Today I am joining my Bento Bloggers & Friends on this Winter Wonderlunch themed bento hop. Please use the button at the end of this post to continue through the rest of this 13 blog hop.
This snowflake themed lunch was simple but special and satisfying.
Snowflake Salad: Lettuce, hazelnuts, blackberries, cheddar cheese, snowflake crouton (wheat bread, snowflake made with pastry cookie cutter and stamp brushed with butter and baked at 350 for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned, after baking I used a little bit of blue food safe marker to highlight the details)
Snowflake Crackers: Wheat Thins Holiday crackers
Snowflake: Plain Greek yogurt frozen and cut with snowflake cookie cutter, blueberry Greek yogurt
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Sometimes I don’t know what inspired a particular theme. In this case, I know that I wanted to do another shaped bread. I also wanted to make a holiday themed lunch. Somehow I came up with candy cane. Again, I was fortunate for my cutter collection as I had a mini candy cane cutter.
Candy Canes: Homemade french bread dough with a little cherry juice in one half. I did not want it to taste too much of cherry so the color difference is subtle. Mini candy canes (cheddar cheese with food marker details)
Mini Candy Canes: Apple
Vegetable: Radish with actual candy cane
When I put a call-out for shaped bread suggestions, a friend suggested that I make giraffe shaped bread. I was up for the challenge. When I told my Mom about it she suggested that I make a Mom and baby. My baby did not turn out as small as I would have wanted but I still think it is cute. During the process of making this lunch I remembered that I had mini giraffe cutters. Thanks to my cookie cutter collection, I was able to make giraffe shaped carrots.
Giraffes: The Mom and young giraffe are made from homemade french bread dough, with food marker details (after baking), background and vegetation in front (snow peas), cheddar cheese
Fruit: Dried apricots
My 9 year old nephew requested the theme of this lunch – Pyramids. He wanted the background to be tortillas to look like the desert. I broiled mozzeralla cheese on the tortilla chips and then transferred them to my EasyLunchboxes. I happened to have a Pyramids cookie cutter. It came in a set with the Eiffel Tower I bought for a recent Paris Party. So this ended up being an easy but fun lunch.
Desert: Tostitos Thin & Crispy Tortilla Chips with mozzarella cheese melted on top, cashews
Pyramids: Raspberry jam on wheat bread, food marker details
As a vegetarian, the holiday of Thanksgiving does not thrill me. Some years my family has prepared ethnic vegetarian food instead of the traditional turkey. Usually my focus for cute Thanksgiving themed food is the cornucopia made out of bread. This year I wanted to make a turkey themed lunch and use my turkey cookie cutter. So I made a vegetable turkey. I hope that you can tell it is supposed to be a turkey. I was very pleased with the look and taste of my Three Sisters vegetable side dish. I actually heated this in a microwave before eating. The applesauce was good warm.
Turkey: Broccoli turkey (I filled a cookie cutter with broccoli and packed rice around it), assorted mini peppers for body, eye (food marker), Nishiki rice with some paprika sprinkled on top
Fruit: Applesauce with some cinnamon
Three Sisters: Corn, kidney beans, and zucchini. The traditional 3 sisters squash is winter squash. I used green summer squash for my squash because they looked good at my grocery store and it is easier to cook than fresh winter squash. I enjoyed the combination.
Today was Charles Schultz birthday. I was a fan of Peanuts when I was a child. When I found these cookie cutters at Michaels. I knew that I had to use them in a bento lunch. I placed hot cooked Nishiki rice in each cookie cutter with a spoon, then I used plastic wrap to press down to pack the rice. I carefully pushed the rice through the cutter. Charlie Brown was easier than Lucy because he only has one arm.
This was my first time using this set of special cutters for facial features. It worked fine with spinach leaves. I used special tweezers I reserve for food to place the tiny features. I cut some of the features with small scissors.
These were so cute and special to eat!
Container: ECO Lunchboxes
Charlie Brown & Lucy: Cooked Nishiki rice packed in cookie cutters (pushed down with plastic wrap), spinach details
Fruit: Pomegranate seeds
Vegetable: Broccoli, radish, spinach leaves (underneath)
I first read The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes several years ago. My niece was part of a team that competed against other schools with book trivia. Each team was provided with a list of books to read. I read the same books and helped my niece prepare for competition. The Hundred Dresses was on the book list one year.
The book is about the emotional journey of a girl named Maddie. A girl named Wanda is in her class. Wanda wears the same blue dress each day but says that she has 100 dresses in her closet – “all lined up.” Maddie’s friend teases Wanda everyday. Maddie stands by quietly and allows this to happen. I won’t say anymore about this story. I recommend that you read it. I love this book, it has a great message. I read this again in preparation for making this lunch. My drawings are not nearly as nice as the illustrators and I only drew four but I enjoyed making this lunch.
Main: Cheddar quesadilla with dresses drawn with food marker (more quesadilla underneath)
Fruit: Clementine with “Be Kind” drawn with a dry erase marker. I included this reminder because many of us (myself included) could probably use this reminder from time to time. It is a message in the book.