Totoro Bento

Totoro Bento Lunch

I assisted my 17 year old niece with making her lunch at my parents Lake House. The concept and food were her own. I suggested the addition of the olives (I was inspired by this). We think it was cute!

Container: ECO Lunchboxes

Contents: Totoro – cooked Nishiki rice pressed into a ball using plastic wrap, sauteed mushrooms with olive oil and butter, eyes and nose – olives, Soot Sprites – black olives with rice (make a hole with a skewer, then push in cooked grains of rice), broccoli

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Capitol Lunch

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I made this lunch for my Dad at my parents Lake House. My friend Renae recently gave me a Capitol cookie cutter and I was excited to use it.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Capitol Building – 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, green peas

Top Right: Walnuts

Bottom Right: Red, White and Blue Fruit – apple, raspberry, blueberries

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Cinnamon Black Bear Lunch

Cinnamon Black Bear Sandwich Lunch

I made this faceless black bear lunch for myself. I don’t know why I neglect to add faces during creation and then regret it later. Regardless, it was a fun and tasty meal.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Black Bear – focaccia bread cut with a cookie cutter, cream cheese, cinnamon, spinach leaves

Top Right: Mixed nuts

Bottom Right: Fish – assorted melon cut with cookie cutters

 

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Sheep Themed Birthday Meal

Sheep themed lunch

Today is my birthday! I was fortunate to be able to take the day off from work and have my parents and my friend Mark over for a sheep themed meal. A co-worker thought it was strange that I was making lunch for my own birthday. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to make and share a fun meal with people who are close to me.

Sheep in a Field Layered Rice

  1. Line a small ramekin with plastic wrap.
  2. Add a layer of hot Nishiki rice and press down.
  3. Add a small layer of cooked white beans and cut tomatoes cooked in some Vegetarian Broth with some added oregano.
  4. Add an additional layer of hot cooked rice and press down.
  5. Carefully lift the layered rice out of the ramekin and place on the serving plate.
  6. Add Basil Pesto (this happens to be homemade and Vegan) to the top of the rice.
  7. Cut a sheep out of Daikon (Japanese Radish) using a sheep cookie cutter.
  8. Cut lines in snow peas with a sharp knife.
  9. Cut butterflies out of carrot with a mini clay cutter.
  10. Arrange the daikon, carrot, and snow pea on top of the pesto. Pipe a thin layer of pesto around the layered rice.

Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Zest – roast asparagus with a little salt and olive oil at 425 for about 10 minutes or until tender. Add lemon zest after plating.

Roasted Cauliflower with Almond Aioli – Roast cauliflower with some olive oil and smoked paprika at 425 for about 20 minutes or until tender. Serve with Almond Aioli.

Baby Potato Chips – Slice baby potatoes with a mandoline slicer. Fry in vegetable oil.

Sheep Daikon Layered Rice

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Sheep Themed Lunch Table

My Critique of the Meal:

As usual I am more critical than my guests. I think that the sides were the most popular. I tried to recreate the cauliflower and almonds with baby potato chips that I had in Iceland at the Blue Lagoon Lava Restaurant. It was not exact but it was delicious.

Plating is something that I continue to strive to improve. My plates are not as precise as the planning sketch I drew but I like how I loaded the plates with flavor. If I put less food on the plates it would have looked prettier but then my guests would not have as much to enjoy. That said, it was a hearty lunch with the Sheep in the Field Layered Rice. I think my plates have a rustic look to them.

It was a memorable meal and I am thankful for the people who came and shared it with me.

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Race Car Lunch

race car lunch

I made this lunch for my friend Mark to take home to have another time. He selected the theme and seemed happy with it. I love it when people in my life request fun food!

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Race Car – hot Nishiki rice pressed into a car shaped container lined with plastic wrap, firmly press down, then carefully lift the rice out of the container. Brush some salsa on top of the rice. 42 – cut the numbers out of cucumber with a cookie cutter. (I didn’t attach them with spaghetti since I didn’t want holes in the cucumber but it is a way to help the numbers stay in place). Black beans, corn, and salsa.

Top Right: Pistachios

Bottom Right: Racing Flag – checkered apple with cinnamon

  1. Follow this checkered apple tutorial
  2. Add cinnamon to the white squares
  3. Carefully remove the other pieces of apple
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Loon Lunch

Cream Cheese and Cinnamon Bread Loon

I am surprised that this is my first loon lunch! My Grandparents had and now my parents have a summer lake house so I grew up listening to and watching loons. They fascinate me. I made this meal for my Mom to take on a day trip in the Adirondacks to visit the Adirondack Experience museum at Blue Mountain Lake. When I asked my Mom for theme ideas she said, “loon”.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Loon – focaccia bread cut with a cookie cutter, cream cheese, cinnamon, dried blueberry, blueberries

Top Right: Mixed nuts

Bottom Right: Fish – assorted melon cut with cookie cutters

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Black Bean Rice Elephant Lunch

Black Bean and Rice Elephant Lunch

I made this black bean rice elephant for lunch for myself. I am not thrilled with the lack of color contrast but it was a tasty and fulfilling meal.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top: Elephant – hot cooked Nishiki rice pressed into a cookie cutter with plastic wrap, black beans (I used my food processor to puree black beans with some lemon juice), cooked broccoli

Bottom Left: Elephant – apple cut with a cookie cutter dipped in water with lemon juice to prevent browning, mini chocolate chip, raspberries

Bottom Right: Pistachios

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