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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

autumn owl bento



Hi bento pals! Today's bento features an autumnal owl pastry filled with some yummy roast chicken made by hubby for last night's dinner:
He did an awesome job, glazing the chicken with thyme, honey, and fruit preserves for a lovely golden skin...and roasted it alongside sauteed red onions, walnuts, celery and whole garlic cloves and shallots. Yum indeed.

The owl pastry is filled with shredded pieces of the roast and some of the veggies, and shares the bento with half a purple pepper, baby romaine, golden tomatoes, radish and up top guava paste skewers, Asian pear slices and raspberries. I've added this bento to Shannon's Wednesday roundup!
We have been enjoying some incredibly beautiful weather--crisp, bright and lyrically lit with mid-Autumn sunlight. Many flowers are still in bloom, like this vivid pink rose...
Gimme latte!
Days like this are a special gift...


37 comments:

Lyndsey said...

Your husband does such a wonderful job in the kitchen. The roasted, glazed chicken looks divine! Did you make the owl pastry or was that his too? I never thought to use guava paste like that before, how perfect. Down here we serve it with crackers and a white cheese, which you could put in the bento too. How perfect! I'm getting my guava paste out now! I also like to use puff pastry and stuff little pillows with guava paste and cream cheese, or make little turnovers. Mmmm...

The flower pic is gorgeous! Did the kitty really want the latte or was he just curious? They like to stick their noses in everything! :D

Have a nice evening. I'm off to finally post my Martha Monday project! (I got distracted by your beautiful post and had to check it out)

Sonoma Bento said...

Yum! You did such a good job on that pastry! I love him! And guava paste sounds amazing, I have been craving quince paste recently. :)

bentobird said...

Hi Lyndsey, thanks for your sweet thoughtful comments as always! Jamison is a talented natural cook, and has a great intuitive sense of what will be delish. I'm really lucky to have a spouse who can put together a meal like this when I'm not in the mood to cook!

The pastry is actually store bought Pillbury pie dough, which I find super fun to mold and create with...

I also love that fruit paste Spanish cheese combo (with olive oil roasted almonds, YUM) and your pastries sound so delectable, excellent idea. Yep...will need to try this!

I think the kitty, who lives nearby and is the friendliest, perkiest feline was just curious!

Have a great evening, looking forward to your new post!!

Just a MOM (Lina) said...

WOWWW!!! I love the owl ... I am enjoy seeing such a beautiful pictures, love your blog ^_^

bentobird said...

Hi there SB, thanks, glad you liked my birdie pastry! Fruit pastes seem like a perfect fall treat--as do nuts, cheeses and yummy cooler weather foods.....mmmmm.

It will fun to see the change of seasons reflected in your very fresh bentos :D!

bentobird said...

Hi Lina, a treat to have you visit and comment here! Thanks and see you at your blog :D

Megg said...

Such a cute bento! I love the owl, and hubby certainly did make a tasty-lookin' bird! We've had wonderful weather here as well.. unseasonable warm (which I like, a LOT) but still the trees are turning lovely colors. You always do such a fantastic job at reflecting the beauty of the seasons in your bentos!

Megg said...

Oh and also, I never ever thought to use guava paste like that.. so you just cut it with a food cutter and it's good to go? Will it hold up (stay firm and not get all smooshed) in a bento that's packed and taken to work? I'm fascinated!

bentobird said...

Hi Megg, thanks a bunch! Oh, sounds delightful where you are right now. How do you feel about Chicago winters?

The little fruit paste flowers are relatively firm so hopefully no smooshing!

Emily Ng said...

Oh..yummy roast chicken, can I have some, please? :) The bento is awesome, amazing skills in bento making and presenting it. Enjoy looking at all the photos.

bentobird said...

Hi Emily, yes please pull up a chair! Lovely to have you visit and comment here, my friend :D

Karina said...

That roast chicken looks amazing. Nothing better than the crispy skin. What a wonderful idea to make a decorative filled pastry. Amazing weather - such a treat to have those beautiful flowers in bloom. Hello kitties.

Jenn @ BentoForKidlet said...

The owl is amazing!!! I am so impressed! All of the colors of your bento are always so beautiful!

tofugirl said...

Alright, this is officially my favorite of your bentos. It's gonna take a lot to top this one :D

Kay Heritage said...

Hang onto that wonderful hubby! What a gem! And your owl....I am speechless. Too beautiful to describe. Great job!

Lia Chen said...

Jenn, wish you are living near so you can teach me how to make the owl pastry? Your hubby is a great cook and you are a great bento maker, perfect! Beautiful bento creation, love it!

sherimiya said...

Like everyone else says, I too am speechless. Although I shouldn't be surprised; your bento creations are always a spectacular work of art. Such a wonderful owl! Love it!

tatabonita said...

I never know that pastry can be shaped into animal just like yours. It's a new thing to me, very great idea, Jenn :D. Yummm... the chicken does look heavenly good, your hubby is a great cook hehehe. I like the cat pict, gimme latte too :D

bentobird said...

Hi Karina, how are you? I imagine it is beautiful in Northern CA now as well? So nice to have you visit...and I'm sure the kiities would say hi back :D!

bentobird said...

Hi Jenn and many thanks, glad you liked this one! Have a great day :D

bentobird said...

Carol, that is too nice! Thanks so much, I understand it was glorious in NY yesterday, hope you had a chance to enjoy...

bentobird said...

Hi Kay! Yep, he's a real gem.

Happy you liked my little owl...I'll be having one of those, my you are cute but I nned to eat you for lunch moments later today, ha!

bentobird said...

Hi there Lia!...maybe I can learn your secrets for magically beautiful bentos that way, too?

bentobird said...

*blushing* honored by such lovely comments from one of my favorite bentoists! so fun to celebrate fall and good food with you sherimiya!

bentobird said...

Hi Ta, I'd love to see what cute creatures you'd make in this way! Maybe in a future bento?Hey, come over later and we'll share some lattes and hang out with the cats...

Robin said...

WHHHOOOOO but you would think of this delightful owl pastry? Whimsical, tasty and beautifully styled. I am joining you in savoring our early fall days. Cheers!

bentobird said...

Hi Robin, aw what a cool comment! Cheers and enjoy today!

Susan B. said...

Awww, I love the owl! And the rose! beautiful! sily kitty. :) My kitty always tried to get my yogurt.

bentobird said...

Hi Susan, thanks so much! Yep, its the kitteh/dairy factor, I think =^^=!

Debra said...

That owl is something else! Your talent has no boundaries.

I'm partial to your kitty snaps, but all your photos conjure immense pleasure.

bentobird said...

Miao! Purring from that lovely comment, thanks Debra!

Susan Yuen said...

How amazing is this bento?! Wonderful owl!

bentobird said...

Thanks so much Susan! Have a great weekend my friend :D!

Margot said...

Love the owl, beautiful autumn bento!

bentobird said...

Hi Margot, how are you? Thanks for visiting with your sweet comment!

KidsDreamWork said...

The owl pastry is amazing! Love the fall maple leave touch on the bento too! :)

bentobird said...

Hi there Ai Ping, thank you dear...happy fall!