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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

iris colors bento

Today's bento was inspired by the colors of a variegated purple-toned iris that came into full bloom in my garden after a rainy afternoon:
The magewappa box contains cumin lamb with cilantro, baby romaine, a purple cabbage heart, a coil of pickled radish with okra garnish, sprouts and these interesting Korean rice crackers:
Lunchtime walks yesterday and today revealed a floral feast, including so many iris. I love the flowers of May!
 
 
 
What's in bloom where you live? The farmer's market opens locally here this weekend, and though I'll be traveling and miss its inaugural day, I'm so happy that local, diverse, and beautiful produce will be available again...it means that spring, my favorite season, has truly arrived, and bentoing will be even more enjoyable!

30 comments:

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

God, this is truly art! So fresh and rich of flavors and colors! The crackers look like some japanese Wagashi he he, very beautiful. The whole Bento is just great!

Lyndsey said...

Beautiful bento, I can see the iris inspiration in it. You have so many beautiful flower photos too. I've enjoyed them all. Right now we have Jacaranda trees in full purple bloom. I'll have to bring my camera and catch a photo when I take our dog for a walk. It's getting that time when we have to wait for evening when it is cooler for him.

bentobird said...

Hi Token, *blushing* so glad you liked this one! Yes indeed, they do look like wagashi, thanks for pointing that out! The crackers had an appealingly chewy texture, too :)

bentobird said...

Hi Lyndsey! Thanks indeed :) I can't wait to see that Jacaranda tree in bloom...have a nice walk with your pup this evening!

sherimiya said...

Super lovely! You know how I feel about the garden pics; like you I take a lot of my own. Sadly, I don't have irises. Right now I have lots of spring roses in bloom. Gorgeous magewappa bento filled to the brim with wondrous things!

tofugirl said...

Your bentos are so beautiful and creative and inspiring--I love that you can get inspiration from flowers and nature, and express it not just in terms of shape, but in colors and feeling.

Right now, we still have some tulips in bloom, but I think roses are starting up! In the office, our geranium is blooming but everything else is stubbornly just putting out leaves and no buds, hehe.

bentobird said...

Many thanks, sherimiya! Whenever I do a "mood indigo" bento with purple tones I think of you, my friend! Your radiant rose pictures have been stunning and I hope to see more of them :))

bentobird said...

Dear tofugirl, your comments are so kind and inspiring, many thanks! I'll be in NY later this week and am interested to compare the differences in our respective spring flower parades!

tofugirl said...

If you're going to be in manhattan at all and want a banh mi trip or something, drop me a line :D

KidsDreamWork said...

Oh dear, I love your garden! Your bento reflect your garden so perfectly. Great job! :)

Angi said...

OHHHH How I love peonies! My dirt don't seem to love them though.. I've tried for going on three years now to get them to grow. Mostly everything here is still leafing up or just starting to bud.

Susan Yuen said...

I love how you always have a beautiful theme with gorgeous colors incorporated into your bentos! Lovely!

Lil'chan said...

What a great inspiration! It's lovely how you find those inspiration at every single day =) Your flower pictures are so beautiful, I wished I could have a garden, too. With a lot of flowers *sigh*

tatabonita said...

Thanks for introducing me to this lovely flower Jenn :D. Seems you are so close with nature and it's really good of course. And your bento? Lovely as always :D

Lia Chen said...

Everytime to see your bento, I always feel so close to nature. Enjoying so much the art in your bento making Jenn! You bring a new level in bento making ... really :)

gnoegnoe said...

I misread first, thinking it was "icy colors bento"! Could have been true as well ;)

Have fun travelling!

bentobird said...

Thank you Kids Dream Work! Some of these flowers are in my garden, many from places I pass on walks and in nearby parks...right now, color is everywhere :)

bentobird said...

Hi Angi! That is interesting, I hope you'll have better luck with them next spring! Peonies seem to love and require much sun, like so many beautiful flowers...

bentobird said...

Hi Susan, thanks soooo much!

bentobird said...

Hi Lil'chan! Because my garden is small, I'm out on the prowl for these bright flowers everywhere I go! (However my three rose shrubs are getting ready to bloom soon and I can't wait!) Are there certain spring blooms you are looking forward to seeing where you live?

bentobird said...

Lia, that's an amazing compliment, many thanks! I've really enjoyed your leafy nature-spirits/fairy bentos this spring...they make me feel close to nature's magic :)

bentobird said...

Thanks gnoegnoe!

Sonoma Bento said...

I love how you evoke the feeling of iris flowers without actually using any flower shapes. Very elegant, and so inspiring!

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babykins said...

This bento is also beautiful and elegant!
I wish I had a farmer's market available near by...
You have so many kinds of pretty flowers, great!! In my place, The narcissuses are blooming now.
I love the flowers of May, too Yeay!!

bentobird said...

Hello Sonoma Bento and thanks for you visit and lovely comments! looking forward to seeing your new bentos :)

bentobird said...

Greetings Izumi and thank you! Oh, I love narcissus--so delicate and fresh! Have a great rest of the week my friend :)

allingoodfood42 said...

I love how your bentos are like little gardens in a box. Those flowers are so beautiful.

megan said...

those flowers are simply too gorgeous and intense to be believed!!

this bento has wonderful balance -- i can totally see the flower's inspiration, and you have certainly done it justice here. the colors, the pretty bunny, the contrast between the supple greens and the crispy rice crackers -- all perfect.

bentobird said...

Hi Marisa, that's a really lovely comment, thank you! How is spring progressing in Michigan--I hope with many flowers :)

bentobird said...

Hi megan! Great to "see" you again, hope your move is going very well (congrats again:)) Your comments gave me a huge grin--I'm in colorful flower heaven right now and I'm so happy you liked this one! Have a wonderful weekend!!