Friday, May 13, 2011

Box Turtle Bento

This bento was in honor of the box turtle that we found next to our recycling bin a couple of weeks ago. We kept her for two days and learned a lot about box turtles, including the fact that they are actually very good climbers! Then we released her back into the wilderness near where we found her. It was an incredible experience.

In the bento: Turtle shaped onigiri, sauteed tofu, tiny carrot flowers, grapes, black olives and an apple piece with a carved heart.

The designs on the turtle's shell were made from nori and soy turkey.

6 comments:

Cooking Gallery said...

How cool...! You found a turtle :)!! The turtle onigiri looks very adorable too, I've been thinking of making turtle bento for some time but haven't done so yet....

sheri fujihara chen said...

No way, you found a box turtle? Wow. Was it as cute as this one? :D

Raiziel Lovyce said...

.... :o .... you are soooo talented!!!im 14 years old and i am very interested in making a bento :) i found your blog and was openmouthed by how beautiful and tasty looking bentos could be :)

Do you have any ideas for a vegitarian onigiri tht doesnt use seaweed??? our stores in town dont offer it and they wont order any either :( Onigiri is the main part of the bento and it will really suck if i cant make one :(

Natakiya said...

Thanks so much, CG!! The turtle was a cool little thing, we enjoyed her company :) I hope that you make a turtle bento soon, I'd love to see it!

Natakiya said...

Ha, the real thing was much much cuter I promise! I couldn't get the detail that I wanted with the nori :) Thank you, Sheri!

Natakiya said...

Wow, thanks Raiziel! Bentos are so much fun, you should definitely try it. Remember that it takes practice to make them look exactly how you want them - my first bentos were not nearly as pretty as the ones I make now, lol.

You can definitely make onigiri without the seaweed! You can use almost anything for decoration and attach it to the onigiri with mayo or honey or jelly...I've used soy turkey, cheese, carrot, peas, spaghetti noodles. It just takes some experimenting to find out what works best for you.