Saturday, December 10, 2011

bento lunch: Elfish delights in a sandwich box

"Mama will you PLEASE make me a bento? How about a Cwissmas one? Please, please, puh-leeeeeez!"

She was relentless today, that girl child of mine. Good thing for her that #1 she's cute, and #2, I had made some boiled eggs the day before and was needing them to get eaten up.


Packed in a sandwich box, there is a boiled egg in a silicone cup, two little sealed ham and cheese sandwiches, green grapes and a clementine orange. A happy elf pick adds a little cuteness.

snowflake shaped egg

I made the boiled egg into a snowflake shape using my ice cream sandwich molds (the process is described here). I think it turned out pretty well, but you can kinda see how it is discolored towards the bottom from the yolk being close the surface. 

The sealed sandwiches were made with a Pampered Chef sandwich press. I've had that thing a really long time, but gave up on it long ago because I couldn't ever get the sandwiches to turn out well for me. I'm not sure what I was doing wrong back then for them to turn out so poorly, because just recently when I came across it I tried it again and it  all worked out just fine! Maybe it's all the years of lunch making experience I've accrued since my last attempt. Haha. 

Paige was delighted with her little lunch. We are in the throws of Elf on a Shelf excitement here, so she was tickled to find a little elf in her bento box. :)


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Ludicrous Mama said... [Reply to comment]

For the Pampered Chef one, I cut out the circles separately first, then smoosh down the middle of the bottom slice, then only fill the middle with spreads/fillings. Then put on the top slice (also smooshed a little in the middle to stretch it out a bit. I start having problems if there's fillings poking out where the press needs to smoosh the edges together!
Genius idea for those ice cream molds! They've been on my WishList forever, but I just might push for them this year now! (Since my other top items were the Americolor food writers and Kinderville ice pop molds, both of which I just bought for myself! Merry Christmas, me!)

The Student @ Food for Dissertating said... [Reply to comment]

I wouldn't have noticed the discoloration if you hadn't pointed it out. You definitely have some great skills with color composition, too.

karen said... [Reply to comment]

I'm going to have to see about getting some of those sandwich thingies. I bet John would get a big kick out of them! Another wonderfully cute lunch!!!

Candy Girl said... [Reply to comment]

So cute! The only way my girls will eat a boiled egg now is if if it's cute, I've ruined them :)

wyowoman said... [Reply to comment]

Love the snowflake egg.! Is that link from amazon really the pampered chef cutter you used? it's 3 1/2 inches -?? that seems lots bigger -wouldn't it take up most of that sandwich box? or no?

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Oh goodness, Wyoman. I didn't realize they came in different sizes! I just measured mine and it's 3" across. So that Amazon one is slightly bigger. I bought mine about 5 years ago!

wyowoman said... [Reply to comment]

Sleuthing, I just found out they used to make 3 in and 4 in sizes, until they replaced them with the 3 1/2 in. Which I have - and causes me fits trying to fit it in lunches - unbelievable how much that 1/2 inch matters. Tartmaster (original supplier to P.C. until P.C. manufactured their own.) has them in 3 and 4 in. versions but they are part aluminum - not sure about pampered chef's.

Jenn @ BentoForKidlet said... [Reply to comment]

So cute! I love the shaped egg, I need to get some of those molds!

ProjectLunchbox said... [Reply to comment]

I have used hard boiled eggs in a couple applications but this is super cute. Great ideas.

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