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bento#32 Where the Wild Things Are – right side January 31, 2009

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After Christmas, I wanted to make one more bento before the year was over, but my boyfriend and I were already on holiday vacation. I was thinking of making a bento to eat at home, but my boyfriend had to go see his family for a couple of days, so I decided to make a bento for him to eat on the bus. Since I didn’t have work, I wanted to make this last bento of the year something very special.

*This is a two-box bento, so I’m doing two posts on this.

Right side - Aaron, Emil, and Tzippy

bento#32: Where the Wild Things Are – right side
Created and eaten on: 12/27/2008

I am a HUGE Maurice Sendak fan. Especially “Where The Wild Things Are.” I think that’s because the story has two of my favorite elements in picture books. A mischievous kid and monsters! I wanted to make this bento for some time now, but I knew it’d be a big project, so I wanted to prepare everything beforehand.

I own two copies of “Where The Wild Things Are,” hard cover and soft cover, but they were both at my apartment. My place is pretty close to my boyfriend’s place, but I had sort of moved in with my boyfriend, and I was feeling very lazy… So I picked up a copy of “Where The Wild Things Are” at a book store. 😛 I could give it to someone after I used it to do a sketch, and everyone should own a copy of “Where The Wild Things Are!”

I looked at the book for a good scene that I could recreate, even though I kind of knew which scene I’d end up doing anyway. It’s a scene after Max tamed the wild things, gets on Bernard and shouts “Let the wild rumpus start!” Of course, it wouldn’t fit in one bento box, so I made it into two bento boxes.

On the night before, I…
– cut seaweed for everyone’s face
– cut kamaboko (fish cake) for their terrible claws
– cut kamaboko for their terrible teeth
– made potato salad
– made soboro (ground beef cooked in soy sauce and sugar)
– made an egg sheet
– cooked asparagus

On the right side were Aaron, Emil, and Tzippy. First thing first, I put lettuce in a bento box, and put renkon (lotus root) on lettuce, and soboro (ground beef cooked in soy sauce, cooking sake and sugar) in the bento box for the ground. Then I mixed rice with curry powder for the bodies of Aaron and Tzippy (see “how to dye rice naturally”). I put plastic wrap on the drawing, put rice on top and molded it into the shape of the bodies. After the body was shaped, I placed them into the box. To make it as 3D as possible, I made arms and legs separately and put them on the body. For Aaron, I made the nose/mouth part for his face, and cut kamaboko (fish cake) for his horns and put them on his head and face.

I knew I was going to use pasta for the hair, but I had to make sure it’d stay on their head (especially Aaron). Aaron has darker hair, so I put cooked pasta (mixed with a bit of butter, salt and soy sauce) on a piece of seaweed, and put it on Aaron’s head like a toupee. I mixed cooked pasta with ketchup, and put it around Tzippy’s head very carefully. Then I cut ham using a round cookie cutter, and put it on his face. I then sliced a carrot and cut it for his feet and stuck them onto the bottom of his legs.

I put plastic wrap on the drawing again, and put potato salad and molded it into Emil’s body. I also made arms and legs separately just like Aaron and Tzippy. This was pretty easy as usual. I had a “wave shaped” cutter which I had purchased before. Originally, I was going to use it to cut an egg sheet (see “how to make an egg sheet”) for the feather on his neck, but his feathers looked more reddish than yellow on the book. So I decided to use cheddar cheese instead. I just cut a cheese single with the cutter I had, and put layers of it on Emil’s neck. Then I sliced a carrot and cut it with a round cookie cutter for his beak, and also used the cutter to cut kamaboko for his crown and tail.

Finally I put asparagus, broccoli, and snow peas around the wild things. After pretty much everything was placed, I cut out cheddar cheese for their eyes, placed them on their face, put this box in the fridge and worked on the left side. That’s why the feathers around Emil’s neck had melted a little. It didn’t melt because it was warm, it melted because of the moisture. I knew moisture and cheese don’t get along, I thought the rice was dry enough, but I was wrong… I put the seaweed eyes and face parts I had cut on each face, and put terrible claws and terrible teeth on them. This took forever. I used angled pin tweezers to put the claws and teeth, but the kamaboko didn’t want to stay where I wanted it to stay.

The left side continues to the next post…

Aaron:
– rice dyed with curry powder
– kamaboko (fish cake) for his terrible teeth and terrible claws and horns
– pasta on seaweed for his hair
– seaweed on cheddar cheese for his terrible eyes
– seaweed for his mouth

Emil:
– potato salad for his body
– cheddar cheese for the feathers around his neck
– carrot for his beak
– kamaboko for his crown, tail, terrible teeth and terrible claws
– seaweed on cheddar cheese for his terrible eyes

Tzippy:
– rice dyed with curry powder
– ham for her face
– kamaboko for his terrible teeth and terrible claws
– pasta with ketchup for her hair
– seaweed on cheddar cheese for her terrible eyes
– seaweed for her face

Other food:
– lettuce
– renkon (lotus root)
– soboro
– asparagus
– broccoli
– snow peas

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

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bento#31 Totoro snowman January 29, 2009

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After I posted “how to make a Wall-E sandwich” on December 21, I started getting a lot of traffic to my blog, my flickr and my boyfriend’s flickr. At the time, I was still writing about my older bento on my blog and using my flickr to post pictures for my blog, so I decided to make a bento for people who were visiting my boyfriend’s flickr blog to see my latest bento. My boyfriend and I were on a vacation this day, but it was a Christmas eve, and I wanted to make something special. Which character did I pick?

