Robot Bento

Robot bento

Robot bento

I have always been fond of robots ever since I saw the 80’s movie Short Circuit! You could say this bento includes enough fruit and veg to contain your Johnny 5-a-day! 😀

Here is my entry for the Robot Competition in the Kawaii Bento Club!

You can read all about it on my Robot Bento Squidoo Lens

The Tasty Red Rice Recipe that I use in this bento is also on a Squidoo page

E.T. Bento

ET Bento

ET Bento

Today’s bento, also in the category of Sci Fi / Aliens / Paranormal is ET! He is made from cheese and placed on nori on top of a  pressed rice disc. This is on top of tuna and sweetcorn mayonnaise. I used a long piece of cucumber as a baran divider, which is topped with egg white dots.

The other side contains some marbled rice balls as planets which I made by adding a drop of food colouring to the white rice before molding then into shape in cling film.  There are some carrot space ships on the food pick and a cucumber fan, a boiled egg and some lettuce as further decoration. The ET sign/logo is cheese on red pepper.

I have a new way to cut cheese! I used a parchmenting perforating needle pen, from the days when I used to do Pergamano! I actually was never much good at doing the pergamano but the perforating pen had been knocking around in various pencil case and is one of the things I am forever confiscating from my toddler who likes to climb up and get into my craft supplies! So now this item will go into my bento tools! It works like a dream for doing finely cut letters / shapes! Thanks to Pikko from Adventures in Bentomaking who showed how to cut cheese precisely with a toothpick – this is a version of this, just with a finer cutting point. Pikko also gave me the idea to be able to cut the nori very finely with micro-tip scissors or her latest LOST bento.

I am jealous of people who already own the Nori punches, as I am forever wanting to cut tiny dots for the pupils of eyes etc, but now I have found that by using this perforating needle pen carefully, I can also cut out a circle from nori! So until I get round to ordering the nori face punches, I will be content to use this new Pikko cheese cutting method adapted for nori too!

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Alien bento

Alien bento

Alien bento

Today’s bento is part of the Aliens / UFOs / paranormal / Sc-Fi theme. It contains a “Grey” alien made from pressed rice (not grey as in the colour, rather “Grey” as in the type of alien) a rice kawaii mushroom, a carrot and egg kawaii mushroom on a circle of pressed rice and nori, a Surimi fishstick on a food pick, a rice “baran” border with nori stars, an egg and nori “planet” and a spiral cut mini orange with some morello cherries and banana in the fruit section. I also used some pieces of red pepper for added colour and decoration. Underneath the carrot mushroom on the Onigiri circle is egg mayo with carrot mixed in, which is a new discovery – I made this the other day with some other left over bento food, and it was totally delicious. The carrot gives a wonderful crunch to the creamy egg.

This took ages to make (about 1 hour 45) but that includes a kitchen clean up too.

I can’t wait to share this with my toddler at lunch time tomorrow!

Donnie Darko Bento

donnie darko bento

Donnie Darko Bento

You have only 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds to eat this bento!

I think this week’s theme could be aliens / sci-fi / paranormal. We had a piece of salmon steak left over from our evening meal so I made it into this Donnie Darko “Frank the bunny”. It kind of fits in with Spring theme too, because it’s a bunny LOL. Ok so it’s not the kawaii cute that we know and love, but I remember when that film came out, everyone was talking about what an awesome and cool film it was, and some people were even getting the tattoo of 28:06:42:12 on their inner fore-arm! Crazy!

It’s- just plain white rice, a salmon steak (coated in curry powder, white flour and salt and fried up) with nori facial features and brocolli and omelette spirals.

From Wikipedia “Donnie Darko is a 2001 American science fiction film written and directed by Richard Kelly.”  Full Wikipedia Donnie Darko article here.

The image I used to make the bento is from this simplified tattoo version

EDIT: This has been entered into  Hapa bento’s B.O.M.B for April