07 January 2008

Bento Takes Shape


Rice Molds
Easy as pie. Easier! On Sunday night I cooked 2 cups of brown rice, added some sweetened rice wine vinegar, made up all the balls and threw them in the freezer for quick morning lunch prep. Check out flickr.com to see what some ambitious bento-ing folks are up to. Unfortunately, adding nori (seaweed) to make characters out of the rice is not an option for me right now, as my wee one is currently insisting that not a speck of green will pass his lips, knowingly. (Thankfully this does not apply to large pieces of green as in broccoli).

Star and Heart Eggs
I have to say I was quite nervous about trying this but it's really easy. The hardest part is peeling the still hot hard boiled egg. My husband apparently has no feeling in his finger tips so this has turned into his job. Simply place the peeled hot egg upright in one half of the mold, place the other half on top, secure latches, and drop in cool water for a few minutes. VoilĂ . I used large eggs for my molds and they came out a little small which meant that the star actually looked more like a flower. Especially when I cut it in half lengthwise to reveal the yolk in the centre. Beautiful.

Mini Cookie Cutters For All Sorts of Foods
So far I've made hearts, stars, fish and cars out of cucumber, bell pepper, yam, potato, toast, ham and cheese.

New Skewers
Anything on a Skewer
Bentolicious I
Bentolicious II
Bentolicious III