blossom onigiri bento

23 03 2011

a quick post since i’m a little bit tipsy after a few drinks with my best girlfriend…

tomorrow’s bento in a magewappa box has two onigiri filled with flaked salmon.  i mixed the salmon with chimichurri sauce (a new favorite in my household for serving with salmon — it’s so flavorful!) and mayo and then stuffed the rice, which was a blend of short-grain white and long-grain brown (texmati).  the onigiri are topped with blossoms made from cheese and steamed purple potato — they look familiar to me but i can’t place them.  cherry blossom?  plum blossom?  let me know if you have a guess!

the rest of the box has a steamed broccoli floret, a mini red pepper, a star-cut carrot, a roasted shitake mushroom, some slices of takuwan, a few pea pods, and a pretty sakura pick.

i’m trying to stick to a posting schedule of tuesdays-through-thursdays, with no bento on fridays because of a whole bagel-breakfast-which-turns-into-leftovers-for-lunch extravaganza that we have in my department on a weekly basis.  so, have a great weekend and i’ll see some of you on twitter in the meantime!


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23 03 2011
sheri

It’s a beautifully arranged magewappa Megan! Have a fantastic end-of-week!

24 03 2011
gamene

thanks sheri! i know i’ll see you on twitter (and ebay!) before the weekend, but hope you have a fabulous day! (swim today?)

23 03 2011
Natakiya

Beautiful bento! The onigiri are so lovely. The flowers look like pansies to me🙂

24 03 2011
gamene

thanks natakiya! pansies sounds right🙂

23 03 2011
Wkgmama

LOVE this one. At first glance, the blossoms looked like purple and yellow pansies.

Think it’s great that you are contributing to the disaster in the way you know best. Can’t decide which starter kit I want to bid on – they are all so great! Advice?

Xoxo

24 03 2011
gamene

thanks G — pansies it is!!

in terms of *my* auctions, i think this starter kit would be good, the pink box isn’t too big for a meal for your bigger girl and is super cute (just like her!): http://cgi.ebay.com/Bento-Starter-Kit-Bento4Japan-boxes-picks-etc-/220757974162?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3366335c92

but there are lots of nice sets up right now… here is another cute one with the basics you need to get started: http://cgi.ebay.com/Bear-Tree-Bento-Box-Kit-Bento4Japan-/170618553814?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27b9a885d6

and don’t forget to come back and link your inaugural bento!! xoxo

23 03 2011
Debra

SM would LOVE this lunch. Lots of takuan! Mmmm… So beautiful. Can you give me some tips on how to care for your magewappa. I’m afraid to pack mine and ruin it. Thanks!

24 03 2011
gamene

hi debra, according to bento & co’s website, untreated maggewappa should be cared for as follows:

– Wash in lukewarm water. Do not use dishwasher detergent unless absolutely necessary. We recommend packing food that may stain the wood in a separate container, or in bento cups. Use a gentle sponge, nothing abrasive. – Do not leave immersed in water. – After washing, wipe off any excess water with a soft cloth, then leave the box to dry completely.

i don’t make such a big production out of it, though — i just avoid putting things that may leach color (or fat — e.g. mayo — so these onigiri were protected on their bottom surfaces by shiso leaves, and i put a small piece of wax paper above each before putting the lid on) directly against the wood, and i wipe it out with warm water and a dish towel and then put it in my dish rack to air dry. so really, i don’t even *wash* per se, just wipe!

24 03 2011
tatabonita

Beautiful! I don’t know, I just feel that this bento looks so “Japanese”😀. It gives me such feeling ^^

24 03 2011
gamene

thanks ta! i haven’t used this pick in a while but i broke it out because it did feel very classic japanese to me, too! :o)

24 03 2011
Lia Chen

Beautiful box and beautiful bento! I fell in love with this bento ♥♥♥ See, I’m not wrong at all to say that you are so good in details. Love your little touch for the fork o(^▽^)o

24 03 2011
gamene

awww lia, i wish i could share this one with you! sending you one electronic onigiri, haha. thanks as always for your flattering comments😀

24 03 2011
Ohayo Bento

I’m so envious of your magewappa! It’s beautiful! I haven’t bought one because I’m so afraid that I’ll mess it up, lol! I really like your onigiri, they’re beautiful!

24 03 2011
gamene

thanks heather! magewappa is expensive, but it’s worth it, i think it will last me forever and be something i pass down. maintenance isn’t that tough

24 03 2011
karaimame

This bento really made me happy today! Thanks for posting such beauty.
Ah.. and the magewappa…. aaaaaaaw

24 03 2011
gamene

thanks lilian dear! happy to make you happy!!😀

24 03 2011
Sukey

How beautiful and delicious looking. Your flowers look just like the little Johnny jump-ups (pansies) growing in my herb garden. Yummy!!!

24 03 2011
gamene

thanks for your comment and for identifying my flowers, sukey! :o)

24 03 2011
Pipaw

What a beautiful one! In a different style it makes me think of this post by Mademoiselle M:

http://mademoiselle.m.over-blog.com/article-bento-aux-pensees-57803771.html

Yours is equally pretty!

24 03 2011
gamene

oh gosh, that one by mme. m is GORGEOUS!! thanks for sharing and for the ever-so-flattering comparison!

24 03 2011
Bentobird/Jenn

So, so dazzling! I love it’s very Japanese feel, infused with special gamene verve. Just outstanding, a thing of beauty. The harmony between lovely maggewappa and lovely contents is impressive.

Thanks for brightening my day with this bento art :D!

24 03 2011
gamene

jenn it’s you who always brightens MY day with your poetic comments! not sure i am deserving of such praise, but i so appreciate it!

25 03 2011
Susan Yuen

Megan, your bentos are gorgeous as always!!! It’s wonderful to see you back to bentoing.🙂

25 03 2011
gamene

thanks susan! i missed my bento gals😀

25 03 2011
Cooking Gallery

I love all your bento creations because everything looks so vibrant and beautiful just like this one…:D)!!

25 03 2011
gamene

thanks so much cooking gallery!

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