Bento of the Week: Orange

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the first monochromatic challenge of the month . Congratulations to Mary Beth of Bentos for Beginners for getting the most votes for her Yellow Submarine bento. This bento will be displayed for the next week in the featured  blog widget on the sidebar and she gets a special blog button  announcing her win!

Week 16 Theme: Orange January is monochromatic month and the theme for BOTW 16 is Orange. Please post the direct link  to any bento you’ve created that is mostly orange. You can post  more than one, but it needs to be your bento. You may post a bento that has been submitted in a previous week. Please visit other participants and leave comments! Full guidelines on this meme can be found here.
Next week’s theme: Green

Bento of the Week: Angry Birds

Thank you to everyone who took on the challenge and participated in the Homemade Food Picks BOTW. Congratulations to Rina of Ameriasian-Bento for getting the most votes for Lego Pick Bento. This bento will be displayed for the next week in the featured blog widget on the sidebar and the winner gets a special blog button announcing their win!

This themed bento meme will be posted each Friday and will accept entries through the following Tuesday. Instructions for submitting a link can be found here. At that point voting will be enabled. You can vote on Wednesday & Thursday. Full guidelines for this meme can be found here. Interested in starting your own meme? Read this article on how to host a successful meme.

Week 10 Theme: Angry Birds The theme for Bento of the Week 10 is Angry Birds. Please post the direct link to any Angry Bird bentos you’ve created. You can post more than one, but it needs to be your bento. You may post a bento that has been submitted in a previous week as long as it fits the them. Please visit other participants and leave some love!
Next week’s theme: Birthdays

Bento of the Week 10 – Angry Birds

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Bento of the Week: Homemade Food Picks

Thank you to everyone who took on the challenge and participated in the Egg Sheet BOTW. This was the most challenging technique this month! Congratulations to Diana of Diana Rambles for getting the most votes for her No Puffin bento. This bento will be displayed for the next week in the featured blog widget on the sidebar and the winner gets a special blog button announcing their win!

This themed bento meme will be posted each Friday and will accept entries through the following Tuesday. Instructions for submitting a link can be found here. At that point voting will be enabled. You can vote on Wednesday & Thursday. Full guidelines for this meme can be found here. Interested in starting your own meme? Read this article on how to host a successful meme.

Week 9 Theme: Homemade Food Picks The theme for Bento of the Week 9 is Homemade Food Picks. Below is a tutorial on making your own food picks. They are easy to make and are an inexpensive alternative to ordering food picks. Please post the direct link to any bentos you’ve put together that display a food pick that you’ve created. You can post more than one, but it needs to be your bento. You may post a bento that has been submitted in a previous week as long as it fits the them. Please visit other participants and leave some love!
Next week’s theme: Angry Birds

Thank you to Melissa  for providing this week’s tutorial. You can read her full post here.

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Step 1: Gather your supplies.
You’ll need picks.
Regular tooth picks and bamboo forks are really easy to find – I’ve seen the bamboo forks everywhere from Target to party supply stores. I like the plastic picks because they are washable and sturdy…I found this box at Dollar Tree.

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You’ll need stickers.
Any small stickers will do. I really like the little plastic stickers that are kind of bubbly and thick. I found cute Halloween ones at Target. The fall stickers are from either Target’s Dollar Spot or possibly the cheap bins at Michael’s. I got those last year and can’t recall exactly.
See the rest of the post here.

Bento of the Week: Egg Sheets

Thank you to everyone who took on the challenge and participated in the Onigiri BOTW. Voting was tight since there was one vote each. Congratulations to Rina of Ameriasian-Bento for getting the most votes for her Bear Face Onigiri bento.  This bento will be displayed for the next week in the featured blog widget on the sidebar and the winner gets a special blog button announcing their win!

This themed bento meme will be posted each Friday and will accept entries through the following Tuesday. Instructions for submitting a link can be found here. At that point voting will be enabled. You can vote on Wednesday & Thursday. Full guidelines for this meme can be found here. Interested in starting your own meme? Read this article on how to host a successful meme.

Week 8 Theme: Egg Sheets The theme for Bento of the Week 8 is Egg Sheets. Below is a tutorial on making egg sheets. If you carefully follow these steps they turn out and really aren’t hard to make. Please post the direct link to any bentos you’ve created using egg sheets. You can post more than one, but it needs to be your bento. You may post a bento that has been submitted in a previous week as long as it fits the them. Please visit other participants and leave some love! Due to the technique month there will not be a Thanksgiving meme here at BBN, but you can participate in one here.
Next week’s theme: Make Your Own Picks

Thank you to Lia Chen  for providing this week’s tutorial. You can read her full post here.

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Some of my bento friends asked me on how I made smooth egg sheet a while ago. I’m sorry for the delay of this post but I finally can get all the pictures taken this morning and ready to share it with all of you. Hope this post will be helpful and if there is any other different method to make it, please share it in the comment box. And please note that the ingredients I used for this post were only to make 2 egg sheets.

WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO PREPARE ?

Egg Sheet Tips
Egg Sheet Tips

3 Chicken Eggs
> 15ml Water
> 1 tsp Cornstarch

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Egg Sheet Tips

> Tamagoyaki Pan (if you don’t have it, you can also use your non-stick pan)
> 2 Bowls
> Small Kitchen Strainer
> Egg Whisker or Fork
> Flip Spatula

See the rest of the tutorial at Bentolicious

Bento of the Week: Onigiri

Thank you to everyone who participated and/or voted in the Sandwich Ball BOTW. The participants did a great job of taking on the challenge. Congratulations to CandyGirl of BentOnBetterLunches for getting the most votes for her Ice Cream Sundae bento. This bento will be displayed for the next week in the featured blog widget on the sidebar and the winner gets a special blog button announcing their win!

