaves – apple (cut with a cookie cutter), cinnamon
I made this meal for my Mom at her Lake House. The owl has extra indentations since it was difficult to release the cheese out of the cookie cutter but my Mom did not complain. She enjoys my themed lunches.
Left Side: Owl – cheddar cheese cut with a cookie cutter, focaccia bread
Top Right: H-O-O-T – cucumber with letter cut-outs and carrots put inside
Bottom Right: Owl – apple (cut with a cookie cutter), cinnamon, Greek yogurt
For as long as I can remember, my Dad sometimes makes his special filled pancakes for a weekend breakfast. Similar to his Onion Rings, my Mom does a lot of the work but gets no credit. My Dad is skilled at cooking them.
I don’t have an exact recipe for you but the photos below will provide an idea of the process. It takes practice learning the consistency of the batter (thin crepe type batter), and time to learn how to flip and roll. My Dad has practice doing this!
2 spatulas (flippers or turners)
Flat frying pan
Oil (for the pan)
My family enjoys these on special occasions when we can convince my Dad to make them. Try making them for yourself.