Wednesday, April 02, 2008

April 2nd Bento

There's a bit of a silly story to go with today's bento. I mentioned to BF last night that I was going to put something cute in his bento. He wanted to know what it was so I gave him a clue that it was two words that rhyme, one is an insect and one is a food. He guessed for about twenty minutes, and the best he could come up with was fly pie (the right answer was cheese bees!).

I decided to let him be right this time. So today's bento was fly pie!

On the bottom we have chicken cordon bleu (premade from the butcher) with havarti/cheddar/nori bees. You can't see it, but underneath the bees, the chicken has all kinds of ham and cheese stuffing, it was so good. Then there is asparagus, broccoli, snow peas, a little quail egg hiding, and a red bean onigiri.

On the top is a mini savory sweet potato pie (made a batch and froze it on the weekend), with a nori/havarti fly. The recipe for the pie is here. I divided the recipe in 4, and put the filling in tiny tart shells (Tenderflake makes them, they're in the freezer section) and baked for about 20 minutes. It made 6 tarts.

The fly is kind of an acheivement for me (is it ridiculous to call it that?) because it's my first semi-original creation (meaning I've never seen something similar in a bento). I just google image-searched "cartoon fly" and did my best to translate that into food!

For the rest of the bento, we have a wall of cucumber and another wall made of melon and fresh pineapple bricks. Strawberries, blueberries, a couple of carrot flowers and a daifuku for dessert (I found these tiny ones on the weekend at a new asian grocer that opened up a few minutes from where I live).