If you are following Pinay in Texas Cooking Corner on Facebook, maybe you already know about our ongoing contest called Recreating PiTCC Recipes In Your Kitchen. It's a dish photo contest wherein PiTCC FB fans who recreates any recipe from Pinay In Texas Cooking Corner can submit a photo of their dish. The photo that gets the most "likes" wins. I haven't announced the prize yet...but I assure you it will be really "great"! This is supposed to be a Christmas giveaway but after seeing some photos from followers who recreated my recipes, I got the idea of just hosting a photo contest. The contest period may seem too long, but with everyone's busy schedule, I guess it's better that way so there will be enough time for interested fans to join. There are 11 entries so far...looking forward to seeing more! Check out Pinay in Texas Cooking Corner on Facebook, and see for yourself which recipes our FB fans recreated in their kitchen! You might get inspired to join too!
Now, for my Friday Bento post...
The bentos I made this week weren't fancy...but I'm sure Clarise and Cherlin loved them because their lunch boxes were always empty when I checked them in the afternoon. I guess that's a good proof that they liked the food, right? (Unless they threw them, which I hope not.)
Bento #17: Fried Rice & Embutido Bento (Clarise's request)
What's in it: Meat and Vegetable Fried Rice, embutido / mini ham and beef franks kabobs, grapes and cantaloupe
Clarise requested for meat and vegetable fried rice with embutido. Cherlin said she didn't want embutido so she had mini ham & beef franks kabobs instead. That was the first time Clarise and Cherlin had rice for school lunch...they said everyone was looking at them because they were eating rice in school. But they didn't mind. They are Filipinos and they love eating rice! :)
What's in it: Ham and Cheese Sandwich, Beef Franks, Carrots, Celery, Grapes, Raisins, Kiwi & Peaches
Tuesday night, Cherlin asked me if I can make a Yogi Bear themed bento. I just said "I'll try". The next morning, I thought an ordinary bear bento would be easier, so that's just what I did. I used a bear face cutter for the small bear, and I used a glass for the big bear. (Sad to admit but I don't have a round cutter. hehe) I filled them with mayo, sweet ham & white American cheese. For the ears, eyes & nose, I used cheese and grapes. For the small bear's eyes, I used raisins.
I added a small piece of romaine lettuce to look like a cap (just like Yogi's). When I picked her up from school in the afternoon, she gave me a big warm hug, saying thank you for making Yogi & Boo-boo. She said they looked so cool, and Clarise agreed! I realized little kids are indeed so easy to please! So I'm officially calling this Yogi Bear Bento! :)
What's in it: Macaroni & Cheese, chicken nuggets, grapes and cantaloupe
Mac & Cheese is Clarise and Cherlin's favorite. They can eat it everyday and when it's all gone, they keep asking for more...so I usually cook a lot of it and just store it in the refrigerator. They had mac & cheese with chicken nuggets yesterday, and today, Clarise requested to have it again...but this time, with beef franks. They just couldn't get enough of it! :)
Wishing you all a great weekend! As we commemorate 9/11 this Sunday, let us all remember those who were killed, those who sacrificed their lives or health to rescue others, and all those who have mourned and continue to mourn their loss from that horrible act of terrorism...and let us pray that such tragedy never happen again...