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First Bento by crazed-fangirl First Bento by crazed-fangirl
The first real bento that I've ever packed! ^_^ I am quite proud of it.
It has in it, counter-clockwise from top right: Italian turkey sausage goyoza with a little sauce pig containing soy sauce, tuna goyoza with two sauce fish filled with mirin, two salmon-seasoned onigiri with star-cut kiwi in between, and a cup of star-cut carrots. Yummy "filler" food consists of a mini onigiri roll made from the leftover seasoned rice, and sliced red bell peppers.
I used mini cookie cutters (they were labelled as being for fondant but handled the carrots fine) to cut the carrots and kiwi into the cute little star shapes, and put a little plastic turtle pick in there to help with the kiwi - They're kinda slippery, so chopsticks might be a problem. The goyoza are from last night, and I packed them on paper towels and added a bit of baran grass as an extra soaking surface and to add a splash of green on that side. The silicone baking cups holding the star-cut stuffs are really flexible, and are also a good way to add filler. I had a bit of trouble organizing it, but once I saw how well the baking cups could bend it came together really well. My only regret is that I didn't pack the carrots in a blue cup, because orange and blue is Brian's favorite color combo. But, the red/green does tie together well all over the bento, so that's okay.

The thing with bento is that it's as much about how it looks as it is about nutrition. The bright colors from fresh fruits and vegetables are not only good for you, but good to look at. There are repeating shapes and textures, and the whole thing should come together as a whole. I tried to do that with the red cup and the red peppers, making the whole thing zigzag up to the carrots. I didn't need the baran grass in the goyoza boxes, but it ties in nicely with the green cup and makes the goyoza look better.
There's also a belief that the good feelings you put into making a bento are transferred to the one eating it. They're supposed to make you smile. It's kinda like putting a little love note in someone's paper bag, but on a grander scale. ^_^ I can understand that, because I knew it would make Brian smile, and it was really fun punching out all the little stars, even if it was a bit after 7 am.
Also, it makes me eat a healthy breakfast. I'm not going to toss the perfectly good little kiwi and carrot discs with the stars cut out of the middle away! I had kiwi for breakfast, with a bit of carrot, and shared them with the bunnies. There is nothing cuter in the morning than a bunny happily munching on a carrot or kiwi round that has a star punched out of the center.
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SaneTezz Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
any advice?
my husband recently got a night job and he takes his lunch or in the case dinner, I'm all about the getting a full meal but bento boxes always seem to have so much waste. What do you do with the left overs? you know the pieces that are cut out to make the shapes and such? i've got issues with wasting food as well as reheating food.
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crazed-fangirl Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Either I eat them, or I give them to our rabbits.
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SaneTezz Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah, guess i could snack while making it pretty.
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LaDork621 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
Are you supposed to eat onigiri cold or warm? Nice Bento! It's well put together! C:
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crazed-fangirl Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
You can eat them either way, but because it's a lunchbox item roughly the equivalent of a sandwich, they're usually eaten at room temperature. They keep in the fridge for a few days. If taken out of the fridge and put in a bento in the morning, they're just fine when lunchtime hits.
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LaDork621 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
Awesome! Thank you (: I made some last night for lunch today (no school today though) and i had put them in the fridge. So maybe i'll put them out a half hour before lunch! Thanks so much for the help!!
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mystique-vampire Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
omg... now i'm hungy! XD
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muirgheal85 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
I was randomly browsing the food section..... saw this and said, "hey, that looks neat, I'll take a look at it, see what this whole "bento" thing is about. lo and behold it's yours. of course.
lol, thought it was pretty funny!
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crazed-fangirl Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
*laughs* Wow! ^_^
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MajorTommy Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn! Now I'm hungry! again... ;)
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TeaganLouise Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is that gyoza I see? I think so. <3 I love gyoza, this all looks so yummy.
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crazed-fangirl Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yep, tis goyoza - Tuna, if I recall correctly.
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krazykohla Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008  Student Interface Designer
Looks AMAZING! Send one over in my direction ... (I'm quite hungry right now) >.<

