sweethearts bento

5 04 2010

tomorrow’s lunch is really quite simple, but still sweet:  two lettuce-wrapped, molded onigiri (using leftover brown-and-white rice, in this mold) with purple hearts on top.  the hearts are made from a small amount of the same rice, mixed with my purple shiso powder.  using this concentration of shiso powder makes the rice very tangy and salty, but i won’t eat the hearts in one bite each — i’ll nibble a little bit with each bite of the plain rice.

the rest of the box has a piece of kosher hot dog, some purple potato slices, some clementine wedges, a beautifully ripe strawberry, a fancy-cut quail egg, two takuwan slices, a steamed broccoli floret, and a few pea pods to fill in empty spaces.  the other tier to this box (not pictured) has the rest of the hot dog, more takuwan and broccoli, a piece of cheese, and a piece of kiwi to round out the meal.

this had to be quick and easy, as i’m pretty busy this week looking for a new apartment.  this process, which i always avoid until the last possible second, is extremely stressful but also exciting.  wish me luck!


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23 responses

5 04 2010
sheri

That box is always so stunning, esp in the delightful way yoy always fill it. I love the ourple hearts! Wonderful springlike bento! Have fun apt-hunting! I for one love moving, and used to do so every year before kids. Now, not so much ;o)

5 04 2010
gamene

thanks sheri, ms. quick-draw! the purple came out well this time – i’m finding that it’s best to let the rice “rest” for a bit, it makes the purple blend into the grains more thoroughly (as opposed to just speckles).

5 04 2010
sushisushi

I love fruit in a bento!

5 04 2010
gamene

thanks sushisushi, me too!

5 04 2010
Marisa

The colors are wonderful in there. Those hearts are such a pretty purple. I love how it is fill but so simple.

5 04 2010
gamene

thanks marisa! the purple potatoes really brightened this one up – i feel so lucky when my market has those!

5 04 2010
hapa bento

Apt. hunting is so much fun! Send us photos of the kitchens so we can help you decide if it’s bento-able. :) Is there “bento-gear” storage, etc…? LOL
But I digress.
I’m “loving” this long bento box. A “love”ly lunch. :)

5 04 2010
gamene

a bigger bento headquarters is definitely on my list of new apartment criteria debra! alas, though, new york apartments are generally not known for their spacious or modern kitchens. i’m still keeping my eyes out, though!
thanks for your “love”ly comment!

5 04 2010
Susan Yuen

Beautiful bento!!! The onigiri looks so delicate and I love how you colored just the hearts for contrast. Lovely arrangement too! :D

5 04 2010
gamene

thanks susan! these guys were actually pretty easy to slap together – i love that mold! glad they LOOK delicate, though!

5 04 2010
Lia Chen

Double sweet! I like that you choose this box … everything looks so perfect in it, colorful! Hope you can get the best apartment with the good price too ;)

6 04 2010
gamene

thanks lia! i so appreciate your good wishes :-)

6 04 2010
gnoegnoe

It’s lovely! Beautiful contrasts.

6 04 2010
gamene

thanks gnoegnoe!

6 04 2010
Melanie

I love this one. The purple hearts, the size, and the way it just screams SPRING! ^_^

6 04 2010
gamene

thanks so much melanie!

6 04 2010
Jenn

So beautiful and colorful! I love the purple hearts

6 04 2010
Bentobird/Jenn

An poetic sweet bento that loosk really fun to eat! Good luck apartment hunting gamene–hoping you’ll find something that fits perfectly!!

6 04 2010
gamene

thanks jenn and jenn! :-)

6 04 2010
mils

I love how the brilliant purple hearts just pull this bento together – looks so lovely!

Good luck with the apartment!

6 04 2010
gamene

thanks mils – i was lucky the purple matched the potato!

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