Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Cucumber Heart Faces Bento

You can't really tell from the photo, but the faces are on heart shaped onigiri inside heart shaped cut out cucumber slices. The center hearts of the cucumbers are on the other side of the bento. It worked out well that the mini heart onigiri mold and my mini heart cookie cutter are pretty much the same size and shape!
There are also some baby tomato flowers with green pea centers, soba noodles with garlic sauce, carrot hearts and blueberries.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Peep Bento

This was a bento for my daughter who loves Peep (from Peep and the Big Wide World). Morningstar Farms Chik nuggets, cucumber slices, green peas and corn skewers, cherry tomato, red grapes, rice granola bar thingy, blue colored rice, cheese peep with tomato peel, cheese and nori details. Cucumber grass and chik nugget ground.

The blue rice turned out to be very strong. I couldn't remember how much food coloring to put in the rice and ended up overdoing it a bit, but it sure does stand out! I wish that I had used a sturdier material for Peep's body since the cheese slice kind of wrinkled with the rice and looks funky in the photo. It looked much better in person.

In any case it got quite the reaction from A-chan who just loved it. I'm glad that Peep is such an easy character to make cause he's going to be a popular bento item around here.

Post AWA sublimeness

Okay, so Anime Weekend Atlanta was really awesome. Didn't want to come home - we had so much fun! Thank you so much to everyone who came to the Bento panels!!!! I know that the Practicum was quite chaotic and I apologize, it was a lot more popular than we thought it would be and we definately weren't prepared for that many people. We will try to have it go more smoothly next year and get people some hands-on bento experience. Please let me know if you have any comments or suggestions, corrections or anything!

This site will be getting an update soon with some new links, including links to Tea Priestess's bento blog. She was the fantastic person who did the Bento Practicum with me and has a ton of bento knowledge and experience. She is also one of the nicest people I've ever met and didn't get upset at me when I was really, really, really late to meet up with her once.

Pics of my family and I at AWA on Sunday (at the bottom of the page, I'm the one with the basket on my head.):

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Grilled Cheese Flower Bento

The main part of the bento - the grilled cheese flower sandwich had extra cheese decorations added once the sandwhich had cooled down. There are also some carrot butterflies, green grapes, fresh blueberries, cucumber grass and a skewer of blueberries with a balloon sticker-enhanced toothpick. For desert were a sweet midget pickle and tiny hamburger shaped cookies that were surprisingly good. On the side - tomato soup in a microwaveable bowl.

Bean Jam Wafer Bento

This was an extremely easy bento for a day when speed was required. Jasmine rice with green pea heart , cheddar jack cheese slices, baby tomatoes, sesame carrots, a skewer of chick peas (my little girl LOVES those things, who knew?) and an extra huge, lovely, wonderfully yummy bean jam wafer from Super H Mart.
The heart of peas was created by packing the rice around the outside of a heart shaped cookie cutter, then putting the peas into the center. Gently lift out the cookie cutter and voila - something that kind of sort of resembles a heart from certain angles, lol.
The wafer is really really good, I can't quite describe it though. The outside is a lot like an old fashioned ice cream cone which was a bit surprising at first.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Garden Fresh Bean Bentos

Top tier to bottom: Vegetable ramen with carrot hearts, green beans and a black olive. Blueberries from our bushes with canned mangosteen sections and candied mango-chili slivers. Jasmine rice with a mamenori cover, baked tofu fingers.
Left tier: Lots of steamed broccoli with tiny carrot flowers, a black olive, fresh blueberries and canned mangosteen, cheese crackers and sesame sticks.
Right tier: Baked tofu fingers, black olives, jasmine rice, green beans, carrot stars.

Jasmine rice, green beans, carrot acorns, baked tofu fingers, black olives, veggie ramen, steamed broccoli. The lid section contained lots of blueberries.
My toddler had just picked green beans from her grandpa's garden and was so excited about eating them that I had to spruce them up a bit. her excitement did not last beyond the first bite, however, as she realized that she still did not like green beans. But at least she tried them!