Sunday, June 29, 2008
Bento # 21 and Bento #22
Plain bread cut into Hello Kitty shape. Steam carrots on the side with cherry tomatoes on top. Inside the yellow teddy bear container is some strawberry jam for just in case.
I thought she hadn't much variety for the day so I added a banana for her.
Kimberly did not want any bento today. She asked for some pretzel only, which I stuff into one of these zipper bags. I didnt take any picture of that.
This is DH's bento of yesterday. DH went into office to clear some work sometimes on Saturday morning. Since I had fried some rice that morning for breakfast, I thought it would be nice for him to have some home cook food, albeit only fried rice, instead of those MSG laden food outside.
On the lower tier is fried rice with lettuce and carrot on the side. On the upper tier is a moulded egg gone wrong. Ha ha. It was supposed to be a Pooh Bear moulded egg for the kids, but the egg was too large for the mould and it didnt come out right.
On the side of the egg is some mince pork leftover from the night before and on top of the boiled egg, the last of the cherries which DH's father brought over the other week.
Wish I could make him some salmon, cucumber, crabstick or daikon sushi rolls cos I have these stuff in my fridge right now, but there isnt much time yesterday morning. Made that 2 months back, that being my first attempt, and I had thought it wasnt so hard after all. So, will probably try to do that again over the next few days.
Happy bento-ing, folks !
Now that the Sunday morning's cooking is done and with Ashley still sleeping (she woke at 3am last night, heaven forbid,and went back to sleep at 5), I am happy to be able to catch up on my emails and blogging.
I cook the whole week's dinner every Saturday or Sunday morning in 2 or 3 dishes and freeze them in batches of 2 or 3 containers each dish. This is because I know I wouldnt have time during the weekday to cook anything more than a stir fry and soup.
This would last the family 4 to 9 fast dinners without much cooking. Sometimes I could comfortably not cook next Saturday.
Contrary to what most people think, freezing food is not such a bad alternative at all. Did some research and most articles claim that it is definitely better than wilting food stored in the fridge over the next 3 days cos more nutrient is lost that way.
We Asian would always prefer fresh food, but beggars can't be choosers, ha ha.
Anyhow, Bento #20
Bento #20 is a simple and quick one.
Boiled weiners cut into slices, and sliced zucchini and tomatoes on the side. Cut the zucchini into floral shapes cos Ashley is inclined to nibble only on the outer layer and discard the inner ones with seeds, while Kimberly would only eat the soft inner part and would want me to peel the zucchini.
Both Kimberly and Ashley have the same food, except that Ashley doesnt like her weiners with cheese inside and Kimberly would not have weiners without cheese inside.
Because I didnt have time to fix bread or onigiri for them, I pack them off to school with pre-pack mini biscuits. I find these useful cos they are not too big that the kids cant finish them. They came in a pack of 8 or so. I got these from that Japanese grocery store at One Utama.
I will post Thurs and Fri's bento after I have loaded them up at photobucket.
Have a great weekend, all !
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
I know most advocates and solicitors prefers to meet clients in the comfort of their own office, but I am inclined to meet most of them out of office if I am not minded to venture into the office before and after the meeting, like this instance; after coming out from getting a mention in court and before picking up Ashley from school to bring her to a doctor, and going to another court for a decision after that. I will be taking Ashley home from school earlier after that and hopefully, catch 40 winks myself. She has been having a bout of flu lately and I had spend the whole night carrying her in my arms cos she couldnt sleep for her stuffed nose.
So, here I am now, in Starbuck, with my laptop on my lap, posting Ashley's bento of yesterday. Havent load up either Kimberly's or Ashley's bento of today into photobucket yet cos I had needed to send Ashley to her kindy earlier than usual today.
Bento # 19
Ashley's bento is milo balls and besides it, corn on the cob, unbuttered and unsalted so that she wont have messy fingers. If she smudges her hand and do not wash her hands, she is likely to scratch her hands raw later. Better be safe than sorry. This is the corn that they called "Sui Ching"(crystal) corn. I find these kinder to children's teeth than our regular corns.
I had wanted to cut the carrot into an appealing shape for her but there wasnt much time yesterday.
