In this bento: creamy polenta (I used Martha Stewart's easy baked polenta recipe), a rabbit quail egg, nori flower, steamed edamame, stir fried carrots and purple cabbage topped with lotus rootlets, cucumber slices, and an apple rabbit made with an Arkansas Black Apple from Walker Apples.
I made the quail egg rabbit by hard boiling a quail egg, then slicing a small section off of one side. I cut that section in two pieces, then inserted those slices into an angled slit on the top of the egg. The nori eyes were punched out with a tiny hole punch.
I found these lotus rootlets in brine at Asia Mart on Guerneville Road in Santa Rosa. They have pretty much no flavor, but such a cool shape. A few little slices of rootlet make small snowflake like patterns.
Happy New Year!
Loving the quail egg rabbit! I wish I could get my hands on quail eggs. I'm waiting for my rabbit bento box to arrive in the mail before I make my official Year of the Rabbit Bento.ReplyDelete
Lovely as always!
Sonoma-san, this is as cute as always. I just love your Bento...and this rabbit is really wonderful!
Have a happy new year!
Thanks so much Jessica! Are there any asian stores in your area? That's where I get my quail eggs. You can also find them occasionally at farmers markets. Congrats on your new bento box, sounds fun!ReplyDelete
Danke sehr, Ty! Ich wuensche Dir auch Alles Gute Zum Neu Jahr!ReplyDelete
There's a Korean supermarket about 45 minutes from where I live. I never thought to look there! That's where I usually have to buy mirin, soba, and other things that my local grocers don't have. Next time, I'm bringing a cooler for those quail eggs!ReplyDelete
Score! I hope they have quail eggs. Check to see if they have other fun fresh food items like purple sweet potatoes and bitter melon. Good luck, Jessica!ReplyDelete
What a cute bunny!!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Natakiya!ReplyDelete
I want to make the bunny so bad! I'm holding out for Feb 3 for my New Year bentos, though. I think my son is going to love this!ReplyDelete
oh..cute rabbit! I can't wait to start my Year of Rabbit bento after seeing your quail egg rabbit....it's really nice! May be I should have a try with quail egg too...heheh.ReplyDelete
Happy New Year to you and family!! :)
That bunny egg is SO cute! And the teeny lotus rootlets are adorable! I love the name rootlets. Hehe! Happy new year Michelle!!ReplyDelete
So, do you think those lotus rootlets would keep in the fridge for ages and ages, like pickles? If so, I'd pick up a jar just for garnish. Those are really cool looking.ReplyDelete
i'm agree with Sherimiya, the bunny egg looks so cute!The lotus detail looks beautiful too :)ReplyDelete
Love the chubby look bunny a lot! Very soon it will be rabbit year and you are definitely not too early to start making rabbit theme bento! :DReplyDelete
I admire your restraint, Morgana! I couldn't wait to make a bunny bento. I have a feeling I'll be making a few of them during Jan and Feb. :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Emily! I am sure you will make some great Year of the Rabbit bentos. :) Happy New Year to you too!ReplyDelete
Thanks sheri! I know, rootlets, rootlets, heh heh, so fun to say! I just about flipped when I saw the jar of them, super cute.ReplyDelete
I bet the jar will last for some time, dragonmamma. They are in a salty brine, so I bet the contents will be good for at least 6 months to a year. Easy garnish!ReplyDelete
Thanks Sysyl! I love to play with quail eggs, so many possibilities. :)ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Kids Dream Work! Bunnys are so much fun to put in a bento, this one was really easy to make.ReplyDelete
So COOL! This charming and chic, SB! Love the lively, happy feel bunnies lend to a bento, as here :)ReplyDelete
Lots of bunny love, Bentobird! :)ReplyDelete