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Football Bento (437)

Yesterday, we went over to my in-laws to let the kids hang out with my niece and nephew and in between accidental naps and trying to get children to put their clothes back on, I was trying to think of themes to do for lunches this week. I tried envisioning what January means and couldn’t really come up with anything, until I realized that what we were watching on tv was exactly what I was looking for.

Football Bento

Obviously, we were watching the football games. I’ve done a football bento before, but wanted to think of others way to do it than that. I’ll probably end up doing another cutlet one, since the design of that one is from two years ago and thus, not very creative. To start off this theme though, I went with a football onigiri.

The football is made with brown rice, to help with the coloring. I mixed it up with some Katsuo Mirin furikake, which you can buy online from the company who makes it, Mishima. I mixed some in with the rice for flavor, then shaped the football with my hands. I sprinkled more furikake in a bowl, then rolled the top part of the onigiri in it, removing the pieces of nori.

The end result was a nice dark brown onigiri shaped like a football! I placed it in the middle of the bento box, which I’d lined with lettuce, then filled in leftover mapo tofu, tamagoyaki, cherry tomatoes, clementine slices, and sweet potato.

Football Onigiri

Here’s a closer look at the football. Once I was sure it was cooled, I cut strips of white cheese for the laces. I’d wanted to make my tamagoyaki more yellow, so I used one egg and one egg yolk and it seemed to work well. Usually my tamagoyaki comes out much paler, so I was happy with the result.  I tried to use the leftover egg white to make thin omelet for the laces, but messed that up as usual.

Not to be an ass to New Orleans, but judging from the way they played, the Colts are going to run all over them. The ‘C’ flag is not my way of picking a side, these flags only come in A, B, and C. I don’t have an ‘S’ option!

I’ve been bitching and moaning about the vog on Twitter a lot lately and the responses I get are always the same, “WHAT is vog?” You can read about it on Wikipedia, but here is a photo I took on the way in to work.


Normally, you can see the mountains clearly, but this is how it’s looked here for the last few days. This morning it was particularly bad, though. Funnily enough, Jenn tells me that due to rain, LA looks really nice and clean. I often wonder if this messes up LOST shooting at the beach.

Speaking of LOST, this Saturday is the premiere at Sunset on the Beach and I plan to be there with Mr. Pikko, the kids, and my brother. We’ll probably spend the day at the zoo, then head over to camp the spot my brother will be holding. I’m going to have to bring a mega stash of goodies to keep the kids from going nuts waiting around that long.

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  • great football! i love the little flags and stars, too 🙂

  • That’s a bento my husband would happily take to work! 😀 Great bento! 😀 I like the Mishima furikake too, we always get the nori komi. I just posted about reusing those awesome bottles, which are airtight and leakproof!

  • OMG! So cute! I also agree…the Colts should easily beat the Saints.

  • You are so creative! I love the football bento! I want to bring this to our super bowl party. It sure beats the regular chili!! I’ll have to try the Mishima furikake too. Thanks!

  • Thanks Gamene!

  • Haha, same brain waves. Our family favorite is Nori Komi too.

  • Thanks Melanie! That game was pretty funny with all the turnovers.

  • Thanks Lyndsey! Let me know how that goes!

  • daidai

    Wow, I am so glad that it started raining once I came back to LA for school from Hawaii. It was raining on the other side for once xD

    Cute bento though! I like the football. =]

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  • Samantha S

    Just thought of an idea with the football centerpiece. Finally my Bento-Block (lunch making version of writers’ block) may have lifted. Have the rice as the football then have all the mix-ins for taco salad. Thank you for the inspiration. 🙂

    I also have finally decided to add LOST to my queue on Netflix. 😛

    P.S.: I will be using the picks I got in the mail today. TY! ^.^b
    P.S.S: I found this amusing in World of Warcraft.. LOST related:

  • Your bento looks so delicious! The football onigiri came out well. Thanks for telling how you made it. I first thought it were a bun xD Looks like a German whole meat bun *nod* So I was really surprised to hear it is made out of rice and furikake ^.^

  • Beautiful bento! What you put in the box sounds heaven 😀

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  • I know, isn’t that pic just disgusting?! Glad you like the bento!

  • LOL that’s a funny pic! Thanks!

    I hope you enjoy Lost! 😀

  • Yeah, I was really happy with the way the furikake colored it. I’ll have to go look up what a German whole meat bun is!

  • Hi Tata, it’s called mapo tofu, though we don’t put the pepper flakes that it usually calls for!