*I added ‘part 1’ because I know for sure that there will lots of article about Christmas time :3*

Today, it’s the 1st of December and yesterday, I bought *at the last minute* an Advent Calendar.
(didn’t had the time to make one myself this year)

This means the beginning of a magical season with lots of yummy things to tastes!
From Saint-Nicolas to my first cougnous, the Christmas markets all over the places and family dinners…
(yep, that’s not a time for diet, I can tell you…><)

Leonidas Chocolates Advent Calendar

Bento Ideas Potatoes Cheese Herbs Waffles

Cheesy waffles potatoes (5-6 waffles)

  • 250gr potatoes
  • 50g flour
  • 1 egg
  • 10cl milk
  • 50g grated cheese
  • salt & pepper
  1. Peel and wash the potatoes. Grate them and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, mix all the ingredients: eggs, flour, oil, milk. Add salt and pepper.
  3. Add the grated cheese and mix. Strongly press the potatoes in your hands to remove water and add them to the dough.
  4. Heat the waffle iron. Place a tablespoon of the mixture on the plates.
  5. Close the iron and cook until waffles are golden brown.

Original recipe on this blog: C’est Nathalie qui Cuisine

Bento Ideas Potatoes Cheese Herbs Waffles

Are bananas becoming all black in your fridge or in your fruit basket? Do not panic! Do not throw anything! They are right in time to make delicious and soft cookies. Thore cookies are made without any butter and with very little sugar too! Add some chocolate chips and fresh crushed hazelnuts and you’ll even get a taste of a famous chocolate ・( ̄∀ ̄)・:*: What else? OK, I give you the recipe!
Banana Chocolate Chips Cookie (without butter)

Banana biscuits (without butter)

  • 250g flour
  • 50g sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • chocolate chips + crushed hazelnuts
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Put a large baking paper on an oven plate.
  3. Mash the bananas with a fork.
  4. Add egg, sugar, flour, baking soda and mix well.
  5. Add chocolate chips and hazelnuts and mix well again.
  6. Using a tablespoon form of the cookies on the plate.
  7. Bake for about 15 minutes.

Original recipe from this blog: Miam Des Biscuits

Bento Box Idea Tomato Mozzarella Buns
Again, here’s a quick little recipe (unless like me you prepare yourself the pizza dough). Cut tomato into slices and the mozzarella ball as well. Cut with a cookie cutter the pizza dough into disks. Form the dough bun by stacking a disk, a slice of tomato, some herbs, a slice of mozzarella and again a disc of dough. Close the buns by merging the edges with your fingertips. Bake at 200°C for 15-20 minutes.
Bento Box Idea Tomato Mozzarella Buns

The quinoa salad is quite easy to prepare. You just need to cook the quinoa (read the instructions on the bag). Then add some diced tomatoes, cucumbers, a bit of olive oil and the herbs you like (mint, parsley, chives, anything you like). Keep in mind that, as you would do for Japanese rice, you should wash the quinoa before cooking it. For my bento, I use Belgian quinoa, grown by Graines de Curieux.
Bento Okazu Quinoa Salad

Well, obviously … I love making bento, it’s not a secret: D! Today I’ll show you all the equipment and accessories (all the mess in my kitchen) I have.

  • the Totoro box (which I use when I want to have more rice or pasta separately)
  • the box ‘Pon de Lion’, offered by my host mother (who, like me, loves Mister Donuts). I think that this is a box that she received during a promotion or with her points card.
  • Lacquered wooden box, bought in Tokyo Hands, it’s elegant and very practical.
  • Three-part thin box, purchased on casabento.com (I recommend the store, although expensive, but not that box, it is very heavy and does not provide a large volume).
  • The double Kapibara-san box, offered by my host mother.
  • The little rabbit red box, the first bento that I bought when I started going to school in Japan.
  • The mini bento box, a souvenir bought in Osaka, I use it for desserts.
  • The trio of Gaspard & Lisa boxes, small mascots that my host mother loves, she offered me those ones.
  • the quartet Kapibara-san boxes, offered long ago by my host mother, they are extremely worn out and don’t close very well anymore, I use those rarely.
  • + a whole bunch of accessories (which I sometimes use > _ < I ensure!)

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Bento Okazu Vegetarian Quiche
The only way to prepare a nice quiche is to use seasonal vegetables and to have a good quiche mix (3 eggs, 300gr cream, salt and pepper). You can choose a puff pastry or a shortcrust pastry, it doesn’t really matter, but you need to pre-bake the dough. Chop all the vegetables then stir fry them in a pan with some oil. Let them cool properly and add them to the quiche mix. Pour it in the pre-bake dough and bake it for half an hour at 200°C. You’re done!

I've launched this blog project (after many others) at the beginning of my university studies in 2009. The goal was to share my bento pictures and recipes with all the friends that were asking for. The time passing by, my posts have changed, they got more diverse. Now that my last year in university has come (soon I'll be a graduate in communication, animation and events organisation), I've decided to pursue this projet a bit more seriously. So here I am ! From now, I'll make you discover my tiny life day to day ! I'm quite a short girl (150cm tall!) and I guess that my low angle vision of the world might be a bit different from the other people. You'll quickly understand that the little things of everyday life make me happy !

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