Monday, August 27, 2012

Froggy Faces


One of my absolute favorite things about bento tools is how a single basic shape can be transformed into so many different things.  Take the frog onigiri above, for example.  They were made with a teddy bear onigiri mold.  I've used the same mold to make bears, pandas, racoons, frogs and a few other things.  The tools certainly aren't necessary for bento making, but they can be so much fun and open up new realms of creative thinking!

In the bento: Two frog onigiri, cherries, fried tofu, carrot flowers, a huge cherry tomato and steamed broccoli.

Green food coloring was added to the water before I cooked the rice which gave a lovely light green hue.  The eyes were cut from white egg sheet and nori.  Their noses were black sesame seeds and the mouths cut from nori with scissors.  The carrot flowers are the best thing about this bento, in my opinion, because I just learned how to do it!  I love them!  Learning how to cut the flowers this way was part of what I did on my birthday.  A-chan gave a gratifying gasp of amazement when she saw them.

Have a Happy Monday, everyone!

6 comments:

Michelle | Creative Food said...

i LOVE the froggies! :) super cute :)

sheri fujihara chen said...

Beautiful! Everything snuggles in there so nicely. And I agree, those flowers are gorgeous!

Dawn @ Cuter Than Gluten said...

I can't believe those carrot flowers! Amazing.

Natakiya said...

Thank you, Michelle! :-D

Natakiya said...

Thanks, Sheri!! I'm delighted with how the flowers turned out and glad that I finally learned how to do them :)

Natakiya said...

Thanks so much, Dawn! They are fun to make and not nearly as difficult as I thought they would be.