blue elephant bento

17 02 2010

a while ago, i ordered this cute blue elephant cutting board from fred flare, and then i promptly forgot about it.  well, tonight i went out for dinner (with the fab crew of sean, tabor, jesus and jason — hi guys!), which meant resorting to my last-minute, no-leftovers bento gameplan of grilled cheese.  plain old grilled cheese on wheat bread can be pretty boring to look at, so i decided to jazz it up with a blue elephant theme to match the cutting board.

the blue elephant on my sandwich is made from egg sheet (egg white, cornstarch, and 2 drops of blue food coloring), and i modeled him after the blue elephant baran you see in between the two sandwiches.  the grilled cheese has pepper jack and provolone in it, and i cut two mini-sandwiches out of one bigger sandwich, using the crinkle-cutter tool from this set.  the baran is from napa japan, although i don’t see it on their website right now (the cute froggie baran i used yesterday is still available on their site, though.)

to fill up the rest of the box, i added a bit of steamed broccoli, some yellow carrots cut in lia‘s famous style, some steamed sweet potato stars and grape tomatoes, a few baby pear slices, some pea pods, and a few blueberries.  i actually added more blueberries after i took the photo, but i didn’t want to block my elephant sandwich!


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17 02 2010
sherimiya

Adorable pair of elephants, and I love the little apple on his head! Soo cute!
Great theme, and nice setup. Sometimes a plain sandwich provides a blank slate for the best creations🙂

17 02 2010
hapabento

I too love the cute little apple on the elephant! A pack of pachyderms! (I said it!)
Grilled cheese always hits the spot.

17 02 2010
gamene

thanks sheri and debra! haha, pack of pachyderms made me laugh out loud, you always have a pun at the ready debra! and i agree with sheri, sometimes an “uninspired” sandwich really lets you go wild with decoration.

17 02 2010
Lia Chen

“big” theme bento! Mini sandwich is lovely … and blue elephant looks so right there. Small but Big (^.^)

17 02 2010
gamene

thanks lia – i know what you mean: sometimes small details add a big impact. glad you like my blue elephant🙂

18 02 2010
Susan Yuen

Super awesome elephant!!! It looks exactly the same and I love the matching cutting board- so cute! Pretty, pretty bento and grilled cheese never looked so good!😀

18 02 2010
gamene

thanks susan! you caught me, i’m totally a baran copycat😉

18 02 2010
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18 02 2010
Margot

Beautiful!! Very cute chopping board and bento… Sorry for silly question but do you make egg sheets yourself or they are available ready?

18 02 2010
gamene

hey margot, not a silly question at all! i do make them myself, i have never seen them pre-made in a store (though that would be fabulously convenient!)… i use the simple but effective “recipe”/formula from shoppingmum’s blog at http://motheringcorner.com/2009/09/02/how-to-make-egg-sheets/comment-page-1/. give it a try, you’ll see it’s actually pretty easy!

and btw, i am so sorry i missed the round-up this month! i love that event and i just got caught up in the long, triple-holiday weekend and missed the deadline😦 … i’ll definitely be on board for march, though!

18 02 2010
bentobird/Jenn

These blue elephant guys make me happy! Super creative sandwich notion–jazzy and sweet as always, gamene!

18 02 2010
gamene

thanks jenn😀

27 02 2010
Anna

Adorable… How do I actually steam my sweet patatoe stars/whatever shape I end up with for my daughter? Do I cut out the shapes first or after? I have a new eater and wanna give this a try.🙂

27 02 2010
gamene

hey anna! i cut first, then steam – the edges come out less “mushy” that way. and don’t forget to save the scraps for a stir-fry, omelette, etc!

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