more monkeys bento

4 04 2010

friday’s soboro-based bento was a little bit out of my comfort zone as far as bento crafting goes, so i wanted to give it another shot with something more my style.

these monkeys are based on a monkey face i found on google images, and are made from vegetarian ham and cheese (with nori and sesame seed for facial details, as usual).  they’re layered over mixed brown-and-white rice (trying to be healthier!) with peas (i really liked the color and flavor they added to last week’s bunny-eggs bento).

another bento trend i’ve seen a lot of lately is the use of printed wax paper.  akinoichigo-san and shoppingmum use some very stylish newsprint and strawberry papers in their lovely bento boxes, but all i could find at my local japanese market was a plain butcher’s brown and a subtle heart print.  tomorrow’s lunch features the brown, which i think goes nicely with my bamboo spork.

the rest of the bento has purple potato stars, portobello veggie burgers, a fried quail egg, steamed broccoli, a few cherry tomatoes, some flower-cut carrots and a few pea pods.

hope all my bento pals had a wonderful holiday weekend!


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4 04 2010
Aparna

How cute!!!🙂

4 04 2010
gamene

thanks aparna :o)

4 04 2010
sheri

Cool monkeys and cool purple stars! I actually like the brown wax; never seen it before!

4 04 2010
gamene

thanks sheri, i would give you the brand but there is zero english on the packaging… it can’t be uncommon though. i actually thought you had some already — what did you use for the pita pizza bento?

4 04 2010
babykins

Wow another monkey bento!! I love it as well.
So nice idea to mix brown and white rice. I’ll swipe your idea, hehe.

4 04 2010
gamene

thanks babykins, and swipe away!😉

4 04 2010
hapabento

Yay for monkeys! I also admire the way charabentoists use the cute paper as baran or to line their bento box. Very stylish. Another cute bento megan!

4 04 2010
gamene

thanks debra! i agree, some of those prints are very sophisticated. makes me want to fly to japan to do some shopping!!

5 04 2010
KidsDreamWork

Another wonderful monkey bento! These monkeys looks totally different from your previous monkey, these are more cheeky😀
Yeah, I too like those newsprint and strawberry wax paper that you mentioned so much, but so far never come across any yet.

5 04 2010
gamene

thanks kidsdreamwork! shoppingmum mentioned a source in the comments on her blog, and i have also found on the japanese online store rakuten (http://en.item.rakuten.com/cafe-de-savon/i2090306/), but it’s sooooo expensive to ship from there, i can’t justify it!

5 04 2010
Ingrid

I think these happy little guys look cuter than their big sister from last week and more your style indeed. I never saw patterned wax paper, the brown one is the only one I have seen, even in the regular supermarket. Love your new bento, Megan.

5 04 2010
gamene

thanks ingrid, yeah, i felt more in my own bento “wheelhouse” with this one. i’m still keeping my eyes out for other sources on patterned wax paper, so i’ll keep everyone posted… i thought about using regular tissue paper (like for gift wrapping), but then realized i might be poisoning myself by using something not specifically intended for contact with food!

5 04 2010
Bentobird/Jenn

Cute! Your pretty, natural wood spork sets off the animal theme here perfectly, and the stars add a darling touch of drama. Have a great Monday!

5 04 2010
gamene

thanks jenn! hey, i emailed you on the email listed from your blog — do you check that account?

5 04 2010
futukabl

かわいいですね☆
わたしもこんなにもかわいくできるといいのですが……
お料理、苦手なんです。

5 04 2010
gamene

ありがとう futukabl!

5 04 2010
Lia Chen

Great to see this monkey bento after the last one. Both of them are cute! Wondering how do you always manage to put everything so neatly in your bento? So perfect!! d(^.^)b

5 04 2010
gamene

thanks lia, i have missed your bentos, you are great at placing everything perfectly, can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

5 04 2010
Bentobird/Jenn

Hi and hhanks gamene–just wrote you back :))

5 04 2010
kathy

It so cute. Really nice and yummy looking bento. You’re so creative🙂

5 04 2010
gamene

thanks kathy, i appreciate your kind words!

5 04 2010
Margot

What a cute bento and fork, I love it!
Happy Spring Gamene🙂

5 04 2010
gamene

thanks margot, and happy spring to you too🙂

5 04 2010
sushisushi

loving the monkeys!!

5 04 2010
Asfora

Ooh ooh ah ah ee ee ee eeh! These monkeys look so happy to be in your bento :o) Loving the Spork too! :o)

8 04 2010
gamene

thanks sushi sushi and asfora!

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5 04 2010
Susan Yuen

Awww, the monkeys are so cute!!! I love the little fried egg too! Gorgeous bento.😀

8 04 2010
gamene

thanks susan! aren’t quail eggs just too adorable?!

7 04 2010
SeeingSunshine

So cute! Where did you get the wooden spoon/fork utensil?

8 04 2010
gamene

hey megan (nice name!), the spork is from a local home goods store here in NYC called fish’s eddy – they have great bargains. thanks for your comment!

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