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bento#42 Totoro parade April 4, 2009

Posted by AnnaTheRed in bento blog (all), bento blog - ghibli (totoro, etc...).
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I had been working on a sketch of a kyaraben for a week, but it just didn’t look like it’d work out, and I was feeling pretty bummed. (I can’t tell you what it is yet! I hope I can make it next week.) You know what always makes me feel better? Totoro!

Bento#41: Totoro parade bento!
Created and eaten on: 4/4/2009

I made tons of meatballs the other day, so I wanted to put them in the bento. But I’ve made meatball Makkurokurosuke many times before, so I wanted to try making something else. I was watching the opening credit for Totoro for inspiration, and saw something perfect… Acorns! There were also mushrooms and bugs, Makkurokurosuke, and chibi Totoro parading across the screen. It just made me want to make an Oh-Totoro (big one), Chu-Totoro (middle one), and Chibi-Totoro parade in the bento.

I put lettuce at the bottom of the bento box first, and put sauteed renkon with aonori (green seaweed) and regular sauteed renkon for the background. I cooked asparagus wrapped with bacon and put it on the right side of bento, so I could put Chibi-Totoro on it (to be the same height as other Totoro) and it’d look like plants. I cut the meatballs for the acorn top, and cut the end of sausage for the bottom. I didn’t want to waste the middle part of the sausage, so I made sausage flowers with them. After I boiled the sausage, I put the meatball on the top, and put it together with a toothpick. (I wanted to put it together with pasta, but I was all out. =/)

Then I made mushrooms with radish. I put a knife in the middle of radish, trying not to cut it all the way, and rolled it on the cutting board. I cut the one side for the stem, and made white dots by cutting small circles out of the skin.

After I made the acorns and mushrooms, I started making Totoro. I made Oh-Totoro with rice mixed with black sesame seed and plain rice using plastic wrap (see “how to make Totoro with rice”), and put him in the front of the parade. I microwaved lettuce, and wrapped potato salad with it, to make Chu-Totoro. For his ears and arm, I cut a small piece of a snow pea and stuck them in, and I put him behind Oh-Totoro. When I was taking food in and out the fridge, I realized that I had gyoza skins from the gyoza night. So I decided to use it to make his acorn sack! I just wrapped the left over meatball piece from acorns with the skin and put it on Chu-Totoro. (I knew the bento would be microwaved, so I didn’t cook the skin.) Then I made Chibi-Totoro with a quail egg as usual and put him behind Chu-Totoro. (see “how to make mini-Totoro”)

I cut seaweed into small thin strips and rolled tiny rice balls around in them to make Makkurokurosuke (see “how to make Makkurokurosuke”) and I put couple of them around Totoro. After all the Totoros and Makkurokurosuke were put in the bento box, I placed acorns, mushrooms, sausage flowers, and broccoli in the bento. I added a ladybug (also from the opening of Totoro) and carrot flowers for an accent.

Finally, I sliced kamaboko (fish cake) and cut out a lot of circles using a plastic cap, and placed them on each Totoro and Makkurokurosuke for their eyes. For the pupils I put seaweed on Oh-Totoro and Chu-Totoro, black sesame seed for Chibi-Totoro and Makkurokurosuke. I placed their eyes at the very end, because I didn’t want the seaweed to get saggy and wrinkly, or the sesame seeds to fall off.

My boyfriend ended up eating this at home after kung fu class for a very late lunch because I wanted to make it on Friday, but I ran out of time and couldn’t finish… I wasn’t too happy about the bento looking pretty brown because of acorns and sausage flowers. I wish I could’ve put sunflowers instead of sausage flower, but I think it came out pretty cute overall. I personally liked the acorn sack idea. It doesn’t have to be pork gyoza. You can put pretty much anything in it. If you made a one bite sack and put mixed veggie or edamame or anything, it’d be great for regular bento. (If you aren’t microwaving your bento, you can put it in boiled water for a couple of minutes to cook.)

"Aruko~ Aruko~ Watashi wa genki~"

– rice mixed with black sesame seed and salt, and plain rice
– seaweed on kamaboko (fish cake)
– seaweed for his whiskers

– potato salad wrapped with lettuce
– snow pea for his ears and arm
– seaweed on kamaboko (fish cake)
– meatball wrapped with gyoza skin for his sack

– quail egg
– black sesame seed on kamaboko (fish cake)

– rice with seaweed
– black sesame seed on kamaboko (fish cake)

– meatball and sausage

– radish

Other food:
– asparagus wrapped with bacon
– renkon
– lettuce
– broccoli
– carrot

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



1. shoppingmum - April 5, 2009

Your bentos are always awesome! I love this.

2. mkia - April 5, 2009

madam, I keep reading and I keep seeing how more insane and amazing and crafty your designs are

3. Argentee - April 6, 2009

So cute! You are a guarenteed smile during my work day.

4. Brad - April 7, 2009

This is so adorable and I can imagine how delicious it tastes!

5. Valentina - April 13, 2009

You’re AMAZING!! and have spectacular talent 😀 Your creations make me UBER HAPPYface 😀 Someday, I hope to make delicious bentos as wonderful as yours.

6. suzuakami - June 29, 2009

oh my god they’re so cute! i don’t mind the brown at all. it makes it look more foresty like. thanks for the recipe, 상큐!

7. yaguidesign - July 23, 2009

wow very nice post, i really like this food job, i want to post it in my blog
http://www.receitasa2.wordpress , can i ??

8. Jason Ruggles - September 12, 2009

So creative. Next project: Howl’s Moving Castle made from pasta! 🙂

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