(don't) forget your lunch

Hi! I'm Sam. I don't really cook...I think I just "assemble" food so I really like to make bento! I try to post as much as I can but I disappear for extended periods of time depending on my schedule :) I overwhelm myself sometimes, what can I say?

If you like me, check out my other blog forgot my head for my other creative, non-food things. Like fashion, because that's kind of what I'm studying at university.
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It’s almost the end of the school year!  Hooray!  I am finally out of hiding since most of my final projects are finished, so I’ve got a little breathing room.  It feels wonderful.  I even went to bed early last night to get up in the morning like a real person (instead of like 1pm…or 5pm…y’know).  So, when we woke up this morning to a bright a shiny day, I thought it would be wonderful to go out for a picnic since Gaelen and I are both off of school/work for Good Friday.

Except that we had almost no food in the house.  But it turned out okay!

I made some pan steamed yams and beef sukiyaki, and found a small zucchini so I cooked that in the leftover cooking liquid.   Both the yam and sukiyaki recipes are from Makiko Itoh’s cookbook "Just Bento", they worked out really well!

I think Gaelen liked it :)

The cherry blossoms are almost ready too!  I’m excited to go back to High Park, hopefully sometime this week!

We walked over to the zoo for a bit after lunch.  Here’s an emo cow

And a pacing llama.  I think he was all worked up because of all the people there to pet the llamas and raise money to save the zoo which is going to close in June if they don’t raise enough money.  It’s really sad!  I donated what was in my pocket, if you want to help please go to http://torontoparksandtrees.org/high-park-zoo :)

Happy Easter weekend everyone!  

Happy Valentines Day!
I was going to make chocolate sugar cookies with royal icing last night…took out the butter to soften and everything!  But then I decided it was too much work (and noise!) for 1am.  So, I whipped up some egg whites and made meringue kisses.

Pink strawberry-flavoured ones.  I found some heart quins in my stash too, I think they’re so cute!  There’s no actual strawberry anything in these, just some icing flavouring I had…but it makes these kisses taste like candy :3

The reddish ones are mint-chocolate…though I maybe added a little too much mint flavouring, one drop instead of two next time!  And red gel paste to make them a bit prettier, though I kind of wish I’d just left them brown!  The green ones are matcha tea flavoured…I just had a hankering for some matcha flavoured sweets.

Little poops in the oven :3

My favourite are the pink ones.

I made a huge mess of the kitchen table while decorating.  But it was fun :3

Waiting for labels.

All packaged up and ready to give out!  <3  
Hope you’re having a lovely day, no matter what!  

Happy Valentines Day!

I was going to make chocolate sugar cookies with royal icing last night…took out the butter to soften and everything!  But then I decided it was too much work (and noise!) for 1am.  So, I whipped up some egg whites and made meringue kisses.

Pink strawberry-flavoured ones.  I found some heart quins in my stash too, I think they’re so cute!  There’s no actual strawberry anything in these, just some icing flavouring I had…but it makes these kisses taste like candy :3

The reddish ones are mint-chocolate…though I maybe added a little too much mint flavouring, one drop instead of two next time!  And red gel paste to make them a bit prettier, though I kind of wish I’d just left them brown!  The green ones are matcha tea flavoured…I just had a hankering for some matcha flavoured sweets.

Little poops in the oven :3

My favourite are the pink ones.

I made a huge mess of the kitchen table while decorating.  But it was fun :3

Waiting for labels.

All packaged up and ready to give out!  <3  

Hope you’re having a lovely day, no matter what!  

We got new upstairs neighbours this week and I wanted to do make something for them as a housewarming gift&#8230;I had originally planned for it just to be these cookies, but they turned out WAY too sweet.  So I whipped up some whipping cream and froze it to make unsweetened ice cream (to offset some of the sweetness) and made ice cream sandwiches.  They actually turned out pretty good! I had originally chosen the recipe since it was gluten and dairy free, since I have no idea if they&#8217;ve got any dietary restrictions, but&#8230;well, now they&#8217;re just gluten free.  Ah, can&#8217;t win them all.  
The cookies were actually very tasty, good and chocolaty, just way too sweet&#8230;the texture was just like the edge of a brownie (chewy and delicious, my favourite part)!  And they were super quick to make, with stuff I keep in my pantry.  So, next time I might just look for a similar recipe that includes flour.  :)  

I had fun wrapping them up in cello bags and washi tape ^_^

And then tying it all with the Divine Twine I got for Christmas! ^_^
Hope you&#8217;ve had a good weekend!  &lt;3 

We got new upstairs neighbours this week and I wanted to do make something for them as a housewarming gift…I had originally planned for it just to be these cookies, but they turned out WAY too sweet.  So I whipped up some whipping cream and froze it to make unsweetened ice cream (to offset some of the sweetness) and made ice cream sandwiches.  They actually turned out pretty good! I had originally chosen the recipe since it was gluten and dairy free, since I have no idea if they’ve got any dietary restrictions, but…well, now they’re just gluten free.  Ah, can’t win them all.  

The cookies were actually very tasty, good and chocolaty, just way too sweet…the texture was just like the edge of a brownie (chewy and delicious, my favourite part)!  And they were super quick to make, with stuff I keep in my pantry.  So, next time I might just look for a similar recipe that includes flour.  :)  

I had fun wrapping them up in cello bags and washi tape ^_^

And then tying it all with the Divine Twine I got for Christmas! ^_^

Hope you’ve had a good weekend!  <3 

I don’t think I’ll be able to stop saying that school is kicking my ass until April…when I no longer have to go (holy crap, less than one semester to go T_T). Well, that is if my stupid transfer credit goes through.  C’monnnn Ryerson.  

