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An In-Flight Bento from Ajira Airways

Unlike last week, I didn’t come up with an idea for a LOST bento until yesterday. Maybe the long weekend and all just stalled my brain. I was also apparently harboring a cold one of my co-workers so thoughtfully gifted upon me last week, but that turned out to be a good thing, because I’d never have finished this in a regular morning since it took me five freaking hours to do.

Ajira Airways Bento

So here we have a bento from Ajira Airways. I woke up at five to cook rice, did some swearing over my really sore throat, and then got to work. I finished right about 10 am, though I guess you have to take into account that I cooked breakfast for three and helped get the kids ready for school somewhere in there. One thing’s for sure, after I write this I’m going to go pass out until it’s time to go pick Baby Girl up, bento eating be damned.

When I first decided on the Ajira logo, I pictured some star thing with the words and figured it’d be fine. Then last night I googled the logo and I’m like, “Oh shit.” It presented a challenge though, and I wanted to see how I could do. I printed out six logos, which was a good thing, because I ended up using five of them and used the sixth as a guide to place everything together.

I cut out the Ajira sun thinger first, just the paper. Then this morning I laid it on a piece of cheese and began cutting it out with a toothpick. It wasn’t too bad, but still difficult since American cheese is so soft. Next, I cut out the tiger, then the white circle in the center. I had a circle cutter that was exactly that size from my Floral Gumpaste Cutter Set, so that was easy peasy.

Aftermath

The tiger stripes were a massive pain in the ass, but eventually I got him done. I started using any of the scrap slivers of nori I found lying around and that worked just as well as trying to follow the picture.

Next, I dyed some alphabet pasta red. I put two drops of red food coloring into a little dish and then added two drops of water. I plopped the letters in for a quick bath, then moved them to a paper towel to dry.

Airways Letters

That turned out extremely well, I’ll have to use this again for spelling little words in more colors than pasty pasta yellow.

After that, I cut out the Ajira letters and laid them on white cheese, then cut that out with a combination of my paring knife and a toothpick. The toothpick was really bad for cutting straight lines, so I used the paring knife for those parts. After that, I painted straight red food coloring onto the tops of the cheese with another toothpick. Toothpicks are so freaking awesome, I swear!

Ajira Airways

Here’s a closer look at the logo. The tiger’s tongue is cut from a tiny piece of turkey and the two dots for the ‘j’ and ‘i’ are cut with a piece of coffee straw. The logo rests on a circle onigiri wrapped completely in nori. On the side are two teriyaki chicken wings. The lettuce is actually grown by Mr. Pikko in our yard. He was quite happy about it and has been asking me to eat it. It’s very fragile, but very frilly and therefore makes a beautiful bento liner.

Hope you all like it and happy LOST viewing tonight!

This past weekend I did a lot of baking, including these luscious red velvet cupcakes:

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Scratch that plan I mentioned earlier. First I’m going to eat one of these then go pass out for the afternoon. Maybe two. As you can see, I’ve already fallen off the weight loss wagon again.

Valentine's Dinner

Here’s the dinner I made on Sunday, since we stayed home with the kids. Rib eye steak, king crab, garlic asparagus, and rice for four for 35 bucks. Thanks to Foodland for making these two favorite foods of mine on sale this weekend. It freaking rocked, especially since the kids took one look at the king crab and declared it gross. More for me!

Tomato

On Saturday one of our tomatoes was ready and since the birds have been attacking our garden, we had to eat this thing ASAP. I went and bought hamburger meat, fried it up in my cast iron grill pan, and it was so yummy! The only bad part was that I had hamburger grease all over my freaking kitchen. I’m STILL finding it on things, it’s disgusting!

Sadly, the other tomato I was going to pick this morning to go with Mr. Pikko’s lettuce was captured by the evil doves. I hope they choke on the seeds.

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  • Oh my! Such a details work … The logo turned up so great! 5 hours?? I’m freaking out here LOL 😀 Love the red velvet cupcakes too. Hope you are getting better with the cold! Take care Pikko!

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  • This is fantastic. I love your detailing! We stayed home and had ribeye and sushi Sunday night. I do grill the best steaks! Hope you were able to rest.

  • WOW! This is just awesome. So impressive!

  • Paula

    CONGRATULATIONS – loved the article in this morning’s Advertiser. I’ve been a lurker for awhile and admire your dedication to bento-ing!

  • I loved them too… a little too much. I’m not allowed to make them anymore, lol. I ate so many…

  • The only bad thing is I didn’t use a shield, so I had to wipe grease off everything. 🙁

  • Thanks LExi!

  • Hi Paula! Thanks for the congrats and for commenting! 🙂

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  • Aimee S.

    Too cool for school!

  • LOVE the Ajira bento.

  • OH. My goodness. This is the greatest thing I have ever seen, hands down. I am one of those Lost fans who likes to spend hours speculating what some tiny detail you see in a five-second scene really MEANS, and so this made my bitter, confused mind (which just wants all of my questions to be answered!) fill with so much awe.

  • leslie

    I’ve been a little behind in my bento reading this week… I just wanted to tell you that I think this is THE most amazing thing I have ever seen. You must have the patience of a saint! It is so beautiful!

  • How can you get so creative? It keeps me scrolling to your website.