yum-yum bento box: walruses bento

4 06 2010

today’s lunch is based on the “walruses” bento featured on p. 52 of the book “yum-yum bento box: fresh recipes for adorable lunches.”

again, i tried to faithfully copy the character idea, while substituting ingredients as necessary.  so for instance, in the book, the walruses are brown rice.  my boyfriend isn’t a huge brown rice fan, so i mix our brown rice with white rice… the resulting onigiri is a lighter color, but i think it’s still ok for a walrus!  as another example, i didn’t have the mushroom caps or lentis recommended for the walruses’ noses, so i used edamame beans.  green noses are cute too!  finally, i don’t have a nori punch that makes small enough dots for the walruses’ whisker holes, so i just used sesame seeds, pushed into the rice with the pointy sides down.  the nori eyes, cheese “tusks,” and ketchup cheeks are all just like in the book.

the point is to make do with what you have!  if you use the basic character ideas from the book and put your own spin on them, you are sure to come up with something cute.

the rest of my box contains broccoli with corn kernels (like on p. 32), half a steamed brussels sprout, two cherries and a strawberry, two pieces of vegetarian chicken, some takuwan-and-carrot rosettes, a salami rosette, and pea pods to fill empty spaces.  my brown-and-white rice onigiri are stuffed with umeboshi.  yum!

i hope you have all enjoyed my take this week on various yum-yum bento boxes, and that you’re eager to try your own interpretations of the wonderful characters and recipes from this book… have a wonderful weekend!


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23 responses

4 06 2010
Pikko

Thank you so much for all the YYB bentos you’ve done this week, Megan. You’re awesome!❤

4 06 2010
gamene

my pleasure pikko!😀 thanks for (and congrats on) the awesomely fun and helpful book!

4 06 2010
Susan Yuen

So cute!!! You have really done such a fantastic job with all of the Yum Yum bentos! Everything is packed perfectly in the MRB!😀

4 06 2010
gamene

thanks susan, i tried to do ’em right, and the MRB *always* helps! have a great weekend!😀

4 06 2010
Bentobird/Jenn

Just fab! I love the feeling of cuteness overwhelm, and this really qualifies gamene! They are so goofy-sweet, love the tusks! Thanks for this afternoon dose of wonderfulness and have a fantastic weekend🙂

4 06 2010
gamene

thanks so much, you too jenn! :o)

4 06 2010
Debra

Yay for MRB. But I honestly don’t think it was magic. Pure talent.
Super kawaii bento! Have a fab weekend.

4 06 2010
gamene

thanks debra, i swear the MRB helps! you have a great weekend too🙂

4 06 2010
Tammy/Kashmirkat

Cute🙂 The walruses are one I want to do soon too🙂 I have family coming in next weekend – maybe I’ll pack us all a picnic bento or something!🙂 Maybe… lol

4 06 2010
Tammy/Kashmirkat

Actually, I am now leaning towards doing this one for the bento workshop in (gasp!) 2 weeks – Since it’s just onigiri balls to make it, I don’t need to have molds for them🙂

9 06 2010
gamene

great idea tammy – these are easy to make free-form (i just used saran wrap to keep my hands from getting sticky), and i bet they’ll be a hit!

4 06 2010
Luckysundae/Maki

So cute! It’s YOUR walruses bento!

9 06 2010
gamene

thanks so much maki! i put my own little touches on it, but it’s still your wonderful idea – thanks for sharing in the book!

4 06 2010
sherimiya

Aw, I want to make the walruses too! So cute the edamame noses, hehe!

9 06 2010
gamene

thanks sheri, i hope you make them, yours would be super cute!

5 06 2010
babykins

How cute!! Especially, love their white-brown mixed color, nice idea! The tusks are well done. I just want to check out the book, hehe. Your takuan rosettes are really cute! I

9 06 2010
gamene

thanks babykins! the takuwan rosettes are easy, but they don’t stay closed unless you secure with a toothpick at the bottom😀

6 06 2010
The Conscious Life

I just stumbled onto your site. I must say your bento creations look yummy and cute! You must have put in quite a bit of effort. Does one need a lot of different molds and tools to create a nice bento?

9 06 2010
gamene

thanks the conscious life! i do put in effort, but that’s because it’s fun for me — on days when i’m rushing i only add a few touches and concentrate mostly on making sure the meal is balanced. and yes, i do have a fair amount of molds and tools, but a beginner bentoist can get by just fine with a few household items: saran wrap, toothpicks, a regular pair of scissors and/or a normal paper hole puncher, etc.!

9 06 2010
Asfora

I love these walruses! They are dreamy cute!

9 06 2010
gamene

thanks asfora! do you count walruses when you are trying to get to sleep😛 haha

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