Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Adai-Lentil Crepe Bento

Again I wish I could come up with such whimsical name for my bento, or say that I was inspired to create an edible piece of , like so many of my bento making friends do. I used what I had left from my adai-lentil crepes or dosa. I posted how I made them here on The Tiny Skillet. They were full of flavor and very filling and healthy. I try to fill every nook and cranny...I scour my fridge, using all the little tidbits before they get lost forever...

I wanted to use my enoki mushrooms before they got soft, so I think it worked well here. Shaved carrots for color, champagne grapes, tiny mushroom patties, grape leaf rolls, feta, olives, carrots, and some Hello Panda biscuits with choco cream (our favorite). Sometimes you need dessert.

From in my front yard, this was early morning. As I was walking to go inside I...

...saw a row of these cactus blossoms almost ready to open. I'll try to get an after picture next time!
They guava looked so pretty when I cut it open I just had to share it with you (is that wierd?).

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Yum-Yum Bento Box ~ inspired butterfly bento

Yes, it's been awhile since I've posted and I am trying to keep up with all my bento blog friends out there. I feel especially bad because it took me so long to post about the book that I won from Lia on her blog Bentolicious. She was one of the first ones to post a comment when I first started doing bentos on my The Tiny Skillet blog. She was so kind and encouraging as so many bento bloggers are. I was absolutely thrilled that I won this bento cookbook it was my first one.
Written by Crystal Watanabe and Maki Ogawa. I knew Crystal or Pikko as she in known on her blog, from her blog Adventures in Bentomaking. I was excited to find out she was writing this book. (my first bento book) She is a whizz with the nori, I have never seen anyone that can cut nori like she can. I was flipping though the book for the umpteenth time, and thought...I could do this.

I had some bamboo rice and some cooked ground pork well seasoned with soysauce, oyster sauce, ginger, garlic and all the good flavors of Asian foods, that would work perfect for this. So I used a butterfly cookie cutter and celery for the body and I could use a lot of help for the antennae.

... a little tomato bits for decoration in the wings. Carrots, celery, and grapes! I sent along some dipping sauce for the veggies.
Thanks Lia and all you bento friends out there!