falling ginkgo bento

6 10 2010

i recently ordered a ginkgo leaf cutter, after more than a year of admiring its use by fellow bento-makers such as debra of hapa bento and sheri of happy little bento. the funny thing is, as soon as i got it, i realized that you can accomplish the same shape with a plain old round-fluted cutter and an x-acto knife (just cut a fluted round, and then trim away the profile of the stem — that’s how i made the smaller ginkgo leaves here).

anyway, i didn’t want to miss the opportunity to participate in the last week of hapa bento’s “fall theme” BOMB challenge, and i was inspired by sheri’s recent use of orange against black rice.  so i decided to use up my leftover forbidden rice with some simple falling leaves.

there are a number of gingko trees in my neighborhood, and these leaves remind me of my morning walks with ruby, who loves to chase, lick, or chew any leaf in her path!

my gingko leaves are cut from purple potato, sweet potato, and golden beet — all veggies that really feel autumnal to me — and the back portion of this bento has two vegetarian chicken nuggets, a zebra tomato and a red pear tomato, two pea pods, two carrot tamagoyaki slices, and a steamed broccoli floret.

this is the two-tier kyo bento from bento & co; in the other portion i have some leftover chili, which i’ll mix with rice when it’s time to eat lunch tomorrow.

happy fall!


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6 10 2010
sheri

Just gorgeous. I never would have though of cutting my own, though now that you point it out, I suppose it’s true! I like how you cut the off center notches in the little gingkos. Very stunning against the black night sky too.
Fabulous, as always, and delicious-sounding! Chili sounds great!

7 10 2010
gamene

it took me a whole year to think of it too! i actually used the pointy end of a teardrop-shaped cutter to do the center notches. thanks as always for your sweet comment😀

6 10 2010
Melanie

Wow. This is just so beautiful. Fantastic job- it’s visually appealing AND looks like it would taste yummy too!!

7 10 2010
gamene

than you melanie! long time no “talk” — congrats on your new desk job, nice to see you back at bento too😉

6 10 2010
Mommyof2Girlz/Steph

Absolutely beautiful, the mix of colors is striking! And thank you for telling us what those leaves are. I have the same cutters but didn’t know the name.

7 10 2010
gamene

thanks for your comment steph! and ginkgo is harder to spell than to identify, haha!

6 10 2010
Lia Chen

Fabulous bento! I do love the color effects in your bento! So contrast with that black rice and colorful veggies on the top. You are very strong in your presentation, looking at your bento is like looking a true art🙂

7 10 2010
gamene

thank you lia, i am always so honored by your compliments, since you are such a true master of bento presentation!

7 10 2010
Emily Ng

Colourful bento. Love this. Totally agreed with Lia, you are very strong in bento presentation, I love to see all your bentos…so pretty! Thumb up!! ♥

7 10 2010
gamene

thanks emily, really appreciate your comment! :o)

7 10 2010
Heather

Absolutely gorgeous combination of colors! Wow!

7 10 2010
gamene

thanks heather! the beautiful fall produce did most of the work for me😉

7 10 2010
tatabonita

Happy to see your beautiful creation with your new ginkgo leaf cutter😀. Yes, orange against black rice looks sooooo pretty, good luck with the BOMB!😀

7 10 2010
gamene

thanks so much ta!❤

7 10 2010
Debra

Beautiful as always!

7 10 2010
Bentobird/Jenn

Dazzling, megan! This one takes my breath away–the play of multi colored ginkgo leaves against dark grains is simply, elementally beautiful…wow! a true celebration of fall…

Also, I’m thrilled by bento synchronicity–I clicked onto this wondrous vision after having posted my own bento with dark grains and a ginkgo motif. (and I LOVE yours!)

7 10 2010
Pipaw

Beautiful colors! And this rice makes a perfect background for your so nicely arranged leaves!

8 10 2010
mils

omg. AMAZING. The autumnal colours with the purple gingko leaves are simply stunning.

8 10 2010
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9 10 2010
Sara

I’ve been meaning to ask this for so long, but how do you get the line between the rice and the veggies so smooth with the baran? Or is there a built in separator?

9 10 2010
gamene

hey sara! the first thing i put in each box is the rice (sometimes with a protein layer underneath), and i use the rice paddle to “smoosh” it into a compact section with a hard edge. hope that helps!

12 10 2010
Sara

Ah! Ok, thank you so much!

11 10 2010
Susan

Gorgeous! I love the vibrant colors of the potatoes and beets against the rice! 🙂

1 11 2010
Ena

This is really beautiful! I love the colors of the leaves! I’ve just found your blog by searching “ginkgo leaf cutter” as I made a bento using one and was curious how other people use it🙂

*Ena*

18 10 2011
Karma

I am just dying to know if this iro iro box leaves you full after lunch.

21 12 2012
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You have mentioned very interesting details ! ps nice site.

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