This bento is a celebration of Aries: the electric, renewing energy of early spring--emerging bright green growth, highly animated birds and squirrels, the vivid sense of change and freshness in the air.
Consulting my handy astrological cookbook A Taste of Astrology once again, I found that the flavors and colors of this Mars-ruled sign are assertive, bright and spicy: hot peppers, foods containing iron (such as the lemongrass beef in this bento), onions and garlic, radishes, spear-shaped asparagus, ginger, bright spring greens, coffee: the realm of the "astringent, burning, pungent, spicy, stimulating".
With the lemongrass beef lettuce wraps I have included garlic flower buds, a container of spicy Sriracha (whose striding rooster label seemed a perfect Aries symbol), and a heart-shaped omelet flavored with spring-onion scallions and more garlic buds.
Mini avocado flowers carry forth the pale green theme, as do the kiwi flowers in the sweets section. (Thanks to my talented and kind bento pal for sharing the beautiful sakura picks!) Mocha candies from Russian Gourmet lend their vivid red poppy wrappers and Aries-favored coffee flavor. A few baby tomatoes add Aries cell salt, potassium phosphate, and pops of warm color.
An Aries friend just happened to give me a card yesterday that perfectly conveys the uplifting, cheerful energy of this sign!