cat and birdies bento

12 01 2010

first of all, a big WELCOME to any new readers who clicked over from bento central — thanks for stopping by, and i hope you like what you see… as my dad would say, take off your coat and stay a while!

tonight i made garlic-ginger salmon filets and sesame-sauteed broccoli for dinner. i flaked the leftover salmon, mixed it with wasabi and mayo, and made a MONSTER-sized onigiri (i swear it’s mostly salmon, not that much rice!)…

the kitty onigiri’s ears and nose are made of fish sausage, and her eyes and mouth are made of nori. because i had some quail eggs, i wanted to do a whole cat-and-bird theme. i dyed the eggs in a little bit of turmeric, cut beaks from carrots, and stuck on some nori eyes. the birdies are sitting in an orange silicone food cup on top of some leftover orange bits from the “twist cut” carrots towards the lower left corner. i also had a birdie baran, so i stuck that in.

filling up the rest of the box are some cherry tomatoes and enoki mushrooms, some slices of peach, three ripe raspberries, a sesame mochi, and a piece of broccoli that didn’t make it into the sautee pan for dinner.  two fish sausage flowers and a cheddar flower accent the broccoli.  if i had to make up a story about this bento, it would be about a kitty taking a nap in a garden, dreaming about the birdies she wants to catch.

here’s a shot of the sleepy kitty from a different angle:

happy hump day (wednesday) — hope your week is going well!

[as seen on dannykitty]


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12 01 2010
sherimiya

Just fantastically adorable! Those singing birds are so cute, and the sleepy kitty is so neatly done! The salmon rice sounds delish too… love this bento!

12 01 2010
gamene

thanks sheri, i think it came out pretty well too, and it actually looks pretty close to the sketch i did on the subway, for once!😉 still waiting to use a certain special bird cutter, though…

13 01 2010
Susan Yuen

Fish sausage!!! Very cute kitty and all of the colors are magnificent. It must brighten up your office with all of the cold NY weather. Gorgeous bento!😀

13 01 2010
Karen N.

Definitely one of my favorites. do you get a little sad when it’s time to eat–and dismantle– your lovely works of art?

13 01 2010
Lia Chen

Kawaii!! I am sort of in panic mode on when I open your blog. No question on your bento skills, so adorable. Do you have to eat it??

13 01 2010
gamene

hey susan, thank you for your sweet comment! yes, i have to keep them bright and sunny with this crap-ola weather.

hi karen, nah, i tuck right into ’em, the pictures are good for preserving what i did and thereby making me feel less guilty about eating!

and lia, NO NEED to panic! the cat won’t bite you, haha… your bentos are amazing and you also have incredible skills!

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13 01 2010
Pikko

LOVE the chicks the best!

13 01 2010
gamene

aww, thanks pikko! i can’t take credit for the original quail-eggs-as-chicks idea (saw it on someone’s blog, maybe lucky sundae? akinoichigo-san? of course now i can’t find it again, grrr…), but it’s a cute one, and hopefully i put my own spin on it!

13 01 2010
hapabento

I adore sleeping kitties. I adore singing birdies. I ADORE this bento!

The kitty actually looks like he’s tucked into his favorite hedge with his face exposed to the sunshine! Your style is like no other. Fantastic.

13 01 2010
Lil'chan

Aw, so cute! I love all the tiny details, hidden in this bento. You are totally right. This kitty looks like it is dreaming well in a beautiful garden ^-^

13 01 2010
Ceinwyn

I love kitty cats, and kawaii, and bentos …. it is therefore not surprising that I LOVE your bento. In the second pic, the kitty really has an aura of contentment, which my furry monsters have too when they are sleeping. Awesome work.

13 01 2010
gamene

thanks very much, hapa, lil’chan and ceinwyn!😀

13 01 2010
Tammy/Kashmirkat

Sooo adorable🙂 I wish my hubby would do Onigiri – it’s so versatile for decorating🙂 Your bento are wonderful – wish I had half your artistic skill! I’ve never tried sketching out bento before I do them, couldn’t do much with stick figures😉 haha

13 01 2010
gamene

thanks tammy! my boyfriend won’t eat onigiri either… oh well, more for me, haha!!

14 01 2010
Lia Chen

Megan, I passed the ‘Happy 101’ award for you. Please pick it up at Bentolicious. Thanks (^.^)

14 01 2010
gamene

thanks so much lia! i just posted my 10 things – so fun learning about each other in this way!

14 01 2010
Bentobird/Jenn

Had to come back and visit this dreamy sweet bento once again, gamene!

14 01 2010
gamene

haha, you’re so cute. your visits are welcome anytime🙂

14 01 2010
javapot

lovely box. the chicks is giving me a good idea for some kids who will be visiting, tks

14 01 2010
gamene

my pleasure, thanks for taking the time to look at my bento, and i hope you make a wonderful one for the kids!

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