Lion and Kawaii Mushroom Bento

Lion and Kawaii Mushroom Bento

Lion and Kawaii Mushroom Bento

I have 3 boxes that I use for Bento making, but 1 is currently with a friend and the other 2 have disappeared. But I found a small container and thought I would give it a try, thinking it would make a cute snack bento. It is only 0.3l ! It just fits in my hand! So I started by lining it with lettuce – I only needed to use a couple of leaves! Then I put a rice onigiri mushroom in, using a tube of apple for the stalk, a ball of tuna mayo for the lion’s head and chicken cocktail sausages for the mane and hearts. I used apple and carrots for decoration. The faces are Nori, cut with my best bento tool, a pergamano needle pen! You can get an idea about the relative size of this bento from the apple!

Kawaii Mushroom Sandwich Bento

kawaii mushroom sandwich bento

kawaii mushroom sandwich bento

While I was away in England, I dropped my camera and it broke! 🙁 so now I only have my camera phone to take pics with! The flash comes on about 20 minutes before it takes the picture so apologies for the photo quality! Today’s bento is a cheese and mayo sandwich on brown bread, with broccoli, tomatoes and deep fried aubergines. This one is for my DH and he likes the aubergines to be nice and blackened… almost burnt but we’ll say caramelized for the sake of argument! I used them as baran between the sandwich and the broccoli, seeing as the flavour of the aubergines will probably be more tasty absorbed into the sandwich than the soggy broccoli juice. I am astounded that I was even able to make a bento today, seeing as my fridge is very barebare fridge. Seriously need to go shopping! Looks like we have enough margarine to get us through til winter tho hehe! I also managed to jab one of the food picks down between my nail and my finger, which was sensational! I lost an astonishing amount of blood with that one!

We managed to get back home to Germany before all the UK and German Airports started shutting down due to the Icelandic Volcanic Ash Cloud. We are so blessed to be home and safe. I got back and couldn’t wait to see what I had missed this past week from my bento pals, so I posted my findings here in a Squidoo Lens called  Bento Catch Up which highlights the bento news from 7th -15th April 2010. Check it out because the current bento contests / challenges / giveaways are highlighted in it.

I am always trying to improve my site, so now there are some new tabs on the home page; “Games” which features links to some of the cutest games around and “Harajuku” which is a new promo page for Harajuku Lovers Perfume which I fell in love with while on my trip to England! The Bento Supplies page has also been given a new look to make it easier to navigate and you get to see more products “at a glance” !

I’ll tell you about this Harajuku Lovers Perfume while I am here!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this and I am IN LOVE with it!

harajuku lovers perfume baby

Harajuku Lovers Perfume - Baby

This is the Harajuku Lovers perfume by Gwen Stefani. It smells like parma violets! Up til now Kenzo Flower was my favourite, but now I just think the smell of this is so delicious and the packaging and the bottle just feed my addiction to fatally kawaii gorgeousness!

I bought mine in England on my latest trip there, and looks like I paid more than I should have – I should have bought it online to save money. Though to be honest I would have ended up paying a little bit extra and getting the other one that I love as well which is a coconutty smell; “Music” ! I have to collect these (There are 5 to collect; Baby, Music, G, Love and Lil Angel) because once the perfume is gone, you still get to keep the bottles which are these heart-breakingly cute figurines!

Before I go, I would like to give special thanks to Kuusou from Bento Basket, Jenn from Fluteloop, Mombento, Marisa from All in Good Food, Lia from Bentolicious, Natakiya from Bento Anarchy, Debra from HapaBento and BentoBird for some phenomenal Guest Posts. Your guest posts are welcome any time, and it’s a pleasure to have you featured on my blog. :o)

Easter Egg and Kawaii Mushroom bento

Easter egg and kawaii mushroom bento

Easter egg and kawaii mushroom bento

Well this has got to be the bento that has taken the longest – over 1 hour – and I haven’t cleaned up the kitchen yet! I got so engrossed in what I was doing. I didn’t have a clue what I was going to make but I had to go to the supermarket to get some bread and milk because the shops are all shut here on Sundays. And I really wanted to get some greenery. They didn’t have any cucumbers or lettuce so I got spinach and grapes! I started moulding the rice in the cling film and started making a rectangle but I spotted some of the “Bunte Eier” that I’d also bought (store bought pre-boiled eggs, brightly coloured) and I suddenly decided to make an easter egg shape.  I put thin Nori Seaweed strips round and put little butterflies on for decoration using a craft punch. I put some Surimi crabsticks together and tied them in a bundle with the Nori. I put some more of the Surimi onto a food pick and I made a radish into a kawaii mushroom by digging out a hole for an apple tube to go in. Then I put some carrot “sweets/cracker/bows” on for decoration. At the right hand side is a mushroom made of rice and again using a tube of apple for the core, some juicy green grapes and a food pick with 4 “Sauerkirschen” (Morello Cherries) to finish.

I just had an awesome time making this! It’s pretty cool how you can eat the scraps as you go along and not have to worry about the calories! :o)

Barney Bento

Barney Bento

Barney Bento

His claws fell off LOL!

This is called “Bento Barney AKA “E Numbers surprise!”

There is only food colouring in the rice and on a bit of the cheese, (oh and on the apple to make the kawaii mushroom!) but the rest is all natural stuff – sultanas, cherries, carrot, cheese, orange and apple.

This was fun to make but from making it to eating it took about 1 hour, inc cleaning the kitchen up.

I’m quite keen not to waste food, so all the little scraps of cheese and apple and carrot have to be eaten (by me as I’m preparing the bento) – I cannot bring myself to throw good food away! This was a delicious Bento, especially with a drizzle of light soy sauce… even my toddler thought so! He loved the cherry and orange skewer too!

Barney Bento