For the last bento before our trip A-chan requested Merida. Though she loves all the Disney Princesses, Merida is currently her favorite. She has been learning Scottish Highland Dance since January and mentioned yesterday that she wanted to do some dancing for Merida at Disney! There is a new fruit in this bento - dinosaur egg pluot. I couldn't pass up the chance to eat a fruit with a name like that. And I love it! It's a very nice pluot with a mostly sweet taste and luckily A-chan loves it.
With complicated character bentos I sketch out the designs the night before and often do most of the prep work then as well. In this case, the sketches, multiple egg sheets and the little bear onigiri were made the night before. I neglected to check the sizing of the bears, leaving them much too big to fit into the actual bento. A-chan claimed that she didn't mind if one got squished a little.
In the bento: Merida figure on top of a lovely block of rice, checkered apple, three bear onigiri, steamed broccoli, a cherry tomato (completely hidden under/behind the bears), garlic and basil encrusted tofu, baby corn spears and slices of dinosaur egg pluot.
Merida was made from (can you guess?) many layer of egg sheet and provolone. I'm sure that no one is surprised by that since those are my standard ingredients for charaben. I was excited about making the arrow and bow string, though. The arrow is an uncooked udon noodle and the bow string is the edging cut from a slice of soy turkey.
The three bears are onigiri made from fried rice with lots of extra soy sauce to get them a deep brown color. Soy turkey and nori were used for their faces. I should have made their faces a little differently, but I was too concerned with trying to make them all fit into the box!
The target that proclaims our count down to vacation was cut from provolone cheese, cucumber peel and carrot.
|Sketch of the Merida bento.|