Finally got a chance to make an animal bento! A little bummed that my box is so small--couldn't cram half the food I wanted into it
LEFT: Scarlet macaw made from bell peppers, eggplant, and blue egg sheet on stir fry pork branch, with rice of course
RIGHT: hibiscus cup (carved from potato and painted with food color) of chili bean dipping sauce, beef spring roll, and rainbow of fruit (strawberry, grapefruit, pineapple, melon, blueberry, grape) LOL
Whew, it's been a while, eh? Work/House/Life just refuses to leave me alone so I can cook lately
TOP: rice, grilled burger, fried mochi with red bean, Panama golden frog (THANKS GOOGLE!) made of carved sweet potato and nori and brushed with a little water right before the picture for that lovely amphibian glow
Happy New Year Everyone! I decided I wanted my first deviation of 2011 to be a New Years Bento. But not only did I want to pay homage to the American New Year's celebration, I also thought it would be proper to also celebrate the Chinese New Year! In America Champagne and Strawberries are a classic New Year treat. And during the Chinese New Year money is given to children. This year is also the year of the Rabbit so I thought I should mention that in my bento. The contents of this bento:
American New Year Side: Champagne - Colby Cheese Strawberry - Home Made Chocolate Covered Strawberry (by myself) 2011 - Nori Background - Rice with 3 Sesame (Kuro, Shiiro, Garlic!)
Chinese New Year Side: Year of the Rabbit - Rice ball with Colby Ears, Crab and Nori Eyes, Black Sesame Eyelashes, Nori mouth and nose, Ketchup cheeks New Years Money - Colby Cheese, Crab String Peaches of Longevity - Cherry Tomato, Cilantro Leaves Base - Spaghetti with Ketchup and Pesto, Broccoli with Butter
I recently decided to get a bento book with my Christmas money and, eager to try out some of their recipes, got inspired to make this bento. The book is called Yum-Yum Bento Box and gave me the instructions for the Rabbit and Spaghetti, which I of course doctored up to match what I wanted and needed. It's a great book and I hope to get more so I can do some really awesome bento in the future!
I hope everyone's new year is filled with good food and creativity! Good Luck in the Kitchen~!
It always figures that when I'm really missing making bentos, there's nothing in the fridge.
I'd been thinking about trying rice paper scales for a while and I was finally crazy enough able to get a chance to do it. Very happy with how they turned out, even though I wish I'd done strips with rounded cuts instead of jagged but oh well
Top: Koi (rice, rice paper+food color, tapioca/nori eyes) swimming in water (somen)
Bottom: dried apple slices, sweet peas, roasted chicken, cookies.