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Cinnamoroll Bento and Garden Update!

We had a busy, busy weekend that started off with a family potluck at my aunty’s house. It was the first time almost all the second cousins were together to play, yay! Saturday we took the kids to the Urban Garden Center in Pearl City. We’d seen the place all the time from the freeway but until something popped up in the paper, we had no idea what it was. We liked it, but it was massively hot out that day, so after we’d had enough of melting we went to Home Depot to buy gardening stuffs. I bought seeds, Mr. Pikko bought more fishie stuff.

After I got in a bunch of stuff from J-List and Amazon, I realized that the amount of unused bento goods I have right now is getting rather ridiculous. It inspired me to actually sketch out something in particular for using one of those neglected items. Today I went with my Cinnamoroll onigiri mold.

On Sunday I made Mr. Pikko take us all to the Haleiwa Farmer’s Market so that I could try the tomato basil pizza (which was very yummy!) and buy some fruits and veggies. We ended up buying quite a bit of stuff: bag of corn, 4 mangoes, a watermelon, a brownie, a scone, 2 tilapia, 1 catfish, baby eggplant, okra, smoked ahi, pizza, and some fried green tomatoes.

There’s a slice of the smoked ahi underneath Cinnamoroll. I’d originally intended to chop it up and place it in the top area, but Cinnamoroll was too short. The ahi served as a nice prop to bring her up a bit. I cut some flowers out using a piece from my Floral Flower Making Set. The eyes I punched out with a hand-held oval hole puncher that I found at a scrapbooking store. This worked much better than a nori punch! I cut the mouth out with scissors. I was so frustrated because I couldn’t find any scissors in the house for the longest time, even the kids’ scissors were MIA!

Anyway, the corn, watermelon, and eggplant are all from the market. For the eggplant I sliced it up thin and fried it with some onions, then put some teriyaki sauce on. I had wanted to add some nice katsuo bushi, but my bag was like dust, so that didn’t look as good as I’d hoped. I was trying to emulate the eggplant nigiri that they serve at Genki Sushi. That’s so yum!!

My yellow tomatoes have been hanging around begging to be picked, so I finally picked one on Sunday to eat then picked the rest this morning to put into the bento.

Don’t they look so cute?? It was tasty. I was happy.

Astonishingly, after tearfully watching so many of my little baby kumquats fall off the tree, many of them survived and are now at a nice big size! It amazes me that this little tree is giving fruit already.

These are the last two of my precious red tomatoes. I feel bad pulling out the plant after it gave me so many nice fruits, but I don’t see any new fruit and I want to plant something else! Buddy picked one of them this morning. He loves to pick tomatoes and runs inside the house to put it into the fridge for me. It’s so cute!

This thing is a complete mystery. At first I thought it was daikon, but then I pulled out a smaller, weaker one and there was nothing there. Then it flowered with purple flowers in a stem up the middle, which meant it wasn’t ong choy (my second guess). Then these weird pods appeared, which I’m guessing is the seed pods. Still, I’d like to know just what the heck this is. Anyone have a clue?

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  • Katie F.

    Purple flowers, eh? My first guess would be eggplant, but the leaves don’t look right and those pods don’t like what I remember my aubergines looking like as podlings. Those look almos okra-like….

  • Eggplant wasn’t something I’d considered because the way the plant was growing it looked like a leafy green veggie instead of a plant with fruit. I’ll have to google around to see what I can find!

  • Ladyvivi

    What kind of yellow tomatoes are those? I’ve never seen any quite like those! They are cute <3

  • Those yellow tomatoes are pretty! They almost look like little bells having off the vine.

  • Err..sorry about the typo. I meant “hanging off the vine.” It’s been a looong day. lol

  • my husband loves those small yellow tomatoes – the seeds we buy for our garden call them yellow pear

  • Did you know that if you pick your tomatoes with a small section of the stem still attached to the fruit and leave them on the counter for up to a week (DON”T put them in the fridge) they will just keep getting sweeter and redder?

  • I’ve never seen yellow tomatoes with that shape. They seem really tasty and are very cute. You’ve been doing a good job with gardening :).

  • I made a cinna-sandwich last week! We love him at home. Could you once tell us how you stock all your bento stuff because, I have so many, it is sometimes hard to use all….

  • steph

    Those seed pod thingies look like what I have on my radishes. The pic is a little deceptive because the leaves shown are tomato leaves, but the radish plant (almost certain that’s what that is) is growing wild in front of it – just like mine. I didn’t know that radishes made those weird little seed pods until I grew them this time (I don’t remember them doing that before but it’s been years). I don’t guess they are good for anything. And unfortunately my radishes have not formed actual radishes. Check and see if yours have. Or see if the part of the plant touching the ground is red (if not, it may still be a type of radish).

  • Hey!! I think you’ve solved it! I guess it must be daikon radish! I’d thought it couldn’t be since it went to see with no radish. Thanks!!!