shy giraffe bento

29 03 2010

my  latest j-list order arrived yesterday, woo hoo!  one of the items i’ve been eagerly awaiting is this cute set of animal picks, and tonight i decided to use the giraffe (which the boyfriend insists looks like a cross between a giraffe and a duck).  i also got one of the slender bento boxes i’ve been wanting to experiment with.  i’m pretty happy with how this turned out!

i have last night’s leftover dinner rice, layered over a bit of black beans, with a gentle giraffe on top.  a few fish sausage flowers and parsley leaves decorate the giraffe’s “habitat.”  the giraffe was made from a free-hand drawing (referencing some online photos), which i made into a simple template and then cut out of cheese.  his spots are made from the orange sheet of that cool colored soy paper i received from a bento pal — those colored sheets sure do come in handy!

in the top section, i have a few clementine wedges, some broccoli, a few fried tofu slices, a pea pod, an asparagus tip, and some japanese pickled cucumber (i love the purple color).  my new giraffe pick, spearing a grape tomato, tops this presentation off!  oh, and jello for dessert… yum.


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29 03 2010
Susan Yuen

Oooo, I love the giraffe- it’s fantastic!! Lovely bento and the little giraffe fork is the perfect accent!

29 03 2010
gamene

thanks susan! you don’t think the giraffe on the fork looks like a duck?! silly boyfriend :P

29 03 2010
sheri

The fork creature looks just like those hippity hops the kids jump with, or a floating pool ring. But that’s just me! Love the long-necked giraffe; perfect choice for the skinny bento box! Is it a single tier? Not used to seeing the layout like that; it’s very cool and unique!

29 03 2010
gamene

tee hee, a “swimmy,” i can totally see that! the box is a double tier, i just didn’t photograph the other tier (which has a bit more tofu and some sliced plum and kiwi). still playing with the layout on this box, and it’s definitely a change from what i’m used to!

29 03 2010
mushima

Love your giraffe so much, makes me want to hold it, haha..

30 03 2010
gamene

haha, thanks mushima, you can’t hold it though ’cause it’s already in my belly!

30 03 2010
hapabento

Geoffrey! There you are! LOL! What a cutie and I love the blossoms too.

30 03 2010
gamene

omg i totally forgot about the toys ‘r us giraffe – good call debra!

30 03 2010
Lia Chen

Your giraffe is perfectly put in this skinny box and I like the flowers all around the giraffe, so pretty :) Is this skinny box longer than the usual bento box?

30 03 2010
gamene

hi lia, thanks for your nice comment — and yes, the box is VERY long! it’s a unique shape that i’m still getting the hang of.

30 03 2010
Lexi

I love the giraffe – but I also think the pick looks like a giraffe-duck! Gorgeous detailing with the flowers too!

30 03 2010
Marisa

That giraffe looks so happy to be in your bento. Great job.

30 03 2010
Ingrid

Pretty giraffe in a lovely habitat. :-) I have to agree with your bf though, the fork looks like a duck to me as well, or a short necked flamingo. ;-)

30 03 2010
gamene

sigh, ok lexi and ingrid, i concede – quacking giraffe it is, haha!

and thanks for your sweet comment marisa – i hope he’s as happy in my tummy as he was in the box ;-)

30 03 2010
ldh

This is absolutely the most adorable food I have ever seen! I have lots of little grandchildren and I know they would get a thrill if served something so cute! You’re amazing!

30 03 2010
gamene

thanks ldh! aww, i wish i could electronically transmit a bento to your grandkids!

30 03 2010
Lil'chan

Aw! Absolutely cute! I love your giraffe!
But say, is the size of this bento really enough for you to be full at lunch? Looks not really big ;)

30 03 2010
gamene

hey lil’chan, thanks for your comment! the box has a second tier that’s not pictured – i filled that up with sliced fruit and that made it enough for me for lunch :-)

30 03 2010
Bentobird/Jenn

Love the harmony of your animal subject and this slender bento! Cutely elegant, gamene! The darling floral accents framing the pretty giraffe are truly special, as well :)

30 03 2010
gamene

thanks jenn! i rarely achieve “harmony” in my bentos – that’s your department!

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31 03 2010
Lyndsey

The giraffe works perfect in the long bento box. I love the colors, it looks great!

1 04 2010
KidsDreamWork

Aw, the giraffe is so nicely made and so cute! It fit so nicely in the slender bento box. By the way, I like this bento box too, seldom see this shape around.

1 04 2010
gamene

thanks kidsdreamwork! i think the box and the giraffe were a good combo, too :-)

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