Nothing Finer than Living in North Caroliner

Nothing Finer than Living in North Caroliner
Blue Ridge Smoky Mountains

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Day 246 - Don't Play With Your Food Bento!

 Today, take the time to do what your mother always told you NOT to do.  Play with your food.
Click here to see how to make a bento box:

Stars, moons, hearts and chili peppers!

Gabriele and Malte spent two hours of their weekend at a beach clean up.   It was the right thing to do.  Taking care of the earth that gives us great pleasure.  The beach provides water, fish, recreation, great sunrises, photo opportunities, bird watching and relaxation.  I was proud of them for giving back to this side of the world and thought I'd make them a bento box.

A bento box is: Bento (弁当 bentō?)[1] is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento consists of rice, fish or meat, and one or more pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box-shaped container.  Bento can be very elaborately arranged in a style called kyaraben or "character bento". Kyaraben is typically decorated to look like popular Japanese cartoon (anime) characters, characters from comic books (manga), or video game characters. Another popular bento style is "oekakiben" or "picture bento", which is decorated to look like people, animals, buildings and monuments, or items such as flowers and plants. Contests are often held where bento arrangers compete for the most aesthetically pleasing arrangements.

So Bento is actually a style of animation or picture in the Japanese culture...Since Gabriele and Malte were my "stars" for doing this, I made them peanut butter and jelly...stars with grape moons. There was no animation, just appreciation for what they did!

Try it, you will feel like a kid just trying to make one.  And if you get to eat it too, you can play with your food.  Most people don't get a chance to do this.  Here is a link to my website that shows the history, importance and video of how to make Bento Rice:

Thank you for cleaning my neighborhood Malte and Gabriele!

I eat merely to put food out of my mind.  ~N.F. Simpson

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