Not only are you good at designing jewelry, but you're fantastic at aranging food!
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crazed-fangirl Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's the cooking part I can't seem to get right. ^^;
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krazykohla Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008  Student Interface Designer
It's alright, as long as Brian doesn't buy one of those "Joke Fire Extinguishers" when the kitchen starts on fire (Family Guy)
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crazed-fangirl Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
The fire extinguisher was one of the first things we unpacked.
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AnnamaeTezuka Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks well-made! :D
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crazed-fangirl Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I hope to make many more of them in the future.
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AnnamaeTezuka Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
:D You can do it! :D
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BloodyKisses56 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007
You are making me hungry
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crazed-fangirl Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hee hee... Sorry!
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BloodyKisses56 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2007
Its alright :)
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inObrAS Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007
Great work! :clap:
:lol: At us a similar breakfast [link] :nod:
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crazed-fangirl Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
THanks.
And wow, that does look like a lonely breakfast.
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inObrAS Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007
:hug: Brandy! :heart:
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ZachaBradoa Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007
mmm...yum...im hungry now!!! great job though!!
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crazed-fangirl Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yay, thank you! ^_^
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Amaya-Bambi Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007
That is so cool!!! and it looks yummy ^^
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crazed-fangirl Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Brian said it was quite yummy, too! ^_^
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Amaya-Bambi Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007
that's good ^^ where do u get the recepies?
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crazed-fangirl Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Here's some of my personal fav. sites - [link] - [link] - [link] - [link]
They're wonderful sites with a ton of info. The Instructable was my "main" recipie for the goyoza. Peek at my Flickr page if you haven't already, we did a few step-by-step things. Not experts, but things turned out yummy so we did something right.
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Amaya-Bambi Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007
ok i will thanks ^^ this should help me a lot. i'm trying to eat healthier.
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lehsa Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Kawaii!!!

You should watch this.
It's so funny about bento boxes:

Part 1:
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Part 2:
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crazed-fangirl Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
BENTO - SRS BSNS. :|
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justapaperdoll Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007
very nice =] where do you get your bento stuff? (boxes, sauce things, cutters, etc)
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crazed-fangirl Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
The bento box itself, sauce critters, baran grass and cute animal picks are from jlist.com - [link] Here's their bento stuff.
Granted, his box is HUGE (and quite expensive) compared to a normal-sized bento, but he's one of those skinny guys that always eats a ton of food. ^_^ The sauce critters and picks are pretty cheap, as is the baran grass.
The reuseable/washable silicone cups can be bought at Jo-Anne's or Bed, Bath & Beyond, which is where I got mine. You can probably get them in the baking/cake section of most craft stores. I found the mini cutters there, too, and they were actually pretty cheap. They were listed as "fondant cutters" and were a bit under $3 for a nesting set of three of the same shape. I'm sure a specialty cooking store would have them as well.
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justapaperdoll Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007
Ah! Thank yooou :heart: I have a little one that I got from ebay (complete with kiddy chopsticks :lol:) but both my fiance and myself are skinny kids that eat a lot, too :giggle:
I bet Michael's would be a good place to look for those then =}
Yay you're wonderful.
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crazed-fangirl Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yay! No problem. ^_^
It's useful to have a ruler with both inches and cm. around if you're shopping j-list for bento. Here's some more useful links if you'd like them - I love these websites, and they're a big inspiration!
Lunch in a Box - A blog with very useful information sections, including a listing of naturally anti-bacterial spices and whatnot - [link]
Bento Box! - Cute Sailor Moon Themed Bento Site - [link]
Cooking Cute - Plenty of pictues and recipies - [link]
Instructables: Crafting a Bento - This is where I got my main goyoza recipie. Also has good tempura instructions - [link]
Have fun!
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justapaperdoll Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007
Ooooooh! Thank you much :heart: As soon as I can get money out of the mother or the boy.... I shall definitely get things to play with ^-^
-ponders using scrapbooking hole punches for nori-
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crazed-fangirl Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Punches are great - I need more. I have pinking shears I hardly ever use, but now I'm oing to put some of my favs in the kitchen.
I know I have a kitty-shaped punch around here somewhere... *rummages*
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justapaperdoll Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007
:giggle: I have a kitty one! But it's a halloween kitty..I've got a heart and a leaf....and some others. I was on a scrapbooking kick...never finished a book o.o lol. At least they can be put to good use xp
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crazed-fangirl Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah - I have relatives who think that crafty people must all be able to and enjoy doing scrapbook, knit, crochet, quilt, sew, etc, etc... So I'm always getting random supplies as gifts. Not that I mind, as I usually find some use for them, but pinking shears? 0_o They don't cut metal!
They can cut nori, though.
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