May 11, 2010
Okay, okay….You point out my empty blog and yes, I will fill it. (You know who you are.)
Today, I will talk about Bento Boxes.
Bento Boxes are small lunch boxes that are used in Japan. I have long been attracted to Bento Boxes, but never had the courage to order one online (because I couldn’t touch it and be sure I liked it). I certainly had never seen any in stores around here either. I did one time see some lovely tiffins….But never a bento box. Until Sunday.
Sunday, as we were trying to multi-task after church, dh and I ran to Border’s which is only a half block away from church. (NB was still in his Religous Ed class as it gets out 15 minutes after church ends). We needed to pick up a book for NB for school…But since we were there, I wandered past all the cute little cosmetic cases and pencils cases and laminated fabric bags….If you ever go in Borders, I think you know what I am referring to.
I stumbled across…..A bento box. An inexpensive one at that! I drooled on it a bit, and dh whisked it out of my hands with a “Happy Mother’s Day.” And so the bento came home with us.
Here it is.:So, it is two oblong containers, one shallow, one deeper with lids. Then there is a lid that covers it all and a strap to hold it together.Here’s a pic to give you an idea of what the containers look like.My box doesn’t actually have dividers, so I am using silicone baking cups for dividers. I even cut one down to custom fit the height of my short box.And here is what it looks like all strapped together.Now, some folks get all fancy with packing their bentos…But I just pack them for lunch. They are small lunches, but I find them just the right size for work.Monday, I packed 1.5 hard boiled eggs with salt and pepper, strawberries and some applesauce. Today, I had carrots and celery sticks with peanutbutter, yogurt, banana chips and one square of chocolate. Tomorrow, I have packed yogurt, cucumber sticks with vidalia onion dressing and a sunbutter sandwich on raisin bread (quartered so I could fit the bread in the bento.)I am quite satisfied with this tidy little box system for my lunches!!!!