Dog Black Beans with Polenta Lunch

Dog Polenta Lunch

I made this simple lunch for myself and ate it at work. I find dogs to be adorable but I prefer well behaved dogs that do not jump up on me. One time when I told my young nephew that his dog tackled me, he told me that I was not tackled since I did not fall down. Thinking of that time makes me smile.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Dog – black beans (cut dog shape with a cookie cutter), polenta with Parmesan cheese

Top Right: Pecans

Bottom Right: Bones – Daikon – Japanese radish (cut with cookie cutter)

Not in Photo: Red pepper hummus

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Valentine Breakfast

Valentine Breakfast Table

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I am a planner. Since having a blog for nearly 8 years, it has become normal for me to celebrate some holidays ahead of the actual holiday. In January, while planning what I would do on Eclectic Lamb for Valentine’s Day, at first I was at a loss. I did not anticipate having a Valentine this year. Then I came up with the idea of making breakfast for my friend Renae and her family. It was enjoyable to prepare the food and bring it to them on a Saturday a few weeks ago. The delicious aroma of freshly baked cinnamon rolls filled my car as I drove to their home. I was very happy to share the love to a deserving family who has always been there for me.

Heart Shaped Cinnamon Rolls – I served some rolls with icing and some without.

Fruit Kebobs – Strawberries, apples cut with a cookie cutter (dipped in water with lemon juice to prevent browning), kiwi cut with a cookie cutter (I attached stickers to the top of bamboo skewers)

Greek Yogurt

Herbal Tea / Hot Chocolate

Note: I was impressed with these dishes and tea cups that were hand painted by Renae’s grandmother-in-law.

Frosted Heart Cinnamon Roll

Unfrosted Cinnamon Roll on Plate

Heart Cinnamon Rolls

heart fruit kebabs

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Abe Lincoln Lunch

Abe Lincoln Lunch

I made this quesadilla lunch for my friend Carol. I enjoy my large cookie cutter collection. It enables me to quickly make themed meals. This is my 3rd Lincoln lunch and the 2nd with this cookie cutter.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Lincoln – cheese quesadilla cut with a cookie cutter, snow peas

Top Right: Macadamia nuts, almond butter in container (to dip the apples)

Bottom Right: Apple slices

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Cat Bento Lunch

cat rice bento lunch

I made this lunch for myself and enjoyed it at work. It was my first time to use this cat rice mold set that I received from a friend in Japan. I guess I am a cat person more than a dog person but I prefer to not live with either.

Container: ECO Lunchboxes

Contents: Cat heads – hot cooked Nishiki rice pressed in a rice mold, spinach details, black beans and salsa, Cat – cheddar cheese cut with a cookie cutter, cooked asparagus, cherry tomatoes

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Year of the Pig Bento Lunch

Year of the Pig Bento Lunch

Happy Lunar New Year! It is the year of the Pig. This was a simple but satisfying lunch that I enjoyed at work. Since I was born in a pig year, my friend in Japan sent this cute pig figurine.

Container: Book Bento Box

Contents: Pig – cooked Nishiki rice mixed with some salsa and shaped in a cookie cutter (spoon rice into cookie cutter, press down with plastic wrap, gently remove cookie cutter), black beans mixed with salsa, 2019 – Daikon radish cut with cookie cutters, pink grapefruit

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Groundhog with Shadow Lunch

groundhog day quesadilla lunch

I have a tradition of making various Groundhog Day themed meals. Another tradition is that without context, people don’t know what it is supposed to be. My friend Renae helped me a lot with this one. I texted photos of tweaks and she gave critiques. The shadow may still look like a dead groundhog but not as much as my first try. For the purpose of the photo, I only included one quesadilla but I served more with the meal.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top: Groundhog – cheddar cheese quesadilla cut with a cookie cutter, shadow – homemade cinnamon tortilla chip, sun – cheddar cheese with food coloring marker details, cut with a cookie cutter

Bottom Left: Apple slices (cut side was dipped in water with lemon juice to prevent browning)

Bottom Right: Raspberries, macadamia nuts

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Frog Broccoli Pizza Lunch

Broccoli Frog Shaped Pizza Lunch.jpg

These little pizzas are supposed to look like frogs. I considered not sharing this lunch but I did enjoy eating it at work so I am sharing it here.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Frogs – pizza dough cut with a cookie cutter, mozzarella cheese, broccoli

Top Right: Macadamia nuts

Bottom Right: Green grapes

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