In the container are 2 cherry tomatoes and sliced apples cut into various shapes to tempt her. I had worried about her having cherries in school the other day, concerned that she may have swallowed the stones in case the teacher left her for a split second, so I thought I better give her tomatoes instead. She can have cherries at home in my presence.
I tried salting the apples or sprinkling lemon juice on top to stop them yellowing, but she rejected them the other time when I tried them on her. So her apples will have to go to school yellowed like that from now on. ha ha.
Okay, now to post this. Have a great day today, all.
Monday, June 23, 2008
I made onigiri for her yesterday with moulded eggs for dinner, because I got some unagi from Jaya Jusco and I thought it would be nice to go with it. She ask for it for her bento today. But we finished the unagi yesterday, so she has only onigiri and eggs.
These are Hello Kitty moulded eggs sitting on a bed of lettuce. She ask for two. She has never been able to finish more than one at any material time but just to humour her, I made two. Just so she wont opened up her bento and exclaimed,"Why is there only one?" in my absence in the school canteen later. I expect to get one returned today unless she gave it away to one of her classmates in the canteen later. I also include 2 soy sauce containers for just in case, a Hello Kitty pink one and a carrot one.
On the side are some cherry tomatoes, courtesy of her grandad who got them from Cameron Highland last week. And 2 slices of onigiris with seaweed I punched out of the Hello Kitty onigiri tool kit's nori puncher. Didnt do such a good job cos I wasnt deft enough with my chopsticks. The onigiris are on top of each other, seperated with a Hello Kitty baran.
I wanted to add some salmon Hello Kitty ribbons on the onigiri but there isnt time cos she was late for school. Ashley frets a few times while I was preparing Kimberly's bento and I had to leave the kitchen to tend to her and pat her back to sleep. If she wakes before the bento is done, I will never get anything done cos she will be clinging to me for at least half an hour.
Okie dokie, now to get Ashley ready for school. As usual, there isnt time to post Ashley's bento so will probably do that later at night when Ashley goes to bed.
Have a great week ahead, everyone !
Sunday, June 22, 2008
An incredible love story
An Incredible Love Story
An incredible love story has come out of China recently and managed to touch the world. It is a story of a man and an older woman who ran off to live and love each other in peace for over half a century.
The 70-year-old Chinese man who hand-carved over 6,000 stairs up a mountain for his 80-year-old wife has passed away in the cave which has been the couple's home for the last 50 years.
Over 50 years ago, Liu Guojiang a 19 year-old boy, fell in love with a 29 year-old widowed mother named Xu Chaoqin..
In a twist worthy of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, friends and relatives criticized the relationship because of the age difference and the fact that Xu already had children.
At that time, it was unacceptable and immoral for a young man to love an older woman.. To avoid the market gossip and the scorn of their communities, the couple decided to elope and lived in a cave in Jiangjin County in Southern ChongQing Municipality.
In the beginning, life was harsh as hey had nothing, no electricity or even food. They had to eat grass and roots they found in the mountain, and Liu made a kerosene lamp that they used to light up their lives.
Xu felt that she had tied Liu down and repeatedly asked him, 'Are you regretful? Liu always replied, 'As long as we are industrious, life will improve.'
In the second year of living in the mountain, Liu began and continued for over 50 years, to hand-carve the steps so that his wife could get down the mountain easily.
Half a century later in 2001, a group of adventurers were exploring the forest and were surprised to find the elderly couple and the over 6,000 hand-carved steps. Liu MingSheng, one of their seven children said, 'My parents loved each other so much, they have lived in seclusion for over 50 years and never been apart a single day. He hand carved more than 6,000 steps over the years for my mother's convenience, although she doesn't go down the mountain that much.'
The couple had lived in peace for over 50 years until last week. Liu, now 72 years, returned from his daily farm work and collapsed. Xu sat and prayed with her husband as he passed away in her arms. So in love with Xu, was Liu, that no one was able to release the grip he had on his wife's hand even after he had passed away.
'You promised me you'll take care of me, you'll always be with me until the day I died, now you left before me, how am I going to live without you?'
Xu spent days softly repeating this sentence and touching her husband's black coffin with tears rolling down her cheeks.
In 2006, their story became one of the top 10 love stories from China , collected by the Chinese Women Weekly. The local government has decided to preserve the love ladder and the place they lived as a museum, so this love story can live forever.
