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Whale Friends Bento (427)

As my little post last night mentioned, I’m re-doing the layout of the site. This new theme will require a lot of learning on my part, so it may be a while before you all see the final product. What I’m hoping is that I can change the color scheme of the blog as the seasons change to get people more in the mood. I’m not sure if that’s the best idea yet, but we’ll see.

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen that I was smoking a turkey earlier in the week. In Hawaii, people would probably refer to it as “kalua turkey”. Since it was a 16 pound turkey, we have a lot of meat left even after two days of eating and me taking some to our monthly potluck. Thus, I’m eating smoked turkey wraps today topped with little cheese whales.

Whale Friends Bento

Notice anything new with my photos? I’ve decided I’m sick of typing out “Adventures in Bentomaking” on all my photos and instead, I’ll now stamp them with a little logo that includes my url. So now instead of being sick of my text, I can be sick of my little graphic stamped all over the place.

My lightbox is currently full of junk that I use to take photos with that I can’t seem to find room for anywhere else. It’s getting really crowded and I have lots of things in complete disarray such as all my background materials, which all badly need ironing. In this case though, the wrinkled blue looked like an ocean, so that worked out great.

I wrapped the turkey with some lettuce and cut it in half, trimming off the end. I used a whale food cutter I got at From Japan with Love and cut out two whales from a slice of cheese. I cut a piece off of a thick straw and pinched it to make a thin oval. I cut that in half to make the eyes, then added punched nori as the eyes and mouths.

Whale Friends Close-up

I was going to add black sesame seeds for water spouting out, but I couldn’t find them. Haha! On the side, separated by a divider, I have some fresh veggies: baby carrot sticks, cucumber sticks, and some small grape tomatoes. It was very simple to make, taking me only about ten minutes.

If you use lettuce leaves as a ruffled border, make sure you dry the leaves with a paper towel so that you don’t get water in your tortillas. Also, don’t buy beautiful, but extremely sour grape tomatoes. Yech! Anyway, I bet you want to know how to make smoked turkey because it just sounds so good, right?

Smoked Turkey

To make your own smoked turkey, you need a special smoking mechanism called an oven.


  • 1 turkey, thawed, ~15 lbs
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 bottle liquid smoke


  • Roasting pan
  • Oven bag (Reynold’s works)
  • Knife
  • Gloves (optional, but highly recommended)
  • Large bowl or tupperware


This is a great recipe for when you need to let off steam, cause you get to stab holes in the turkey.


1. Remove insides from the turkey.
2. Open up bag and place in roasting pan. Place turkey inside.
3. Rub with sea salt and pepper. Pre-heat oven to 250.
4. Take knife and stab turkey repeatedly. Do not stab self.
5. Pour liquid smoke on turkey a little at a time, rubbing into the skin and in the cavity.
6. Seal bag with enclosed tie and poke holes in the bag for ventilation.
7. Roast turkey for 8 hours.
8. Once done, let cool for a bit and then pull apart meat. Shred meat for easy eating.
9. Pour juices into the container and let the meat soak.

You’ll need to drain the turkey well if you’re making wraps while the meat is hot, as there will be TONS of liquid and that makes for sloppy wraps. Happy eating!

Yesterday Buddy informed me that he has a girlfriend at preschool that he plays puzzles with. At least he’s going slow, unlike Baby Girl, who eloped in preschool. He recently turned four, which caused me to stand back and think, wow, has it really been four years since I was last preggers? I may complain about him, but he’s really a big bright light in all our lives.

Yesterday, we were in a pet shop and ‘Bad Romance’ starts playing and he yells at Baby Girl, “IT’S LADY GAGA!!!” His musical knowledge doesn’t end there. On the way home yesterday he starts singing, “I’m a single lady! I’m a single lady! I’m a single lady! I’m a single lady!” I asked him who sings that and his reply was, “The Chipmunks!” HAHAHA!

Have a great weekend!

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  • cute whales, and your buddy stories always crack me up!! happy weekend 😀

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  • So cute whales ^-^ I love them <3 Looks so delicious. I really want to have those wraps 🙂
    And thanks for sharing your stories. It always let me smile =^-^=

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  • Thanks Gamene! 🙂

  • I’m happy to make you smile! The wraps were really yummy and so easy too.

  • I love the personal stamps and wish you could enlightened us on how you do them. The song in the store made me laugh b/c one day I was shopping in the megamart and Steely Dan was singing of their heroin addiction, and I was all “hey does anyone else notice this?” Yep a can of Campbell’s soup with a monkey on my back.

  • I too love your stories 🙂 My girls are 18 and 20 now, so it brings me back to read them 🙂

    I also love reading all your cooking stories. I apparently can’t even make a sandwich pocket without failing! ha!

  • I like the new layout! I switched over to Thesis recently as well and am loving it.

    Love reading your stories about your kids, they are so funny!

  • I like the new look so far. Do I need to check the internal temp of the turkey like I would if I were roasting it? Does it need to come up to 185 degrees? I’m really scared of raw turkey.

  • These are adorable!!!!!! love love love them and the pics are great!

  • daidai

    I love your new layout as well! Cute stamps too – I think it’ll fit your pictures better than the text scrawled over the bottom.

  • The cheese whale makes the whole wrap/sandwich bento much cuter! I pack sandwiches for myself & my partner 2-3 times a week and it’s so hard to make them look good. I’ll have to remember these adorable whales!

  • Fran

    Love your site, love your humor, love your bentos!

    Quick question – do you actually eat your “lettuce leaf” or is it just for garnish? Just curious.

  • Aimee S.

    Very cute. Cant wait to see your upcoming LOST bentos.

  • I already posted a comment over at LJ, but, I really liked your obentou, it’s super cute! 😀

  • Hi here is the frenchie again: I love your colourful bentos and i m happy that you go on!

  • Your creativity and humor are awesome. Thanks for all the great bento ideas, Pikko!

  • Hi Pikko, I love your AIB’s new look. Your bentos are always adorable and that new stamp is just cute! 😀

  • Mer

    Love those cute little whales! 🙂

  • This is a very adorable bento! I am going to have a hard time eating this bento! It looks so pretty that I can stare at it the whole day.

  • hahaha, it’s a cute whale.. And I think the stamp is a very good idea and your stamp is very cute too..

  • Hi Judy, your question is answered in my Butterfly Pasta post. Hope that helps!

  • I wonder if my daughter will be 18 before she accepts my bentos. 🙁

  • To be honest, I was really discouraged at first, but now that I’m slowly getting it, I appreciate it a bit more.

  • I actually did not check the temperature, but with the bag and it cooking for 8 hours, the whole thing just fell apart. There was no question it was done.

  • Thanks Christey, I’m glad you like them!

  • Yeah, I really loved my old font, but I guess eventually I got tired of it. It doesn’t look as great as I thought it did before.

  • Thanks libolibri! It’s a great cutter set to have!

  • Hi Fran! Yes, I eat the lettuce leaf. I keep a bottle of dressing at work and I rip up the garnish leaf and eat it with the other veggies as a mini salad. I call it a “convertible salad”. 🙂

  • Oh man, I’ve had to start brainstorming. I came up with something to make to take to the premiere. Hopefully I can get on TV with it!! (if it comes out right)

  • Thanks Julie! You’re super nice to comment twice! lol

  • Viva la bento? 😀

  • Thanks bentobird and you’re welcome!

  • Thanks Tata! The stamp is so much easier to use than the text. Whew!

  • Thank you, Mer!

  • Thanks mushima, I’m glad you like both. 😀