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bento#3 Happy Bee & GIR November 15, 2008

Posted by AnnaTheRed in bento blog (all).
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I have been a big fan of Invader ZIM, and I used to make plushes of the characters from Invader ZIM.
I took a look at character images online, and decided to make Happy Bee (a.k.a. Death Bee) because it looked pretty easy to make.

Bento #3: Happy Bee and GIR (from Invader ZIM)
Created and eaten on: 9/22/2008

Happy (and squashed) Bee & GIR

Happy (and squashed) Bee & GIR

I cooked chicken fried rice and then cooked a thin omelet to cover the fried rice.
It was supposed to be a piece of cake.
But of course, I ran into a problem.
I tried to make a small mountain with the rice, but freshly cooked fried rice was too loose to hold a shape.
I struggled with the rice for a while, but no luck. So I just decided to cover the rice with an omelet and put other food around it, so that the bee’s body would look round.

I still had some space in the bento and I was thinking what I could put in.
I remembered that I had potato salad and lettuce in the fridge, then “GIR” came to my mind.
I put a leaf of lettuce into boiling water, dried it with paper towel, made a ball with potato salad, and wrapped it with the lettuce. And then I put eyes, nose, ears, and made a slit on the lettuce, and inserted the pink part of fishcake as his tongue.

Not that bad for a last-minute job

The finished bento wasn’t what I had pictured in my mind… but in the end, I learned that if I’m using fried rice to shape anything, I should cook fried rice the night before, shape it, and put it in the firdge… so it was worth it. =P
Other than the shape of Happy Bee, I wasn’t too happy with its eyes and wings either. If I ever make Happy Bee again, I want to make the eyes 3D. Single layer of cheese was too flat. And I’ll use something a bit harder for its wings too. They came out too floppy. Maybe I’ll use a slice of radish or white carrot next time.

Happy Bee:
– chicken fried rice covered with thin omelet for its body
– seaweed for its stripes
– seaweed on cheese for its eyes
– cheese for its wings

– potato salad wrapped in lettuce
– seaweed on fishcake for its eyes
– seaweed for its nose and ears
– fishcake for its tongue

– fake sausage with pea in the center
– carrot cut out with cookie cutter

Other food:
– cherry tomato, lettuce

For more pictures of my bento, visit “Bento!” set and “Bento details!” set on my flickr page.


1. Gaby! - August 18, 2009

Wow! Your food looks more than just a lump! Can I learn to do that???

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