penguin meatballs bento

26 05 2010

yikes, someone reading only the titles of this week’s posts would think i have a real thing for eating strange animals!

tomorrow’s lunch has vegetarian meatballs made to look like penguins.  i cut the cheese with a toothpick, and then popped them in the microwave for 9 seconds to make it melt down around the round meatball surface.  then i added steamed sweet potato beaks and nori eyes with sesame seed details.

my penguin couple sits atop white rice, which again is applied in a thin layer over more protein (in this case, about 1.5 additional meatballs that were already somewhat mushed and crumbled in the package).  to complete the meal, i have a fish jun (korean pancake), half a hard-boiled quail egg with a nori star, some pea pods, two tomatoes, some kiwi slices, and three blackberries.  my final decorative accent is two sweet potato fish (cut with one of the cool hand-crafted metal cutters) and one fish sausage fish (i cut the details with half of a drinking straw, a trick i learned from one of pikko’s boy’s day bentos).

i’m packing a few of my wooden utensils, which i accented with removable washi tape.


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26 05 2010
Debra

Can I squeal again? It doesn’t get much cuter than this megan! Love. It.

26 05 2010
gamene

thanks debra! squealing is allowed!🙂

26 05 2010
sheri

Aw, such cute pingu! Nice way to carry out the sea theme with the fish too. Looks cute and fresh!

26 05 2010
gamene

thanks sheri, i had been scheming for a while to use this fish cutter in a sea theme!!😀

26 05 2010
ChantaleP

YUM!! I love the little fishies! So creative…

26 05 2010
gamene

thanks chantale! i love these detailed cutters, they add such a cool touch with very little effort!

26 05 2010
Texasmomof4

Did you make the cutter yourself? Fabulous!!!!

26 05 2010
gamene

hey texasmomof4 — nope, not nearly that talented!! cutter came from an online baking store (i think it was sugarcraft).

26 05 2010
mommyof2girlz

Love, love, love it. They are so cute! Did you say you cute it with a toothpick? Wow that rocks, your so talented🙂

26 05 2010
gamene

thanks steph! yup, i cut with a toothpick, it’s a cool technique because you can use a template (cut from a drawing on paper).

26 05 2010
Alice

That is ADORABLE! You are super talented🙂

26 05 2010
gamene

thanks alice! i can’t take much credit, i learn so much from the other bento sites and everyone generously shares their ideas!

26 05 2010
Jenn

Aww penguin meatballs are so cute! What a fun lunch😀

26 05 2010
gamene

thanks jenn, i can’t wait to chow down on this one🙂

27 05 2010
Blorgie1

Ahhhhh it’s fish sausage – such a delciate colour. Such a dainty and delicious looking bento!

27 05 2010
gamene

thanks so much for your sweet comment blorgie1!

27 05 2010
Blorgie1

Whoops spelling!!!!

27 05 2010
Lia Chen

Great sea theme Megan! Penguins is so cute and those fish are so nice … This round box is full of surprise🙂

27 05 2010
gamene

thanks lia, i had been waiting for a while to do this theme!😀

27 05 2010
Bentobird/Jenn

yep, still squealing…hopped over from flikr and your first sentence in this post made me laugh out loud, megan! everthing here is so sweet and yummy looking–the golden fish have such cute animated expressions, to say nothing of the adorable penguins, love them all! enjoy this happy lunch–you’ve created many smiles with it🙂

27 05 2010
gamene

thanks jenn, you are the sweetest and your comments always make ME smile!

27 05 2010
mils

This is soooooo cool, I can’t stop staring at the fish cut outs! And melting the cheese to the meat(vege)ball – a very handy tip!

I love how you even decorate your utensils…

27 05 2010
gamene

thanks mils! haha decorating the utensils was a new thing, i like how it turned out though, and i have TONS of washi tape, so you’ll be seeing this trick again hehe😉

27 05 2010
Susan Yuen

Love these guys, they are so sweet!😀 I love the complimentary fish too, they totally complete the scene.

27 05 2010
gamene

thanks for your sweet comment susan!❤

29 05 2010
tatabonita

Penguin meatballs after kitty sausage? I think it is you the adventurous eater ha ha LOL *kiddin’! *😀. Super cool sweet potato fish btw😀

29 05 2010
gamene

i won’t rest until i’ve eaten an entire zoo, haha, just joking!! thanks for your comment tata🙂

30 05 2010
gnoegnoe

Cool trick with the microwave! And I love how you pimped your wooden utensils🙂

2 06 2010
gamene

yikes, not sure why your comment got caught in my spam filter gnoe! thanks for visiting, and hope you put the microwave tip to good use!

2 06 2010
Koikoi

Adorable- I’ll have to give this a try for the BF, though he says he’ll probably have trouble eating things with a face…😀

2 06 2010
gamene

haha, thanks koikoi, glad to hear your bf has a heart, but luckily these penguins are cruelty-free😉

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