Thursday, September 13, 2012
A-chan had asked for panda onigiri. I had inari that I needed to use before they went bad. We compromised and gave each little panda onigiri their own inari bed. I wasn't sure how they would turn out, but I think that they are absolutely adorable! This bento has way too much orange in it - I didn't notice how many carrots were there until looking at the pictures. That's okay, A-chan loves carrots!
In the bento: Panda inari zushi/onigiri, steamed broccoli, carrot flowers, an apple bunny, baby corn, a pick of edamame, a container of sesame carrots and two nectarine slices.
The inari skins were lightly boiled in a mixture of water, soy sauce, mirin and brown sugar for several minutes and then dried. I folded the tops of the opening inside and pushed the onigiri halfway into the inari pockets. Then I added the nori, sesame seed and sugar dot details.
I use mustard seeds in cooking quite a bit, particularly Indian food. It just occurred to me recently that they would make fantastic bento decorative touches! I like how they look on these carrot flowers and loved the fact that they were easy to put in place and didn't require as much fiddling as sesame seeds.