I decided to take up making bento.
Anasazi Beans, rice balls, green peas with goji berries, asparagus, dried mangos, sesame seeds
Now why in the world would I do this? Aren't my hours in the kitchen thankless enough without spending THAT MUCH TIME making bento? To chop and mix and form and mold little beautiful platters of food, only to have them "unappreciated"?
For one: I'm obsessed with these little boxes. I've always thought they were cool. I love tins and containers and boxes already... it only makes sense that I would be drawn to something similar FILLED WITH BEAUTIFUL FOOD!!!
For two: What am I going to do? Give up things that I love? Give up creativity? Give up taking time to prepare meals for my loved ones? (even if they go untouched)
NO! I can choose to fill them with things I know the kids will love. They aren't as picky as Mr. Bland McPickPick, and they even appreciate the color and design.
Don't laugh at my Take and Toss bento boxes... The real ones I ordered from Japan won't be here before these leftovers go bad, so... I made do.
Potato cakes, bean & rice balls, egg, carrot, tomatoes, blueberries
It may not get eaten... but at least this food has been enjoyed before going in the garbage.
Sagan ate this one for breakfast.
potato cakes, asparagus & boiled egg
I ate this one for lunch.
Tilapia, carrots, rice, asparagus
Ember ate this one for lunch.
Fish, dried fruit, rice balls, green peas
I made this one for that guy who hates my cooking.
Tilapia, rice, asparagus, eggs, mushrooms, carrots, peas, dried fruit
He will probably just leave it in the car or something. :-/
Stay tuned as I get better at this bento thing. Maybe before I know it I can create something like this:
Wish me luck!