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!