In this bento: Pillsbury garlic stick "fingers" with almond slice "fingernails" hold on to creepy hard boiled quail eggs. They rest on a bed of penne pasta with fresh mozzarella pieces and delicious marinara sauce from Sonoma County's Pasta Etc. In the upper compartment: steamed edamame, baby carrots, slices of white/purple radish from the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market, cucumber slices, and cherry tomatoes.
Here's a closeup of the creepy quail egg. It actually had more pronounced crackles on it, but I kept in in the fridge for a day before I used it, so the cracks started to fade.
Recipe for Creepy Quail Eggs
blueberry juice or red and blue food coloring
Fill a small pot with cold water, then add about 1 or 2 tablespoons of vinegar. The vinegar will make it easier to peel the shells from the eggs. Add the quail eggs to the pot, then place on the stove. Turn the stove on to high heat and wait for the water to boil. Once the water boils, cover the pan and turn off the heat. Let the eggs sit in the covered pot for 7 minutes. Gently pour out the cooking water and pour cold water into the pan. Remove quail eggs and tap their shells to create cracks all around the surface of the eggs. Put the eggs back in the pan with the cool water. Add blue berry juice or food coloring to create a purplish brew. Let the eggs sit in the colored water for at least 2 hours to get colored effect. Remove eggs from water and gently peel. Use eggs within 24 hours for best effect.
I love the blueberry juice for coloring, great idea!ReplyDelete
I like the marble effect on the quail eggs..ReplyDelete
Wow, the marble eggs look really good and especially is with natural food colouring! The fingers look creepy, but this is a great bento for Halloween!ReplyDelete
Those fingers are TOO awesome; they look SO REAL!!ReplyDelete
You can also make tea eggs this way too.
Thanks Mrs. Ed! I can't take credit though, Martha suggested it. :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Bobo! Give it a try, it's really easy.ReplyDelete
Hi Kids Dream Work! They're evil breadstick fingers, super creepy!ReplyDelete
Thanks sheri! I just used a knife to score little wrinkles on the knuckles. Not hard to do, especially with premade Pillsbury dough.ReplyDelete
Wow, those are totally awesome!!! :) Those are the best fingers ever. :)ReplyDelete
Oh those fingers are freaking me out! Ah! I can't stop looking at them! Too cool!ReplyDelete
yikes! Those breadstick fingers are super freaky! good job! I wonder if i make this for my little one's class if they'll get freaked out? LOLReplyDelete
WOW .. it is really creepy!!! the fingers are freaking me out!! AWESOME!!!ReplyDelete
Those are so cool! I love the creepy fingers and "spoiled" eggs! How fun!ReplyDelete
They are so cool!! My 3yo wouldn´t eat them at all, so creepy! XD she would be too scared to do so!ReplyDelete
Great job with the bento!!
Oh my! Those fingers are so creepy and marbled quail egg is awesome which make this bento super cool! You are so creative :)ReplyDelete
The fingers are so creepy. It would surely be fun to show this around during lunch *g*ReplyDelete
OMG! Your garlic stick fingers are SOOO creepy! I have to cover my eyes with my palms hehehe :DReplyDelete
the fingers are really creeping me out, and i don't know if i could eat that. :P i think i'll stick with the cute bento!ReplyDelete
Thanks Susan! My step daughter was kind of freaked out by them and just rolled her eyes at me. "Mom, you are crazy."ReplyDelete
Thanks Ohayobento! They are kind of fascinating. :)ReplyDelete
Ha ha, Mrs. P! They may be a tad too gruesome for little kids. :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Lina! This bento was really fun to make!ReplyDelete
Hee hee! Thanks Lyndsey. The wrinkles on the knuckles added that realistic touch.ReplyDelete
That top finger in particular is very realistic...looks like the poor monster had arthritis. The eggs are too pretty to be creepy.ReplyDelete
Thanks karaimame! It is a bit too scary for little kids.ReplyDelete
Thank you Lia! You are so kind with your compliments. :)ReplyDelete
Ha ha, thanks Flicksi, I am sure you could get a few screams showing off this lunch.ReplyDelete
Sorry tatabonita! I hope you don't have nightmares! :)ReplyDelete
Yup, pretty creepy to eat, suki. :) But they did taste good!ReplyDelete
Thanks dragonmamma! The fingers that came out somewhat misshapen were my favorites. This would be fun as appetizers with a bowl of "bloody" marinara for dipping. Eeeeek!ReplyDelete
OMG, this is SO creepy-creative SB! Spooky idea beautifully...executed (heh)...excellent Halloween bento!ReplyDelete
Ha ha! Thanks bentobird! Execution is right. Moo hoo ha ha ha!ReplyDelete
It's great, but I have to say, I find the eggs more beautiful than creepy.ReplyDelete