Bento 17 & 18 :Beloved Bento
The title of this post should really be cracking under pressure. Literally. Everything that could possibly go wrong DID. First the rice. It went completely wrong, not too sure if my rice cooker had given way at last or was it just this new bag of rice that I’ve grabbed. It was damp, but NOT sticky!! AAARGH!!
To top it off, this is the first time ever that I’m making a bento for someone other than myself and the hubs. Despite all the practice that I’ve been doing all week, my onigiris wouldn’t stick, my yakitori refuses to get all sticky, my coloring was SHOCKING, and then to top it all off – I had forgotten to buy fruits!! GAHH! So this is a no-fruit bento…thank god for mung bean mochi in my fridge!! I then proceeded to boil and color some eggs to pop into the egg mold – whaddaya know, the eggs were too small for the mold!!! So two eggs wasted, one semi-resembling a heart and another semi-resembling a bear. SIGH.
The winners’ prize
Top layer: Heart shaped onigiri stuffed with tuna soboro , carrot alphabets stuck on with mayo and brocolli to pad it out
Bottom layer: tofu,sweet potato and carrot flower blooms yakitori topped with nanami togarashi & sesame seeds, tamagoyaki with nori and topped with yellow pepper flower blooms , mochi with a blueberry.
This is how it looked like next to the matching cooler bag..
I also made one for Emma, the organiser who made this all possible and delivering the beloved bento to the winner due to my complete bonkers work schedule – I need to stop working. Did not have an extra bento box so popped it all in a takeaway disposable plastic box….proves that even a measly throwaway box is good for bentos – it really doesn’t have to be a pretty box! Although I am most definately partial to the double layered bento design – it just makes life soooo much easier!
Four heart shaped onigiri stuffed with tuna with carrot alphabets, tofu,sweet potato and carrot flower blooms yakitori topped with nanami togarashi & sesame seeds, mung bean mochi and red pepper blossoms.
So there you go. Beloved Bento. Learning points? Yeah, I should really make sure that I have time to do it all! In between packing to go away on holiday and work getting all crazy, I really shouldn’t be playing bento. I guess the one good thing is that my tamagoyaki turned out ok – yay! It’s not a fluke that I can actually make tamagoyaki..its true!!! After the fiasco with the not-quite-right eggs I was so glad that at least I have tamagoyaki to fall back on!
And oh, by the way, this is my LAST bento for two weeks. Yes, I am officially on hiatus from bento-making – off to the land Down Under for two weeks during Chinese New Year, in which I shall be eating restaurant bentos but not actually making them for myself. So there.
I will hopefully be bringing back with me of tales of hunting down bento gear from the land down under…wish me luck!