Saturday, April 12, 2008

April 12th Bento

I don't generally make bentos on Saturdays, but today BF has his first scuba dive and it's going to take most of the day, so I got up really early this morning (he had to leave by seven!) and packed him a bento.

I didn't try anything new as far as what types of foods I included. There are eight little onigiris filled with red bean paste and nori letters, slices from a baked stuffed chicken breast we picked up at the butcher last night, an omelette and spinach heart, a couple gyoza, sweet potato flowers with butter and brown sugar, salted edamame, an apple checkerboard, the standard asparagus, broccoli and snow peas for gap fillers, strawberries, blackberries and grapes. On the side I packed a bag with some green tea Pocky, dumpling dipping sauce, and napkins.

I made the nori letters last night. I took my letter shaped cookie cutters and traced them on a sheet of paper. Then I stapled the paper to a sheet of nori and cut out as much of the letters as I could with scissors and used a exacto type knife (one that's only used for food) to do any small details.

I was crazy multitasking this morning. Most of the time I had two frying pans and a pot on the stove while microwaving something else and chopping or arranging the fruits and veggies. I made breakfast at the same time, whole grain oatmeal and scrambled eggs. I wanted to make something really filling for breakfast because the Atlantic ocean is really cold this time of year (obviously), so BF's going to be burning up calories in a hurry.

It might seem like a lot of work for a Saturday morning to get all this together, but when it's all done, it's such a good feeling to know that my loved one is taken care of, and doesn't have to stop for an egg mcmuffin or some other fast food, that I really love to do it!