Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Flatpie Wedge Bentos

Toddler bowl: Mayo dip for the broccoli bites and carrots.
Bento: Carrot flowers with a baby bok choy leaf for a backdrop. Baby tomatoes, Scottish flatpie wedge, steamed broccoli, blueberries, broccoli bite, blue bear with half ketchup, half spicy mustard.

Top tier: Steamed broccoli, baby tomatoes, broccoli bites, Morningstar Farms Parmesan Chik Patty with swiss cheese shooting star, yellow elephant with half ketchup and half spicy mustard.

Bottom tier: Carrot flowers on a baby bok choy leaf back drop, scottish flatpie wedge, more broccoli bites, blueberries on a stick.

Top tier: 2 scottish flatpie wedges, steamed broccoli, broccoli bites, baby tomatoes.
Bottom tier: carrot flowers, MF parmesan chik patty halves, Taiyaki cookies, blueberries on a stick.

Scottish Flatpie is essentially a biscuit crust with layers of potato and onion slices. This version is a slightly non-scottish version with shredded cheese melted on top (found in one of my fav cookbooks: Biscuits & Scones by Elizabeth Alston). To be vegetarian friendly I use veggie stock instead of chicken stock, I also added some garlic and basil. It's sooo yummy! It's perfect hot from the oven or cold in a bento and it's easy to make one big pie or lots of little ones.

Sticks & Stickers: These are plastic toothpicks between 2 stickers. They are re-usable since the stickers will come off easily (too easily if you ask my daughter)! I've had all these really cute stickers sitting around for ever. Occassionally I just throw one in a bento to liven things up for my toddler, but I wanted to do something a bit more decorative.

The Shooting Star Chik patty needed to be lifted up off the bottom of the bento or it got lost in all the taller food. Solution - a star shaped cookie cutter as a platform underneath. (The star one was the only one that fit under it perfectly.) It created a nice area around the patty to put the other food without covering it up!

Taiyaki cookies: I got these from If you've ever seen Azumanga Daioh you'll be familiar with Taiyaki pastries (think Chiyo-chan eating them in her penguin mascot costume, so cute!). When I saw them at Jbox I had to have some, but had no idea what to expect. They were actually a do-it-yourself kit with a packet of chocolate sauce and some chocolate crunch sprinkles and lots of little fishie cookies. This is fun and somewhat messy, lol. They held together really well and didn't even melt in the summer heat and they were very yum!

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