Friday, April 25, 2008

April 25th Bento

The theme of today's bento was 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears".

Note to self: never use chicken as a backdrop for ham and expect it to show up in pictures.

The only new thing I tried for today's bento was to make onigiri out of brown rice (trying to make them a little more healthy since I'm still on this diet....4.5lbs down, 5.5lbs to go!!). It didn't work out so well, they wouldn't stick together. I made four bears for this bento, and only two of them stuck together well enough for the bento. Luckily I had another bear in the freezer! So we have two brown rice onigiri stuffed with anchovies and one white rice stuffed with red bean paste.

Goldilocks is made from sliced ham with omelette hair, a nori face, a carrot bow, and a red pepper shirt with an omelette star. It was all done with punches, the only thing I cut by hand was the shirt. She is sitting on some slices of chicken cordon bleu. She's pretty happy because she hasn't noticed yet that there are three ferocious bears behind her, and the bears are happy because they've found a snack.

For veggies there are asparagus, sugar snaps, broccoli, spinach in a rolled omelette and a few cooked carrot flowers.

Fruits are three gooseberries in the corner, some pineapple chunks, strawberries and blueberries. Lastly, there is a cinnamon truffle and some omelette stars scattered around.

To make things go smoother in the morning, I cut out all the ham, omelette and veggie shapes the evening before, as well as cooking the meat and steaming/shaping the spinach for the tamagoyaki. The morning was basically just arranging everything.