Last updated on December 29th, 2011
First of all, what is Bento ? It is a home-packed meal that is very common in Japanese tradition. It is normally consists of rice, veggies and some sort of protein that are then packed into a lunch box.
I love to see what people create for their Bento. In Japan, they sell many of these adorable Bento makers, which basically molds for you to create different shapes from food items. When you open up your lunch box, you see this pretty cute little food in your box and to me, they are just too cute to be eaten 🙂
How do I get into making this Bento Lunch box ? well, I have a story to tell on this one. A friend of mine who lives in Japan, Willy whom I know from a blogging world dropped an email to me last week telling me that she would like to send me a bento maker. I was like wow…that was so sweet of her. I mean I’ve never even met Willy in person before, but we do check out each other’s blog and that’s how we know each other. That’s so generous and thoughtful of her to send me bento makers so I can make cute Bento Lunch for Fiorina in the future. Just within few days after she told me, I got a package in front of the door and boy was I excited to see it 🙂
So, this is actually my first attempt of making a Bento Lunch Japanese style. I’ve been working a lot in our little garden lately, trying to “beautify” things up a little bit. So, I thought why don’t we just create a little garden this time around.
Vegetables I used: Carrot (steamed or raw – up to you), Green Bell Pepper (raw), Tomato (raw), Broccoli florets (blanched), Egg omelette, Lettuce and Seaweed. Of course if you are fixing this for your little one, you might want to consider using cooked veggies or even be careful with chocking hazard with the size of the art you create.
I love that triangle box that you can use to shape the rice into triangle. So cute!!
I also love this little stapler thing. You can create eyes and smiling lips with the stapler. So cool! Geez, people and their creative thinking!
And there my little garden 🙂 I used lettuce as a base for one and rice for the other one. Choosing vibrant colors of veggies or meats or fruits will definitely help to make the art stand out.
I love the little broccoli in there, it looks like a tree 🙂 I had so much fun making this. I think when Fiorina is ready for this, she will have so much fun helping her mama making this or even eating her Bento Lunch. Thank you so much Willy. This is just the beginning of my Bento Lunch exploration 😉 Stay tuned, as this gets addicting and I wanted to create more of other stuff with the Bento makers and Bento Sandwich 😉