Today, I tried to do the impossible.
I have always wanted to learn how to cook. I want to practice. To learn and improve. But sometimes, the laziness consumes you, y'know. Especially during summer where the heat is at its peak. So I have thought of a way to inspire me to practice my skills in the kitchen. And guess what? It is the art of food-making : the great BENTO.
I have discovered a website that shows simple bento making recipes: Filipino style! That's right! Filipino style! I know Bento is lunchbox in Japanese, and it is filled with Japanese dishes and all but I am going to change that fact right now. Mabuhay!
As you continue reading this, you will learn how I did it. And how I have come up with an idea or two to meet the needs of my lovely boyfriend ( Yeah, you read it right: "lovely" Hohoho), Mac. Since Mac has such a big appetite, it was a challenge for me. Questions like: Should I go for sandwiches or rice? Should I go for egg or meat? Should I go for this and that and et cetera. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know where to start. But eventually, I realized something. I don't have to HAVE an idea; it would just come to you naturally. With what you have, start with that. Start with the simple ingredients. Leave what's next after that, NEXT. Just go with the flow. That's what I did. So below are some of the ingredients and materials I bought for my first ever bento:
CDO Nutri Burger, Rosquillos, Berry Knots, Trolli Cheesecake, Nori Paper, Cutters
Okay, so I may have gotten a bit overboard when it comes to the ingredients knowing that a space in a lunchbox is limited. So I only used the following ingredients: Nori paper, Trolli Cheesecake, and CDO Nutri Burger.
Now, on to the chase. I made two riceballs or onigiri and wrapped them with nori paper. I cooked one patty as a whole and the second patty in pieces. I formed the second patty into small balls. It is not clearly seen in the picture but that's what they are. I also cut out strips of nori paper and placed them on top of the patty. And for a bit of sweet indulgence, I placed the Trolli Cheesecake right below it. That easy! Oh yeah, I used Chinese cabbage as a divider between the rice and the patty.
I called it as " Love and Hate Relationship" Bento because that's what started between Mac and me. We argued a lot about petty things ( such as anime, video games, who's more superior between us two and so on) before we became a couple. We argued a lot - the tsun tsun way; hating each other's guts but deep inside, feelings were there. I put a lot of effort into making these. And so far, I am so happy with the results! <3
Mac just sent me a message that it was delicious. THAT, inspires me to make more in the future. I know my work isn't that of a pro's but I am going to do my best to improve. Ganbarimasu!
What do you think of my first bento?