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non-bento #18: rabbid sandwich August 1, 2009

Posted by AnnaTheRed in bento blog (all), bento blog - non bento.
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My boyfriend eats a snack before he leaves for his kung fu class on Saturday, so I decided to make this.

Non-bento #18: Rabbid sandwich
Created and eaten on: 8/1/2009

I used the cutter I made for Rabbid bento and Rabbid cookies to cut out bread. I cut ham and cheese with the same cutter.

I also cut cheese for his teeth and eyes.

DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!

DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!

I wanted to make more, but I only had two slices of bread.

It took probably about 5 minutes to make this sandwich. It’s easy and super quick character snack! (charack?) Maybe I should make more cutters. 🙂

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

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Anime Central 1 – I can has hedgehog sammich? May 7, 2009

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Why no bento blog?
It’s not because I’m lazy this time, but it’s because I’m on a business trip!

My boyfriend and I work for a post production company that licenses and releases Japanese anime, live action films, online card game (<-I’m in this game department now) and our company goes to many conventions throughout the year. It’s definitely fun to work at anime conventions, because we both love selling our products and just enjoy being there.

Anyway, we’re in Chicago, will be attending “Anime Central” from May 08 ~ May 10, so I probably won’t be doing bento related blog posts until I get back to the city. Instead, I’ll blog about the convention and anything interesting. I hope I can blog about food around here, but since usually these anime conventions are held in the middle of nowhere, there aren’t that much choices for food…

On the airplane to Chicago, we got a small sandwich, baby carrots, and a kitkat as a snack, so I decided to play with it.

First I played with it a little…

Oh Hai

OH HAI!

And I decided to play with it a lot.

I can has hedgehog sammich?

I can has hedgehog sammich?

The carrots weren’t the “best”, but they were fine. And we realized today’s date is May 7.

Best used is just a suggestion.

I wonder if they tasted better yesterday....

After we played with our food, we played some games.

My boyfriend was playing Space Invaders Extreme and I was playing Professor Layton 2: Pandoras box in Japanese

My boyfriend was playing "Space Invaders Extreme" and I was playing "Professor Layton 2: Pandora's Box" (in Japanese)

Sorry I haven’t answered some questions asked in the blog, I’ll reply to the questions on the blog and emails I received later!

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

how to make Mokona sandwich April 26, 2009

Posted by AnnaTheRed in how-to (all), how-to - characters (Ghibli, video game, Wall-E).
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I’ve gotten a couple of requests for kyaraben now, and I greatly appreciate anyone taking time to write me. But the thing is, I can only make what my boyfriend likes for kyaraben. It’s not that I won’t, but I really can’t. I have to “get “what I make.
Some people think I’m creative, but I’m really not! I’m just good at copying stuff in a nerdy way. In order to transform 2-D art into bento, I have to understand what makes it “it”. But some of the requests I got were anime related, and I’ve watched those shows, so I decided to make an exception, and do a how-to.

This was a request by an 11 year-old girl I received quite some time ago. Mokona is a rabbit-like creatures from CLAMP’s sister series Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, xxxHolic, and Magic Knight Rayearth. The first thing I thought of was a Mokona rice ball, but she mentioned that can’t get Asian groceries where she lives, so I decided to make it with bread.

[Mokona]
– white bread (I used two slices)
– ham
– seaweed OR crust OR blueberry skin OR chocolate (whatever you can get to make the eyes)
– ketchup OR tomato
– mayonnaise *optional
— strip of cut out plastic bottle (see “how to make Totoro peanut butter sandwich”)

Before you start, print out/draw/trace Mokona on a paper, and keep comparing your sandwich to the drawing. It really helps!

Even something like this helps a lot.

1. Use a strip of cut out plastic bottle to cut bread into a pear shape (2 pieces).

2. Use the strip of cut out plastic bottle to cut bread for the ears (2 pieces).

3. Use the strip of cut out plastic bottle to cut bread for the feet (2 pieces).

Tip: Keep comparing to your drawing/print out as you cut the ear and foot pieces.

4. Use the strip of cut out plastic bottle to cut ham slightly smaller than the ears (2 pieces) and put it on the ears. *You can put mayonnaise on the ham before putting it on bread, so it won’t shift around.

5. Use a plastic cap OR strip of cut out plastic bottle to cut ham slightly smaller than the feet (2 pieces) and put it on the feet. *You can put mayonnaise on the ham before putting it on bread, so it won’t shift around.

6. Using a plastic cap OR strip of cut out plastic bottle to cut bread out for the hands. Mold it with your hands if necessary.

It's easy to mold bread with your hands.

7. Put whatever you want between the body (I put ham). Then pinch the tip of the ear to make the bread flat, and put it between the body.

8. Cut a thin strip of seaweed with scissors for the eyes, OR use melted chocolate to draw the eyes.

9.
– If you are too young to use a knife (ask adults in your house if you’re old enough to use a knife), use a plastic cap to cut out ham, and put ketchup on it for the gem on the forehead. (I forgot to take pictures of this. Sorry!)

– If you’re old enough to use a knife (again, ask adults in your house if you’re old enough to use a knife), cut a tip of tomato (preferably cherry tomato). Trim with scissors if necessary. (Make sure you wash the blade with dish soap and hot water before you use it! I have a pair of scissors that are only for the kitchen.)

10.
– Punch a hole in seaweed with a hole puncher, then slide the hole puncher just a tiny little bit, and punch it again. (to make a ” c ” shape)

Punch it normally...

...and slide the puncher and punch it again...

...and it'll make a circle and a " c " shape.

Carefully place two " c " to make her mouth.

– OR cut ham with a butter knife to make her mouth.

I don’t know if you can call this a “how-to”, since there are lot of instructions like “cut like this”… I mainly used a strip of cut out plastic bottle to cut bread, but if you don’t have a plastic bottle handy, be creative and use stuff around you!
Also, I ended up using seaweed on my Mokona, but if you don’t have access to seaweed, look around and see which food you can use.

How to make Mokona sandwich on my flickr

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

If you have any questions about any of my how-to’s, please feel free to leave a comment or email me!