Wonky Veg & Fruit box – cake…

Just a quick post to show (off 😉) the wonky veg & fruit box cake I made for Oddbox’s Supper Club last week.

The cake itself was a chocolate cake and all the decorations were edible 😋


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Carrot Kitty

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Made a very simple bento today, but added some cute kitties!

They are easy to make, just take a slice of carrot – you can either use it raw or cook it for a few minutes – and cut out a small triangle at the top. I used some egg white and nori to create the eyes and face details.

I think the kitties are eyeing up the prawn dumplings ^*^

Minion Bento

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“Wave”, I’m back 🙂

Very busy in the last few weeks, didn’t make any packed lunches at all, but really wanted to make this Minions Bento because of the movie.

I don’t always have time to make kawaii (cute) bento, as they are quite time consuming. But I am always full of admiration of two few bento bloggers I follow who both make kawaii bentos:

  • Little Miss Bento: Shirley Wong has been making bento’s since 2011 and is also a certified instructor in Kazarimakisushi = sushi roll art. Her bentos always look amazingly pretty and cute. She has published a Kawaii bento book and will soon be publishing another book focused on making sushi roll art. I only ever attempted to make Kazarimakisushi myself (see here), but would love to learn more about this so will put her book on my wishlist…
  • Bento Monsters. Ming is a mother to 2 boys and started making bentos in 2008, focusing on character bentos in 2011. I love how her bentos are always so creative and how she manages to make all these amazing looking characters from rice, potato or bread.  She also has some great tutorials, for example the one I followed to make these Hello Kitty steamed buns.

My Minion Bento above is my attempt to recreate this Minion Food Art that Bento Monsters posted a few weeks ago. She actually made several Minions, but I thought these were the easiest to recreate with the ingredients I had at home.

The rice is coloured with cooked egg yolk (I wasn’t quite sure how many eggs I would need as I had never used this mixture before, these are 2 yolks for about 1.5 cup cooked rice), and the details are made with courgette, nori, egg white, radish and parsley.  I don’t have a lot of patience, hence the lumpy legs/arms but still…definitely Minions 🙂

Side dishes are courgette strips, strawberries and some dumplings.

 

This blog post is part of my attempt to clean up my Blogs I Follow list

Boy & Girl and egg sheet decoration

Boy and Girl

Following the carrot flower tutorial in my previous post, this is the bento where I used them!

I also wanted to give some more tips on how I made this bento, and how I used egg sheets for the hair details. Below are some photo’s of the stages whilst packing (apologies for the shadows, it’s difficult to make good photo’s at the moment because I don’t have enough natural light in the kitchen plus I am using my phone).

The egg sheet details have been cut out using food cutters (once again, you can buy these at the bento shops mentioned on the page where to buy Bento products). I’m always trying to think “out of the box”,  for example using the tip of the butterfly cutter to cut out little hair details, or the small cloud cutter to add detail. Food cutters can be used to create a variation of shapes by combining different cutters, or by using just a part of the cutter. I also used a straw to cut out the little red “cheeks”.

You can attach the egg sheets to the onigiri with some uncooked very thin noodle or spaghetti (see photo with the red egg sheet / hair decoration). The moisture in the rice will “cook” the noodle/spaghetti so it’s edible by the time you eat it. The other face details were made using nori (and nori punchers).

As with the carrot flower tutorial, I will include a link back to this post once I have created a new page about Dosirak/Bento packing and decorating tips….

See the photo’s below for more details (I added a short caption as explanation, this should be visible when you “hoover” above the photo) .

Carrot flowers

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Some readers have been asking me how I make the carrot flowers, so I made a small tutorial.

(I will add a link to this post on a new (to be created) page which will have more tips on how to pack/decorate Dosirak/Bento)

Carrot flowers are very easy to make, and a great way to decorate your lunch.

Basically:

  • You peel a – fairly thick- carrot and slice it in 5-6 mm slices.
  • Cook the slices for 1 min
  • I have a special flower cutter (bought mine at Japan Centre, but you can buy them at different shops, see also my page on where to buy Bento products), once the carrot has cooled down a bit, just cut the flowers
  • The petals are created / emphasized by cutting out small wedges with a knife
  • That’s all!