Hey everyone! After much lurking on LJ and on blogs, and a trip to Little Tokyo a week or two ago, I've picked up bento-making as a hobby. Bento is the Japanese art of lunch-making in adorable containers. That's my one sentence nutshell, but Wikipedia probably explains it better than I do.
I thought I'd share my first two bento, and see if anyone else here was interested in the craft. I love cooking, so I'm hoping my new hobby will give me the impetus I need to do it more often.
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On the left are two brown rice onigiri (rice shapes, triangle in this case, mostly with filling inside, garam marsala'ed chicken in this case) surrounded by dried apricots. On the right is a half-assed baby spinach salad with grated gruyere cheese and some crackers I found for croutons. The apple is an apple.
This is a snack bento. That's another one of the same onigiri, some mini tomatoes, and a bear egg.
If you have made bento lunches before, I'd love to see them. ^-^
PS: I have no idea why べんとう is transliterated as 'bento,' but I keep getting yelled at when I write the technically more correct 'bentou.' Go figure.