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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

pisces bento

Hi bento pals! Today's bento is another in the astro-bento series, this time for the elusive and ever-changing sign of Pisces. Seafood features prominently in this bento, along with gentle, watery Pisces foods like seaweed, watermelon, coconut and avocado.

Two shrimp coil in a light ginger sauce with scallion in a yin-yang shape that suggests the complexity within intriguing Pisces...
A coconut macaroon with watermelon and coconut slices suggests tropical escape...departure from the mundane being a hallmark of this sign! I find the scent of coconut a transporting aromatherapy and love dishes made with coconut milk...
In the lower left section, a seaweed salad with enoki keeps company with prawn and rice crackers shaped like fish and elemental sea life forms. In the next section, an avocado bottom filled with ginger crab salad encircled by choi sum greens.

Pisces is associated with rainbows and gemstones, both for their magical appearance and the spectrum of colors they contain (as the sign that culminates all previous ones and reflects their many shades and aspects). This time of year, pastel rainbows start appearing in anticipation of Easter, and I've always been enchanted by the soft bright colors that declare the first notes of spring...

Iridescent glitters...

Pansies in Sunday's rain
A thanks to the most wonderful Pisces in my life, my husband, who embodies the caring and soulfulness (and sense of fun!) of this beautiful sign!

26 comments:

Megg said...

Love love LOVE it, Jenn! Another gorgeous and thoughtful bento. Happy birthday to Jamison! I just had my 25th last week..yay Pisces! ^_^ If only I had a tropical getaway to match this brightly colored bento.. sigh...

Emily Ng said...

wow..soooo beautiful!! Love this so much, a well presented and gorgeous bento. Hmmm..yummy yummy. :)

Bentobird said...

Hi Megg! Squeee, I'm SO pleased that you, a Pisces pal, enjoyed this bento...happy belated B-day and have an excellent year to come :D!

Bentobird said...

Hi Emily, as always your comments wrap in cozy good feelings...now I'm off to visit your new site!

Robin said...

I love this whimsical Pisces bento -- It suits me to a tea! And now you can add me to the list of Pisces pals in your universe! The pretty colors, Iridescent sparkles, intertwined prawns and enoki divided in each sweet compartment. Dreamy goodness Jenn ;-)

Bentobird said...

Aha--so cool Robin! No surprize, given your creative cooking gifts and zest for life! Thank you!!

Edible Art said...

These look so elegant and fancy!
yet so "spring-y" and colorful!
i love it!
very creative, with a eye for color and a steady hand for intricate details (:

sheri fujihara chen said...

Beautiful!! Love the box, with the exquisite delicacies within, and the gorgeous fish and water sensibilities. A sign dear to my water-lovin' heart :)

Bentobird said...

Hello Stephanie, lovely comments, thank you so much!

Bentobird said...

Hello Sheri, honored by your comments and so pleased you found this bento to be water-sign evocative! Happy March :D

Jenn @ BentoForKidlet said...

So beautiful! I am a bad Pisces for I cannot stand to eat fishes :P or really anything from the sea. Your bento is so lovely!!

I would certainly like a bite of that macaroon! ;)

Bobo said...

I just Love it! another beautifully presented bento.. and those details.. the small shell shape dish is so cute..

Thats a unique coconut Macaroon, did you make it yourself?

Bentobird said...

Hi Jenn! Hmmmm, that is so interesting! Nice to count you among my Pisces bento pals...the sense of artistic fantasy in your bentos is very much keeping with your sign :D!

Bentobird said...

Hi Bobo! Thanks a bunch for your visit and lovely comments :D! The macaroon is from a local Korean bakery called Shilla...

Jessica (Mother Nature Mom) said...

This Piscean blogger really enjoyed this post! Beautiful bento!

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

absolutely fantastic!!! You're so cool and creative 8-D *fangirlscream*

Lia Chen said...

Love your astro-bento series! Always so beautiful, so artful in every details. Big WOW for yin-yang shrimp :)

Bentobird said...

Hi Jessica, so happy to read this! Have a great Wednesday!

Bentobird said...

Eeeeek, thanks so much Token dear! You know I'm a huge fan of your bentos and yummy photography ^ ^!

Bentobird said...

Hello Lia, aw sooo kind! Have a wonderful day and see you at Bentolicious :D!

babykins said...

Hey Jenn! Not to mention, I always love how you enjoy creating poetically your bento. Especially love that yin-yang shrimps and its idea!

Mayu said...

Hi Jenn, I even cannot describe how gorgeous your bento is!!! I love the way you decorated each dishes! Very artistic!

Bentobird said...

Hey Izumi! So cool, these comments! Hope things are going great...and that spring is starting to peek out in buds and blossoms where you live :D!

Bentobird said...

Thanks for your glowing comments Mayu, have a lovely day!

Kaimono888 said...

Hi Jenn,
You have never fail to impress me with your appealing bento creation ^.~ This is an absolutely gorgeous bento for Pisceans. So exquisite and outstanding!

As what I have previously commented, you should consider to publish a book on your bento.

Cheerios!

Bentobird said...

Thank you dear! And thanks for encouragement (hehe) in putting this particular astro-bento together!! Happy B-day month ^^