poodles in love bento

10 04 2011

tomorrow’s lunch has two poodles in love.  the poodles are cut with a fondant cutter from hanpen, which i was able to find at my japanese grocer.  the poodles are set on a bed of rice mixed with the very last of my hana osushi no moto… for some reason i can’t find that product anywhere!  if you know of an online source for it, please share in the comments!

the rest of my lunch has some thai-basil mock duck, a steamed carrot slice, a few pieces of steamed broccoli, a few pea pods, a nice yellow tomato, half each of a strawberry and a steamed brussels sprouts, and some pretty purple japanese pickles.

have a happy start to your week, and don’t forget, the auction for the cute shinzi katoh box ends early tomorrow morning, but there are lots of other cute boxes to bid on for charity!


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10 04 2011
Bentobird/Jenn

Fresh lovely flavors and the sweetest theme, too! Pink and white straw in the milk is an adorable touch. Modern cuteness with a little chic retro feel–so delightful! Hope you’ll have a week as sweetly happy as this bento, megan :D

10 04 2011
gamene

thanks so much jenn, you always have the sweetest comments… hope you had a lovely weekend and wishing you a pleasant week ahead as well!

10 04 2011
Debra

I agree with Jenn, creative arrangement including the pink and white straw. Pink always puts me in a happy mood.

10 04 2011
gamene

thanks debra! i wanted to use pink in the spirit of the cherry blossoms i know people got to see this weekend… we don’t have any in NY, but i get to see everyone’s pictures, which is wonderful!

10 04 2011
Sweet T.

I love seeing the new cute and creative bento you come up with each day. I have to admit, since I have found your blog, I have been inspired to try to make my own bento-style lunches. I noticed that you used many different types of rice and grains. Is there something that you add to them to make them into balls/shapes?

10 04 2011
gamene

thanks for your comment sweet t., so happy to have inspired you to make your own bento! i use short grain rice — white is usually kokuho rose, and brown i use a couple different brands. i have also occasionally added lentils, quinoa, and other beans/grains. i think that short grain rice generally cooks up fairly *sticky,* which is why they mold into shapes/balls well. using an onigiri mold (wooden or plastic) or molding in your hands after wrapping in plastic wrap also helps — you want to compress the rice firmly to get it to hold its shape.

i don’t think you were asking about fillings, right?

for more info on different rice mixes, check out sherimiya’s blog http://www.happylittlebento.blogspot.com — she has used so many different creative blends, sometimes with black or purple rice, or with unusual grains like barley or millet — her blends always come out beautifully and are very healthful.

10 04 2011
sheri

So sweet! Love the presentation and the gentle pastel overtones here. A lovely soft start to the week for you. Enjoy!

11 04 2011
gamene

thanks sheri! i am persistently sticking with the spring colors, and i think it’s paying off — supposed to hit 70 in NYC today :D

11 04 2011
Lia Chen

I feel so happy every time I looked at your bento post. This one is so sweet! Love how you put the details for the poodles and arrange the props for the photo shot <3 Excellent job Megan! Have a great week (^.^)

11 04 2011
gamene

thanks lia! some of my favorite new photo props in here — the milk bottle was my grandmother’s.

hope you have a great week too <3

11 04 2011
ChantaleP

Wow! This is so 50s inspired for me! Poodle skirts anyone? Esp on the pink, it’s too cute to eat!

11 04 2011
gamene

thanks so much chantale! hadn’t thought of the 50s vibe, but now i’m totally digging it… want to bring this bento to a sock hop ;-)

11 04 2011
karaimame

thanks for cheering a very very bad monday! Lovely bento… and the props, everything makes the perfect scene !
The poodles are so cute :)

11 04 2011
gamene

thanks for your sweet comment lil, but oh no — why the bad monday?! heading over to twitter to see what happened :-(

12 04 2011
bobo

lovely poodles, somehow the hanpen has the soft fluffy feeling..
I noticed you love the colour of pink and purple a lot… a romantic colour combination..:)

12 04 2011
gamene

thanks bobo! yes, the hanpen is definitely airy and light… and i do love pretty, girly spring colors :-)

12 04 2011
Ohayo Bento

I love pink and yellow! This picture made me smile. I want to be a poodle in love, lol!

12 04 2011
gamene

thanks heather! i often think how nice it would be to be a pet dog – mine just gets to sleep on the couch all day and then do very little “work” (sit, stay, etc.) for lots of treats!

13 04 2011
babykins

Amazing poodles! They look so happy and cozy on the pink bed! Pink is really adorable so I hope you can find hanaosushi powder soon and now I want one, too! hehe

13 04 2011
gamene

thanks so much izumi! the hanosushi no moto is my favorite because it tastes so tangy and yummy… i will let you know if i can find it online :D

13 04 2011
Susan

Aww, I love the poodles! They are so sweet! Beautiful bento as always Megan!

14 04 2011
gamene

thanks for your sweet comment susan! i thought this one was a happy bento :)

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