yum-yum bento box: retro girl bento

3 06 2010

today’s lunch is a re-mix of the adorable “retro girls” bento featured on p. 42 of “yum-yum bento box:  fresh recipes for adorable lunches.”

i actually wanted to use up some scraps from cutting veggies over the past few days, so i opted for an omelet-style bento, as seen in “early-bird omelet” (p. 106) and “sunny-side up” (p. 128).   my omelet is filled with fried rice, which used up all my pea pod, sweet potato, broccoli stem, hot dog and salami bits — i added gochujang and red onion for more flavor.  if you need a basic recipe for fried rice, try this one from one of my previous posts (i added meat this time, but the basic recipe there is vegetarian).

because of the size of my box/omelet, only one retro girl would fit — but she’s super cute!  just like in the book, i used nori eyes with sesame eyelashes, a nori mouth, and a carrot nose, but i replaced the ham cheeks with ones cut from fish sausage.  i also added some cheese-flower and herbal sprig accents, like the decoration for “early-bird omelet” in the book.  totally mixing and matching — dig it?

food-wise, i totally did my own thing, with a veggie meatball (music note pick to keep up the “retro” theme; after all, the book tells me that “cute retro girls love their . . . jukebox music”!), three flower-cut carrots, steamed brussels sprouts and broccoli, a few beet slices, half a strawberry and a cherry, and some pea pods to fill empty spaces.


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3 06 2010
Tammy/Kashmirkat

Love it!🙂 I need to stop looking at bento when I haven’t eaten – lol🙂

3 06 2010
gamene

haha, i agree, i need to stop MAKING bento before breakfast, i can barely make it to lunch! thanks for your comment tammy🙂

3 06 2010
sheri

What a perfect omurice sheet! Carrots look like they’re in a strawb vase, and the girl looks like she’s wearing those giant acrylic pink earrings that were the rage, hehe! Cute!

3 06 2010
gamene

thanks sheri! added a tiny bit of cornstarch when i was whisking the eggs, and strained (kind of like the method for an egg sheet, but much thicker) to make it smooth and sturdy for folding over. hehe, i *can* see the pink circles as earrings – groovy!

3 06 2010
Debra

Your retro girl is wearing my earrings! tee hee… Yes, I’ll own up to it. It matched my scrunchy after-all.

Your arrangements are always perfection!

3 06 2010
gamene

thanks debra! haha, i remember scrunchies! i matched them to my socks (remember when we would wear multiple pairs of brightly colored socks srunched all the way up our legs?!)

3 06 2010
Susan

So cute!!! Megan you are doing a fantastic job with all of the Yum Yum bentos! Love it!🙂

3 06 2010
gamene

thanks susan, it’s been so much fun “playing” with this book!

3 06 2010
Bentobird/Jenn

Super cute! I am so taken with the small and perfectly decorated cheese flowers with herbal sprigs!

3 06 2010
gamene

thanks jenn! i am loving the delicate leaf accents too, and can see how that’s something that would appeal to you with your natural style🙂

3 06 2010
hypothermya

The flower and leaf accents work really well! And the retro girl is pretty cute. 🙂 I’m eyeing your brusssels sprouts — they look perfectly steamed. I may have to steal some for myself.

4 06 2010
gamene

thanks christie… i’ll share my sprouts with you, come on over!

4 06 2010
Pipaw

You’re right, your retro girl is really cute! These flowers are so delicate…

4 06 2010
gamene

thanks pipaw! i love the flowers too… plus the herbal sprigs add a nice touch of freshness when i’m eating this!

4 06 2010
Asfora

This bento has a lotta Soul, sista!😀

4 06 2010
gamene

thanks asfora! ♪ ♫

4 06 2010
Gnoe (@ Graasland)

Retro grrl rocks! Are you sure her cheeks aren’t really earrings though?😉

4 06 2010
gamene

haha other people have said that too gnoe! i think they can be whatever you see them as😉

5 06 2010
babykins

Wow another cutie! I love retro style. I kind of remembered Peanuts’ (snoopy) characters. It feels like *nostalgic*. I love these flowers too. They match the cute retro girl. Your egg-sheet is perfection!😀

9 06 2010
gamene

thanks babykins! ooh, you should do a snoopy bento, i’m with you, i love remembering those fun things from my childhood.🙂

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