Oh, boy—obento! These yummy, healthy lunches are all the rage in Japan, where mothers create them as expressions of love for their children. With Yum-Yum Bento Box, Crystal Watanabe and Maki Ogawa devote an entire cookbook to these delicious and adorable meals for all ages! Learn how to craft your favorite foods into a variety of shapes—from caterpillars, cars, and puppy dogs to pretty flowers, princesses, and kitty cats. Yum-Yum Bento Box features chapters on Cuties & Critters, Fairy-Tale Friends, and Special Day Treats, plus a handy shopping guide, easy recipes for mini snacks, general tips and tricks, and so much more. Stop wasting money on pre-packaged lunches—and start making beautiful, healthy bentos!© 2013 Maki Ogawa / Quirk Books · Reproduced with permission.
Trace shapes or use a food cutter wheel to make a circle and eight legs out of bologna. Add two eyes punched out of cheese with a wide drinking straw.
Cut a nose, smile, and eyelashes out of nori and apply them to Miss Octopusâ€™s face.
Line the bento box with lettuce. Lightly salt and wet your hands, and then flatten the blue rice into a round, fl at shape. Put it into the bento box. Arrange Miss Octopus on top after other foods have been added.
Corned Beef Hash Patties
Makes about 8 servings, enough for leftovers
1. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. SautÃ© the
onion 2 minutes; add the corned beef and fry
until the meat has separated nicely.
2. In a separate bowl, mash the potatoes. Add
the corned beef, onions, carrot, egg, salt, and
pepper, mixing well. Chill in fridge until fi rm.
If the mixture is still too soft, add some bread
crumbs or panko. Form into patties and fry in
olive oil until browned on both sides.