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   xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Dec 22 04:12 PM

Dec 22, 2009: Bentos

I was checking out The GFCF Lady, and clicked a link to a company that sells those Bento lunch boxes. That site has a picture gallery.

How could any kid, or adult, resist these lunches?



Now I'm hungry.



glatt  Tuesday Dec 22 04:16 PM

mmm finger food.



casimendocina  Tuesday Dec 22 05:01 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post

How could any kid, or adult, resist these lunches?
Especially the pig-shaped one.


footfootfoot  Tuesday Dec 22 06:25 PM

Bentos --The Lunchmaker!



Dagney  Tuesday Dec 22 06:41 PM

I have one of those laptop lunch kits, mine is never that cute! Dangit, maybe I should draw some eyes on my hard boiled eggs



ZenGum  Tuesday Dec 22 07:40 PM

Vaguely related fact:

The bento-box is popular among Japanese commuters as it is possible to eat it standing up in a train.

As a result, having sex while standing up is called bento-sex.



richlevy  Tuesday Dec 22 08:33 PM

When Classicman and I split an Archie McPhee box last year (or was it this year), I got custody of a Parasite Pals Lunch Kit.

I still haven't been able to bring myself to eat with it. I don't think I'll ever be able to.

Oh well, there's always next year's Secret Santa.



Antimatter  Tuesday Dec 22 09:40 PM

Meh - slap a lid on, put in kids school bag, send kid to school, wait three or four hours, remove lid. I'll bet it doesn't look pretty by then...



THE  Tuesday Dec 22 09:51 PM

Killer Thai curry paste--forget Thai Kitchen

I clicked the GFCF link and liked what I saw, but the paste is an abomination to me!

Here's a killer recipe for Thai curry paste:

I must preface this with: I love onions, garlic, spicy food and basil.
You may need to adjust your amounts if you don't like these flavors.

I'll put a asterisk (*) next to the ingredients you might need to adjust.

3/4 cup chopped scallion *
1/2 cup minced chopped basil *
3 Tbs. minced fresh garlic *
3 Tbs. fresh lemon or lime juice
2 Tbs. brown sugar (if you like less sweet before the mouth burn, reduce this.)
2 Tbs. fresh, grated ginger root (You can use jarred ginger if you're lazy.)
1 or 2 minced green chiles. (Leave seeds in for napalm Thai curry; remove seeds for tolerable Thai curry.)*
1 Tbs. coriander
1 tsp. turmeric
Salt and pepper to taste

Whirl this up in a food processor until it has a paste-like consistency.

Add it to the GFCF recipe instead of the Thai Kitchen paste.

Worlds apart.



Clodfobble  Tuesday Dec 22 09:53 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Antimatter
Meh - slap a lid on, put in kids school bag, send kid to school, wait three or four hours, remove lid. I'll bet it doesn't look pretty by then...
Believe it or not, it mostly does! A few of those photos aren't realistic, because the food is sticking above the edge of the containers--when you close the lid, it fits tightly flush against the individual containers and holds everything in place. The little piggy up there might not survive intact, but the food doesn't get totally tossed around.

Why yes, we own three of them.


THE  Tuesday Dec 22 09:54 PM

Paste

ACh! Forgot to add that you should add Sriracha chili sauce if you want more kick.

Hope you enjoy.



spudcon  Tuesday Dec 22 10:20 PM

I don't see any bacon or Big Macs. What kind of lunch is that, without that stuff, or coke or chocolate shake?



Elspode  Tuesday Dec 22 10:51 PM

Pardon me for asking, but what makes the lunches that *don't* look like something cute or kitschy bento?



Clodfobble  Tuesday Dec 22 11:26 PM

I'm not sure if I understand your question correctly, Els... but being a "bento" lunch refers mostly to the idea of multiple, reusable containers that fit tightly inside one larger container. The cutesy food design part of bento is just a side effect of being Japanese; they can't help it.



SteveDallas  Tuesday Dec 22 11:37 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by footfootfoot View Post
Bentos --The Lunchmaker!
I saw what you did there!


ZenGum  Tuesday Dec 22 11:55 PM

Bentos. Is that what you get when you ask for menthos with a blocked nose?



wolf  Wednesday Dec 23 11:33 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by richlevy View Post
When Classicman and I split an Archie McPhee box last year (or was it this year), I got custody of a Parasite Pals Lunch Kit.
My McPhee Box o' Fun came with the Parasite Pals Mini Office Supply Kit (and a giant Devil Ducky)

Every now and again I look at the assortment of HelloKitty bentos and think that it might be cool to get one, then I realize that in order to take a meal capable of sustaining American Human Life I would need at least two or three of them, and go back to looking at the HK cellphone charms (one of which hangs off my stethoscope along with my Saint Dymphna medal) and other swag.


xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Dec 23 02:44 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by wolf View Post
...one of which hangs off my stethoscope...
Could you open a safe for me?


ZenGum  Thursday Dec 24 02:24 AM

I reckon she could, but she'd do it the pyrotechnical way.



Elspode  Thursday Dec 24 01:17 PM

Thanks, Clod. For some reason I was under the impression that bento was an art form, not a lunch package.



limey  Thursday Dec 24 01:41 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Elspode View Post
Thanks, Clod. For some reason I was under the impression that bento was an art form, not a lunch package.
Now there's a compliment to pay a man ... "is that an art form or a lunch package" ...


Sundae  Thursday Dec 24 04:00 PM

"I'd like to unpack your bento, it looks like you've got more than enough for lunch!"
Doesn't really make sense, but it sounds rude



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