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bento#45 pink castle crasher and tom fulp April 25, 2009

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After I made the Castle Crashers bento, the image was posted in the forum on Newgrounds.com. Newgrounds is a flash game/animation site which was created and is owned by Tom Fulp, who is also one of the creators of Castle Crashers.
The members of Newgrounds saw the bento, and were greatly upset (in a good nerdy way) by the fact that I left out the Pink Castle Crasher. The Pink Castle Crasher only shows up in a very short flash game called “Castle Crashing: The Beard.” The game is “all about Tom Fulp’s commitment to not shave his face until his next console game, Castle Crashers, is completed.” (from the description of the game at Newsgrounds.com) It’s more like a parody game, and when you level up with all regular Castle Crashers, you turn into the Pink Castle Crasher! This smiling Pink Castle Crasher’s got a big lollipop weapon that makes rainbow streaks. Anyway, long story short, people decided to have a contest for an edible Pink Castle Crasher on the forum at Newgrounds. You can see the entries here. (People’s entries can be seen from page 2 and later) I’ve been enjoying everyone’s entry, but since I caused the mess (in their kitchen), I decided to make one too.

Bento #45: Pink Castle Crasher
Created and eaten on: 4/23/2009

Since the game only had the regular four Castle Crashers, tombstones, and Tom Fulp as the big boss, I decided to just recreate a scene from the game, the showdown between the Pink Castle Crasher and Tom Fulp.

I was out of renkon (lotus root), so I got daikon (Asian radish) from a market by my house, sliced it, sauteed it and seasoned with soy sauce, and put it on the bottom of a bento box. For the background, I mixed rice with “Chirashi-zushi mix”, and put it on top of the daikon. Chirasi-zushi is a type of non-fish sushi made with vinegar, carrot, bamboo shoot, shiitake mushroom, and renkon. (“Sushi” means a dish with rice mixed with vinegar and sugar, and it doesn’t have to contain fish.) Why did I use sushi mix? Because I wanted to use beef soboro (seasoned ground meat. See “how to make soboro“) I had it frozen as the ground, and Chirashi-zushi goes very well with soboro. I also knew I was going to use “sakura denbu” (pink seasoned shredded cod fish mixed with sugar) for the Pink Castle Crasher, and because it’s sweet, it’s often used to neutralize the vinegar taste in sushi rice. (It takes time to prepare Chirashi-zushi from scratch, so I used already-made one. :P) After putting the Chirashi-zushi rice, I put soboro for the ground, boiled broccoli for the bushes, and asparagus wrapped with bacon I had cooked the night before for the trees in the background.

If you’ve been following my blog, you probably know that I usually avoid making human characters for my bento. I’ve made several human characters before, that’s because they were cartoony enough that you wouldn’t feel too weird eating them, but Tom Fulp in the game looked more human than any other human character I’ve ever made.

After playing the game for a while, I realized that half of his face would be covered when he was shooting a laser beams from his eyes, so I decided to make him from the scene. I beat an egg and put a little bit of soy sauce in it to make it brown, and made an egg sheet. (see “how to make an egg sheet“) I traced the outline of his hair and beard on wax paper, put it on the egg sheet, and cut the egg sheet tracing with an exacto knife. I was very happy how well it came out!

He and his evil beard.

I put the egg sheet on ham and put it in the bento. I peeled the red part of a couple of fake crab meat, put it on a sheet of seaweed, and trimmed it to make it look like a laser beam. I put it on his face, made his eyes and teeth with kamaboko and seaweed. Then I made tombstones with konnyaku (yam cake).

For the Pink Castle Crasher, I made a barrel shape rice ball and made the body with plain rice. Then I rolled the barrel shaped rice ball in “sakura denbu” to make it pink. I made the white part of the face with kamaboko and fake crab meat. The fake crab meat across the face refused to stay down, and the both sides wouldn’t stay stuck to the side of the face. This was very frustrating. I should’ve probably carved kamaboko for that part, but I didn’t have enough time to make a new piece.  =/ I cut out seaweed using a seaweed puncher and put it on for the eyes and mouth.

See the left side is not stuck to the side of the head? arrrgh

See the left side is not stuck to the side of the head? arrrgh!

I made the body with plain rice, cut the pink part of kamaboko (fish cake) for the belt, and used a heart shaped cutter to cut out for the heard mark on the chest. I cut out seaweed for the boots and hands, put them on cheese, and cut the cheese around the seaweed for the arms and legs. I made the lollipop with naruto (fish cake that has a spiral patter on it) and kamaboko. I wish I could’ve spent a little bit more time on this. I wanted to make sparkles around the lollipop. =/

This bento seemed pretty simple when I did the sketch, and most foods were pre-made, but I that’s why I underestimated how long it’d actually take to make this. (again) The color palette of this bento was very washed out and orangey, and I could’ve done something to spice it up if I had more time. It looked unfinished. 😦  Even though I was happy with Tom Fulp’s hair, it came out lighter brown that I wanted. I recently purchased light soy sauce, and the color is a lot lighter than the one I was using before. So just a little bit of soy sauce didn’t change the color of egg that much. If I had put it too much to get the color I wanted, egg would’ve been runny… I think I’d have to purchase *”Tamari soy sauce” next time.

