Thursday, November 18, 2010

Gobble gobble?

This was A-chan's bento for the Thanksgiving feast at school today. When we discussed possible themes for the bento she passed up a tipi and wanted a turkey. I'm not sure that she actually understands the connection between T-day feast and the turkey honestly. In any case this cute guy was a big hit! Since she was supposed to join in the potluck feast with the rest of her class I made a smaller bento than normal. It was nice to be able to use this box since it normally gets deemed as too small for lunches and relegated to a snack container.

In the bento: Onigiri turkey made from fried rice, carrots and snow peas with cheddar and nori eyes. Soy turkey rolled up into a corner, raspberries, carrot flower, black olives, steamed broccoli and a pick with chickpeas and green peas.

The second thing that A-chan said after seeing the turkey this morning: "Uh oh, he's going to get smooshed." And she was right. My artistic fervor went out of bounds with this one and there was no way I was going to be able to put the lid on without squishing Mr. turkey. I rearranged the tail feathers and the beak, moved the head a little lower down and after all those adjustments managed to get the lid closed with no damage, yay!

Here is a picture of her before going off to school this morning. I can't believe I remembered to stop and take a picture of her with a bento for once!
This turkey bento is truly the epitome of why I started making bentos in the first place. The whole idea was to have A-chan be able to take something to an event where either the vegetarianism or her food allergies would prevent her from being able to eat what was being served. But she wouldn't feel depressed or left out because she had some of her own favorite foods in a beautiful presentation. I feel fulfilled :D


Kelly Polizzi said...

that is the most fantastic turkey ever! soo creative

BananaCat said...

That's so adorable! :) I adore all your creative bento creations. I wish I could take the time to craft such cute meals some day. ^^

Natakiya said...

Thank you so much, Kelly!! It was a lot of fun to make and apparently really yummy cause she ate every bit :)

Natakiya said...

BananaCat, thanks!! Making the cute bentos seems intimidating at first but it gets way easier and faster with practice. I started out only doing one cute bento every now and then until I felt comfortable trying it more often. Most of the time it only takes me 15-30 minutes :)