In which Eve goes Bento-crayzee

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Panda Bento

I finally went shopping today and bought rice and vegetables and various other things with which I plan to sustain myself. I believe the last time I went grocery shopping was over a month ago. This speaks to my ability to packrat non-perishables; there is two-year-old spätzle in my pantry that I don’t have the heart to cook because it’s store bought :(

Anyhoo, I made the mistake of buying brown rice, which took 45 minutes to cook. On the up side it was healthy, surprisingly tasty, and paired with the most delicious Thai curry I have made to date. Pretty much the only food I put effort into now is curry. If I don’t want to make anything it’s No Name sidekicks or canned soup, which is why I think I’m going to have to start taking multivitamins. But that’s not what I was planning to talk about today.

I always thought that Bento boxes were austere Japanese dishes steeped in tradition and made out of scary things with tentacles. I was wrong about everything but the tentacles. The modern Bento box is pink, cute, and covered in Sanrio characters. I have found a new lifestyle in which to sink my money and time. Cute egg molds! And I don’t even really like eggs.

Here are some of my favourite Bentos on Flickr:

Kuririn Bento

Fall Bento

Bento

There’s a bento box group on Flickr, but some of the pictures on there aren’t the most imaginative or nutricious.

Via Miss Wooly.

My next challenge: Gyoza or Jiaozi. Delicious Dumplings. Some recipes: Un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept, huit, neuf!

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  • http://www.westcoastgirl.com WCG

    Wow. I don’t even like myself enough to spend that much time on making shapes out of food that I’m just going to make tooth-mark-shapes in moments later. If I ever have children, I predict that there is no way that I’ll love them enough to do this either. Is there something wrong with me?