Manga / Anime bento

manga anime bento

manga anime bento

This is from weeks ago – must have forgotten to click “published” as I found it in my drafts… weird

I’ve been a fan of the manga / anime style for a few years. I learnt how to draw a basic manga face from a “How to Draw Manga” book, a few years ago. I haven’t drawn or sketched in a long time, but I decided to see if I could refresh my memory and make a Manga style cartoon character out of cheese for my bento. So I had some fun this afternoon, with my parchment pergamano perforating pen, and of course lashings of food colouring. I made a caulifower in cheese sauce to sit at the right hand side in a scooped out green pepper (not having any lettuce again, and having run out of broccoli… sigh! ) Then there was not much room for much fruit, just a few apple segments. Today nothing went right really, because the dishwasher wouldn’t work – Put it on last night but it just sat there defiantly refusing to wash the pots, so this morning I had to either wash everything by hand (not my style!) or wait for it to get fixed…so the pots are still waiting to be rescued from their filthy state, and I have to keep going in there to get a spoon or plate or whatever to wash it by hand… I suppose I will have to eventually get the whole lot out and do it. Can’t someone else do it?! And then my camera kept taking fuzzy/blurry pics… yeah I know a bad workman blames his tools…but I can’t understand why I have been able to get crisp photos in the past and now I can’t. Winge over! I must remember to be grateful that I have the priviledge of hot running water, a luxury that I often take for granted. In some countries, they have to wash their pots using water pumped from a well, if they even have access to water that is. It makes you wonder doesn’t it? Maybe I WILL go and wash those pots now and stop being so ungrateful! 😀

Good Friday picnic

Good Friday picnic

Good Friday picnic

It was nice and sunny today so we went to the park and took these bentos with us, to eat sitting on a picnic blanket. The kids got new buckets, spades and sieves recently too for playing in the sand. A great time was had by all, and we washed our feast down with coke and diet coke!

These bentos didn’t take too long to prepare – not much longer than preparing for a normal picnic, really, though I was trying to hurry a little, and I am not used to making 3 lots in one go. I usually only make 1 bento at a time. The main pic above with a chicken type character is the one that my toddler and I shared, and here are pics of the others – a mouse made out of a boiled egg (which DH and baby shared) and the fruit salad:

good friday bento mouse

good friday bento mouse

fruit salad bento

fruit salad bento

I like how the shrunken pic makes it look like a quail’s egg! It’s a normal chicken egg though hehe!  I boiled some rice,  pasta and eggs and made up tuna mayo. I chopped strawberries, golden kiwis and a small orange and put them into the yellow box with the grapes, and there is a yogurt in there too. I lined the other 2 boxes with a new kind of lettuce, not iceberg today because it never looks green enough! Also put some onigiri pressed rice balls in there and some nice juicy red cherry tomatoes. You will notice I left space for the cucumber then I forgot to put it in! I was too busy loading fruit juice, bottles, pampers and cutlery, wet wipes etc into the picnic rucksacks! Not to worry, it was still enough to feed us all (2 big mouths and 2 small mouths)! I took extra junior yogurts with us too, and nearly lost 2 spoons in the sand. 😀

It would have been cool to have the skill and time to make these beautiful huge compilation bento boxes that look like they would be so tasty and fun to share from Susan Yuen’s site, but I only have these 3 bento boxes, which are just regular lunch containers, nothing cute or kawaii. I really want to invest in some tiered boxes with cute designs! I must practise what I preach and get my order put in at J-List! -> click the banners to go to the J-List shop!

I am going to England in a few days for a week, God willing, so I might be absent from bento making for a little while. Looking forward to playing catch-up and joining in Not Exactly Bento’s 30 day challenge for April!

By the way, I made this padded journal the other day, I mentioned it on twitter, so here is the link to Videojug to show how to make one, (beware, gluegun involved!) and here is the finished result, minus the pics of my burnt fingers!

padded journal

padded journal

I am trying to get myself more organised and I have put my Flylady routines in there, and it’s for my daily To Do lists as well.

If we were  in England now, we would probably be eating hot cross buns! It’s traditional this time of year! I think I like them toasted with butter better than plain.  I’ll finish with a joke (it’s a groaner, you know my sense of humour!) What do you get if you pour boiling water down a rabbit hole on Good Friday? Hot Cross Bunnies!  LOL ROFL   Ok at least it wasn’t a “pink and wrinkly” joke from the “Pink and Wrinkly joke book” we had when we were kids!