Now isnt that a rare and beautiful story?
Labels: everything under the sun
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Bento # 17
This is a simple toddler's bento.
It's buttered corn, unsalted. Father in law bought some corns the other day. I think they call it "cyrstal corn" in chinese? Because of the speckles of light and dark corns? I deshucked them and steamed them in the wok. They are so much tastier than our regular corns. Ashley simply loves corns !!!
Those on top of the corns are slices of cheese cut into Hello Kitty shape.
Inside the green container are tiny slices of plain wheat bread, home baked, cut into Hello Kitty shape. I didnt imprint them hard enough. Besides, the imprint are usually not noticeable unless you sanwiched them between spreads.
On the outer side of the divided container, some cherries that her grandad bought for the kids.
Since I had included a note of reminder for Kimberly, I thought that it is prudent for me to include a note for Ashley's teacher as well.
Ashley take the stones out of the cherries herself when she eat them at home, but with my supervision. I thought I remind her teachers to keep an eye on her as well.
Have a great weekend, all !
Friday, June 20, 2008
Bento # 16
Now that I got Ashley ready for school, I will just put a quick one on Kimberly's bento while Ashley spend some time fiddling with her toys in the bedroom before school. She doesnt like it if I plucked her off to school the moment she wakes up.
I havent load up Ashley's bento yet so will post hers later. I load Kimberly's one while I got Ashley dressed just now. Make no sense sitting around waiting while the pic is being loaded into Photobucket. ha ha.
This is a simple bento for Kimberly because Kimberly is on half day on Fridays. Instead of finishing at 3.30 pm, her school end at 12.30 on Fridays. Her school would then provide food for breaktime instead of lunch time. And she doesnt really need a bento today.
Although she would be having her school food today, I thought it would be nice to let her have some of the cherries her grandad gave her yesterday to go with it. Inside the divided container is 2 pieces of 3D Pooh Bear moulded chocolate. One is for her and the other one is for her classmate, Wey Han, whose mom wants to know if her son would like the particular brand of chocolate I got from the bakery supply store near my place.
Just in case my fuddlebrained little one forgot, I insert a little note as well.
Have a great day today, everyone !
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Bento #14 and Bento #15
Bento #14 - Kimberly's bento.
Kimberly's bento consists of steamed baby carrots, her favourite. She specifically ask for them last night. She also made it a point to ask for pears.
She stressed, "NOT APPLE, momma. I dont like apples". Ha ha. That's because I gave her apples for yesterday's bento even though I knew she prefers pears over apples.
So its sliced pears cut into Marie-the-Disney Cat's shapes. I didnt imprint them with "Marie's" face cos I didnt want the pears to be bruised further. I tried lightly salting them to keep them from yellow but when I offered a piece to her last night, she said it taste funny salted like that, so I just let them be.
For the residual pieces of sliced pear, I cut them into tiny heart shapes. Divide them with baran dividers so that she could pick them up easily cos fruits sliced like that tend to stick together in tranport and patting them dry would just make them look unappetising for my kid.
In the divided container are fried baby shark fritters. She love these. Her grandma could fry them better cos her batter always turn out nicer than mine but Kimberly has learn to accept that Mom's fritters can never be as nice as Ah Mah's.
Bento # 15
This is Ashley's Bento.
Ashley has the same food. Fried baby shark fritters, except she has only 4 pieces. Knowing her appetite, she is not likely to eat more than 3 pieces of any nuggets. So, one extra for just in case.
Ashley has steamed sliced carrots instead of baby carrots. I cut them into tiny florets and I only gave her three because again, I know I would be lucky if she ate even 2 of them. Carrots are not exactly her favourite but she doesnt mind them.
Ashley has sliced apples instead of pears. Also cut in Marie-the-Disney Cat's shape. That's a lone cherry tomato at the top over there.
Now to get Ashley down to the car for school and scoot off to office to finish some pending causepapers. Didnt realise I am so late. I should learn never to check my emails early in the morning cos I always get side-tracked.
Have a great day today, folks !
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Toddler's Bento # 13
Not satisfied, i took out the figure shape cutter instead and put ham eyes, mouth and arms on the bread instead.
Aahhh...somwhat better !
I top it with the other half side of the bread and compact it down with one weiner stick so that it wont jiggle around in the container.
