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Easter Somen Salad Bento

Today is Kuhio Day in Hawaii, meaning I am in the first day of a nice three day weekend. Mr. Pikko took Buddy to school, which meant that I had the day with Baby Girl. I decided I would give the video thing another go today and since I needed to do a video that showed more of myself, I did it from another angle. Daylight helped a lot, but I can’t say much for the way it turned out in general. My dang background fell while I got up to check and I didn’t notice until after I was done. Oops!

Anyway, I’ll keep experimenting until I find a nice compromise.

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The video I made is for this Easter Somen Salad Bento. It’s got three little quail Easter eggs in the middle of a bird’s nest. I made the eggs by boiling them, peeling them, then soaking them in diluted food coloring. The yellow one had curry powder in it too, but it took too long and I had to add food coloring to that as well.

I plan on entering this one in Japan Society’s virtual bento contest. If you want to enter, check out the details here.

Baby Girl was completely freaking out over my little cutters, tiny eggs, and video making. She insisted on decorating her own eggs (chicken) and then started barking orders at me to slice her more fish sausage for her to cut into more shapes. I asked her why she was so interested since she doesn’t like bento and she said it was because she didn’t have to take it to school. So, the interest is there, I just have to get her over this embarrassment thing.

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Here’s a closer look at the eggs. Don’t they look cute? I love the coloring for the blue one the most. I used a straw to make the little dots and a teeny tiny flower cutter from my Wilton gum paste set.

Early on you can see my little munchkin trying to cause trouble, which I left so that I filched music from Cafe World for giggles. Hope it’s not too hard to see the food. Enjoy!

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The other day, we ate at Gyotaku and the Hoodlums were having a blast until Wasabi saw what came with my sushi. He was really freaking out and I had to calm him down and let him know it was just food.

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  • Nice job on the video! You are a natural in front of the camera! The eggs are so cute in the nest and it’s such a great bento for the contest. 😀

  • I just love this video! it’s amazing how simple and easy it seems for you to put the food in your bento box. I’m always fighting with my food to have it stick in the bento box the way I want!
    Your little colored eggs are awesome, I think I might use your idea soon if you don’t mind… (Easter is next weekend in France!)

  • Heather R

    You added the music from Cafe World on Facebook. I knew I recognized that music I was hearing! Awesome bento. ^.^

  • As always great bentou! And I loved the video, you should make more! 🙂

  • Courtney

    Such an adorable bento!! I think the video was a lot clearer when you shot it from above, that way we can see everything you’re doing and it would be easier for you too, not having to do it upside down. That’s just my opinion but I LOVE your videos either way 😀

  • Moontaj

    Loved the bento, quite pretty. I love how you look in front of the camera, quite natural, and awake this time. (tehehe) The lighting was much better, I also enjoyed the background music.

    Slight critique;

    It was much harder to actually see the food, as the camera was ‘eye level’ with it. I’d suggest putting the camera up a bit higher then angle it downward towards the food, and of course you.

  • Aw, what a nice Easter themed bento! So great! I love it <3 And really nice video clip 😉

  • Kimi

    Great that you are doing videos now – yes, I agree that it would be easier if you
    filmed from above. BTW where do you get quail eggs from?

  • That is a beautiful lunch!

  • Aww, your daughter is embarassed to bring it to school? I wish my mom would make cool lunch’s like yours 🙂

  • beautiful and festive box – what a great contest entry! wishing you luck!

  • Really cute bento — you have a great chance at winning! 🙂

    The Wasabi story is *so* funny it made me ROFLOL

  • Thanks Susan! I think I should actually smile a whole lot more. lol Good luck in the contest!

  • I don’t mind at all, that’s why I do these themes earlier, so that people can use them!

  • LOL, glad someone recognized it. 🙂

  • I’ll definitely make them whenever I have time, Julie. Thanks!

  • Yeah, I totally agree, so I’ll try again!

  • Yeah, it was very frustrating for me that the food was so hard to see. I think when I move, I’ll have a lot more to work with kitchenwise!

  • Thanks Lil’chan!

  • Hi Kimi, I buy them at Marukai Marketplace. I haven’t seen them anywhere else!

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  • Thanks Shelly, I’m glad you liked it!

  • Well, hopefully with my videos people will see that it’s not all that hard!

  • I hope you win Gamene, your entry was amazing!

  • Thanks Gnoe!

    And yeah, the poor guy was really traumatized…

  • This if the first time I’ve been to this site and it definitely won’t be the last! This Easter bento is so cute but everything is adorable! I love it!