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Yesterday, I listened to an episode of the Simple Sophisticate podcast about bar carts that quite surprised me.
Truth be told, I wasn’t planning on setting up a bar cart, but as Shannon Ables was talking about the different ways you could set one up, my mind reverted to the bar cart my grandma gave me for Christmas a couple of years ago. For most of it’s time in my possession, it’s been used as a sort of pseudo-pantry. Those of you whom know my living situation know that I store most of my food in my bedroom with the exception of when I buy bulk frozen groceries(vegetables and Gardein, namely).
As I listened to this podcast I figured I wouldn’t make any changes, but as I listened I steadily felt the hype growing, and even sketched out a couple of quick prototypes for the layout of my current bar cart. When I got home, I quickly realized that my layout wasn’t going to work quite the way I planned, but I got it most of the way there, with a few tweaks.
The photo is of the initial setup. I’ve since added a hand towel to one of the side bars to wipe my hands on if I get them wet, sticky, or spill something.
There’s only a few things I feel like I need to explain; left drawer is spices, the right drawer is picks, silicone cups and bento bands, in the black container is dry rice, ready for the rice cooker, behind that is a stainless steel one for instant mashed potato flakes, and the purple tray on the bottom shelf contains bento shaping/cutting tools. If you have any questions about any other stuff on the cart, feel free to comment below!
Now I can throw any food I want to put in my bento on the top of the cart and wheel it out to the kitchen while I cook up everything, if I need to use the stove, or if I want to watch anime while I make my bento in my room, I can wheel it right next to my desk!
I also splurged $5.00 at Walmart today to buy a book of scrapbook paper to have nice backdrops behind my bentos from now on. Twenty-five designs, but two sheets of everything, so if something gets stained, no need to worry.
Now, onto the bento part!
Today, I’m rocking my new paper backdrop to help brighten up this bento. In it are instant mashed potatoes(with dulse and tyrosine added for my thyroid, hence the flecks), cut snow peas, Gardein Mandarin Crispy Chick’n with sauce in the bunny cup, peas, scrambled tofu and strawberry slices cut into hearts.
I’m pretty pleased with how this one turned out, with the exception of the bunny’s face, but then again, I was also trying to set it up atop a bed of tofu scramble which isn’t known for it’s smooth texture.