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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

babykins inspiration bento

This bento was inspired by the beautiful lunches made by Babykins at her very fun and colorful blog, Soul, Soup, Soap. I love the cozy and inviting look of her bento meals and am excited that she has started sharing recipes for her yummy dishes. I had to try this delicious and seasonal mushroom preparation, and it was sooo good! I used Enoki, maitake, and chanterelles to make this recipe.

I've followed Babykin's soft and vibrant bento palette with fresh greens and pink crab tossed in a light ginger dressing with scallions...
Radish sprouts, mixed rice with daikon radish seeds, green peas, hard-boiled egg, and accents of avocado and decorative wheat gluten "fu" are in the bento, too. For dessert, crisp green apple, clementine and a sweet Japanese candy.

Camellias and pansies in chilly bloom today after a night of rain:

Happy cooking, friends!

40 comments:

Lia Chen said...

Well done Jenn! Yummy and colorful ... love it so much! You put everything so carefully in the right place to create this beautiful bento :)

bentobird said...

Hi Lia! Thanks indeed for your lovely comments...have a great Thursday, dear!

babykins said...

Lia beat me...I'm a bit late to come here lol! Wow beautiful!! I'm so happy to see your own mushroom rice. This sounds delicious and looks waaay much better than mine, I envy you... Now your bento really inspires me again. I gotta do BENTO soon! :D

babykins said...

Thanks for introducing nicely my blog and recipe, my dear friend!

Emily Ng said...

Great bento arrangement, Jenn. I feel like I am looking at sunrise moment now...so fresh & delightful. :)

Lyndsey said...

Another gentle masterpiece! I always love all your thoughtful touches that you add to every bento and photo! I now have another blog to check out!

Sysyl said...

looks so yum yum >.<) i love the color combination, such a beautiful bento! :)

Journal Mommy Yenny said...

So lovely...
really admire your imagination :)

Bobo said...

yum yum, look at the crab and the mushroom..makes me drooling.. (excuse me :P)

I notice you have quite a collection of cute pouches..

Just a MOM (Lina) said...

I always spend more time to enjoy such beautiful pictures .... thanks for sharing this!

Sonoma Bento said...

Ooo, thanks for introducing us to Babykins, gotta go check out her blog now. I love the flavors for the crab, sounds so good. :)

bentobird said...

Hi Izumi! I hope I did justice to your wonderfully appealing bento style here...looking forward to more yummy recipes, hint hint ;) Have a great day, my friend :D

bentobird said...

Aw, Emily that is such a nice description, thank you!

bentobird said...

Hi Lyndsey! Thanks so much, I'm sure you'll love Babykin's super blog :D. Hope your week is going well...cold temperatures have arrived here, late but with attitude, so I can't help but think of your palm treed vistas!

bentobird said...

Hi Sysyl, many thanks! I love Babykin's use of pink, green and gold in her bentos so tried to follow that cheerful example here :D!

bentobird said...

Hi Journal Mommy Yenny, that is so sweet of you!

bentobird said...

Hello Bobo, thanks so much! I've been collecting little bags recently...they combine my love of bright silks and little things in one cute package! This little green bag with birdie was found at a Korean shop last weekend :)

bentobird said...

Hi Lina, love to have you visit! Let's have a warming cup of tea as cold temperatures and winter winds come to our East and West coasts...

bentobird said...

Hi SB! Glad to share this great source of bento inspiration and fun...have a great Thursday!

yunitarahmasari aka tatabonita said...

*slapping my forehead* you kill me Jenn :D

bentobird said...

Eeeeks, thanks Ta!!

Megg said...

Brilliant, as always! I love the arrangement of the crab and the rice!

Kaimono888 said...

^.~ I love your gorgeous bento. The little pouch is cute too :)

bentobird said...

Hi Megg, such a nice comment, much appreciated! Love the flavor combo of rice, crab, avocado and ginger...yum! Have a great weekend :D

bentobird said...

Hi there Kaimono888, how have you been? Thanks for your visit and see you at your blog, pal!

Susan Yuen said...

Gorgeous bento! I love all of the colors and the delicious mushrooms and pink crab! Yummy!

bentobird said...

Hi Susan, thanks indeed for your lovely comments!

noobcook said...

love the colours! the flowers add a sunny touch to the cheery looking bento :)

Lexi said...

This looks so lovely - I adore mushrooms and the crab is so delicate looking! Yum yum!

OhayoBento said...

It's beautiful! I love Babykins' bentos as well. Your attention to detail here is absolutely breathtaking. Wonderful colors and flavors!

bentobird said...

Thanks so much, Wiffy!

bentobird said...

Hi Lexi! Thanks a bunch...I found this lunch quite energizing :) Hope you enjoyed a nice weekend...

bentobird said...

Hi Heather, so sweet of you, thanks! Isn't it fun to find inspiration from our fellow bentoists? Babykin's bentos always look so soothing and yummy...

Congrats on your recent win, btw!!

javapot said...

v pretty and sweet :)

bentobird said...

Hi there javapot, thanks much!

tofugirl said...

Isn't it funny how sometimes there's a signature "style" to our bentos? I can always recognize yours, for example! Love this one--nice fusion of your style and Izumi's :)

bentobird said...

Yes, that's so true and I find it very interesting that we all have distinctive styles yet can be inspired and influenced by one another! Thanks for this cool and insightful comment, Carol :D

Azita said...

I adore this healthy, beautiful and delicious bento. I'm thinking of making a bento packed with Persian food! Is it possible? Or does it sound crazy?

Bentobird said...

Hello Azita, many thanks! No, not crazy at all!
I've really enjoyed making bentos with Persian and Middle Eastern foods....a couple of examples:

http://bentobird.blogspot.com/2010/12/maizbon-afghan-restaurant-mediterranean.html

http://bentobird.blogspot.com/2009/10/mash-hassan-bakery-and-market.html

Can't wait to see your creations...we love Persian cuisine (hubby lived in Iran as a child for a year just before the revolution and has amazing memories...)

Azita said...

Hi, thank you so much for your response and beautiful examples. I think I'll try that soon. Happy Holidays!
Azita