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Friday, January 8, 2010

Scallion Hearts Bento




This bento was made as color therapy for this cold January day! January feels like the longest month of the year to me, and I'm trying to be patient as my garden sleeps...to wait out the long weeks until the first signs of spring magically emerge.

Here's a closeup of the scallion hearts garnishing the smoked salmon and tobiko rolls:

Also in the bento: a stir-fry of red cabbage, burdock and carrots with chili oil, plus snow peas and beni shōga garnish. The sweet sidecar contains a ripe tangerine half, kiwi flowers and apricot slices...and the French macaroons:

I used the reliably cheerful Hello Kitty bento box for this one. I love its clear red color and carrying case, pictured here with an "Apolo Chocolat" by Meiji:

Check out the adorable moon-bunny combo on the on the Meiji chocolate package:

Wishing everyone a good weekend!

18 comments:

sherimiya said...

Spectacular! I love the smoked salmon tobiko rolls, and the bright freshness of the fruits and raw veg. Super lovely and cheerful!

bentobird said...

Hi Sheri!
Thanks for your totally sweet comments! My next bento is going to be of a wintery roasted aspect, so this was a nod to all things spring-y that I'm longing for. I'd like to make some lovely fish a la sherimiya soon...hopping over to your blog for ideas and info :)

Lil'chan said...

What beautiful rolls! I love them. The colors are really cheerful. Especially the right for this weather ;)

bentobird said...

Hi Lil'chan!
Your comments always bring bright warmth--thank you! Just think, with each chilly day we are inching closer to spring!!

Token (Bento-Lunch-Blog) said...

beautiful bento-box and I love the the second tier with all the sweet things <3 Wants me to eat a kiwi right now *ggg*

bentobird said...

Hi Token!
Many thanks for your comment and visit:) I love kiwis too--so pretty and full of vitamins...

Judy said...

Ah yes, I wish you could see my little "I love this bento box" dance.
But not to wish too much or worry too hard for spring.
Winter needs to happen,
and January is for dreaming and planning of the garden.
Here's to dreaming!

Flying Lily said...

Beautiful! Those rolls are so enticing....well everything is. Kiwi flowers!

bentobird said...

Dear Judy,
Ah, a wise perspective on this time of year, thank you...I love the idea of using this quiet time to plan and dream, and also the thought that the plants are resting deeply and perhaps dreaming of the green and colorful selves they will become in a few months time...

bentobird said...

Hi Flying Lily :)
Kiwis just seem perfect for this kind of decorative treatment--I need to buy some more today!

tatabonita said...

Adorable rolls! Your bento color combination is just perfect; so energizing! I luv it :D

Lia Chen said...

This bento will definitely do the color therapy. Beautiful rolls and colors in the box, you've done a great bento again :)

bentobird said...

Hi Tata!
Happy New Year dear! So glad you enjoyed this one! See ya over at your "Yummilicious Wonderland":)

bentobird said...

Hi Lia!
Aw, thanks for your sweet comments. Your bentos and lovely photos are also color therapy for me :)

babykins said...

Mmmm I want the salmon rolls! The stir-fried veggie looks so yummy too. The apollo choco takes me back to my childhood. There's only small size apollo at that time though. The Kitty carrying case is so "wafu" taste, and the red color bento box is well-matching with the beautiful foods! I love your bentos!

bentobird said...

Hi babykins!
Thank you for your lovely comments and for sharing these sweet memories! I just looked up "wafu" in Wikipedia and it was defined as Japanese style/taste--is this correct? Am so flattered that you enjoy my bentos :)

babykins said...

That's correct! Wafu is classic Japanese style, not modern Japanese style. For example, textile of kimono, temple, shrine, and classic Japanese foods...sushi, soba, wagashi (wafu sweets) and so on. I'm so glad that you love Japanese foods. (^o^)

bentobird said...

Ah, thank you for this information and insight into wafu! I treasure this conversation about bento and beauty with you, babykins!