mini apples bento

25 05 2010

HUGE props to sheri of happy little bento for her chili bento yesterday, which featured an adorable two-tone carrot apple in the center of her magic round box.  as i threatened to do in the comments on that post, i absolutely had to replicate that apple design, it was just love at first sight!!  i tried to make my apples just like sheri’s, except that i replaced the orange carrot with veggie ham and the yellow carrot with white cheese.  thanks for the awesome idea sheri, you rule!

the apples are the star of my lunch for tomorrow, and i added leaf picks to make them a bit more three-dimensional.  they’re sitting on top of a thin layer of plain steamed rice, which is smoothed over some pan-fried tofu cutlets (sprinkled with garlic powder for flavor).

the rest of this slender box has blackberries in a paper food cup, two beautiful cherries, a steamed broccoli floret with a few pea pods, and two flower-cut carrots.


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25 05 2010
sheri

Totally cute ham & cheese apples! Nice way to carry on the mini apple theme! Who’s next?🙂
Looks delightfully summery and delish; I got a huge bag of cherries too, woo! The fish scale paper is awesome as well!

25 05 2010
gamene

thanks sheri, and hope you take my imitation as it’s meant (flattery!)… soooo happy summer fruits are getting riper and cheaper at my local markets! cherries are one of my faves🙂

25 05 2010
sherimiya

Absolutely! I’m honored you chose to repeat the apples with your own flair, and can’t take credit for inventing it, anyway, I’m sure I saw it myself in a book somewhere.
Yay summer produce!!

25 05 2010
Debra

Squee!!!!

25 05 2010
gamene

thanks debra, i love things that make people make that noise, haha!

25 05 2010
Susan Yuen

Beautiful apples which are perfect for that sweet bento box! Gorgeous!😀

25 05 2010
gamene

thanks susan, all credit to sheri for the brilliant idea!

25 05 2010
Laura @ PARING DOWN

I love cherries…here in H-town, we are still waiting for the small single window of affordable cherries.

YUM YUM YUM!
🙂 Laura

25 05 2010
gamene

awww laura wishing you a longer cherry window! i know the pain of overpriced fruit 0_o

25 05 2010
mommyof2girlz

Those apples are adorable..now I am going to have to “borrow” it too..lol Looks like a great lunch for tomorrow🙂

26 05 2010
gamene

thanks steph — hope we are starting an apple trend, come back and post a link in the comments so we can see if you do one!

26 05 2010
mils

I’m officially in love with the leaf picks! Definately a good look to carry out for the apples!

I never thought about hiding protein like tofu under the rice – will give it a whirl – I often eat way too much rice because I needed a flat white surface of rice to work with

26 05 2010
gamene

thanks mils, i find that protein with the rice is the key to not getting fat from bentos, haha! i did the same thing at first – the white surface is hard to resist – but then i realized you really only need a thin layer!

26 05 2010
Bentobird/Jenn

bento love! this is the essence of cute and stylish food styling, megan! the ripe cherries look like edible happiness and the fish scale paper is so cool! seeing this bento gave me a big lift on a stressful project crunch morning, thanks🙂

26 05 2010
gamene

oy, sorry to hear you are having a stressful morning jenn, thanks for yoru comment as always, and hope you finish your project quickly and easily!

26 05 2010
Lia Chen

So cute and perfect with those leaf picks! And pan-fried tofu is a hidden treassure there hehehe🙂

26 05 2010
gamene

thanks lia, the picks did come in handy for this one! and yes, the tofu wasn’t pretty (that’s why it was hidden!), but it sure was tasty!

28 05 2010
Edwina Skinner

You’ve done it once more. Superb post!

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