Bento #21

A while ago I found a pack of mini wraps in the supermarket but never got around to add them to a lunch. Today I had nothing else left so I remembered them and made mini wraps.

Wraps filled with grated carrot, spring onion, coriander, sweet chili sauce and chicken, apple slices, raisins, almonds and a home made dried fruit cookie.

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Bento #20

Bulgur salad with olives, tomatoes, feta cheese and cilantro, fried chicken, mini yoghurt, kiwi, carrot sticks and pistachios.

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Bento #19

I have been away for my sisters wedding for two weeks so I couldn’t pack any lunches for the man. He has survived alright although his diet mainly consisted of bread and ham. Todays lunch is full of good things (and vegan!), unfortunately it is not really a low calorie meal, as the curry is made with quite a bit of oil, cashew nuts and coconut milk. To make up for that I packed a very healthy snack and no cookie.

Red pepper slices, almonds, pomegranate seeds, leftover curry with butternut squash, chickpeas and cashew nuts, baby corn.

How to deseed a pomegranate

When I lived in the UK I used to buy those little packs of pomegranate seeds to put them in my cereal or snack them. Unfortunately you can’t get those pre deseeded packs here so whenever I bought a pomegranate I made a big mess, half of the seeds got broken and all that white stuff was still stuck to them. By the time I was finished deseeding my desire for pomegranate had usually vanished so I ended up throwing most of it out. Yesterday I found a life changing youtube video explaining how to deseed a pomegranate.

The trick is to do it under water in a big bowl. Cut off the top and slice along the sides. Now place the pomegranate in a bowl of water. Carefully pull off the skin and push out all the seeds with your fingers. All the white membrane should swim at the water surface, the seeds will all collect at the bottom of the bowl so after removing the membrane with a straining spoon you are left with perfect pomegranate seeds.

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Bento #18

Leftover one pan chicken couscous (I used bulgur, because I couldn’t find any couscous) with a slice of lemon, fresh coriander and some yoghurt, carrot and coriander salad, apple slices and almonds.

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One lovely blog award

I am over the moon to announce that Nicole from the prettybrideshop has nominated me for the lovely blog award.

I did some research and made myself familiar with the common procedure in such an event. So, the rules are as follows:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post.
  2. Share 7 random facts about yourself.
  3. Nominate fifteen (or so) bloggers you admire.
  4. Contact the bloggers and let them know.

So, first of all: Thank you so much Nicole, this is my first award ever and it am really excited about it. Nicoles blog is full of inspiration for brides to be so if you are planning to get married any time soon you should head over there.

Seven random facts about me:

I love sticky toffee pudding.

I went to an all girls school.

I love climbing.

I can play the harp, but would much rather be able to play the ukulele.

I don’t wear make up.

I hate coffee.

I love all books written by Sue Townsend.

Some of my favourite blogs:

It said “or so” in the rules, so I will nominate only 3 of my favourite blogs:

kellysiewcooks Kelly shares recipes that are soooo good, I love the baked eggs!

veggie bento love One of my favourite bento blogs that is not about how to make a ball of rice look like batman (although I am full of admiration for people who can do this). Plus there are cupcakes every friday!

verypurpleperson Very very talented seamstress. Lots of inspiration. The very purple person also shares a bit about her family life.

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Travelling Atlas chair

When I moved to Switzerland I left a few things in England that wouldn’t fit in the van. One of those things was this old dining room chair. I had bought it years ago in Germany for a few euros intending to upholster it which never happened. It has traveled quite a bit,  it originally came from England, was imported to Germany, then moved back to England and now lives in Switzerland.

But before it moved here it got a makeover!

I used:

  1. 1829 Acrylic Eggshell paint in Pale Mortlake cream
  2. The Atlas fabric from Prestigious Textiles
  3. My new Stanley Heavy Duty staple gun (which I bought for a bargain 10 pounds!)
  4. Impact glue
  5. ribbon

The biggest part of work was preparing the chair, I sandpapered it and pulled of all the fabric. Then I spend a few hours removing all the staples that were used to fix the material to the chair with a screwdriver. Then the fun part: three layers of paint and new material. I stapled the new material to the wood and hid the staples by gluing the ribbon on top of it.

It took me two days to finish it. I bought 1.5 m of the material, because the pattern was so big and I wanted to be able to choose the countries I would sit/lean on. I have enough left over to make two cushions for the sofa as well. This was my first upholstery project, but it certainly wasn’t the last one, especially now that I am the proud owner of a staple gun!

  

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Bento #17

The new lock&lock box is there! Fried veggie Maultaschen, spinach, carrot and coriander salad, plum tomatoes, brownie, almonds, kiwi. The box eater is on his second day without cigarettes, so I hope the almonds will help. I also filled the little bottle that came with the box with orange juice.

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Bento #16

Maultaschen, iceberg lettuce, cucumber salad with sesame seeds, brownie, almonds and a peach.

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Bento #15

Rice with Mirin, corn on the cob, broccoli, plum tomatoes, apple slices, banana and walnut loaf.

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origami crane tree

     

I got this idea from the wondeful movie “500 days of summer”, if you haven’t seen it yet, you should, it is full of decorating and fashion inspiration and has a great soundtrack. I actually made this last year and since then it has moved to 3 different countries.

What you need: A twig, some paper (maybe out of old magazines), scissors, thread and a needle, a plant pot or vase, some sand.

Here is what you have to do to make it:

1. Go for a walk in the nearest park/wood and find a suitable twig. I am pretty sure you can buy one in a home decor shop or at a florists as well, but I think it is nicer to go and hunt for one yourself.

2. Learn how to fold a paper crane. This is a good tutorial for an origami crane, but there are tons of youtube videos on how to do it as well.

3. Find some nice paper. I used the paper out of a glossy womens magazine, I tried to find pages that have similar colours and then cut out squares in different sizes.

4. Start folding.

5. Arrange. I used some thread with a little knot and threaded it through from the bottom (there should be a little whole). Hang your cranes into the twig and place it either in a plant pot filled with sand/pebbles/… or a nice vase.

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