Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Doxie Box

Everyone who knows me knows that I'm dachshund-crazy. So, here is the first of what is sure to be many dachshund-themed bento lunches.

The doxie is a piece of nori (sushi seaweed) which I cut with an exacto knife. It actually didn't take as much time as you might think. It was entertaining while relaxing on Saturday night while Mr. Toro was up at school.

I cooked the rice with some grated carrot to give it some orange color (I was thinking that it would look kind of cool with the silhouette of the cutout...sunset-like if you use a strong dose of imagination) and, of course, to sneak some veggies in to the meal. The hearts (one for each doxie at home...awwwww...yeah, I have a problem) are carrots as are the hearts in the upper box.

The protein on the left is a Boca spicy "chicken" patty and it is accompanied by carrots and some seaweed salad.

This bento does emphasize to me that I really need to do some grocery shopping--I didn't have anything to add color that wasn't green or carrots...

Monday, March 30, 2009

Hearts and Flowers

First off, sorry about the lousy photo; I managed to leave my beloved iPhone at my sister-in-law's house over the weekend and had to improvise with my computer's built-in webcam. I'm a bit dismayed at how unappetizing the photo looks, but I'm sure we'll all survive this harrowing experience.

Today's lunch is prettied-up leftovers. The main box is turkey chili and corn casserole with flowers made from cheddar cheese (and scallion stems) with a green pepper butterfly.

The desert box probably serves no other purpose than to embarrass Mr. Toro at work--I may have had a little too much fun with my heart-shaped cutters. Regardless, it's granny smith apples and peanut butter with some mandarain segments and carrot hearts for color.

I have to say, it was pretty darned good chili...I use McCormack "Tex-Mex" spice mix and lean ground turkey, but also throw chopped onions and green peppers as well as grated carrot into the mix. Usually some diced summer squash makes it into the pan too, but alas, the veggie bin was sans-zucchini last night.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Daisy Lunch

Today's lunch was a little quicker than Butters (which was actually yesterday's)

The flower is made up of tamago-yaki (sweet egg, like at the sushi bar) with masago (smelt roe) for the center and a green onion stem and edamame leaf.

In the background is plain rice, dyed with a touch of food coloring. The 'earth' is wasabi furikake. The sun is an egg yolk, and the cloud is made of egg white.

In the other box is more tamago-yaki, some seaweed salad, and mixed seafood teriyaki.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


This is my first attempt at a Character Bento ('Charaben').

Mr. Toro loves Butters from South Park so I figured the design would be fairly simple to construct.

Butters' skin is made from turkey, his hair and eyes are eggs (yolks and whites, respectively), his shirt is salame, his pants are cheese, and all the detail work is in nori.