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Happy Boy’s Day Bento (352)

Today is Day 2 of the Pacific Rim Conference, but I’m currently at home trying to get an appointment with my doctor for my finger, which looks like it’s infected. It’s finally past his office hours, but still just the machine. I obviously need a less popular, yet still competent internist. The joint stings when I move it sometimes and it’s red and puffy this morning, which tells me not all might be well in Pikko Left Pointerville.

I got up at the butt crack of dawn to make this for Buddy, not really thinking about what happened last time. When I told Mr. Pikko though, he reminded me it’s against the rules. I dunno what I was thinking. Maybe that I could convince the teachers that it’s only one freaking lunch out of the whole year? Anyway, I called and there’s a “no home lunch” rule unless the kid has a food allergy. Wanting to make preschool admin voodoo dolls means I haven’t been having the greatest day so far.

The rice is blue from food coloring in the water used to cook the rice. I used two drops for cooking 1 cup of rice. The boy’s head is made from bologna using one of my food cutter wheels. His kabuto is made from kamaboko cut freehand. The three fish are freehand as well, with the little scales made from cuts in the fish made with a piece of straw. The food at the top is Mickey Mouse chicken nuggets from Costco. I was going to make croquette, but found out that I didn’t have any cream corn ones. Next to that is broccoli covered with carrot flowers and some shelled edamame on a toothpick.

Here’s another angle. I wish I could have figured out something else to put on top of the nuggets, but oh well. I started out with only three, but since Buddy tends to eat like food is going out of style, I ended up putting in two more. I had a matching side bento with fruits in it, a matching fork, and a little furikake packet. He’ll just eat it for dinner… *sigh* Baby Girl had bento envy this morning and since I may end up taking a sick day anyway, I guess I should make more carp in a bento for her too.

I’ve called three times while writing this post and still no receptionist answering plus one busy signal. I bet you in the end he won’t have any open appointments, in which case I’ll just go to the conference.

I had hoped to launch my Mr. Bento giveaway today, but I have to postpone until Thursday as I haven’t had time to set the whole thing up yet. Stay tuned!

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  • Beautiful! Having a bento lunch for dinner is fun too, though. Hope you finally get a hold of your doctor and get to see him sooner rather than later.

  • Amy

    You’re not allowed to pack your child’s lunch…why does that seem silly to me?

  • Cyndi

    This is just adorable – love the blue rice. I agree with Amy – you can’t pack your own child’s lunch. Can you send sodium- and fat-ridden store bought Lunchables? Or are they insisting THEY feed their charges? How silly. Hope your finger gets better.

  • Cant pack your childs own lunch? That seems odd to me. Where else are kids supposed to get healthy food? Obviously not in the cafeteria I assure you. This is really cute though, I think I might make myself something similar to take to school.

  • Great Boy’s Day bento! I love all of the details.

  • Shannon

    I realize not be allowed to pack your child’s lunch is silly has been said before. But I am so curious. Why are you not allowed to pack your child’s lunch????? Wow I have been out of school a long time !
    BTW the Bento is fabulous !

  • I don’t get it either. Our preschool kids bring their on snack, be it big or small. The morning class tends to bring more fruit where the afternoon class bring more crackers. Our only guidelines are that the snack be healthy. We could start a wonderful fad if someone showed up with a bento like this.

  • Just adorable. I’ll have to see if I can find kamaboko at the Asian market in town. It’s just such a looooong drive!

  • Aimee S.

    Another work of art! And with a busted finger too. You are a marvel Pikko!

  • Andy Pandy

    Your Preschool won’t let you supply your own child’s lunch, OUTRAGEOUS, I live in the UK and here every child has the right to eat there own supplied food.
    It is so important as most “Cost effective school food” has the nutritional value of dry wall and the flavour to match. Everybody should be able to feed there children in a healthy way, and lets be honest, childhood is the most important time to be eating healthy. It’s a case of schools thinking of there bottom line as opposed to the welfare of there most important asset, the children. i feel a petition coming on!!

    I have been contemplating supplying my local school with healthy bento, freshly, made from locally supplied seasonal produce. If feel this will not only be an excellent way of introducing children to healthy/nutritional food, but also the opportunity to put some fun into there lunch time ritual.
    Do you or any of your loyal fans have any opinions on this idea??
    I would need to provide up to 100 per day, do you think this is possible??
    Also, anybody got any good bulk recipes or bento ideas??

    Many Many thanks to all who have taken the time to read this (apologies for the rant), i look forward to any comments.

    Keep up the great work.

  • You are amazing, still new ideas after 300 bentos! congratulations to you. I like your job!

  • Amy

    My guess is that the school has a contract with the caterer that in order to make it worth the caterer’s time, every child must get the catered lunch. And I would guess that the school added the cost of the food in with tuition, so the provided lunch has already been paid for.