Thursday, March 25, 2010

Bento #41 - Dining with the Elephant

It started with 2 or 3 picks and then Kimi wanted to add this and that. I had to stop him or he would use ALL my picks!! haha! Kimi loved the chocolate pearl I used for the elephant's eyes...not how it looked but how he loved the chocolate! Lol!

This was a last minute bento which I decided to make for Kimi. The worst thing was, when I was about to decorate it, I realised that I was COMPLETELY out of ham, cheese slices, seaweed to decorate my elephant. Yes, hardly looked like one but the little one was happy so that's all that matters! :) He finished the whole bento with only about 2-3 spoons of rice left. So proud of him! :)

I added a little green colouring to the water when cooking the rice to creat this green coloured rice to symbolise the elephant on the grassland. The chicken cutlet is homemade and I added another piece cos I know Kimi loves all these crispy stuff. There's also strawberries, corn, sugar beans, edamame beans and Japanese pumpkin (Kabocha - you can look here to see how you can cook Kabocha) simmered in sweet sauce.

Sweet sauce simmered Kabocha
  • 3-4 wedges of Japanese pumpkin
  • Japanese soya sauce (or the regular will do too)
  • Mirin
  • Sugar or maple syrup
  • Water
  1. Boil the pumpkin till just starting to be soft. Remove and set aside.
  2. Place all the rest of ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to boil.
  3. Taste to ensure saltiness/sweetness is acceptable (should taste like teriyaki sauce).
  4. Add the steamed pumpkin and let it simmer on slow fire for 10-15 mins.
  5. Remove and serve.


javapot said...

like the choice of picks - don't u, perks things up somehow, well done kimi!!

tona-mama said...

Javapot-Tks!! Kimi is rather assertive and many a times insists on wat he wants - good and bad hor? :)

Lia Chen said...

Love this! The more the merrier hehehe ... and the green rice awesome!!

tona-mama said...

Lia-Tks!! Inspired by you! :)

Unknown said...

Co cute and colorful bento!
The chicken cutlet sounds sooo good!

mommykim said...

soooo pretty and inspirational!

tona-mama said...

Babykins & Fae - Tks!! :)


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