Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Life's a Beach

One of the awesome Bento Bloggers out there, Hapa Bento, has a monthly contest called the B.O.M.B. (which stands for Best of the Month Bento). The theme for June's B.O.M.B. is the beach! I tried a turtle onigiri, which worked out okay, but not great. I think this one is better!

The cheese sunglasses with nori lenses are resting on a "sandy" bed of soboro (a.k.a. crumbled cooked meat.) This is turkey soboro. I also have cucumber skin palm fronds, and an orange pepper coconut (it could be a sun, I wasn't really sure), and there are waves of steamed cauliflower washing up on the beach, with a sea of blueberries behind it.

Recipe for Turkey Soboro
4 oz ground turkey meat
1/4 cup minced onion
1 tablespoon mirin (or dry white wine)
1/2 tablespoon rice vinegar
1/2 tablespoon sugar
1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
a few drops of toasted sesame oil
freshly ground pepper

Combine ingredients and cook over medium heat until cooked through and moisture has mostly evaporated. Makes enough for one bento box lunch.


  1. I must try this turkey soboro--I can tell its a winner! You take on this month's B.O.M.B. challenge is so creative--nori for the sunglasses is perfect, how did ya come up with that?! And a blueberry sea sounds so poetic and cooling...:)

  2. Love the sunglasses! What did you use to cut them out with?

  3. Thanks bentobird! I have read a few things about soboro, and it seemed like the perfect choice for this bento. This one is super easy to make, and would also make a good filling for onigiri.

    Hi Genetta! The sunglass cookie cutter is one that I picked up at Sur la Table. The nori "lenses" were cut out by hand.

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  5. Thanks Kelly! I found your blog last night and the title of it just killed me, so clever! Crouching Mother, Hidden Toddler. BRILLIANT! I look forward to sharing lots of fun bento.