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Sunday, April 3, 2011

salmon and rice bento


The sun has finally come out after days of rain and clouds, illuminating early flowers and light green leaves! Monday's bento features rice, butter-poached salmon, edamame, asparagus and bright sunny yellow slices of takuan...


Behind the kitty baran, red grapefruit and a spring green apple bunny. The nifty newspaper print wax paper is from a lovely bento buddy, I love the modern contrast it gives to this fairly traditional bento!

So many beautiful spring trees in bloom--at Eden Center:



Lion statue and rosy pink blossoms, a nice capture by Jamison...




Looking very much forward to the 51st Annual Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival in D.C. next weekend... funds will be raised at this event to support Japan's recovery effort. Speaking of which, let's keep bento4japan going strong!

30 comments:

Tiffany Yang said...

Love everything about this bento. especially thr color!

Bentobird said...

Hi Tiffany, thanks dear!

Cooking Gallery said...

Lovely photos...! And I love your wooden bento box, it looks so elegant :)!

Bentobird said...

hello and thanks a bunch, CG! I've been enjoying your very festive spring bentos ^^!

Bobo said...

Love the wooden box and how you make the salmon into Sakura petals.. did you tear the edge so they looks naturally uneven?

how fortunate to be able to enjoy the beauty of Sakura at your place..;)

Bunda zahraa said...

i love the foodie picture so much!! and the wooden box too, i wish to find one here :D

Lia Chen said...

Great spring bento! Love the flower petals from salmon. So glad to see your beautiful bento, set up my mood to start a new week :)

Bentobird said...

hi Bobo! the salmon flaked into these
petal-like shapes when I gently separated a filet, so I kind of ran with the sakura petal concept :)

thanks for your sweet comments and have a great week!

Bentobird said...

Dear Bunda zahraa, aw many thanks for your kind comments, I'm a Leo, too! I found this box online at J-List and have gotten much bento enjoyment from it...have a great day!

Bentobird said...

hi Lia dear, it cheers me to read that this bento gave your mood a lift, because yours always do that for me!!

megan said...

would you believe that when i first saw this picture i thought the salmon flakes were beautiful rose petals?! would have been in keeping with your flair for incorporating natural elements into your bento, but this is even better. beautiful AND delicious, seasonal and fresh. delightful!

Bentobird said...

hi megan aw, glad you liked this, lovely comments! I was super hungry today so gobbled this bento lunch up fast. have a wonderful week, balmy temps today, hooray!

Megg said...

The sakura trees are so gorgeous! I hope someday to see them for myself, in DC and Japan. And of course, you've perfectly captured the colors in your beautiful bento! ^_^

Bentobird said...

hi Megg! how are things? thanks for your sweet comments, hope the weather is as warm in Chicago as our near-80 degree highs today...see you over at Pop Artichoke and happy afternoon ^^!

Lexi said...

This looks lovely - and the grapefruit is like a little sun! :)

karaimame said...

So astonishing pretty! Salmon petals fit perfectly in this delicious bento! Aaw... I sit here and keep imagining the beautiful blossoms and the fresh Spring air ^^ (while we have snow and dirt if I look outside. bleh)
The green bunny is such a lovely touch :)

Bentobird said...

hi Lexi hon, what a cool description--thank you! is it warming up in the UK? I know you had a really intense winter over there, so hope the birds, flowers and gentle breezes have arrived in abundance...

Bentobird said...

hi Liliane! sending wishes of spring warmth your way, enough snow already! :D...really hope it changes soon, in that sudden, amazing way of the far North. have a very good week and happy cooking! ^^

Mrs. P said...

What a perfect spring bento! Looks too pretty to take a bite out of!

OhayoBento said...

I saw this one n Flickr, it looks amazing. Especially paired with the beautiful pink sakura. Heaven!

Bentobird said...

Hi Mrs. P! Glad you liked this one! Have a great day...

Bentobird said...

Aw, thanks Heather, smiling from this lovely comment. See you at your blog ^^!

Emily Ng said...

Hi Jenn, how are you? Finally I am back..hehe..Love your bento, so delicious. I like the kitty baran. Thanks for sharing those nice photos with us..so beautiful!!

Robin said...

The wonders of our emerging spring is again delightfully captured through your eyes and creativity. So delicious for the eye and tastebuds.

I think we all should nominate your blog for Best of the Web! Saveur Best Food Blogs 2011 I know I did ;-D

Bentobird said...

Welcome back, Emily! This kitty baran makes me smile with its gentle kawaii look, she hopped right into this bento ^^! Thanks for your encouragement and kind words!

Bentobird said...

Wow Robin, so flattered by your lovely comments and it makes me happy indeed to hear that my enthusiasm for spring is coming through via bento! Thank you so much for nominating me and for the foodie friendship you've shared throughout the year.

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Edible Art said...

ah! i looooove how you arranged the salmon pieces into the form of a flower!

love that imaginative , creative brain of yours (:

Bentobird said...

Hi Stephanie, aw so nice of you--I think we both enjoy treating food as edible art. Cheers!

Lyndsey said...

I have been trying to comment here before...it must not of gone through. Those blossoms are amazing, on of the best part about spring is the blooming trees. I like the green apple bunny. I need some ideas like this for what I can use my cutters on. I get stuck with just egg sheets or cheese! :D

Bentobird said...

Hi Lyndsey dear! I agree, flowering trees are celestially beautiful. Glad you liked the green apple bunny, its my favorite cutter of
the moment!