This themed bento meme will be posted each Friday and will accept entries through the following Tuesday. Instructions for submitting a link can be found here. At that point voting will be enabled. You can vote on Wednesday & Thursday. Full guidelines for this meme can be found here.

Week 7 Theme: Onigiri The theme for Bento of the Week 7 is Onigiri. Onigiri is defined as Japanese food made from white rice formed into triangular or oval shapes and often wrapped in nori (seaweed). Below is a tutorial on making onigiri into a bento. Please post the direct link to any bentos you’ve created that contain onigiri. You can post more than one, but it needs to be your bento. You may post a bento that has been submitted in a previous week as long as it fits the them. Please visit other participants and leave some love! 
Next week’s theme: Egg Sheets

Thank you to Ming  for providing this week’s tutorial. You can read her full post here.

This is a tutorial for the Pikachu bento I posted on Monday. Please note that I’m using mixed grain rice and cheese in this tutorial, instead of sushi rice and egg sheet. If you are doing it, I suggest you try with sushi rice instead, and make the onigiri smaller as cheese is thicker than egg sheet.

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First, shape your rice. You can use a rice mold if you have one.

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If you do not have a rice mold, you can use a cling wrap to shape the rice.

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Cut out a slice of seaweed to wrap round the rice.

You can see the remainder of the tutorial here.

Bento of the Week 7 – Onigiri

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Bento of the Week: Halloween

Thank you to everyone who participated and/or voted in the Nick Jr BOTW. Congratulations to Corey at Family Fresh Meals for getting the most votes for There’s a Party In My Tummy bento. This bento will be displayed for the next week in the featured blog widget on the sidebar and the winners gets a special blog button announcing their win!

Remember this themed bento meme will be posted each Friday and will accept entries through the following Tuesday. Instructions for submitting a link can be found here. At that point voting will be enabled. You can vote on Wednesday & Thursday. Full guidelines for this meme can be found here. Next week starts our November technique challenges.

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Week 5 Theme: Halloween

Week five’s theme for Bento of the Week is Halloween. Please post the direct link to any Halloween bento you’ve created. You can post more than one, but it needs to be your bento. You may post a bento that has been submitted in a previous week as long as it fits the them. Please visit other participants and leave some love! Please grab the special banner for this week’s theme and add it to your blog post. 
Next week’s theme: Sandwich Balls

Bento of the Week: Nick Jr.

Thank you to everyone who participated and/or voted in the Pumpkin BOTW. Congratulations to Corey at Family Fresh Meals for getting the most votes for her Pumpkin Harvest Bento.  This bento will be displayed for the next week in the featured blog widget on the sidebar and the winners gets a special blog button announcing their win!

Remember this themed bento meme will be posted each Friday and will accept entries through the following Tuesday. Voting will take place on Wednesday & Thursday. We’ve had some fairly easy themes, but this week requires more creativity. November will be technique challenges. Upcoming themes are listed on the sidebar.

Week 4 Theme: Nick Jr

Week four’s theme for Bento of the Week is Nick Jr. Please post the direct link to any bento you’ve created that depicts a Nick Jr show, either past or present. You can see a list of all Nick Jr shows here. You can post more than one, but it needs to be your bento. You may post a bento that has been submitted on a previous week, but it must fit the theme. Please visit all the participants and leave some love! Please grab one of the Bento of the Week graphics (at the bottom of this site) to post on your blog. Please help spread the word about Bento Blog Network!! Next week’s theme: Halloween

Bento of the Week 4 – Nick Jr

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Introducing Bento of the Week Meme

The intent of the Bento Blog Network (BBN) is for people who make bento lunches to connect online. There is no better way to do than to show off the bentos we make. Many people participate in Shannon’s What’s For Lunch Meme on Wednesday and others participate in Muffin Tin Monday. I thought it would be good to create a meme for Fridays.

Each Friday, BBN will be posting a theme and participants can link up their bento photos that correspond to that theme. The themes will be announced a week in advance so that you have time to make a bento with that theme over the week. You can post a bento you create that week or one you created previously, just as long as it meets the theme. Feel free to suggest themes via post comments. Submissions for the meme will be accepted through the following Tuesday at 8pm CST. At that time voting will be enabled on the linky and you can place a vote for your favorite two submissions. The bento with the most votes will be put up in our Featured Blog of the Week Widget on the sidebar. That featured winner will get a special button to display on their blog.

Week 1 Theme: Anything Goes

Since this meme is brand new today you can post a bento lunch with any theme. You can post more than one, but it needs to be your photo. Please visit all the participants and leave some bento love (comments)! Feel free to grab one of the Bento of the Week graphics (at the bottom of this site) to post on your blog.
Next week’s theme: Smiles Bento must contain some kind of smiley face

Coloring Rice Tutorial

How do you color rice that can be eaten? It’s really an easy process! You just add food coloring to the water before you add the rice.

Here is several drops of yellow food coloring in the water in our rice cooker. Then stir.

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Then you add the rice & cook.

This is how it turns out. This was not super yellow. Of course Saffron rice could have been used for yellow.

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Add more drops for darker colors. Here you can see where I added a lot of red food coloring for dark red which I used for Elmo.

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Submitted by Diana of Bento Blog Network