Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Salmon with a touch of cute

Being on a tight schedule makes it difficult to make cute bentos. I like to add little touches to simple lunches just to make them cute and appetizing.

It's salmon again by request. I grilled a filet and flaked it a little to make sure there were no bones. I used a star mold for the soy sauce flavored rice balls and put them on a couple of curly lettuce leaves (my absolute favorite food divider.)

Just to add that cute factor, I made a simple mushroom out of a Babybel cheese circle. I added a slice of lemon and yellow soy sauce containers.

I also included prosciutto-wrapped green beans.
Bento boxes.

Spring theme again even though I'm going into fall ^^

After paying $13 for Wilton Food Writers, I found online, a little too late, that people don't like them because they don't write well. Very true! So I paid $4.50 for Betty Crocker Easy Writers, and while they do write/color well, the tip of the marker is not firm. It flops back and forth, and so my sandwiches for today look like a kindergartener colored them. :p

Egg salad sandwiches in the shape of a bunny and a butterfly; sweet potato tulips with cucumber stems/leaves; baby Goldfish; kiwi. I was hoping to expand the foods that my daughter likes, but she has only a few things that are her favorites, these being them. My daughter is not fond of sweet potato, but I thought I'd give it another try.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Owl Bento

Spam musubi again! But this time instead of cutting them up, I left them whole and decorated them to look like owls. Actually, the original plan was to make them look like penguins, but they morphed into owls instead.

I ran out of Kamaboko so I used cheese instead to make the whites of the eyes and wings. As you can see, they melted and warped a little. Carrot triangles for the beaks. I also packed egg rolls, grapes, tomatoes, carrot sticks and celery.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Last night was another night I'd rather forget, so I didn't cook or feel like planning out a more elaborate lunch for my daughter today. She got an egg salad sandwich in the shape of a car with cucumber tires and carrot head and tail lights; extra carrots; and kiwi. I thought the kiwi would come back home, but my daughter loved it.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Longing for spring?

In the short time I've been making bento, I've either used a book I own or scoured the Internet for ideas. I decided this morning to use some things I have but have not used. I ended up with pink, rice bunnies with cheese and takuwan flowers on their ears, cheese and egg flowers and butterflies, celery for flower stems, cucumber grass. I have mandu (Korean dumplings) under the cup of peas, radish, and grape flower, which I cut grooves into three toothpicks, arranged them in a flower/star, however you see it, and secured them with a small piece of thread.

My daughter ate lunch at school today, so this ended up being my husband's bento! lol

Monday, September 21, 2009

Different ideas for inari and quail eggs

I made two separate bento today, one for my daughter and one for my husband. I am not going to do that again. I did not allow myself the time that I needed, so I had to rush to make sure we left for school on time. As a result, my work wasn't as nice as I would have liked.

I was going to make the Totoro bento for my daughter, but when I showed her a picture from Google Images, where I got the idea, she didn't recognize Totoro right away. I wanted to make it anyway, so I made it for my husband. The chu Totoro's are made from inari skins. I used two quail eggs for the chibi Totoro's, and wrapped nori about rice balls for the makurokuroske. All have fish cake and nori detail. I took the picture before I organized more nicely. In addition, I have mushrooms, egg, and a potato, hamburger, onion, and peas concoction that was supposed to have been korroke, but I failed miserably at deep frying the korroke. However, the mixture still tasted good without being deep friend. :)

Again, I made inari and used quail eggs for heads, arms, and legs. Shredded paper thin egg for body. One quail egg has a radish for a hat. Detailed with nori. Also added cucumber, grapes, and my failed korroke. I still REALLY need to work on presentation.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Piggy bento

Today's lunch had to be quick because I woke up late.

I made a tarako rice ball, ham cutouts for nose and ears, mini shrimp spring rolls, skewered Canadian bacon, and some grapes.

New Snoopy bento box for Devin, and I lost Bryce's favorite Mario Bros bento box during our move, so I ordered a duplicate:)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Hello Kitty bento

I was pretty happy with my Hello Kitty bento from last week: the box, the cloth, and the plastic bag (which came from Target's dollar bin).

Hello Kitty bento 9.11.09

It was one of those times when I liked the look of the bento more than the contents. It was good, but not terribly filling in the end.

bento 9.11.09

top left: green bean casserole made from scratch using dragon beans, green beans, and onions from my CSA
top right: home-made curry zucchini pickles, using the overabundance of zucchini from my CSA
bottom: cucumber and tomato salad (again, both ingredients from my CSA)

I'm not ready to segue into fall foods yet. I'd like a few more weeks of summer tomatoes and corn. I haven't even had watermelon yet this year!

Just a sandwich today

I was very tired yesterday and having a bad day, so I really could not force myself to stay up later last night to cook and plan out a more elaborate bento for my daughter's lunch today. So I fell back on my daughter's favorites. No, not necessarily the most nutritious bento to send, but it was easy.

A Hello Kitty shaped ham sandwich with Kewpie mayo (a big favorite right now), cheese to make the bow, and raisins for the eyes and nose; good ol' mac n cheese; grapes.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Hello! I am excited to be a new contributor to this blog! I am a mother of two children, a four year old daughter and a two year old son. We have been New Englanders for a little over a year now. My daughter started full-time preschool this fall, and thus my adventure into creative bento began. However, I have been waiting years to have a children in which to send my lunch creations with them. ^^ I love the creativity involved, and it makes my daughter happy, even if she still doesn't eat all her lunch some days.

Today's lunch includes rice with blue food coloring, tako (octupus) shaped hot dogs, cheese fish, cucumber seaweed, some acorn squash, a broccoli floret, and some cut up Granny Smith apple.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


Today I packed leftover carnitas from last night.

I also made some fresh salsa and added a salad. Two tortillas were folded and put in the lid. (The salsa container has a separate lid.)

When I pack things that have to be assembled, I make sure to always pack an oshibori (moist washcloth) so they can clean their hands, and a furoshiki (in this case, a bandana) so they can put together their burritos without having to lay the tortillas on the germy school tables.

Here they are all wrapped up to go:)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


Another scorching hot day, another attempt at a cold, somewhat refreshing lunch.

I made roasted chicken and Havarti sandwiches on whole wheat bread. Cut them up into little triangles and added some apple slices for a pop of color in the top tier.

Mini watermelon slices in the bottom tier.

And the boxes.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Grilled Chicken

Turns out that the school lunches at the new school are pretty decent:) The kids buy their lunches twice a week and I pack for them three times per week. Sounds good to me!

Today I grilled up some thin-cut chicken breasts, sliced them up and arranged them on some pretty lettuce leaves. I tossed in some sliced nectarines and blueberries in the other container. Half of a corn on the cobb and a piece of Asiago and sun-dried tomato bread to complete the meal.