yum-yum bento box: little red riding hood bento

2 06 2010

today’s lunch is based on the “little red riding hood” bento featured on p. 70 of the book “yum-yum bento box: fresh recipes for adorable lunches.”

again, i tried to follow the design of the character pretty exactly, but swapped out some of the food items based on my preferences and of course on what i had in my fridge/pantry.

little red riding’s hood and cheeks are made from salami; her hair, eyes, and mouth are made of nori; and just like in the book, her nose is cut from white cheese.  i’ve kept the strawberry section pictured in the book, but didn’t have mint leaves on hand, so i added green grapes for a bit of extra green freshness (and to fill up space).  i copied the ume-vinegar-powder/basket weave onigiri pictured in the book as well, but replaced the japanese veggie salad and tempura with some vegetarian meatballs and a grape tomato.  i replaced the quail egg from the book with a takuwan rosette, and added a few pea pods to fill the final gaps around little red riding hood.

see how easy it is to use the book’s ideas as a spring-board, while substituting your favorite foods?

here’s a closeup of the flower on the hood — i used cheese and salami but swapped out the chervil for cilantro.  that’s an uncooked somen noodle “pinning” the flower down to the hood.


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27 responses

2 06 2010
Susan Yuen

Eeeek, so cute!!! Beautiful bento and sweet little red riding hood!

2 06 2010
gamene

thanks susan! i thought the salami hood was such a great idea, props to lucky sundae and pikko!

2 06 2010
Debra

Cutie-patootie! Perfect placement of the fillers too!

2 06 2010
gamene

thanks debra! i love takuwan so i’m particularly excited to eat that filler 😉

2 06 2010
applerabbit

Awwww! I was having a rotten day and this just made me stop and grin! Thank you for the beautiful bento!

2 06 2010
gamene

thank YOU for your comment applerabbit… i’m always happy when my bentos make people smile!

2 06 2010
Bentobird/Jenn

she looks adorable and rosy cheeked! love this creative adaptation… so stylishly sweet!

2 06 2010
gamene

thanks jenn! salami is only a once-in-a-while treat for me… but when i saw the hood and cheeks in the book i knew i had to do it! 🙂

2 06 2010
tutora

it’s adorable! i must make my own little red riding hood this coming weekend.
ahh… i can’t stop staring at your lunch box!

2 06 2010
gamene

thanks tutora! have fun making your own, and come back and post a link so we can all see! 😀

2 06 2010
hypothermya

Beautiful!!! You used the Kyo box again, yes? It looks great here. And I love love love love how you did the basket weave bento!

2 06 2010
gamene

yup, this is the kyo, i love this box so much! the basket weave was easy with the instructions from the book 🙂

2 06 2010
Mike

incredible – makes me wish I was your kid!

2 06 2010
gamene

haha, thanks mike!

2 06 2010
mommyof2girlz

Love it! So, so adorable 🙂

2 06 2010
gamene

thanks steph, you always have an encouraging comment for me, much appreciated!

2 06 2010
sherimiya

Salami and cheese; a yummy combo for a pretty girl in a lovely box! Can’t wait to see what’s next!

3 06 2010
gamene

thanks sheri! 😀

3 06 2010
Stoich91

*This* is ridiculously incredible, sold in a box at no extra charge. 7 thumbs up. 😉

3 06 2010
gamene

thanks stoich91! 😀

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