Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Hi internet,
I have a confession to make. I have a new addiction. It's called bento. It is a japanese art form for packing single portion meals usually with rice, fish or meat and vegetables. In Japan you can buy these meals ready made but homemakers spend extra time to make meals visually appealing and go to great lengths to make characters, shapes, etc... This is said to be as an expression of love for their family members as well. Google bento and you'll see what I mean.

Anyhow I feel like I have been in a rut with lunch ideas for hubby.... they aren't well balanced... alas a sandwich every day for 6 years gets old. He doesn't like to carry a bunch of stuff with him to work. So I found out about bento and now I am fixing efficient lunches and adding variety.

Hubby never complained about lunch before (what a great guy) and now says they are yummy and seems less hungry when he gets home. Now keep in mind I don't do exactly the japanese versions, this is just the idea adapted for what works for us. Also I have been coming up with exciting ways to present food to the kids that sometimes works, sometimes doesn't. So please indulge me when I present bento posts.

I love these containers they are called lock and lock. They are perfect for a sandwich and adding a few extra things to make your lunch a little more. I love that we reuse the containers and don't throw away foil or plastic wrap. I promised Hubby I wouldn't make anymore "turkey" character sandwiches. But hey it was just before Thanksgiving and somebody needed to see what cute things I could do! He commented that lunch was a little embarrassing and made him feel like a gradeschooler! I'll make it next year for the kids!


Buckeye Kinfolk said...

Fun seeing the post about your latest addiction. I'm glad you still like to play with your food.
Love, Mom

Michelle said...

Interesting post! I have been following a cooking blog with simple recipes and she is always posting pics of "bento". I never knew what bento was until you just explained it. I love the new way to express your creativity. For Christmas I received a mommy/kid cookbook with a lot of creative ways to display food and I can't wait to try it with Sydney. On the cover of the book is a hotdog cut to look like an octopus on top of noodles. Sounds kind of gross, I know, but I get excited about that stuff.

PS This year, I tried those salted dough ornaments to decorate a small tree for the girls this year. Have you done those before? Fun to make with kids and they last for years. Brought that up for next year since you don't have ornaments from home.

Jen said...

Had to laugh about Rob's comment "gradeschooler". I could just picture that the other people at work noticed and made fun. It is really funny...in a cute way...not critical. anyway...love it.

golonghorns said...

Actually no-one teased him, but he was worried someone would see it and say something about it. I think it was eaten quickly! :)