I’m sure you can tell that I don’t photograph every bento I make, nor do I even photograph only the best ones. That wouldn’t help anyone but my own ego. My goal was to make people see that bento doesn’t have to always be the best or the fanciest. It just has to be a little bit of everything — protein, starch, veggie, fruit, maybe a little treat — and there has to be some effort, not even a lot, at visual appeal.
You recognize mini-apples, eggs, cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, and green seedless grapes. You probably also recognize the little dipping sauce cup, and you know that there's rice under all of this that you can see. But do you recognize the little beige and golden-brown balls at the top?
The little egg-like balls at the top of the bento in the above picture are from this yellow bag. They're peanuts, wrapped in something kind of crunchy, flavored with various things -- wasabi, seaweed, sesame, and other things I can't identify. They're yummy. Akim loves them.
What, you expected something different? Come on, you know there's going to be some kind of fruit and a Jell-O pudding pack.
I finally got that green bento box carrier. Guest appearances by my stand mixer and my food processor, who are singing backup in this number.