“brothers and sister” bento

1 12 2009

the top tier of this bento got a little cluttered, as i didn’t sketch in advance.  all i knew was that i wanted to use this new onigiri mold from daiso (makes three mini face-shaped onigiri), and then i kept adding more and more random stuff from the fridge and all of a sudden it was crazy.  oh well, at least i wasn’t drunk this time, haha!

top tier has two brothers and a sister (plain brown rice, too small for filling, nori hair and sesame eyes, cheese bow on the sister’s hair) sitting on top of some spicy korean tofu that’s completely hidden, and, clockwise from top left:  yellow cauliflower with cheese and veggie pepperoni flower, carrot sticks and baby orange tomato, red tomato half, tamagoyaki slices, and two edamame skewers on top of fried veggie dumplings (ajinomoto brand), and more carrot sticks (plus one more red baby tomato half to prop up brother #2’s chin!).

simple dessert tier has:  pomegranate seeds in a heart food cup from daiso, chocolate-covered almonds in a square food cup from daiso, asian pear fan, starfruit slices, kumquat slices and a cherry.

i’m really enjoying all of my new picks and cups from my trip to the west coast — this bento is a daiso bonanza!





turkey day bento

19 11 2009

a turkey made of tofurkey, haha, get it?!  the rest of his plumage is made of regular nori and yellow soy paper, as well as vegetarian pepperoni.  on a bed of thai fried rice.

fruit/veggie section has snow peas, yellow wax beans, purple carrot slices (in front of purple cauliflower which you can’t really see), shimeji mushrooms, a piece of steamed broccoli with a takuwan flower, a few slices of dinosaur egg tomato, and cranberries in a sakura-shaped food cup.

happy thanksgiving, everyone!  i leave for a week-long trip to california tomorrow, and i wont be bento-ing while i’m gone… i *will* however be stopping at daiso and ichiban kan on the west coast, so i expect to come home with a load of new bento goodies!  hope you all enjoy the holiday…

[as seen on austinist, em and lo, and lin loves]





“chicken” nuggets bento

21 10 2009

bento 23

lucky sundae’s adorable doggie bento inspired me to check out the neat bento character recipes provided on the ajinomoto webpage as part of an ongoing contest.

my bento is copied from this cute chicken bento, except i made mine with trader joe’s soy chicken nuggets.

the chickies’ beaks are yellow beet, eyes and feet are nori, combs are soy pepperoni. the chickies are sitting on rice, which is just one layer on top of a layer of shredded cheese, and beneath that a layer of refried black beans (all leftovers from veggie burritos the other night). the top veggie portion is purple broccoli with a cheese-and-sesame flower, yellow wax beans, “twist” cut yellow squash and cucumber, asparagus, two red grape tomatoes, and maki’s pickled radishes.

[as seen on epicute, micro krill, and lin loves]