Great Bento Idea: Giraffe bentos for two little girls by Karaimame

Little giraffe bento

This week’s Great Bento Idea comes from a mom of 2 in Finland, Karaimame!

The original idea behind charaben, or cute decorated bentos, is to encourage picky kids to eat a variety of foods. Nowadays of course, charaben have gone off in all kinds of directions and are made by, and for, adults as much as they are for kids. But these two cute bentos bring the concept right back to its original intention.

Karaimame is a mother of two little ones living in Finland (though she’s originally from Brazil and has Japanese parents), who’s just recently started a bento, cooking and crafts blog, which you should definitely check out. These 2 bentos were made for her daughters, who love kirahvi (Finnish for giraffe). The giraffes are made out of sliced cheese, carrot and nori seaweed. If you look at the boxes closely, you’ll see that except for the giraffes, the bentos are quite straightforward, with a variety of different foods. As she explains on her blog, she uses a bit of deception (including the giraffe) to encourage her kids to eat their vegetables and other foods. You may not be as skilled as Kararimame at doing cute cut-outs, but you can take her ideas for ‘fooling’ picky kids into eating their lunch too.

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Re: Great Bento Idea: Giraffe bentos for two little girls ...

Maki, I am so honored for being featured in your blog! Thank you very much Just Bento ^_^, ありがとうございました !
As you already know, you've always been my great inspiration for making food and later obentos, not to mention, creating the blog as well :)
Thanks again, "kiitos paljon" ;P

Re: Great Bento Idea: Giraffe bentos for two little girls ...

The phrase moomin-giraffe has just gotten stuck in my brain...

Re: Great Bento Idea: Giraffe bentos for two little girls ...

It's a very cute idea, and your girls must love it. Sorry to say... but I hope the frankfurters are a special type not preserved with nitrates or nitrates whose consumption in early childhood is linked with childhood leukemia.

Re: Great Bento Idea: Giraffe bentos for two little girls ...

Thanks Katharine! And about the frankfurters, I don't like any type of charcuterie that uses nitrates or nitrites as preserving addition. I myself feel very sick after eating them and I don't like offering to my girls either. Anyways, different from many children here, my girls are not big fans of sausages and frankies, so I don't have much problem :).

Re: Great Bento Idea: Giraffe bentos for two little girls ...

That is so adorable great! My son would love that.

Re: Great Bento Idea: Giraffe bentos for two little girls ...

what is the giraffe made of? is it make of different types of cheeses? o.o
i'd really like to try and make this one day ^^ it's very adorable <3

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