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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Aquarius Bento



Although the sun has just moved into the colorful sign of Pisces, I'd like to share, a little late, a bento dedicated to Aquarius--the inventive, humanitarian, futuristic sign of the zodiac.

According the wonderful astrological cookbook  A Taste of Astrology by Lucy Ash, the flavors of this sign are "salty, cold, and fresh." Parsley, fennel leaves, rice, root vegetables, radishes, cucumbers, lemons, and coconut are foods associated with Aquarius, along with shades of violet, silver and electric green.

In keeping with "salty, cold and fresh" qualities, here we have salmon sushi rolls topped with beni shoga, caviar, and decorated with wasabi in the flowing water (or electrical bolt!) symbol of this sign. Sushi also fits the Aquarian theme, as "rice relates to Aquarius because it feeds hundreds of millions...and because it grows submerged in water." Wasabi's a perfect accent given its bright pale green color and capacity to startle and even shock the palate!
Crunchy eel roll is an unusual but very delicious sushi, in sync with unconventional Aquarius. Fennel leaves and avocado "blossoms" continue the fresh, green, cool theme. Deep purple sweet potato topped with ume pickles strikes a vibrating violet note, accented with crisp, refreshing parsley.

This silver-foiled coconut "catmonaut" is ready to boldly go where no feline has gone before, equipped with Hershey's kisses as tokens of this sign's famous friendliness.

Aquarius is associated with the Internet and friendships based on shared interests and activities--so our bento community partakes of some very Aquarian themes indeed!

Wishing you a fun and creative week ahead, bento pals!

16 comments:

sherimiya said...

Once again, your bento has me in smiles. The sushi, the purple potatoes, the herbs... all make up another lovely, lovely feast. The coconut kitty is ready to blast off! Soo cute!

Simone said...

Wow oh wow!! This bento really is too beautiful to eat. I always find myself wishing I could shrink down like Alice in Wonderland to explore your bentos more completely. Truly amazing!

Lia Chen said...

I always enjoy so much looking at your bento. How great! You have the astrological cookbook. It's fun the read some info from your blog. You did it again ... wonderful bento Jenn (^.^)

bentobird said...

Sherimiya, that is so cool as your bentos without fail "have me in smiles!" Cheers!

bentobird said...

Simone, such a thoughtful and sweet comment--most appreciated :) I agree that a pleasure of bentoing is having fun with small-scale details!

bentobird said...

Lia, you are always so supportive with your kind comments, thank you! Have a great week, my friend! =^ ^=

hapabento said...

Astrokitteh bento...ur doin it rite!

But seriously, another amazing tour of your bento imagination.

megan said...

HA! i love this combination of natural and futuristic, the astro-cat is very cool and your use of fronds is a beautiful contrast. i really like the concept behind your wasabi use, too. what an interesting and TASTY bento!!

Lexi said...

Wow, this is just beautiful! I adore your cosmonaut cat and the clever theming. Your sushi looks just so appetising too. Yum!

bentobird said...

Hi hapabento,
"Astrokitteh"--love it! Thanks for your visit and great comments as always...!

bentobird said...

Hi gamene :)
Wow, what a cool and insightful comment, many thanks for sharing it!

bentobird said...

Hi Lexi,
Aw, so nice to read this comment from a fellow cat lover! Hope your princess is
doing great =^ ^=!

susanyuen said...

I am loving the catmonaut! SO cute! Gorgeous bento as always and that crunchy eel sounds great! I would love to try that.

bentobird said...

Hi Susan and thank you dear! Crunchy eel roll is soooo yummy--hope you'll try some soon. A kiss to Marky pup...:)

Sonoma Bento said...

Hi Jenn! I was roaming through you past posts while dealing with a bout of insomnia and I am so glad I found this post! I'm an aquarian and I love everything in this bento. Like simone said, i'd love to shrink down and roam around in this bento, sampling this and that. Your creativity is so inspiring!

Bentobird said...

Hi SB,
Lovely to find your recent comment, and I'm SO pleased you enjoyed this one as a Aquarian, that's awesome! How fun to share our ideas and inspirations online!