Bento #31: Totoro snowman
Created and eaten on: 12/24/2008

I wanted to make a winter themed bento, so I made Totoro, medium-Totoro and mini-Totoro making a Totoro snowman! I’ve made Totoro with rice and mini-Totoro before, but I’ve never made medium-Totoro before because he was blue… But since this was a special occasion, I really wanted to make all three Totoros. So I gave up trying to make medium-Totoro in blue, and made it in green (with lettuce).

To let it snow in my bento, I made an egg sheet (see “how to make an egg sheet”) and put it in a bento box so snow would stand up. I put soboro (ground beef cooked with soy sauce and sugar) at the bottom of the bento box to for ground, and broccoli over it.

Then I made Totoro out of rice with black sesame seeds and cheese. (see “how to make Totoro”) I used kamaboko (fish cake) and seaweed for his eyes and mouth, and cheese for his stomach instead of rice for this one, because this Totoro was a lot smaller than the other Totoro I made with rice. I made snowman Totoro with rice, seaweed and carrot. For its arms I cut a potato and fried it.

I made mini-Totoro with a quail egg, seaweed and kamaboko as usual. (see “how to make mini-Totoro”) Then I shaped potato salad I had made the night before into a ball, wrapped it with a microwaved lettuce leaf, and stuck small pieces of broccoli on as his ears. Lastly I put cheese and seaweed for its stomach and mouth, kamaboko and black sesame seed for its eyes.

I cut cheese with a circle cookie cutter and straw for the snowflakes. (see “how to make a snowflake” ) But the cheese was too thin and weak for itself, so I put ham underneath. (I even used the little cheese circle pieces I got from making the snowflakes in the bento!)

Maybe because I had made rice ball Totoro and mini-Totoro so many times before this bento, I could just focus on finishing the bento. I didn’t try anything new for this bento except snowflakes, but I still had good time making this one. I love how everyone is looking at the snowman Totoro! (Funny what tiny black circles can do :D)

Totoro: (see “how to make Totoro”)
– rice with black sesame seed and salt
– kamaboko (fish cake), cheese and seaweed

Medium-Totoro:
– potato salad wrapped with lettuce
– cheese and seaweed for his stomach and nose
– kamaboko and black sesame seed for his eyes

Mini-Totoro: (see “how to make mini-Totoro”)
– quail egg
– kamaboko and black sesame seed for his eyes

Snowflakes: (see “how to make a snowflake” )
– cheese on ham

Snowball Totoro:
– rice
– seaweed for its face
– carrot for its ears and nose

Other food:
– egg sheet (see “how to make an egg sheet”)
– soboro (ground beef cooked with soy sauce ad sugar)
– broccoli

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

bento#30 Raving Rabbid bento #2 January 27, 2009

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I felt defeated after making my Moyashimon bento. I wanted to make a kyaraben, but I was feeling lazy (as usual)… So I started thinking of what I could make with what I had in the fridge with a minimum amount of effort.

Bento#30: Raving Rabbid bento #2
Created and eaten on: 12/16/2008

I’ve made “Raving Rabbids” charaben before, but I used the cookie cutter I made and it was very abstract. So this time, I decided to make a more obvious Rabbid bento.

I knew the rabbid would be mainly rice, so I needed to make the background color something other than white. I mixed vegetables mix with rice, curry powder and ketchup, and put it in the bento box for the background. I put plastic wrap over the drawing I did, and shaped the Rabbid with plain rice. Then I cut ham and kamaboko (fish cake) for the inside of its mouth and teeth. I’d already done this in “Sleeping Totoro” and “Flying Totoro”, so it was fairly easy. I also made ears with kamaboko and ham, and stomach with ham. For its eyes, I used a hole puncher to cut out the pink part of kamaboko, white part of kamaboko, tomato skin, seaweed and put each of them slightly off from each other so you could see each layer. Then I cut a circle of the pink part of kamaboko in half and put it on the one of the eyes to make it a “twitchy eye”.

I had made Japanese style hamburg the night before, and I kept some meat uncooked. So I made a couple of dome-shaped meatballs with it, fried them in oil, and put sauce on for the plungers. Then I cut a potato and fried it for the plunger handles.

I put the meatball plungers at the bottom of the bento box with fried potato handles, and made the Rabbid hold the plunger.

I boiled some broccoli and put it between the plungers and rice. After it was done, I thought it lacked color, so I added some carrot flowers (see “how to make vegetable flowers).

This one took less time than my usual bento, but that doesn’t mean I was satisfied with it. I wanted to do a lot more to this bento, but I just didn’t think I had enough time to do it, so I just didn’t even try. I usually work on my bento until very last minute, but I can tell when I had absolutely no chance of finishing it. As a result, I think this bento came out very plain. I’ll upload the sketch for this one later, but I originally had a toilet and Rayman in my sketch…

Oh well. I do like the twitchy eye though. 😀

Rabbid:
– rice
– ham and kamaboko for its ears, mouth and teeth
– kamaboko, tomato and seaweed for its eyes

Plunger:
– Japanese style hamburg and fried potato

Other food:
– rice with curry powder, ketchup and mixed vegetables
– carrot flowers
– broccoli

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