There’s a cold front moving in today with gray clouds and cooler temperatures. It’s the perfect October and Halloween weather. All I want to do is cozy up on the couch with a thick blanket, a cup of tea, and a scary movie. I wanted to make a dark, stormy, and brooding bento to go along with the weather so I tried to stick with the darkest colors I could find in the kitchen.
In the bento: a jack ‘o lantern mandarin orange (Check out the jack master, Sheri, at Happy Little Bento!!!), a tomato, grapes, asparagus, spinach with soy sauce, rice, and dulse. Dulse is the purple stuff on the top of the rice. It’s a dried seaweed that my mom’s friend introduced her to in Canada. I’d never heard of it before, which is a shame because it’s really good. Nice and salty. Tastes like the ocean. :) I’m almost through the bag she brought home so I’ll have to find a way to buy some here.
Don’t forget to enter the Halloween bento treat giveaway!!! I’m giving away an awesome box of bento loot!
Today’s random Japan photo is one of my favorite photos of the entire trip. Fushimi Inari Taisha is a shrine in Kyoto that is dedicated to Inari, the god of rice. There are fox statues all throughout the complex because it is believed that foxes are Inari’s messengers. Fushimi Inari is most famous for it’s thousands of torii gates covering the trails on the mountain. The gates are amazing and I’ll show you some photos of them later. But, it was actually the foxes (in Japanese: kitsune) that struck a cord with me.
It’s that time of year! I love Halloween! I haven’t had the chance to make a Halloween bento in a few years. So, this year, I was determined to make one. I had these small blocks of parmigiano reggiano cheese from Il Villagio and thought that they would make perfect skulls. I took one of the snack blocks, cut it in half and carved a skull out of each half. Then used the trimmings to make the bones. They’re perfect on top of some ‘blood and guts’. :)
In the bento: spaghetti with parmesan skulls, cucumbers, artichoke dip, and a vampire mouth made out of apple slices, peanut butter, and almond slivers. I also sent along some pita chips for the dip.
I finally made a Halloween bento! I wanted to be a lot more ambitious but I just ran out of time. I spent most of the day making mummy pops to give away at work. Isn’t he cute? I cut most of the stick off of this one so that it would fit in the bento. They are all over the internet so I’m not going to attempt a link to the original, lol. It’s just a double stuffed Oreo on a stick dipped in candy melts. The eyes are M&M’s.
Along with the mummy pop I made a really mean cheese with enormous teeth, a sweet potato Jack, meatballs with bones sticking out, carrots, checkerboard zucchini, a radish flower, and a tomato.
Last year’s Halloween bento is below. I like it a lot better. Anything with a black cat has to be awesome, right?
I hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween!
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Yay! I’m so excited, I had time to make my black cat bento!!! The scene is supposed to be a black cat walking in a graveyard on top of scary bones.
Most of it is made out of rice: the cat is black rice, the clouds and skull are mushed up white rice paste, the background is rice mixed with mushed up edamame beans (totally stole that idea from Lia at Bentolicious!), and the tombstone is white riced mushed up with a little black rice so that it looks like granite. I wish I would have made the background a little greener, live and learn :)
The moon is tomato sandwich wrap, the grass is seaweed from seaweed salad, the dirt is sliced dates, and the rest are grapes. It looks like a lot of rice but it’s actually a thin layer on top of sauteed chicken with onions and broccoli stems.
Oh, I almost forgot, the eyes are made out of maraschino cherry pieces.