Saturday, July 24, 2010

More bento madness

One of the big activities that I had planned for the trip home involved making bentos. Since it was my dear mother who set me on this bento craze, I thought we would have fun making them together. As it turns out, we didn't make bentos in little lunch boxes liked I had planned for, but instead we made all the components for the bentos and then just placed them on beds of lettuce and sprouts. Part of the change in plans stemmed from the fact that the temperature was nearing 100 degrees and we just ran out of steam. We had thought it would be fun to have the bentos for dinner but realized that we'd actually prefer to eat pizza and drink beer in an air conditioned restaurant, so that's what we did!

The next day we set all the little bento goodies out for appetizers and everyone enjoyed the adorable snacks. I will admit though, egg creatures don't really save as well as I thought they would. the nori eyes ran and the cheese features drooped. Only a few of the photos are even worth showing, but please believe me when I say, "the egg bee and piggies and chickies and mice were utterly, unbearably cute." I loved everyone of them and only wish I'd taken proper photos of them the day we made them.

A tiny crab

Since the egg molds wouldn't work for hard boiled eggs we used them to make shaped onigiri.

hot dog octopus- cute!!


KirkK said...

Hey Lynnea - That hot dog octopus is really cute!

Lynnea said...

Hi Kirk!

thanks. I was actually quite surprised at how cute they ended up looking. they, of course, tasted way, way better because they were in the shape of an octopus.

Lunette Gleason Fleming said...

I like to think of them as bento hors d'oeuvres.

Lynnea said...

yes, they are the best. thanks for helping me make them mother! and look at you, spelling hors d'oeuvres properly. I can't write that word without consulting a dictionary or two =)

Ray n Clare said...

Kids would looove this cute food!

Lynnea said...

yes and it's so fun! they could easily make the hotdog octos and then the rice balls with moulds.