I’ve been eating so much crap lately because I just haven’t had the time or energy to be in the kitchen longer than pouring myself a bowl of cereal or making tea, (okay, fine, G’s been feeding me also.  He even made me eat half a zucchini last night) but I decided that tonight would be the night I made myself dinner.  

Well, it’s a sammich.  But I love a good sammich and it was damn delicious.

I apparently had boiled eggs earlier this week.  Whatevs, old hard-boiled eggs are easier to peel anyway!

Have I mentioned how much I love my new camera?  

I made some celery salt from a recipe I saw over here right when school started.  It’s yummy.  I put some in my egg salad, as well as some tabasco, paprika and lots of black pepper.  And of course lots of mayo.  

I mangled it a bit.

Do you like my new placemats?  It’s just laminated cotton from my stash that I finally said “ENOUGH OF YOU LAYING ABOUT” to and cut it up.  Because we got a new table and I want it to be pretty forever.

Anyway, I’ve been having a busy week and it’s still going, so just a quite note to say hello!  If you’ve been busy like me, I hope you can take time to make a sammich too!

Before these get too redundant I have some Christmas bento pictures from a bento gathering I had at the beginning of December (I would say party, but really it was just 3 of us) that I thought I should share…considering I haven’t posted anything since the summer I’d say I am long overdue for a post.  

Anyway, I’m still alive!  Look at that!  Barely, since school has been kicking my ass for the past 4 months and will continue to do so until April, but here I am!

I made bubble tea (it was mediocre, I was sleepy/sick, but it looks pretty)

Jess brought some DELICIOUS cupcakes (thanks love!)

And of course we made bento ^_^

Hayon’s

Cute right?  Closeup!

Jess’s 

Love that flower in her hair

And mine

First bento in months! O.o  Yikes.  Realized later I probably should have tied those presents with parsley ^_^;;

This is how I feel all the time now.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas or whatever and are enjoying your holidays <3  Hopefully I’ll have more soon, I got some really fun stuff for Christmas ^_^

All photos by Hayon Chang, used (and hosted on my flickr) with permission <3 What a lovely lady.

Me+phone camera=not very good pictures. But too bad.  I’m endeavouring to have a good day since G has gone to nerd it up in Montreal and I’m by myself this weekend so I thought I’d spoil myself and see what the fuss was about Nadege.  Well, technically I bought a dozen macarons to share with some lovely ladies while we picnic tomorrow, but only 11 fit in the box so I had to round it out to a 3 macaron snack.  The mojito one was my favourite.  But yes, I hadn’t been there yet because I find new stores intimidating and I’m a little wussy-baby.  Also, it’s expensive.  But too bad!  None for you G!  Muahaha.  And while the idea of going to sit in the park and brainstorm for my collection seemed like a picture perfect idea, a dog peed on my tree, my sunscreen went all weird and flaky-gross and I smushed a lot of bugs on my sketch paper so I should really just remember that I’m more at home…at home.  Ah, well, hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

I went to Canada’s Wonderland with my lovely friend Hayon yesterday <3  It was so much fun!  Though I’m a little sore today from being bumped around so much and walking around in crappy shoes for 8 hours…but at least they didn’t fly off while we were on Top Gun! (Flight Deck….whatever, I refuse those new names)

I made us a quick bento which we ended up eating for breakfast since we didn’t want to risk them taking it away at security.  

It could be either one of us since we’ve both got bangs :P  This was the cute one, the other one I made (which I ate….too derpy looking to give away!)  Just looked fat and scary!  No pictures, too scary looking.

And of course we got a funnel cake for lunch 

<3  I love you funnel cake even though you were 12 dollars.

Vinegared rice, nori, ketchup cheeks, slightly pickled radishes, cucumber, steak, tamagoyaki, broccoli stems and cherries. 

A bright and colourful (and overexposed T_T) lunch for G since today is our 5 year anniversary.  Now, please excuse me while I go hang out in the air-conditioned mall for a while before we go to die at the T&amp;T Waterfront Night Market ^_^;  Thank goodness my boss let us go early today, otherwise I&#8217;d be a grumpy/fainting cat.
Rice hearts (with a little vinegar, too hot!), salami, quail eggs, broccoli, cucumber, corn, green beans, tomato heart &lt;3, slightly pickl-y radishes and soy mayo.  Red plum and cherries for dessert.   
Hope you&#8217;re finding a way to beat the heat!  We have 4 fans in our bedroom ^_^  Happy Thursday!  

A bright and colourful (and overexposed T_T) lunch for G since today is our 5 year anniversary.  Now, please excuse me while I go hang out in the air-conditioned mall for a while before we go to die at the T&T Waterfront Night Market ^_^;  Thank goodness my boss let us go early today, otherwise I’d be a grumpy/fainting cat.

Rice hearts (with a little vinegar, too hot!), salami, quail eggs, broccoli, cucumber, corn, green beans, tomato heart <3, slightly pickl-y radishes and soy mayo.  Red plum and cherries for dessert.   

Hope you’re finding a way to beat the heat!  We have 4 fans in our bedroom ^_^  Happy Thursday!  

Just a quick note to let you all know about a giveaway at All Things for Sale.  You have to register on their website to enter and leave a comment on their giveaway post. Also, you get an extra entry if you blog about it ;) and like their facebook.  You know, anything for free stuff!  

 Waaahhh…so much going on T_T  I need a break!

I was so sleepy on Friday that I fell asleep on the couch at 9 before even starting my Mandarin homework…so I woke up at 3:30 when G got home and ended up staying up for the rest of the day O.o  Totally messed up my internal clock, but I ended up having time to make bento before I went to class!

Chibi-totoros are having coffee at sunrise :)

Rice, ketchup, egg sheet, quail eggs, green beans, cucumber, shredded ham, nori, mango.