Every morning I tried to come up with a bento that is different both in appearance and taste from the previous day, in order for our ever growing girl to enjoy a variety as well as a daily small surprise of opening this treasure-box like bento container. Despite my effort however, the bentos yesterday and today look quite alike, which I noticed after looking at their pictures.
Grilled fish bento on 11/May/17
Chicken soboro bento on 12/May/17)
Tastewise they are different, but because of the combination of four colours (brown, bright orange yellow, bright red and bright green) they both look pretty much the same… Next time I’ll omit the bright red and see what happens.
Once I packed all the food I had planned to put in my daughter’s bento in the morning, it looked like this (ignore the white circles, that’ll come later).
It made me feel something was still missing, it wasn’t lively enough for a little girl’s lunch box. Usually I put a cherry tomato, but I ran out of it in my fridge. Instead I added two slices of steamed carrot cut out in flower shape (from the freezer), and two cucumber sticks. Look at what a big difference it makes by just adding two colours in the bento box.
If you make bento daily, I highly recommend to stock up this steamed carrot in your freezer. It becomes very handy for an emergency situation like this morning. I use Le Creuset steamer and use cookie cutters to cut out in different shapes.
Menu: Grilled Medai fish, Tofu omelet, Steamed pumpkin, Steamed cabbage mixed with sesame furikake, Steamed carrot, Cucumber sticks, Rice with nori seaweed
Apple for dessert