I sent the pictures of my Castle Crashers themed bento to Dan Paladin and Tom Fulp, the creators of Castle Crashers. I thought that it’d be cool if they’d check them out. So I was pleasantly surprised that they both sent me a thank you email almost right away! It’s nice to know that nice people are making your favorite game. I’ll definitely making more bento of their work in the future. 🙂

*”Tamari soy sauce” is a lot darker, not as watery, not as salty as regular soy sauce. It has a very smooth flavor and contains a lot more soybeans than regular soy sauce. In my hometown in Kyuushuu, you eat sashimi and sushi with Tamari and not with soy sauce, but I heard it’s not that common in other part of Japan. (Tamari is often used for Teriyaki dishes) I didn’t realize Tamari was anything special until I came to the U.S., and ate sushi with regular soy sauce, and was complaining to my friends how salty it was. Tamari is usually pretty expensive, so I wouldn’t use it for everything, but I think it’s worth to use it for sashimi, sushi, and coloring egg.

Anyway, the contest ends 4/26, tomorrow, so if you’re interested in winning a figure of a very rare Pink Castle Crasher, go for it!

Pink Castle Crasher:
– rice, sakura denbu, fish cake, fake crab meat, seaweed and cheese

Tom Fulp:
– ham, egg, fish cake and seaweed
– fake crab meat on seaweed

Tombstone:
– konnyaku (yam cake)

Other food:
– daikon
– chirashi-zushi
– soboro
– broccoli
– asparagus wrapped with bacon

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

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bento#44 animal orbs bento April 23, 2009

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After I made the Castle Crashers bento, I was pleasantly surprised by an email from Dan Paladin, the developer at the Behemoth (the studio that created Castle Crashers). He liked my bento, and told me that he was posting the picture of it on the Behomoth’s dev blog. (See here) I wrote in my reply to him that I wasn’t completely satisfied with the bento because I could make only one Animal Orb…

Bento #44: Animal orbs bento!
Created and eaten on: 4/22/2009

Animal Orbs are tiny animals that float around you and help you in the game by picking up items, attacking enemies, or gaining exp faster, etc… If you aren’t familiar with the game, Castle Crashers, all you have to know is that they are just painfully adorable. I’m not just saying this because the people at the Behemoth seem very cool, but those googly eyes and huge head are the key features of cuteness. I just had to make them out of food so my boyfriend could eat them.

First, I found images of all the animal orbs, I put a piece of paper on my laptop monitor, and traced each of them. Then I cut them out, and wrote down ones that I could make with rice, ones with meat, ones with lettuce. I know I should’ve picked which one to make first THEN traced them… But having all paper cutouts of Animal Orbs is pretty fun actually.

Anyway, as usual, I placed lettuce at the bottom of the bento box, and laid sauteed renkon on top of it. (I know I put renkon all the time,
but it’s really nutritious and yummy!)

There are total of 14 Animal Orbs in this bento, and I worked on all of them simultaneously, so writing exactly how I made this bento might be a little confusing, so I’m going to explain how each animal was made, each row, starting from the top left.

– Troll
I actually made this guy last. I made a small plain rice ball, cut seaweed into thin strips, and rolled the rice ball in it. Anytime when there’s small piece of seaweed is involved, it has to be done last. Because seaweed loves/hates moisture and it easily absorbs moisture
and gets wrinkly when it’s wet. I sliced kamaboko (fish cake) and cut out two circles with a plastic cap for the eyes, cut out seaweed eyes with a hole punch and put them on the kamaboko eyes. Then I sliced the pink part of kamaboko into a long rectangular shape, and cut tiny triangles and put them on the pink piece to make his mouth. But I found out later that the inside the mouth of Troll wasn’t pink…

Troll

Troll

– Scratchpaw
I mixed rice with curry powder and ketchup, and made a small rice ball. I also made ears with the same rice using a plastic sheet. For the stripes, nose, mouth and whiskers I cut out seaweed. I made the eyes with seaweed on cheese and put them on the head. For the pink part of the ears I cut a small piece of fake sausage (fish cake).

scratchpaw

Scratchpaw

– Bitey Bat
I made a small rice ball and wrapped it with seaweed, then made ears also with rice and seaweed. I peeled the skin of a red pepper, and cut out circles using a small plastic cap for his eyes. For his fangs I cut the pink part of kamaboko into a square, and cut out the white part. I added the “sparkles” in his eyes by applying mayonnaise with a toothpick. I realized later that I forgot his wings…

bitey bat

Bitey Bat

– Frogglet
I made a small ball with potato salad, and wrapped it with a microwaved lettuce leaf. Then I cut a circle out of the lighter green part of lettuce, put it on cheese, and cut cheese around it for Frogglet’s stomach. For his eyes I cut out cheese using a straw, and cut seaweed for the eyes and mouth. Then I sliced potato and cut it into the shape of the horns, fried them, and stuck them on his head.

