So normally I don’t consider myself a charaben maker. They’re adorable but I’d feel a little silly opening one up at work. My daughter wasn’t really looking forward to going back to school after break, so I thought now would be the time to break out the “cute” skills and try my hand at a bento that might cheer her upon her first day back.
If you like charaben and haven’t checked out Yum-Yum Bento Box: Fresh Recipes for Adorable Lunches I’d recommend it. It’s a great way to get started in learning how to form characters and it includes step-by-step instructions to make all the bentos pictured in the book. My only complaint with it is the lack of a recipe index. There’s a short recipe section in the back but doesn’t include all the recipes in the book. For example, if you want the miso chicken recipe you have to flip through the whole book to find the bento that included it instead of having some way to look up what page it’s on. Other than that minor problem though, I love this book and use many of the recipes for sides in my daily bentomaking.
There’s a supercute snowman bento in the book and it seemed like a good choice for a chilly winter day. My daughter detests nori so I dad to try to come up with something else to make the snowman’s features out of, so I went with some sesame seeds. The scarf is made from fruit leather, and the little bells are made of cheese with sesame seed eyes. I snuck nori mouths onto them to see how it would go over, and I didn’t get any complaints so I think I may try more nori bits in her bentos for decoration in the future.
The bento box came back completely empty and V told me how happy Frosty made her, so I may have to make charaben a more frequent choice for her lunch.
I’m having my first giveaway! Recently I had a chance to sample Madhava’s Organic Coconut Sugar through the Mom’s Meet program and really enjoyed it. We were concerned it would make everything we put it in taste like coconut, but it just tasted and had a texture similar to turbinado cane sugar. It was great in coffee and for baking; the only application it didn’t seem suited to was mixing up powdered drink mix, it gave it an odd flavor. So my readers can try it too, I’m giving away a 5.5 oz. shaker to two readers. All you need to do is comment on this post and let me know what you’d like to see in the future, and include your email address. One entry per person please! If the winner happens to also be a twitter follower I’ll include a little something extra as a thank you gift. I’ll accept entries until Noon on Sunday, January 15th. Good Luck!