Since I’m in the process of moving from Livejournal/Greatestjournal to WordPress, I’ve got a few bento that I haven’t posted here yet. Since there are so few (I only recently got into the habit of photographing and posting them) I thought that it’d be a nice first post. Many of the photos look crap because my area of the country has been through some cloudy, rainy weather that forces me to either stay indoors or take photos in dim light. But enough jibba jabba. Time to break in the new blog! All hail the new flesh!
Here’s one of those crap photographs I mentioned. I’m not even going to defend it. The only reason that it’s been uploaded is to make a point. This bento is a fine example of a game that I find myself playing fairly often. I like to call it Iron Chef: Poverty Challenge. Skewered cubes of cheese, celery sticks, and tiny tuna sandwiches on a halved dinner roll. Oh, and High Chew.
Here’s the other half of the Poverty Bento. Boxed mac & cheese, more High Chew, and a single, lonely octodog speared through the head.
This bento I made for a bento-packing tutorial is another example of the extreme improvisation that happens when you have very little food to work with. Plain white rice with toasted nory and onion furikake, a half of an eighth of a corncob, and carrots. You’ll be so sick of carrots by the time this post is through. Just like I am.
The top half of the tutorial bento, with an equally shite photo. I’ve got tea eggs, maki rolls made with imitation crab (which is actually a variety of surimi) and yet more carrot. The blueberries and celery greens act as stabilizers in an otherwise barren bento.
An actual attractive bento photo, taken in glorious natural lighting. Even the food looks nicer. Again, the insidious carrots and celery find their way into my lunch. I don’t particularly like either of these things, but they’re often all I have to work with. This bento also contains cabbage pancakes (miniature!) and plain rice with some crispy nori strips.
Yet more carrots and celery! Accompanying them are two octodogs, some sliced kiwi, and more cabbage pancakes. You can also see a slice of cucumber in there!
The bottom half of my most recent bento, photographed on my furoshiki. Since my mother doesn’t really ‘do’ spaghetti sauce with vegetables in it, I decided to spice up these leftovers with some peppers, tomato, and onions before packing it up.
The top half, I think, is equally colorful and appealing. Bright pink watermelon chunks, crisp green lettuce, and bright yellow rolled omelet with flecks of green nori make up for the brown jam sandwiches. Unfortunately, I have yet to escape the carrots.
I may never escape the carrots.