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Friday, September 10, 2010

happy birthday virgo bento

Hey there bento pals! This month's astro-bento for Virgo includes some of the cleansing and healthful foods associated with this sign, including the whole grain bounty of the late-summer harvest. Virgo's careful attention to handicraft and health make it a great sign for creative cooks and bentoists. (Happy birthday gamene, Lyndsey, Emily, Cherry Bento and Susan!!)

In the Virgo bento, a coil of buckwheat and whole wheat soba noodles is combined with earthy Virgo-associated fennel and carrots, plus scallions, ginger, spinach and shrimp. Refreshing endive serves as an edible baran, with a side of crunchy purple pepper slices. For dessert, a pair of pink strawberry mochi are topped with peach butterflies...
On a walk this morning I enjoyed the sense of almost-fall in the air, the cobalt blue sky and swirling currents of crisp breezes...
Have a lovely weekend!

20 comments:

Lyndsey said...

Thanks Jenn I love it. My husband's birthday is today, so I am 15 days older than him and it makes for a long two weeks, lol!

I like the center with the nest of greens holding the pine nuts. The purple peppers are interesting that they are white inside. It's a lot to look at yet it all works so well together! Is it laying in a bed of mint? Just lovely!

cherry bento said...

Absolutely love it! So creative. I'm a Virgo bentoist as well (my b'day's on the 14th).

sherimiya said...

Yummy shrimp in this fiery bento of late summer! Sublime.

bentobird said...

Hi Lyndsey! So glad you liked this bento, my dear Virgo pal...happy b-day month to you and hubs! Yep, its in a bed of catmint that certain local cats are addicted to, LOL!

bentobird said...

Hi cherry bento, how cool! Delightful to know, wishing you a super soon to be B-day!!

bentobird said...

Hi there dear sherimiya...in smiles!!

Judy said...

Hi Jenn, I love your horoscope bentos. So cool.
I have so many Virgo friends. 9/13 clusters.
A spinach nest with pine nut eggs. Stellar.

Lil'chan said...

Aw, this looks really delicious. I would be happy to have your great virgo bento ;)
I was able to get some strawberry mochi here in Germany, too. Are yours also filled?

But I think I like macha and red bean mochis much more ;)

Megg said...

Lovely, as always! I think your astro bentos are such a great idea!

bentobird said...

Hiya Judy! Such a pleasure to have you visit, hello to Si =^^=!

bentobird said...

Hi there Lil'chan! Thank you :D These mochi had a sweet strawberry outside and a yummy red bean paste inside...I love the macha ones too!

bentobird said...

Hiya Megg, thanks so much! It has been a fun theme to explore, glad you like this series.

Have a great evening, hope its as mellow and breezy in Chicago as here, where I sit listening to insect conversations through an open window...

Emily Ng said...

Great astro-bento idea, Jenn. I'm a Virgo bentoist as well. ;)
Lovely and delicious. Strawberry mochi is my favorite too. :)

bentobird said...

Thank you Emily and happy b-day!!

Kay Heritage said...

So BEAUTIFUL! I love all the edible flowers, nasturtium leaves, and endives as garnishes! Great to link with your blog!

Susan Yuen said...

Count me in- I'm a Virgo too! :) Your bento looks heavenly!

bentobird said...

Hi there Kay! Thank you! I loved seeing the beautiful, lovingly made feasts at your blog...a true celebration of life and the idea of work as "love made visible"!

bentobird said...

Yay Susan, adding you to the Virgo bento friends list my dear!!

megan said...

yay, virgo power! thanks for the shout-out, i'm in great company :D

i think this meticulous but creative and spirited bento composition *perfectly* captures virgo's tendencies. well done!

bentobird said...

hi megan! I am sooooo pleased you liked this bento and found it virgoean! what a lovely bunch of virgo bentoists in this community, yay :D!