Yesterday I came across some beautifully put together bentos. Bento is Japanese for lunch box and really is a unique way of constructing a healthy and completely appetising meal.
A bento box is normally divided into four:
The ratio being 4:2:1:1
Bento boxes are normally colourful, neatly packed different textures and flavours.
This morning I decided to go to Sainsburys and buy bento like containers and set to work creating my own interpretation of a bento box.
I bought two Sistema ‘to go’ boxes a pink for myself and a green for my husband.
To help with this delicious task I also bought 4 Flower plugger cutters by Gala.
A began by cooking some sushi rice washing before I cooked it for 10 minutes and then allowed it to sit for 30 minutes.
I boiled two eggs, lightly cooked prawns and halloumi cheese .
I sliced a carrot and cut up beautifully cucumber with my new flower plugger cutters.
I also used my flower plugger cutters to make sweet marzipan flowers.
The top part of my Sistema ‘to go’ boxes I used primarily for the fruit and vegetables/salad.
The vegetables section I have added carrot, cucumber and tomatoes. The fruit section I have used raspberries stuffed with mini marshmallows decorated with marzipan flowers a fig with an almond in it, marzipan flowers with cherries and chopped nuts. The centre part I have added half an egg.
The lower part of the box consists mainly of the carbohydrates and protein.
To make the rice butterfly I used a silicon baking try.
I lay the rice on a bed of carrot and decorated around the edge with cucumber, egg and prawns topping with little flakes of seaweed.
Two very healthy and yummy bento boxes.
Instead of enjoying them for lunch we will dine alfresco this evening.
For my first bento box I’m very pleased however the possible designs are limitless, I’ve even ideas for Christmas!
Happy Bento Friends!