spring bunny bento

22 03 2010

has everyone seen hapa bento’s announcement about this month’s BOMB (“best of the month bento”) theme?  what a fun one!

here’s my contribution… he’s not an easter bunny, just a goofy spring bunny with his own carrot.  he’s made of cheese, cut with a toothpick using a stencil i found online.  i applied some orange soy paper for the patches on his belly and ears.

he’s plopped down on some pesto primavera pasta (also springlike with its fresh and light veggies — recipe below), and will make his way past the carrot baran to the garden patch of sweet mini yellow pepper, grape tomato, strawberry, pea pods, blackberries, and mini plum.  there’s a halved portobello soy burger in there that i’m hoping to beat him to!

here’s a close up of my bunny, and then the recipe…

pesto primavera pasta

  • 1/4 box tricolore fiore pasta
  • 1/4 box tricolore bowtie pasta
  • 2/3 bunch asparagus
  • 1 small zucchini
  • about 20 grape tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp. pesto (i used pre-made from a jar, but here’s a great simple recipe i use when basil is in season and bunches are cheap)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • chopped parsley and grated parmesan for garnish
  1. put a big pot of water on to boil.
  2. while the water is boiling, halve your grape tomatoes and set them aside.  bend a “test stalk” of asparagus to test where it’s pliable and where it’s woody; cut the entire bunch on the line where that stalk breaks.  discard the woody ends, and then cut the remaining stalks on the bias into approximately 2″-long segments.  slice your zucchini into rounds or mezzalunes.
  3. when your water has reached a rolling boil, salt it (about 2 tbsp. kosher salt).  add your bowties first — these are bigger and will take slightly longer to cook than the fiore shape.  after about 2 minutes, add your fiores.  when the pasta is just slightly too all dente, throw your chopped asparagus and zucchini into the pot.   when the pasta is done, turn off the flame and drain the whole pot with a colander.
  4. add the pasta, asparagus and zucchini back into the cooking pot, but keep the flame off.  add your halved tomatoes and your pesto, and mix thoroughly.  season with salt and pepper as desired.
  5. top with a bit of chopped parsley and parmesan cheese.

that’s it!  super, super simple, but also super fresh and springy tasting.  you can substitute other veggies to turn this recipe into a fridge-cleaner-outer, too.

i’m in miami for a business conference tomorrow evening through friday evening, so no bentos for me until next monday.  see you on flickr and twitter, though!


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27 responses

22 03 2010
sheri

Aw, what a joyful bunny! Must be the cute mini carrot with leaf-pick making him so happy~! Pasta salad is just right for the warming weather trend. What a happy and cheerful bento, and great bunny entry!

22 03 2010
gamene

thanks, i was thinking of you when i made the mini carrot! totally sheri-inspired!

22 03 2010
Susan Yuen

I love the bunny- so cute!!! Beautiful bento and the bunny looks so happy to be by the carrot patch! We all love pesto pasta too.😀

22 03 2010
gamene

thanks susan! haha, he’s a happy bunny… until i gobble him up!

22 03 2010
Lia Chen

Love it! The bunny is so cute … yipee!! Those soy paper is cool, it is so thin … Does it come with many colors?

23 03 2010
gamene

thanks lia! the soy paper comes in green, orange, yellow, and white. it’s a great product!

23 03 2010
Lil'chan

Great happy bunny! Nice to see your contribution to this month B.O.M.B. contest ^-^ Your bento looks really spring like and delicious😉 Wished this could be mine =)

23 03 2010
gamene

thanks lil’chan! can’t wait to see what kind of bunny you make for BOMB!

23 03 2010
Marisa

That bunny looks like he has a full belly from eating your bento. He looks full and happy.

23 03 2010
gamene

thanks marisa🙂

23 03 2010
Ingrid

Now isn’t that one happy bunny, jumping from excitement at the prospect of being locked up with all these jummy foods. Maybe you’ll only have one fat bunny left by lunchtime🙂

I also seize the opportunity to pass the Sunshine Award back to you, after all … you deserve getting it more than once🙂

23 03 2010
gamene

thanks ingrid, you are so sweet to pass it back😉

23 03 2010
Asfora

Love the action shot! :o)

23 03 2010
Lexi

Love the way he’s looking like he’s jumping for joy! Fabulous bento. Primavera pasta is sooo good too.

23 03 2010
gamene

thanks asfora and lexi, my boyfriend thought he was jumping too, haha!

23 03 2010
Bentobird/Jenn

Love this happy bunny–what a great BOMB entry! The little carrot is his hand is the best detail!

23 03 2010
gamene

thanks jenn! i was channelling sheri and her awesome minis when i thought of that one!

23 03 2010
Arii

Hi!
This is a wonderfull bunny bento ^^
Good job!

24 03 2010
gamene

thank you arii🙂

23 03 2010
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24 03 2010
kobayash1

I was pleasantly surprised when my tag browser led me to your site.
I must agree with everyone here, great job on the Bunny Bento.

24 03 2010
gamene

thanks so much for visiting kobi, i just checked out your blog too and it’s wonderful! yay for the internet, connecting food lovers😉

24 03 2010
tatabonita

What a happy spring bunny! Share your carrots with me Bunny! LOL. Happy Easter Megan!😀

24 03 2010
gamene

thanks tata! virtually sending you a carrot, tee hee😀

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29 03 2010
gnoegnoe

Such a goofy bunny may plop down in my bento *anytime*!🙂

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