This is one of my earliest attempts at bento. I knew that it required protein, vegetables, and starch, but I wasn’t sure about how to get all those things to happen in a visually appealing way.
Top row: Fancy toothpicks spearing craisins and dried apricots, in paper muffin cups. Green stuff: Green sushi 'grass'. Middle: Baked turkey meatballs. Bottom: Oven-baked falafel.
Top layer: Soy sauce packet, hot mustard packet, carrot sticks.
Mott's Natural Apple Sauce, Jell-O Pudding Pack. For those who know we keep kosher, the pudding and apple sauce are for Akim's breakfast, while the contents of the box are for lunch. There was no mixing of meat and dairy in the same meal, I promise. The furoshiki (cloth which ties up a bento box or a gift) is just a pretty rainbow bandana.
The process of creating this box was fun, even though the results were neither visually spectacular nor as tasty as I’d have liked for them to be. However, Akim seemed to like them, so I kept making them.
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