Sunday, 27 June 2010

No.49 'Sandy Beach' bento

Ugh, the Summer heat is now really withering me and also melting my bento creativity! The kitchen is too hot to be standing around in, even hours after the cooking is over. There may be one or two days of non-bento lunches or rather, non-decorative bento lunches this week, but we'll see how it goes. Only two more weeks until school breaks up for the Summer holidays and this blog begins to see picnic bentos and other cooking rather than school lunches.

Today's bento has a base of moroccan spiced couscous leftover from a weekend barbecue. The top is simply decorated with some hand cut cheese slice bucket and spades, since the couscous looked very beach-like. It's simple, but tasty and quite healthy. In the fruit layer are pineapple slices, seedless green grapes and morello cherries.

In the second picture you can see the boxes of Graham crackers I'm sending in for break time. The quantity may seem excessive, but I'm sure the children will be sharing them with class mates in the playground (or munching the leftovers on the way home). I'll add a dried fruit bar to their lunch bags, too.

In other news, the children had a great time at the school sports day! My daughter came 1st, 2nd and 3rd in her three races and my son came 2nd, 2nd and 3rd in his. Very good effort, little ones!


  1. I don't like hot weather too but too bad we have it half year for dry season. Lucky now we entering the wet season so a lot of rain and cooler weather. Still can see so much fun in your bento ... sunny and playfull!

  2. Such a great summer feel bento! Love it! :)

    Just like all, I don't like hot and humid weather too, which is most of the time how is like over here!

  3. My Big Lad likes this Bucket and Spade bento! Well done to your children on their races!

  4. Thank you for all the lovely comments, and an extra thank you for the hot weather sympathy! It's a little cooler today after last night's storm so creativity has returned.

  5. Such a great idea to use moroccan spiced couscous as sand! Wonderful bento.

  6. Thank you Kathy! It has been great re-visiting this Summer themed bento again to read your comment. Sometimes the simple designs are the most eye catching when it comes to bento. I've just been reminded about those Graham crackers, too. I can only get them at Asian supermarkets so I must go and stock up on some yummy treats again.



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