Tuesday, December 18, 2012
OMG, it's only a week away! How many bento items are on your list to Santa? I've asked the big guy for quite a lot of bento gear. Christmas is very different for us this year and A-chan is having a rough time. We're trying to do our best to be jolly and enjoy the season and that includes making Holiday bentos. I love using red bell pepper in holiday bentos. It's the only time of year that A-chan will accept them in her lunches. Note that she doesn't actually eat them - she just allows me to put them in to make Santa hats. And in the background is part of the Advent Calendar that I made for her this year: cupcakes!
In the bento: Lots of rice, eggsheet, veggie hot dog, red bell pepper, lemon, black olives, steamed broccoli and raspberries.
Santa's face is made with pink eggsheet with nori for the eyes and nose. There are hotdog slices for his cute cheeks and a huge piece of bell pepper for his hat with some lemon peel and nori for the bells. I am delighted to have found some liquid food coloring recently. It gives a much more even color to eggsheets than the gel food coloring. The pink turned out very nicely! I wish now that I there was more definition between Santa's hat and his hair.
The amazing Karaimame of Acquiring Taste inspired me to start doing creative advent calendars a couple of years ago. (Hers are incredible!) This year I decided on a cupcake theme. There just happened to be a mini cupcake stand in my cabinet that had never been used. I wanted to do something with it. Getting tiny gifts that would fit inside the miniature cupcakes was an extra challenge. Making it was so much fun and it's very cute sitting on our kitchen counter. The cats thought it was a great game to knock the cupcakes off the stand so in the end I taped them all on.