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Today is Wednesday, which means one thing…

Lost Numbers Bento

As many of you know, I live on Oahu, which is the same island that LOST is filmed on. All the actors are here… somewhere. I attended the Season 2 premiere at Sunset on the Beach. I’ve met Matthew Fox and got his autograph. Sadly, I haven’t spotted anyone else all these years.

One of the most intriguing parts of the show for me has been the numbers. We haven’t seen them appear on the show in quite some time, so I’m hoping with tonight’s episode with Faraday’s mom we’ll see them come back into play.

I wasn’t all that happy with the right side. I was trying to go for some orchids for The Orchid, but that didn’t really look how I wanted. Oh well.

Lost

The first thing I did was print out several sizes of the Lost logo. I don’t like to waste paper and it’s always possible that the size I think is right won’t fit well, so I like to print several sizes. I ended up going with the bottom left one, but I think I should have used the bigger one. I use the leftover paper to catch my scraps as I cut the nori.

Cutting

Mr. Pikko actually bought me the Fiskars Comfort Grip Micro-Tip Scissorsthat I linked last week for Valentine’s Day and I was pretty upset to go back to Amazon and find that it was like 9 bucks cheaper. I asked him how much he bought it for and it wasn’t the $8.70 price it is right now!! Grrr!! Anyway, I cut a small border around the edges of the letters, then put a strip of nori underneath and cut the letters out that way. The scissors are great!

Lost-Bento

I chose a rather flat box, since I didn’t have too much rice to work with. I added it to the box and pushed it to the bottom, flattening the top so that I had a nice, flat surface to eventually put the LOST letters down on. Next, I added the chicken wings. This part was rather difficult because the wings weren’t standing up how I wanted them to. Finally, I used one small one as a brace before laying the other three down. Grandma J fries these wings straight out of the freezer. She washes the ice off with water and the water is what helps the flour stick to the chicken before it goes into the frying pan. When they’re golden brown, they soak in a teriyaki sauce. Mmm mmm!

In Step 3, I added broccoli to the middle. There were some gaps, so I broke off parts of one last piece and tucked them in the spaces. Next, I added some support Korean pear slices to the bottom of the right side, then put some raspberries on top. After that, I added the pear flowers. I’d cut them out previously and left them soaking in water so they wouldn’t discolor. The middles I cut out with a small straw. Where needed, I added more raspberries.

For the last step, I added the fish sausage numbers. I cut these out with my fondant letter/number set.

Letters

I was afraid I was going to be missing a number, but thankfully they were all accounted for. I sliced the fish sausage and simply pressed the cutters in. Fish sausage is very soft, so the cut is pretty much always clean. To remove them from the cutters I use the butt end of a toothpick to push them out from the inside.

Lost Bento 2

Finally, I added the nori letters. The letters tend to wilt under my lights, so I waited until the very last minute to stick them on. I’d had them stored in a ziplock bag while I made the rest of the bento.

After Jin re-appeared on the island, one of my friends linked me to this:

lost-pie-chart

That is the funniest thing I’ve seen this month. Anyway, I’m off to bed. It’s a frickin’ miracle that I’ve managed to finish a bento at night AND blog about it too. I guess the numbers are lucky for me.

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