March 31, 2011

Bunny Which Eats Sate Lilit

Actually today i don't have any plan to make bento because i want to try new recipe again which is called 'Sate Lilit'. Sate Lilit is a food from Bali, it is made from boneless snapper fillet and use lemongrass as a skewer. The method to cook Sate Lilit is by grill it over the charcoal until golden brown, because i don't have any charcoal griller so i grilled it using aluminum stove griller which was bought in daiso.

While i'm waiting for the Sate cooked through, i decided to prepared lunch for Elaine. It's just a simple lunch and i put 'Sate Lilit' in her menu today and she likes it. :)

Inside the box: rice, sate lilit, sausage, boiled spinach, carrot.

March 30, 2011

Merlion and Friends

Today i made merlion bento lunch for Elaine which is inspired from shoppingmum's blog. I love her blog because it contains many adorable bento and sometimes there is instruction how to create the bento. It really helps a bento beginner like me. I used rice instead of sandwich, so Elaine eat the merlion first and then eat the rice with the other dishes.

Inside the box: rice, cheese, ebi furai, stir fry vegetables.

I also add today's bento to What's for lunch Wednesday.

I just found out today, that i got an Honorable Mention award from the bento lunch box contest held by Mutual Publishing, LLC. I'm so thrilled about it!

I read this email many times because i still couldn't believe what i've won... A Set of Susan Yuen's Bentobox Cookbook!

Dear Yuli,

You have won Honorable Mention in Mutual Publishing’s Bento Box Contest!!

You have won a set of Susan Yuen’s Bento Box Cookbooks and a gift certificate valued at $20.00 towards any of Mutual Publishing’s books (gift certificate does not cover shipping costs).

Please email us with your mailing address so we can mail your prizes to you. And again, congratulations!!

The email was sent on March 15, but i just read it today, hopefully the publisher still remember about it (Pray hard for it).

March 29, 2011

Enjoy your ice cream..

Yesterday Elaine and i ate banana popsicle, we supposed to share it but when she said she wanted to hold it by herself, i gave to her and she ran away. I tried to persuade her and talk to her that i will help her because the popsicle is quite big and she couldn't finish it all. Finally, she gave it to me when some of it already melted. 

As you can see, she really enjoyed eating her popsicle. :)

Inside the box: rice,kani roll, quail egg, chicken barbecue, blanched broccoli and cauliflower, carrot.

For today's menu, i also tried new recipe of  'Ayam Bakar Kecap' (Chicken Barbecue with Sweet Soy Sauce). I already made one before using different recipe but today's recipe taste better than the old one.

March 28, 2011


Last Saturday, I bought a zebra rubber toy that Elaine can ride on it. She pretended to play with the zebra, spoon the rice for it, brush the teeth, and at night she even sang lullaby and hug it until she slept. :)

So, today i tried to make her lunch using her best friend figure. At first she thought it was a cow (maybe because of the nose), but finally she could say that it was her friend, Zebra. :)

Inside the box: rice, egg roll, broccoli, sausage, egg, carrot, and cheese.

Today i tried new recipe, it is very simple one but taste good.

March 25, 2011

Gudeg Jogja

Today i didn't do any bento because i'm planning to cook Gudeg Jogja. My husband and i are really miss that food and we couldn't find it here. This is my first time to cook it, and my husband said it tastes happy to know that he likes it.

Complete Gudeg Jogja usually consists of  gudeg nangka (sweet young jack fruit stew),pindang telur ( marbled egg ), opor ayam dan tahu (Javanese chicken and tofu curry), Sambal Goreng Kerecek ( beef rind ). This is my first time to make Gudeg, so i was quite surprised that i had to simmered the young jack fruit for almost 3 hours. During that time, i cooked javanese chicken and tofu curry, beef rind, and Elaine's lunch.

This morning, i went to Elaine's school to have PTC, her result this term is not bad, her teachers said she is more interested in academics things, such as counting, alphabets and words naming, doing puzzle. Things that make me a little bit sad is her teacher said she is lacking of concentration in the class nowadays, i think it will become my homework to improve her concentration because she will enter nursery class this summer class. Jiayou!

March 24, 2011

Meet The Seal Family

Recently, Elaine and i like to play matching games, one of them is matching the rubber animal toys with pictures that i printed. She could identified most of the animal, except for the seal..mostly she forgot about it. Hopefully through her lunch today, she could remember about it. When i made this bento, there is one naughty baby seal, she wouldn't cooperate with me even when i took this pictures. I think everyone could identified it.  :)

Inside the box: rice, quail egg, sausage, pulled out pork bbq, stir fry bok choy with tofu, carrot, and corn. 

Today i cooked pulled out barbecue pork, this is my first time to cook it. Too bad, Elaine and her papa don't like the taste, so... i guess me and my helper have to finish them all.


March 23, 2011

Big Nose Koala

Elaine loves to eat koala cookies nowadays, there are similar cookies with it that has a panda shape which Elaine loves before. Even though the taste is similar, she could differentiate between them and she will refuse panda cookies when i give it to her. Because there still many panda cookies stock in the pantry, so her mama and papa have to finished them before it expired. :) 

Inside the box: rice, crispy fish fillet, broccoli, carrot, corn, chikuwa. Where is the chikuwa? Try to guess where it is! :D

Yesterday, i tried to re-organize my bento tools again because they were scattered since we moved to our new apartment. Some of it still 'homeless', i have to buy the new home for them. :)

This is my daily bento tools, so i put in a toolbox and just bring it to the kitchen when i do my bentos. 

