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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

sunny lion bento

Hi bento friends! This sunny lion onigiri bento is for Leo, my sun sign, and reflects the bright, joyous colors of this time of year.

Many Leo-associated foods are some of my personal favorites: tomatoes, golden-colored vegetables and fruits, salmon, raspberries, bay leaves, saffron, walnuts, basil, lamb. This bento features a few of them: inside the golden-tinted onigiri is spicy salmon, and the lion's sunny mane is of local golden zucchinis, whose bright hue is the essence of summer sun.

Fresh snow pea tops provide a soft green contrast to juicy raspberries and super-sweet golden local tomatoes. A big yellow rose from a birthday bouquet and sunny yellow fabric from Provence keep the radiant summer theme going...

The market has been overflowing with sun-ripened treats, making visits a visual and culinary delight!
A berry "quilt":
Such a pleasure to cook and bento from these local delights this week:
We enjoyed the round eggplant roasted stuffed with gingery beef soboro last night and were amazed by its custardy mellow flavor, must get more this weekend!

26 comments:

Lyndsey said...

I like how you made the yellow (saffron?) onigiri and created a lion/sun. It all works for the Leo! As always I love all the colors. Orange peel flower pick? Beautiful work! Hope you had the best birthday.

You have some beautiful farmer's market photos. I like the blueberry quilt. Our farmer's market is slowing down a little until September. So we go for the empanadas and to see all the crafts. We did find more lychees though so it was worth it.

Sonoma Bento said...

Such vibrant colors in this one, Jenn! I can't believe those are slices of zucchini. Wow! And that 'quilt' of berries is gorgeous.

Happy Birthday, I hope you have a wonderful birthday month. :-)

bentobird said...

Hi Lyndsey! I could not find my little saffron container so used some lovely Japanese rice tint instead! The pick does indeed look like orange peel, and that would have been so Leo! but its a wood pick sent by a bento pal, love its sunny color and flower shape :)

I would love it if we had fresh empanadas at our market, so happy you have these delicacies at yours...lychees, yum!! Have a great evening!

bentobird said...

Hi SB--thanks so much! I agree, the color on these zukes is wonderfully startling! I enjoy sharing farmer's market inspirations with you from our opposite coasts, and thanks so much for your B-day wishes!

tofugirl said...

Yup, I still want to pet your onigiri! So cute. Those flowers are gorgeous, too! Hey, did we miss your birthday? Happy birthday!!

bentobird said...

Hi Carol! Aw, that's sweet! I'll be blogging about the food-fest that was my b-day soon, and thanks so much for your birthday well-wishes!

BentoBeginner said...

I envy your access to that beautiful market! Super cute bento, bentobird! Hope the summer is treating you well

anna2003 said...

Love all the photos! My favourite is the berry quilt. So pretty =)

Happy birthday Jenn, may all your wishes come true. God bless
cheers !

Judy said...

The berry quilt was fab!
I'm Leo rising so I can relate to the sunnyness and the pow! of the colors.
Happy Belated Birthday Bentobird ! (and many more...)

KidsDreamWork said...

Lovely sunny lion! I like the colour combination very much!

Shannon said...

This is beautiful, the colors are just amazing in all the photos.

Lia Chen said...

So beautiful! Leo is my zodiac too ... so I'm happy to see this bento. Wish you a happiest birthday Jenn! I missed that, didn't I? All the best for you. That berries photo is amazing ;)

bentobird said...

Hi BentoBeginner! So nice to "see" you again and I hope that your summer has been delightful so far!

bentobird said...

Hi Karen! *hugs* thanks for your sweet b-day wishes--what a lovely bento pal you are!

bentobird said...

Hi Judy! That rising makes purrfect sense, given your love of cats, humor, and bright sense of fun! (Libra rising here) Have a day full of sunny joy, my friend and a special miao to Si!

bentobird said...

Hi there Ai Ping and many thanks for your nice comments--I love your colorful bentos!

bentobird said...

Thanks Shannon! So nice to have you visit, have a lovely day :)

bentobird said...

Hi Lia, my fellow Leo and dear bento buddy! Had a fun weekend full of good food and celebration, look forward to posting about it soon. I hope your b-day was joyous!

megan said...

gorgeous bento, lifting my spirits with its sunny vibes. i love learning about the different foods associated with each astrological sign -- your zodiac bentos are totally educational for me!

bentobird said...

thanks megan, your sunny, thoughtful comments always brighten--have an excellent Wednesday!

Kuusou said...

Great Leo! I love the eyes. :)

The pictures of the berries and flowers are so sharp and clear...it's like we can reach out and touch them.

susanyuen said...

Beautiful bento! I love all of the vibrant colors! :)

bentobird said...

Hi Kuusou, many thanks as always for your encouragement!

bentobird said...

Hello and thanks so much Susan!!

tatabonita said...

It's a really cute bento for your Leo sign :D. Ah Jenn, you always hang my jaw with the beauty of freshness through your photos :D

bentobird said...

Hi Ta! Thanks for these lovely comments:D!