And here is the pergamano perforating parchment needle pen I keep going on about for cutting the cheese on other charabens…

pergamano needle pen

pergamano needle pen

Wishing you happy school holidays, happy Easter time, happy long daylight hours, happy Spring, and a very happy weekend! :o)

Manga / Anime bento

manga anime bento

manga anime bento

I’ve been a fan of the manga / anime style for a few years. I learnt how to draw a basic manga face from a “How to Draw Manga” book, a few years ago. I haven’t drawn or sketched in a long time, but I decided to see if I could refresh my memory and make a Manga style cartoon character out of cheese for my bento.

So I had some fun this afternoon, with my parchment pergamano perforating pen, and of course lashings of food colouring. I made a caulifower in cheese sauce to sit at the right hand side in a scooped out green pepper (not having any lettuce again, and having run out of broccoli… sigh! ) Then there was not much room for much fruit, just a few apple segments.

Today nothing went right really, because the dishwasher wouldn’t work – Put it on last night but it just sat there defiantly refusing to wash the pots, so this morning I had to either wash everything by hand (not my style!) or wait for it to get fixed…so the pots are still waiting to be rescued from their filthy state, and I have to keep going in there to get a spoon or plate or whatever to wash it by hand… I suppose I will have to eventually get the whole lot out and do it. Can’t someone else do it?!

And then my camera kept taking fuzzy/blurry pics… yeah I know a bad workman blames his tools…but I can’t understand why I have been able to get crisp photos in the past and now I can’t. Winge over! I must remember to be grateful that I have the priviledge of hot running water, a luxury that I often take for granted. In some countries, they have to wash their pots using water pumped from a well, if they even have access to water that is. It makes you wonder doesn’t it? Maybe I WILL go and wash those pots now and stop being so ungrateful! 😀

Japan Society Bento Battle Entry

Bento Battle Entry

Bento Battle Entry

Today’s bento is my entry for the Japan Society Virtual Bento Box Battle.

This bento creation pays homage to Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Kodanji IV as a Ghost, 1851 from

Graphic Heroes, Magic Monsters:  The Arthur R. Miller Collection

Click here to see the original, and scroll along to the 5th one. Hopefully you will recognise which one I was trying to do!

This “ghost” is made from pressed rice, (onigiri) with nori detail, on a bed of rice and cucumber, and I put a blob of red pepper puree for the wound on his neck!

I used a carrot baran divider and the other side features pan-fried chicken, broccoli, grapes, apple slices and mini orange segments.

You still have time to enter the Virtual bento battle, as the deadline is the 31st March, so get your rice cookers out, get your bento chopping, cutting and moulding tools out and go for it! Not only will you have lots of fun in your kitchen, but you will also be making a healthy meal for you or your loved ones, and you may even be able to win one of the top 3 prizes!

To see the entry guidelines and how to enter the Japan Society Virtual Bento Box Battle, click here!

My bento friends have entered this competition too, with these entries, please check them out, they are all fantastic!

My Bentolicious: http://www.mybentolicious.com/2010/03/bentolicious-077.html

Bentozen http://bentozen.wordpress.com/2010/03/21/woman-in-a-hilltop-teahouse-bento/

Susan Yuen http://susanyuen.wordpress.com/2010/03/22/octopus-games-bento-58/

Mothering Corner http://motheringcorner.com/2010/03/25/mickey-and-minnie-meet-the-noppon-brothers/

Adventures in bentomaking http://www.aibento.net/2010/03/26/easter-somen-salad-bento/

Snails with Sunglasses bento

snails with sunglasses bento

snails with sunglasses bento

Today’s bento was quite a quick one with no planning really – I just had to make some lunch and found some large pasta snail shells (lumaconi) in my cupboard that I thought would be tasty with tuna and sweetcorn mayonnaise. So I made them into snails with sunglasses on (nori stars) and cucumber bodies. Here they are munching on the carrots, turning them into flowers.  Sorry about the photo, it came out a bit blurry today!

To see step-by-step instructions on how to make this bento, please visit my new “Squidoo page”  Thanks especially to @gotfaeries / @kawaiibentoclub on Twitter for introducing me to Squidoo. Check out the Kawaii Bento Club on Facebook too, it’s brand new!