So, that's Ashley's bento for today. She ate everything except the cherry tomato today.
I wish she would eat more variety of food. Perhaps a pasta bento or a side dish of buttered corn for bento is in order. Anyone who has tried and true recipes for picky toddler, I would be much obliged if you could pass it along this way.
Have a great week ahead, folks. Happy bento-ing !
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Bento #11 and Bento #12
Anyhow, this is yesterday's and today's bento.
Bento #11 - yesterday's bento.
Bento #11 are identical. Its Ashley's and Kimberly's bento. Bento #11 consist of mandarin orange, peeled, with sliced pear cut into shapes. Boiled weiner sliced, and fishball on the side.
I thought the pears looked kind of bruised so I changed it with apple after that. Looks like apple slices hold up better than pear slices for school. Ashley prefers apple anyhow. Kimberly prefers pears but i guess she just have to make do.
Ashley finished everything. She loves mandarin oranges and fishball. Kimberly ate everything except the mandarin oranges.
Bento #12 , Kimberly's bento.
Kimberly's bento is cheese and ham rolled up, secured with foodpicks, and cheese sandwich rolled up. On the side are boiled weiner and some cherry tomatoes.
This bento is also for the benefit of Cheong who wants to see what I meant by ham rolled up.
Hokie dokie, now to get Ashley ready for school.
Ashley will have a simple bento today. Plain white bread layered with cheese (she doesnt like roll-ups) and sliced weiners on the side. Will take pics of it and post it up later.
One good thing about having a maid is that I dont have to clean up bento leftovers anymore. Even if the maid is not 50% useful, at least she is 5% useful. Now, that is nasty of me. Dishonest maids can really bring out the ugly part in me. Sigh.
Have a great day today, folks !!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
of Bento tools and kits - part 3
Sauce pens !!
I have been wanting these forever. When I first read about it at some other international online bento sites, I had thought that it is going to cause so much getting them from ebay, cos shipping cost from ebay is so hefty. I was glad when Veronica finally got in some bento accessories instead of just cutters and moulds.
Oh, yea, for those who were wondering. Sauce pens are to be filled with mayonaise, ketchups or chocolate sauce and useful for drawing eyes, mouth or whatever you like over food like octopus weiners, Pooh Bear shaped ham pieces, Hello Kitty shaped pancakes etc.
Thomas the train cookie/sandwich/vege cutter
Hero cookie/sandwich/vege cutter
Huge bread size cutter
This here is a seaweed sprinkles stencil moulds and cinnamoroll stencil to go with my cinnamoroll rice mould. A quick way to dress cinnamoroll onigiri up.
Hello Kitty ice lollies moulds and Doreamon rice mould besides it.
We do a lot of home-made ice lollies at home. Sometimes with fresh juice, ie. orange layered with apple juice with a melon piece in the middle for ornamental purpose, sometimes just plain orange pop, sometimes ribena lollies and sometimes fruit flavoured yogurts or fruit flavoured milk.
When Ashley was younger and i had abundance of expressed breast milk, i used to fix "momsicles" or "breastmilk popsicles" for Ashley. It's actually ice lollies made out from expressed breast milk. I had gotten the idea from kellymom's breastfeeding site , Kellymom, which is in turn, linked to the recipe at Mother-2-Mother.
These here are the last of the orange flavoured yogurt ice lollies.
Will make more when we have some family time (ie no kids homework, no immediate house chore pending) On the left to the ice lollies are trays of home made orange juice, pear juice and apple juice. I prepare trays of them on Saturday mornings to last them the whole week cos I dont have time over the weekdays to peel fruits and juice them.
Cant wait to use the Hello Kitty ice lolly sticks. Kimberly is just going to love them !
Oops, sorry to digress. Back to bento !
This here is a Marie-the-cat's cookie/sandwich/vege cutter.
The Snoopy cake cups on the side for cornflake chocolate balls that i promised Kimberly she could do by herself with Kakak's supervision when i am not around on the days she is bored.
These soy sauce containers, I dont really need, but I couldnt resist them because they are so much cheaper than what i got from ebay
This here is a a Hello Kitty pan.
I took so long baking one batch of Hello Kitty mini cakes from the lone pan that i have that I decide to get one more to speed up the process.
