Ok, so to get caught up on my previous bento pictures, I’ve got three more for you today. They’re not nearly as pretty, but they demonstrate the variety of things you can pack.
This first one is full of experimentation and bravery. The main dish is called yakisoba. ‘Yaki’ I’ve found to mean things that are sauteed or grilled, and soba are Japanese buckwheat noodles. I bought a kit that came with noodles and a sauce packet and had to add the veggies myself. The noodles came out chewy, and I didn’t know if that was right, so I’m going to try it again at some point. In the side container there’s a fruit salad of watermelon, green grapes and tiny banana stars. On the other side is some pepper jack cheese and a daifuku. Daifuku is a Japanese sweet cake that’s filled with red bean paste and is mostly made from sweet rice flour called mochi (which is also another name for the sweet). It’s very chewy and the dough is almost elastic so the texture takes some getting used to.
This one isn’t all that pretty, but it demonstrates a great idea: frozen foods. The three triangles are an idea I took from another bento blogger who does speedy bento tips in her blog. One of ideas was mini shepherd’s pies, which is exactly what these are. They were very tasty too. On the right we have nectarine slices, carrot sticks, a Reese’s heart, and a sliced egg. The egg was actually going to be an egg chick, but I botched it. Whoops. 😛
This is the last one right now, I promise. Here we have a sandwich roll with turkey, cheese, and spinach in a flour tortilla. I’ve since gotten better at these, holding them together with toothpicks. The thing in the corner is called a tea egg, and is made by hard boiling eggs, taking them out while they’re still warm, cracking the shell, and then simmering them in a mixture of black tea and spices. I just used a couple bags of Chai, because it seemed to have most of the spices I needed. The flavor is really subtle, and unusual to me because I normally like my eggs salty and this had a sweet taste. To the right we have cheez-its, a fruit salad, and in the Hello Kitty container is mustard for the sandwich rolls.
That’s all I’ve got right now. You’ll get at least one more on the weekend though, because I did a froggy breakfast bento earlier today. I’m just trying not to overload the bento happiness meter all at once.