News from the kitchenless front, and an inedible bento

As I reported last time, I am currently living in a kitchenless house. I thought we'd be further along in procuring cooking equipment, but due to various circumstances such as a backed up septic tank, wonky electricity and such, that hasn't happened. So far we are living on salads and bread, take-out sandwiches and - yes, fast food too. There are times like this for everyone right? We did finally get the rice cooker working (the transformer was acting funny) this morning, so I can finally start making rice at least.

Here's a typical lunch these days - sandwiches from a local bakery. Really nice, but at 5 Euros per sandwich (about US $6.20) they aren't cheap.

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While I haven't been making real bentos, I did finally finish making this little number:

inedible bento

This is a bento made of felt stuffed with polyfill - a plushie bento if you will. The base is a kit I got in Japan, which I modified a bit. It has everything you would want in a well-balanced bento:

- 2 onigiri (rice balls) - one is mixed with furikake, one has nori around it
- a breaded fried shrimp (I don't have a recipe for this on Just Bento as of yet, but there's one in the book ^_^)
- a piece of tamagoyaki - a multi-egg one from the thickness, not a 1-egg one
- Japanese potato salad
- lettuce leaves
- a mini hamburger complete with ketchup in the shape of a heart
- 2 apple bunnies or usagi ringo
- a slice of kiwi
- blanched broccoli florets - great for filling those gaps
- and even a octopus wiener.

Here it is from a slightly different angle:

Inedible bento

Anyway, I am going to try to sort out our kitchenless-kitchen situation in the next few days, so that I can get back to making edible bentos! Although I must say, making felt food is so fun that I feel an obsession coming on...

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Re: News from the kitchenless front, and an inedible bento

That crafted bento is...cute beyond reason! Love it, you did an amazing job crafting this beauty. Not a stitch out of place that I can see.

Re: News from the kitchenless front, and an inedible bento

First, get well soon Maki! (I can't seem to put that as a comment on that post). Emergency surgery is tough. Sending you good vibes and lots of hugs.

Your felt bento is just adorable. It looks like just the thing for little kids to play with, like when I was a kid and we played with flexible plastic 'peas' 'sunny side-up eggs' 'carrots' 'ham' etc. How much more cute and healthy to play with felt broccoli than plastic ham.

Re: News from the kitchenless front, and an inedible bento

I love this! What a cute little project;)

Re: News from the kitchenless front, and an inedible bento

O.M.G. That is adorable! I would so do that if I had a kit to get it started with too! :D:D:D

Re: News from the kitchenless front, and an inedible bento

Oh my gosh! I LOVE the play food bento! I WANT ONE!!!!! (Adding to my huge list of stuff to make someday...)

Re: News from the kitchenless front, and an inedible bento

Cuuute! I made crochet sushi and onigiri for for my friends' birthdays and such. Though the felt versions look so cute, I might have to try those.

Re: News from the kitchenless front, and an inedible bento

I have actually been making multiple felt onigiris, so I may put up a pattern for one if there's interest (though I guess it doesn't quite go with the 'practical healthy bento' theme here... ^_^;)

Re: News from the kitchenless front, and an inedible bento

I love making felt food~! I used to make mostly things like desserts, but lately I've enjoyed making felt bento as well. I decided to make a felt bento box to put all the yummys into, but for a while I had trouble getting the sides to stand up straight!
I look forward to seeing what you make next~! ^w^

Re: News from the kitchenless front, and an inedible bento

this is absolutely adorable! wish we could get play Japanese food here - my children would really love it (and no, I can't saw at all. at least I can cook (-:).
My children love Japanese food and Miyazaki movies.

Re: News from the kitchenless front, and an inedible bento

I love making food out of felt, good to see others catching the bug! ;) I had been planning to make a plushie bento for some time now, but now worried I could not make anything this good. Nice work!

Re: News from the kitchenless front, and an inedible bento

Nice work in making the felt bento, I mean!

Re: News from the kitchenless front, and an inedible bento

You now, if you ever wanted to make some extra cash, I'd definitely buy a felt bento set.

Re: News from the kitchenless front, and an inedible bento

I actually finished a felt hamburger set too. I'll try to take pics of it soon.

Re: News from the kitchenless front, and an inedible bento

I love making food out of felt, good to see others catching the bug. I used to make mostly things like desserts, but lately I've enjoyed making felt bento as well. I decided to make a felt bento box to put all the yummys. I love this! What a cute little project…
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Re: News from the kitchenless front, and an inedible bento

Thanks so much for the great article about Bento! I received my first bento box as a gift from a friend in Japan a couple of months ago. I've been trying out different things and enjoying the bento artwork of others. I even make a little bento box for my one dog when we travel.

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