spring butterfly bento

14 03 2010

tonight’s bento features a handmade cheese, soy paper, and nori butterfly.  the unexpected package i received on thursday also contained a package of these cool colorful soy papers, and over the weekend i had the brainstorm to apply cut-out pieces to white cheese to resemble the colored markings on a butterfly’s wings.  you like?  the white cheese was cut with a toothpick from a template i cut out of paper, and then layered on top of vegetarian ham that i cut with an x-acto knife.

i also used the yummy red shiso meshi i received in the same package to make some lovely purple rice for the butterfly to alight on.  the purple rice is layered over stewed tofu for some extra protein.

the “garden patch” in this box is separated from the rice by two sesame leaves (natural baran for hapa bento’s BOMB theme).  the butterfly is headed for those sweet potato flowers, which are growing out of the broccoli; there are also grape tomatoes, pea pods, blackberries on one of the “hairpin” skewers maki posted on flickr recently, a star-cut radish, and some takuwan strips in a paper food cup, sprinkled with sesame seeds.

did everyone remember to move their clocks forward an hour?  what a bummer to lose an hour of sleep, but at least it’s an official sign that spring is here!

here’s a close-up of my butterfly:

[as seen on craft gossip, stdandme, all about the cute, and thebaffled]

UPDATE:  this bento won the spring bento contest hosted by bento & co. / just bento / french bento!  congratulations to the other members of the top 15 and to all who participated, and many thanks to everyone who voted for me — i truly appreciate your support!  the best prize, though, was the opportunity to see the inspirational ideas in all the other contestants’ fabulous entries, and making some new international bento pals whose work i didn’t know about before.  what a great experience!


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14 03 2010
hapabento

This is how I envision spring’s appearance! Butterflies and blossoms! This bento is beyond fabulous. *applause*

14 03 2010
gamene

thank you so much hapa – i really tok my time with this one and it’s awesome that it was worth it :-)

14 03 2010
Susan Yuen

Wow, Megan!!! Your bento is fabulous! All of the wonderful colors and the butterfly is absolutely amazing. I love how you used the shiso as baran too! :D

14 03 2010
gamene

thanks susan! the soy paper came in really handy for adding color to the cheese :-) … and the leaf baran was inspired by debra’s work!

14 03 2010
sheri

Wow, what a gorgeous butterfly! It’s absolutely fantastic. A super lovely true Spring bento for us to enjoy. I’m inspired now!!

14 03 2010
gamene

thanks sheri! glad to have inspired you — you have done it so many times for me!

14 03 2010
Lia Chen

Megan, this bento is so stunning! Excellent work on the butterfly, very neat. You really bring out all the colors for spring. Love it!!

15 03 2010
gamene

thanks lia! happy spring to you!

15 03 2010
Notabrownbag

Oh wow this bento is fantastic…the colors!!! I never thought of cutting the soy wrappers..excellent idea..

15 03 2010
gamene

thanks mils! they are actually a little bit of a weird consistency for making sushi (i’m sure they would work for someone who is a better roller than me), and they are kind of transparent, like stained glass… that’s why i had the idea to cut them like this.

15 03 2010
Lil'chan

Aw, your butterfly is beautiful! I’m really impressed by your great ideas and cutting skills =) And the garden section is also that colorful. I think your bento is honoring the coming spring.
Here, where I live, winter is still here, we have snow… and I hate it. I have enough of it, I will have sunshine! >.<

Oh, and you shocked me with your "did everyone remember to move their clocks forward an hour?" ^^" I really was worried, but in Germany the clocks will move forward at March 28. Phew… lucky ;)

15 03 2010
gamene

oops lil’chan, sorry about that – didn’t mean to scare you about the clocks! i didn’t know germany does it on a different date, but that makes sense. hopefully spring will arrive for you by march 28!

15 03 2010
Ingrid (Ceinwyn)

Spring is blowing in from the US East Coast on the wings of a gorgeous butterfly. Great work on the toothpick decoupage, I never thought of working with paper templates. That’s what I love about reading up on all your blogs : I learn new techniques every day :o) Did you ever see these coloured soy papers on sale online somewhere? I have been looking for them for a couple of months, in vain unfortunately.

15 03 2010
gamene

thank you ingrid! the toothpick technique i learned from pikko’s blog, and i believe she said it was a lucky sundae technique… i agree, it’s wonderful to share ideas in this community. the colored soy papers on on amazon and also available at wegman’s… check the link above in the post, or do a google search for “sushi party”!

15 03 2010
ktycat

Great bento, really “springly”. By the way, do you know that you can enter a contest with your bento? I am in and I am sure that you could do a great thing with your bento! Check it here : http://justbento.com/spring-2010-bento-contest
You should definitely submit your bento :) !

15 03 2010
gamene

thanks ktycat! yup, i was definitely thinking of submitting to the contest. are you going to? i can’t wait to see everyone’s “springly” entries!

15 03 2010
ktycat

Indeed I am entering the contest but I don’t think I will be able to make such a wonderful bento ;). I’ll try my best anyway!

15 03 2010
Bentobird/Jenn

So bright and lovely–this bento captures the colorful beauty of spring! Amazing details, too! Awesome and is sure to bring joy to all who see it :)

15 03 2010
gamene

thank you so much jenn! has spring showed up in VA yet? i’m sure your bento interpretations will be creative and vibrant, as always – looking forward to them!

15 03 2010
Karen N.

Beautiful :) You should watch the Nova about monarch butterflies …

15 03 2010
gamene

thanks karen!

15 03 2010
Morgan Inglish

Plez do a Tombo !!…(;-DX

16 03 2010
gamene

haha, i had to look that up, multilingual mahoutake! ;o)

16 03 2010
Bentobird/Jenn

hi gamene!
Spring is appeaing little by little here–first daffodils in bloom, baby dutch iris, too…robins and other birds are back and singing, and ugly snow piles are finally melting away. The next few days are predicted to be bright and mild–can’t wait! This bento really evoked the joy of spring to come for me :)

16 03 2010
gamene

you have such a way with words jenn :-) glad to hear spring is arriving for you… wishing you warmth and happiness in your nearest future!

16 03 2010
Bento Box

Such intricate work and close attention to detail on this one! How fantastic! And with the purple rice, you’ve won my heart! The blackberries look so juicy and the starcut radish is just delightful! Very very impressive! :o)

16 03 2010
Lexi

WOW! You never cease to impress – this pretty butterfly really lifts the spirits! :)

16 03 2010
javapot

beautiful butterfly, wonder if those soy papers are available here!

12 04 2010
hypothermya

Congratulations on first place! This is an amazing bento and fully deserves first. :) I’m looking forward to seeing more of your colorful and creative work throughout the rest of spring.

12 04 2010
gamene

thanks hypothermya, i am honored and shocked to have won, there were so many gorgeous entries, including yours — congrats to you in the contest as well!

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