Today’s bento features 2 little white bear characters and a love heart, all made out of rice with a tomato heart over the rice heart, and the bears’ noses are made out of sweetcorn, which I had to rescue from the kitchen sink after my toddler poured the full dish of it in there. Yeah nice!The bow is made from tomato skin and the eyes on the girl bear are sultanas and the eyes on the boy bear are cake decorations – call me a cheat, I had fiddled with cutting up sultanas for far too long and they kept sticking to my gloves (I have to wear cotton gloves and latex free gloves due to skin allergies when I come into contact with certain foods)
Then I got a fork shaped cookie cutter to make the feet out of carrot slices, so the bear characters have night bright weird shaped feet – like ducks’ webbed feet, so this technique could be used if I ever want to do a duck bento!
All this was on a bed of iceberg lettuce (healthy or what today?!?!) And the 2 yellow stars are cookie-cuttered out of omelette. I had tried getting nice egg monkeys from a jungle play doh set by pouring egg white into the play doh mould and microwaving it, but it was rather a disaster… But fun to mess with and at least I know what doesn’t work! I think I’ll leave the monkeys for my toddler – he seems to have much more success with it than I did!
I also tried poaching an egg into a bear shape but it just all fell to bits – think I should have buttered the poaching cup first… Ah well it still tasted nice!
So I am thinking now that I should invest in some proper Bento Tools (like this Bento Tool Box Set), a Rice Mold in various shapes and some nice little cutters to do carrot stars.
So that was my hour of fun today! Looking forward to seeing the other bentos on twitter later today!
To make this I boiled up some mini pasta stars (how cute are they?!) And fried up a couple of fishfingers (fishsticks). I cooked broccoli with the pasta stars and a few slices of courgette (Zucchini) with the fish sticks. While that was cooking, I cut a slice of cheese with the teddy bear cutter, heart cutter, flower cutter and fan cutter. (For shape cutters click here.) I used the teddy bear cutter on the raw carrot and made orange comet shapes by using the hands of the lizard cutter. I cut a slice of bread with the top end of the fork shaped cutter to make some white tulips. Then i arranged it and added faces with Tomato Ketchup and put a blob of it in the corner.
Voila : A Fishfinger Bento fit for a prince (my toddler!) This one was one of the more successful bentos, here he ate most of it!
Bento with sunflower seeds
I made this bento by using cookie cutters to shape the rice. I wanted to experiment with food dye on the sunflower seeds to see if this would be a good effect for decorations and to use them as eyes. I cut some vine leaf to make the hair.
Don’t laugh! I’m a Bento Virgin!
This Bento Plate consists of rice in a rectangle, with carrots cut into shapes and sliced gherkins, with a slice of cheese rolled up and cut into spirals, and a boiled egg with a wedge cut out for its mouth. Then I put 2 blobs of food colouring on for the eyes, but it was a bit too big a blob on one side and it went a bit runny. So I’ll try to find a better way to do the eyes next time. The black circle is a Jaffa Cake. I made this Bento for my toddler. He thought it was funny and played with it more than ate any of it!
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