Better Bentos Week Three
Since Etta's school had family day on Sunday, Monday was a day off. That means only four days of making bentos. I wanted to keep up the trend of making new things for the bento so here's what I made.
Tuesday: I hung out with Aya last week and she showed me pictures of the bentos she's made for Riko. She's lucky, she only has to make them once a week. But, I suppose that's what happens when you pay for private school! She gave me the idea for Tuesday's menu, makkuro kurosuke decorated salmon onigiri. If you are unfamiliar with them, you need to watch Totoro, one of our favorite Ghibli movies (and the girls' too). Accompanied with a quail egg decorated as a pig, steamed asparagus and sausages with Hello Kitty pictures (only in Japan would you see that!), carrots, and kiwi.
Wednesday: Since Chloe and I left for Atsugi Navy Base Tuesday afternoon, I had to make Etta's bento the day before. I made a wakame onigiri that looks like a frog, sausage and quail egg sunflowers, anpanman potato, veggies, and kiwi.
Thursday: I felt like going out of my comfort zone and trying something really Japanese. I made a thin omelet that I wanted to cover salmon and rice with but have a cute cut out. My first one fell apart and this one didn't hold together very well. You probably can't even tell what animal it's supposed to be, it's a bird. I was fortunate to find some blackberries at the Atsugi commissary so Etta got to eat those along with steamed veggies and an octopus shaped sausage.
Friday: I want to kick myself. That bento was on the table for about 10 minutes while both Etta and Chloe both stared at it. But, I got side tracked and forgot to take the picture before putting it in her backpack. I broke down and finally made the cat onigiri Etta's been asking for. I suppose that means I'll just have to make it again soon so I can get a picture and blog about it.
Hope you've found some inspiration in making a unique bento for yourself or a loved one.