Just 3 more days before school starts here in Texas...and I am both excited and sad about it! I'm mostly excited because of the bentos that I'll be preparing for Clarise and Cherlin. This is the first school year that I will be doing this, so both the girls and I are looking forward to it. I just can't wait to see how far could my creativity go! If you read my post the other Friday, you know why I'm sad and I don't want to talk about it or else I'll be in tears again...so let me just share with you this cute bento that I made yesterday. Cherlin named it Happy Girl Bento. This is basically rice with buttered mixed vegetables and a happy girl's face made of squid ball with beef frank hair.
Bento #11: Happy Girl Bento
What's in it: Beef frank, squid ball, buttered mixed veggies
and rice with salmon furikake
For the beef franks, just cut some lines on them and then cook them in boiling water together with the squid balls until they are all heated through. Remove from heat and drain on a paper towel.
For the eyes and lips, I used this nori puncher. I didn't have nori so I just used romaine lettuce. :)
Then I sprinkle the rice with this Salmon Furikake. For those who aren't familiar with this, "furikake" is a Japanese condiment which is meant to be sprinkled on top of rice. It is a mixture of dried and ground fish, sesame seeds, chopped seaweed, sugar and salt. Salmon, egg, powdered miso and vegetables are often added to the mix. The one with salmon is our favorite.
I plan to do bento for the girls everyday starting next week as long as time permits me...so watch out for more bento ideas here! I'll be sharing them with you every Friday!