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~!
Sort of irked because I'd bought those chickpeas at Trader Joe's in WI and they looked so pretty on the package and then ended up looking like soggy Cocoa Puffs (thus the decorative/hiding cucumber flower)