Besides it is a Pikachiu rice mould. I buy a lot of rice moulds to double them up as food cup inside the bento box.
This large sheet here is a one cut 25 shapes cookie cutter
Besides it is a car shaped sandwich/cookie cutter and some baran divider. Some boy shape cutter for when we have visitors for the day or over the weekend. A friend came over and her little boy ask if we have car shaped sandwiches instead of Hello Kitty ones. ha ha.
This one is a gem !
You can make lots and lots of heart shaped shells with them and then just add fillings into the cups.
I dug out these recipes on Swedish rosettes and fried rosettes
from Recipezaar and I am so going to make myself a stash of heart shaped cups to freeze for quick bento fix for the kids.
Finally, just what i have been waiting for...
Printed aluminium foils !!!
I made some 3D moulded Hello Kitty shaped chocolates sometime last month and I found myself wishing I have some pretty foils to wrap them over for Kimberly to suprise her when she got home from school.
So when I saw Veronica putting this up at her site, I snapped up 3 rolls right away. They were also useful for wrapping Kimberly's fistful of "mushroom-head" chocolate coated stick biscuits in. I got them at that Japanese grocery store at One U but one pack is too much for her to finish, so I only give her a fistful each time, wrapped in foil.
I just place the ball of foil in her bento box together with her sandwiches. It kept the biscuits crisp till breaktime and it keep the chocolate contained in its cool enclosure inside.
Anyhow, after receiving these from Veronica that day outside Kidsport at One Utama, the very next day itself, me and the kids made some 3D moulded chocolates again. This time, in Pooh's mould. And this time, I got those foils to wrap the chocs individually in with.
That's all for now ! Happy Bento-ing, folks !
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Pooh Bear 3D chocolates
We are talking about 3D chocolate moulded figurines.
You put chocolate chips into a microwaveable bowl and halfway through heating them up, you take out the bowl and stir. Then before the chocolate start to bubble, you take it out and stir again to even it out. If you leave it in too long, it get all cakey.
Then you just pour them into these moulds, and the excess will be squeezed out through the holes at the back of the tray. I didnt take any pics of that though.
When it set, you just flip them out.
One mould makes 6 figurines
If you have some aluminium foil in your kitchen, you could wrap them up individually like these, and the kids can take them to school as a treat. I slip one into Kimberly's bento boxes sometimes. will post up pics of her bento's when i have time later. I just got a few more hearings to get out of the way this month.
These are the foil-wrapped Hello Kitty and Pooh Bear chocolates. You can get the choc moulds and the foils from NST . The Hello Kitty ones are those that I made last week with the kids but didnt take pictures of.
Have a great week ahead !
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Of Bento tools and kits Part 2 of 2
I go into the office after 5 pm sometimes to finish up some work cos i had needed to be home by 4 pm to wait for Kimberly to finish school and to pick up Ashley from daycare. And i had needed to look for food for them almost ALL THE TIME ! It is so much convenient to just confine them in the conference room with finger food and their toys and books instead of wasting that extra half an hour to 45 minutes looking for a place ta-pau-ing food and then pouring out noodles and stuff into bowls etc.
I suppose if one has a reliable maid who could stay at home with the kids, things may be different. There isnt that much everyday on-the-road food packing involved. But half the time i have unreliable maids and/or no maids.
Even when doing errants and chores, I spend half the time looking for food for the kids. For the longest time ever, I had taken to packing food from home. Now, with Bento tools, food preparation is more fun and so much more convenient.
Bento preparation takes a little time, but trust me, driving around, lugging 2 kids to ta pau and then lugging everything and everyone back to the office; or making them eat in the cafe or whatever, is a whole lot less fun than preparing bento and them having food they can eat in their stroller or in the car.
Plus, bearing in mind if your kid is a picky eater like my Ashley, you may be needed to pack for school all the time.
Now with bento tools, its a bonus to be able to make things pretty for her.
Kimberly seeing all the bento meals that Ashley is having, has also asked for her own set to bring for breaktime as well (her lunch is provided in school). I figure with school going kids, investment in bento tools are definitely not going into waste.
Following my below post on bento tools , here below are the rest. Finally had some time to load them up at photo bucket.
We were at FIL's last weekend and Ashley loves to explore the garden. FIL has a garden huge enough to keep her occupied for sometime, leaving me with some me-time to blog. Finally...phew !
