year of the tiger bento

11 02 2010

i have seen so many wonderful tiger bentos in the past two months — some of my favorites are at mothering corner, hawai`i’s bento box cookbook, just bento, bonito’s cooking wonderland, and happy little bento — but i have been biding my time, brainstorming my own perfect tiger bento for the lunar new year. 

well, best-laid plans aside, this week was pretty busy (what with unpacking from iceland, catching up on work i missed, and various social engagements), and while i did manage to dye my orange rice in advance, the bento didn’t turn out exactly how i sketched it — i think it looks a little disorganized and haphazard (though it is nicely colorful!)  oh well, hopefully i’ll have more time for a better CNY bento in 2011, year of the rabbit!

my tiger cub onigiri is made from rice (2 drops of red food coloring and 2 of yellow – it came out REALLY bright, maybe just one drop of each next time?) with nori stripes and facial features, and kumquat ears.  he’s stuffed with wasabi salmon (tigers eat fish, right?).  the “2010” is made from blue egg sheet layered over cheese and then cut with my x-acto blade.

the rest of the box contains broccoli (underneath the “2010”), purple potato slices (steamed and salted, as the purple potatoes i can get in NYC aren’t sweet-tasting), a veggie croquette fried lightly and cut in half, grape tomatoes, strawberry halves, a clementine in a blue silicone mini-food cup, snow peas, yellow carrot sticks, and a lettuce border.

and i saved my cute japanese tiger candy for this bento, as promised!

wishing all my bento friends a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!

[as seen on bentoboxlove]





jack-o-lantern onigiri bento

29 10 2009

bento 27

onigiri stuffed with salmon and wasabi mayo, topped with an orange-food-coloring-dyed egg sheet and nori cut-outs.  surrounded by yellow wax beans and yellow tomato, enoki mushrooms, radish “mushroom,” veggie croquettes with carrot-takuwan-sesame flower accents, purple broccoli and purple cauliflower, edamame in a food cup with takuwan and red grape tomato on a spider food pick, and snow peas in the bottom right.

clickety click chopsticks and a strawberry-choco lolly for good measure.





croquette bento

17 09 2009

bento 5veggie croquettes (from frozen section at JASmart), tomato skewers, checkered cucumber, carrot sticks, edamame cup, and hard boiled egg with nori face.  top tier of tiffin:  steamed rice with takuwan heart and shiso leaf furikake.