Youngest is starting a new smaller private high school so bringing lunch to school is once again a necessity. I thought she might enjoy the bento lunch idea, since I’ve been reading a few blogs that make it all look delicious. As soon as I showed her a hello kitty bento lunch she was sold!
Just to play a bit tonight I thought I’d cook something I might pack up the leftovers for in a bento lunch. I’m thinking we’ll both pack lunches because even though I work from home I hate breaking away from work and then “fixing” lunch. So I ‘m thinking we’ll each pack our lunches in the morning so I don’t have to think about mine either.
So first I played with some onigiri (rice balls), using some cookie cutters I had around. I froze the extras, figuring we could pull them out later.
I made the rice in my new rice cooker. When it was done, I mixed in just a tad of rice vinegar, then shaped them, wetting my hands first in cold water and then pressing them into the cookie cutters.
The chicken was this fantastic sesame chicken from this blog I found. The only change I made was to use sherry instead of raspberry wine recommended. Yum!
Just for fun I served it in these Rubbermaid divided containers since we don’t have “real” bento box containers.