Monday, November 11, 2013
Lovely Little Mushrooms
We all get stuck in a rut sometimes and feel like we don't have any creativity to pull out of our hats, right? When that happens I ask A-chan what she would like in her bento for the next day. Rarely has this backfired but in this case...yeah. She asked for mushrooms, one boy and one girl. What the heck?! That was really no help, but thanks. So now I needed to come up with an idea for 'shrooms and I had nothing. Really. Zip. Ah, but I have books. Inspiration found, I thought, and pulled out all of my charaben books. They are all in Japanese which I can't read to save my life but hey, I can still look at the pictures and get ideas! But...no mushrooms. Gah. In desperation I turned to Pinterest. And there a beam of light came down from on high to illuminate one of AkinoIchigo's bentos with some cute mushrooms. I loved it and had a great time coming up with this bento which is totally inspired by hers. Crisis averted.
In the bento: Rice with homemade furikake, blackberries, carrot leaves, tofu and broccoli stirfry, feta chunks and an apple bunny.
The mushrooms were made from provolone cheese and a pink egg sheet that I distressed a bit with a toothpick to look more 'shroomish. They have nori faces, more pink egg sheet for cheeks and the girly mushroom has a bow cut from carrot. I think they came out really well. More importantly A-chan loved them!
We are having a blast at the NanoWriMo challenge. A-chan has around 450 words out of the 900 word goal that she set for herself. I can't believe she's already half way there! My word count is around 17,000 out of a total 50,000 to meet the challenge. The biggest surprise so far has been the fact that my grammar and punctuation skills are not as good as I'd thought they were!