I know this post has been outstanding, as reminded by my fellow bloggers.
Anyhow, these here are food picks.
YOu pick fruits or skewer food through them for ease and convenience. Bento is all about ease and convenience and none of that picking bones and seeds off your food stuff.
You can never have enough toothpicks. Kids lose them all the time.
Bento's food are to be 3 part carbo, 2 part fruit and vege and one part protein. Calcium and desserts wasnt supposed to be counted, i think, cos none of the articles i read suggested calcium or desserts, but i add a snack or two sometimes. Plus i see many pictures of bento with added jelly or snack on the side dish.
These are the mayo, ketchup sauce containers. You can put tomato ketchup or mayonaise in them to go along with your food. I put jellybeans in them sometimes.
This one here is Kimberly's favourite.
The rest of the containers....the monkey one has a banana shaped spreader spoon inside it. I use the banana spreader container to put peanut butter for Kimberly to go with her Ritz crackers. For Ashley, its plain butter. They enjoy spreading stuff on their biscuits during long rides to FIL's house on weekends.
I have been known for putting chocolate spread in them for the kids. You can add finger/stick biscuits on the side for them to dip into.
I use another sauce container for hundreds and thousands or rainbow spinkles for the kids to coat their chocolate coated dipped sticks into.
Like this :
I use Dove's chocolate spread , which is a lot better than other chocolate spreads.
Cheong, the Kellogg multi grain you ask me about is the cereal in the above picture.
These are one of my favourite. Banana containers. It saved the bananas from getting bruised in transport. My kids usually turn up their nose at the banana if its bruised so this is a cost-saving device, actually. It saves the banana from ending up in the trash can . ha ha..if not in momma's tummy.
These are soy sauce containers.
the little ones on the side are free gifts from one of the online store owner.
These are weiner cutters.
The weiner cutters are free gifts from another online store owner. One makes a Tulip weiner and the other makes octopus shaped weiner. Those stray little soy bottles are also free gits from another online store owner.
These are the side dishes. Useful for putting wet stuff like grapes or anything that you want segregated for it to be easy on the eyes.
These are cupcake shaped cups that i use to put muffins or small cakes and buns. I also use them for corn and cereals. But they are not air tight or leak proof, so its better for muffins and buns than for food that need to stay crispy.
These are paper cups that I use for dry mini wheetabix, Kelogg's multi grain, milo balls etc.
Similar to Cheong aka MylovelyA, I was also kind of disapointed that these are not plastic or aluminium, but my own fault entirely, for not reading the description properly.
Be that as it may, those cups are still really pretty. And i like that it's gloss over on the surface so that wet stuff doesnt leak through. But i normally use it for dry stuff though.
If I have some time, I would love to bake some muffins in them for the kids
These are the bento straps. The hold bento boxes together if you are not using those containers with side clipes
These are cookie cutters.They double up as cookie cutter, toast cutter, ham cutter, egg white cutter, steam vege cutter, sliced fruits cutter etc.
I love this one. I use this one for the kids' dinner over the holiday to cut ham and egg figurines to lay over their rice. This one comes with a recipe book to teach you how to cut up figures complete with arms and legs and faces.
These are all my old cookie cutters.
These are baran dividers. Help pretty up your bento box and segregate different variety of food or wet from dry food like steamed carrot from sandwich, for example.
These flags are free gifts. Plus some wet wipes .
These are jelly moulds. YOu can double them up as moulds for ice, chocolate, pudding etc. These here are Hello Kitty mould and a Pooh Bear mould.
I have only used the Hello Kitty ones. I got some chocolates from the bakery aisle, melt them in the microwave and pour them in, then set them in the fridge to cool. Kimberly loves them !!
This is a pudding and cake mould. It is oven-safe.
I havent used it yet. I have big plans for the holiday. Drew up a revision chart for Kimberly's school work, cakes and stuff we can bake. Till today..nyeh..nothing...And this cake mould went back into the stash.
Okay, I think i didnt miss anything out. Sigh...i did, I missed out the nori punchers. Anyhow, will see if i have time to load them up. Right, now to move this post from last weekend's draft into today's post.
Happy Bento-ing, my fellow Bento addicts !!