Fire in Fireplace Lunch

fire in fireplace lunch

I asked my companion Ken for theme suggestions and he said fire. I actually had a mini fire cookie cutter! I was excited to try a new theme. I think that Ken enjoyed this meal. The wood burning fireplace at his home is very cozy.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Fire – Orange and red bell pepper, Logs – brown cherry tomato, Fireplace – Sugar Snap Peas, Roasted garlic mashed potatoes with brick cookie cutter indents, Artwork – cucumber with cherry tomato

Top Right: Logs – peanut butter ball logs without the craisins

Bottom Right: Fire – apple cut with a cookie cutter, blackberries

 

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Happy New Year 2020

2020 lunch.jpg

I made this easy meal for myself. Happy New Year!

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: 2020 – Cheddar cheese (cut with cookie cutters), rice, kidney beans, salsa

Top Right: Macadamia nuts

Bottom Right: Mandarin Oranges

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Top 10 Bento 2019

Top 2019 Collage

As is my tradition, here are my Top 10 Lunches from 2019!

I have enjoyed sharing my cute food for a long time. Here are my past favorites:  2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012.

Cream Cheese and Cinnamon Eagle

I made this Eagle for my Dad at my parents Lake House.

cat rice bento lunch

I don’t attempt the Japanese bento style very often. I made this lunch for myself and it actually made the Top 10 for 2019.

Hippo Polenta Lunch

I made this polenta Hippo lunch for my friend Mark. I love all of the hippos!

Crown Pizza Lunch

My language partner’s daughter Anna enjoyed this meal of Crowns.

Cheese and Carrot Daffodils

I made this cheese and carrot daffodil lunch for my friend Carol.

baseball lunch

This baseball theme was for a guy that I dated for a few weeks. The relationship did not last but this lunch was a success.

Statue of Liberty USA Lunch

My language partner’s son Ayato enjoyed this Statue of Liberty Lunch.

red panda lunch

I made this Red Panda lunch for my niece on a day that we went to the zoo.

penguin bread lunch

This Penguin bread lunch was for my new companion Ken.

Cat Snack Lunch

I made this cute cat snack meal for my friend’s daughter Elizabeth. She enjoyed eating it.

Happy New Year! May your 2020 include delicious and attractive food.

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Snow Globe Lunch

Snow globe lunch

I made this snow globe themed meal for myself. It was a delight to eat.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Snow globe: Roasted garlic mashed potatoes cooled then cut with a cookie cutter, Reindeer – carrot cut with a cookie cutter, Snow – smoked paprika attached with the end of a toothpick, Base – salsa, broccoli

Top Right: Snow globe: Cheese – cut with a knife, Tree – apple cut with a mini cutter, Base – cinnamon rub, toasted hazelnuts

Bottom Right: Snow globe: Apple, Tree – cucumber cut with a mini cutter, Snowman – carrot cut with a mini cutter, blackberries

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Angel Polenta

Angel Polenta

I made this for myself the same day I made the Gingerbread Polenta Man meal for my friend Mark. The harp is a vegan version of this I made many years ago.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Angel – 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), Mouth – radish cut with a mini bento face cutter, Eyes – spinach cut with a mini bento face cutter, Halo – peeled radish, Spanish Garbanzo Beans

Top Right: Harp – orange bell pepper with angel hair pasta, green bell pepper

Bottom Right: Angels – apples dipped in water with lemon to prevent browning, cinnamon details (sprinkle cinnamon on a plate, dip end of a round end toothpick in water then in cinnamon, dab and draw cinnamon covered toothpick on apples)

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Eggplant and Garlic Toast Dinner

Stuffed Eggplant with Garlic Toast.jpg

My friend Renae came over for dinner on a night that her family was out of town. Since we both like eggplant and a lot of people don’t, it seemed like the perfect choice for dinner. This meal was mostly make ahead. I made the eggplant in the morning and put it in the refrigerator. Before dinner I baked the eggplant and the garlic toasts.

Note: We each had 2 halves of a stuffed eggplant. Only 1 is in the photo.

Cheesy Vegetable-Stuffed Eggplant – I used Cheddar instead of Jack cheese and Asiago instead of Parmesan. I did not use thyme.

Garlic Toasts – with homemade french bread, olive oil and garlic powder baked at  375 degrees until browned and crispy (about 10 minutes)

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Polenta Gingerbread Man

Polenta Gingerbread Man

I made this adorable Polenta Man meal for my friend Mark. He had an awesome smile when he opened the lid to reveal this meal.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Gingerbread Man – 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), Mouth – radish cut with a mini bento face cutter, Eyes and buttons – spinach cut with a mini bento face cutter, Scarf – green bell pepper, Spanish Garbanzo Beans

Top Right: Gingerbread Men – cucumber cut with a cookie cutter, carrots

Bottom Right: Gingerbread Men – apples dipped in water with lemon to prevent browning, cinnamon details (sprinkle cinnamon on a plate, dip end of a round end toothpick in water then in cinnamon, dab cinnamon covered toothpick on apple)

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