If you eat Facebook and Instagram for breakfast, you would certainly see a number of Bento Box posts. Often, you would want to try but sadly, your very pessimistic self would remind you do not have the luxury of time to do as much. So you would end up serving the same packed lunch for your kids. They are happy, I guess, with the packed lunch. But they could even be happier if food on those lunch boxes is perfectly portioned, creatively executed, and beaming with colors and flavors.
With this in mind, joining the first ever Frabelle Foods Bento Workshop is an easy decision. I am confident that after the workshop, I could replicate some of those adorable feasts and even invent some.
From my readings, I have learned that Bento Box originated from Japan and is often referred to as a home-packed meal, traditionally containing rice, meat or fish, steamed vegetables, and some sweets or fruits all put together in a box-shaped container.
Chef Donnie of Frabelle Foods patiently shares a few of his kid-friendly Bento ideas. The amiable chef likewise gamely checks on the mom-kid participants and gives encouraging words or smile. He makes everybody comfortable. Well, all the Frabelle Foods staff present on the workshop are accommodating.
Cuteness is the name of the game. Food is shaped into cartoon characters or animals or anything one fancies. It may look too time-consuming to prepare but I believe, we moms always spend time preparing our kids’ everyday baon so a little more time added wouldn’t hurt.
As for the young man I spend the day with learning Bento boxes, he also shares some of his learnings:
We are cutting cheese to complete the eyes of our Captain’s Catch Cheezy Tuna Nuggets. But he would eat some in the process. And this mother would tell her son, “Patience.” He understands then the word and experiences it himself. So I am confident that as he devours his baon, he would often be reminded of what patience is.
That waiting for the right time is much better than getting temporary instant gratification.
I am pretty impressed when he shares he now understands the meaning of saving.
Oftentimes, he would change pencil if it becomes too small to fit his hands or would throw his old notebook. Through the Bento Workshop, he understands that keeping those still usable is a great way to help save 1) money and 2) the environment of waste pollution. From our Bento-making, we have some ham leftovers and he realizes that the ham can still be kept for later use.
Saving leftover for later use is a great way to save money and also avoid overeating.
Making Bento box is not an easy task. Perhaps what makes it easy is that it is enjoyable to do especially if you have someone special by your side helping you. As each preparation requires utmost patience and creativity, one could see the love exerted to finish the product. My 10-year-old son learns of appreciation.
While doing the Piggy in a Bun Bento Box, he utters these words,
“So much love was put into this work of art. Any child who would eat these should finish everything. Everything, after all, is edible.”
Now, this momi is grateful she joined the Frabelle Bento Workshop. And she made the right decision to bring along her son. As each ingredient had been tediously cut and shaped, new learnings were realized and taught.
My thank you to Frabelle Foods and Mommy Bloggers Philippines for this wonderful collaboration. More than teaching us moms how to create beautiful Bento Boxes for our kids, you also taught our little ones new virtues that would guide them to be better individuals.
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Frabelle Group of Companies is a fishing company established in the 1960’s and the name was coined after its founder Francisco and his wife Bella. In 2011, the company entered the meat processing business under Frabelle Corporation (FBC). FBC manufacture and distributes branded processed meat products in key wet markets and major supermarkets.