Frogglet

– Owlet
I cut out cheese with a heart-shaped cutter and put it on a meat ball I had made. Then I cut a carrot for his beak, made eyes with seaweed on cheese and put them on the face.

Owlet

Owlet

– Snailburt
Originally, I was only going to make 13 animals, and wasn’t planning on making this guy. But I realized that I needed to fill some space, so I cut a sausage in half, cooked it, rolled it, and pinned it with a toothpick. Then I cut a small piece of fake sausage and stuck it on
the toothpick. For his face and mouth I put seaweed. For something that I made on the spot, I think this one came out pretty good. 😀 The only thing was the color of his neck.(?) It’s actually light brown/orange. Maybe I should’ve used potato.

Snailburt

Snailburt

– Cardinal
I carefully cut the skin of a cherry tomato and peeled it for the feathers on his head. For his face I cut seaweed and put cheese for his beak. Then I made his eyes with seaweed on cheese.

Cardinal

Cardinal

– Giraffey
I mixed rice with curry powder and ketchup, and made a small rice ball. Then I cut a meatball in half, and put it under the rice ball to make his nose. For his spots I cut seaweed, and made eyes with seaweed on cheese. Then I sliced potato and cut it into the shape of the horns, fried them, and stuck them on his head. I added the “sparkles” in his eyes by applying mayonnaise with a toothpick.

Giraffey

Giraffey

– Monkeyface
I cut cheese using a plastic cap, trimmed it for his face, and put it on a meatball. Then I cut seaweed for his mouth, and made eyes with seaweed on cheese. For his ears I cut a meatball in half, placed it next to his head, and put cheese on top of them. Then I cut a piece of meatball for the darker inside part of the ears.

Pazzo

Monkeyface

– Pazzo
I mixed rice with curry powder and ketchup, and made a small rice ball, and I also made ears with the same rice using a plastic sheet. Then for his face I cut out cheese with a big heart-shaped cutter. For his mouth and nose I cut seaweed for his, then made eyes with seaweed on cheese. I cut a small piece of fake sausage (fish cake) for the pink part of the ears, and cut the pink part of kamaboko for his tongue.

Pazzo

Pazzo

– Seahorse
I made potato salad into the shape of Seahorse, and wrapped it with a microwaved lettuce leaf. I cut snow pea for his hand (?) and things on his head, stuck them on, and put seaweed for his eyes and mouth. When I saw the pictures later, I realized that this poor guy was almost invisible in the bento. I think because I put lettuce all around the bento, and made Seahorse with lettuce. Also, for some reason, I didn’t put cheese under his eyes, and made his surface too flat. =/

Seahorse

Seahorse

– Hawkster
I cut cheese for his beak on a meatball, and made eyes with seaweed on cheese.

Hawkster

Hawkster

– Meowburt
I made a small rice ball and wrapped it with seaweed, then made ears also with rice and seaweed. Then I cut out cheese and seaweed for the eyes and mouth. For his nose I cut a small piece of carrot, and cut fake sausage (fish cake) for the pink part of the ears.

Meowburt

Meowburt

– Chicken
I cut red pepper skin for his crown, wattles (the red skin thing under beak, it’s called wattles! I googled it!) and tail. For his beak I cut cheese, and seaweed for his eyes.

Chicken

Chicken

Animal Orbs!

I think the mayonnaise sparkle on the eyes made a big difference. I only put them on Bitey Bat and Giraffey because their eyes were bigger than the others, but I think other animals looked fine the way they were. Each animal was pretty easy, but making 14 of them was a completely different story. I made 80 % of the bento the first day, but I couldn’t finish it… So I tried again the second day. I finished this bento 20 minutes earlier than the time I usually finish the bento the second day, but my boyfriend was sooo happy with it and there were so many details he spent 20 minutes longer to take pictures! So many characters and tons of work, but it was so very worth it. A very satisfying bento. 🙂

My boyfriend and I beat Castle Crashers, but we still haven’t unlocked a lot of characters, so we’ll be playing it for a while, hopefully unlock everything before the Behemoth’s new game comes out. (this fall-ish?) 😀

There are so much details for this bento, so please visit my flickr to see what food each character is made of!

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

kick in the head 2000th comic! April 21, 2009

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No bento blog today, but instead, I want to celebrate my boyfriend’s webcomic, kick in the head’s 2000th comic! (Make sure you read the comic for 4/22 too!) He’s been drawing a comic daily (except weekends) since 2003! And I think that’s pretty darn impressive. I’ve made bento of Dude, the main character from Kick in the head, twice, and steamed buns of him before, so I didn’t make Dude themed food, but I decided to finish a little plush of Dude I’ve been working on and gave it to him.

In his comic, Dude is easily irritated, but my boyfriend isn't. 😀

There’s a Japanese proverb “Keizoku wa chikara nari.” It means something like “perseverance is power.” Doing anything almost daily for 6 years definitely isn’t easy. (to me, definitely) That’s more than enough reason why my boyfriend deserves my bento and this little Dude plush! I hope I’ll be still blogging 6 years from now…

Bento #4: Kick in the head bento!

Bento #11: Kick in the head, Wii fit bento!

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