March 22, 2011

Hello dog...

Today i made dog theme bento again because Elaine really really loves dogs..all kind of dogs..from the smallest one to biggest one. Everywhere we go, if there are dogs, she will approach them and try to play with them. If the dogs ignore her, she will just squat in front of it and try to speak with it. She has no fear at all, even the K-9 dogs that is bigger than her.

So, when she found out dog bento as her lunch, she gazed it for a while and said: "Hello, dog". :)

Inside the box: rice, potato verkedel, pork and red bean soup, broccoli, and carrot.

March 21, 2011

Elaine and her lion costume

Elaine had her first on stage performance last Friday, me and my husband was very excited to see her performance doing the 'Hakuna Matata' and 'We Rock' dance. Surprisingly, she was not cried at all, many of her classmates were cried at that time. Even though she had stage fright at the beginning of the show, she could overcome it and dance very well. We are so proud of her. :)

Inside the box: rice, shu mai, quail egg, cauliflower.

March 16, 2011

Tiger and Mr. Sun

Back to Bento..:)

Hopefully today's lunch will return Elaine's eating appetite again, she lost her appetite since last Sunday. Cough and cold already become her regular visitor now..sigh..

Inside the box: rice, egg, cheese, homemade chicken katsu, stir fry vegetables, sausage.

I'd like to say deep condolences and sympathy for Japan. Even though tsunami, earthquake, and nuclear blast happened last Saturday, i believe people in Japan are very strong to face this tragedy and could recovered fast.

March 10, 2011

Sponge Bob

Today i cooked tofu and chicken balls, one of the ingredients is egg white and there were 2 egg yolks idle in the bowl. I remember that this sunday, Elaine got Sponge Bob straw from McDonald's, sometimes she uses it to drink her juice from her cup. I never make Sponge Bob before, so here it is...Sponge Bob close up version ( too lazy to make the body part). lol.

Inside the box: rice, chicken and tofu balls, broccoli, carrot.

March 9, 2011

Elmo is Here..

Elaine watched her favorite dvd "Sesame Street Kid's Favorite Song 2" yesterday, she sang very well and she remembered some of the dialogue too. She has fallen in love with Elmo since she was 6 months old, until now Elmo has become one of her best friend.

Inside the box: rice, shrimp with oyster sauce, broccoli, carrrot, sponge guord.

March 8, 2011

Chick chick here...chick chick there...

This morning, Elaine saw few birds on her way to her school and she felt sad when the birds flew away. She kept asking me where the birds are. So, while cooking today's meals, i made the chicks bento instead of birds because it was easier to do. I know it's not relevant with the story. :)  

As you can see, one is a camera friendly chick and the other is a stiff one. :D

Inside the box: rice, sausage, quail egg, carrot, beef and radish soup ( Soto Bandung ).

March 7, 2011

Monkey See..Monkey Do..

Quick post today..

I made monkey bento for Elaine's lunch, because last night she was in love with her monkey. She even brought it to bed and hug it. :)

Inside the box: Foo yung hai, broccoli, carrot.

March 4, 2011

Green Mouse

Today's bento was inspired by Elaine's behaviour recently, sometimes she behaves like a mouse such as sniff her new food first before she eat it and sometimes she bites her food with her front teeth. :)

Inside the box: rice with green peas, stir fry bok choy with tofu, sweet ground pork with carrot.

Yesterday, i made a sudden decision to bake butter cookies because i couldn't sleep well in the afternoon. My neighbor is having a renovation, so there will a loud noise everyday for two weeks. I used my newly bought Disney's cookie cutter to shape the cookie. :)

March 3, 2011

Winnie The Pooh

I cooked simple dishes today and i could finished it around 9.15 am. I didn't have a plan to make bento today, but i made one for Elaine because there was nothing to do until 10.00. I bought some bento gadget in Jakarta via on line and my friend brought them to manila two days ago, i bought many cookie cutter this time. One of the cookie cutter is Pooh and Piglet, i really want to try it but don't have a plan to make cookies until now. So, today i used Pooh cutter to mould the rice and i'm satisfied with the result. :)

Inside the box: rice with scrambled egg for pooh, jasmine rice, stir fry chicken and vegetables, corn fritter.

March 2, 2011

It's Pororo

Elaine and i had fun singing Pororo opening theme song last night, she tried to imitate pororo expression when he is teasing his friends. It was really an entertainment for us last night. :)

Here is the Pororo opening theme song video. Actually Elaine loves the other english version, but i could not find it using add a video here.

English version

Korean version

Hey, It’s Pororo
I love to play all day
Come join me all my friends
Always happy, as can be
Little Penguin, Pororo
Snow covered wonderland
Make way for Pororo
Always happy, as can be
Everyday a new adventure waits for me
Call for him my Little Penguin
Porong Porong Porong Porong
Porong Porong Porong Porong
Po Ro Ro
I love to play all day
Come join me all my friends
Always happy, as can be
Porong, Porong, Porong, Porong, Po Ro Ro

Today i made Pororo bento for Elaine and she was very happy when she saw it. Hopefully today i could see her silly act again. :)

Inside the box: rice, galangal fried chicken, broccoli, cauliflower, carrot.