I managed to pack a bento for Rob for Tuesday and Today, only to find out they were ordering Sushi at the office today and he didn't need a bento - Grrrr... :) Hopefully it holds up for tomorrow (maybe I'll send him with extra bread cut into flowers in case it has dried out...)
Tuesday's bento isn't all that pretty - the egg did not want to peel and then I think some of the membrane was still on it and caused the egg slicer to catch and make it even worse, so I tried just putting it yolk out, but it's still kinda ugly... For today's, I went back to letting the water get to a light boil first, then added the egg and let it simmer for 10 minutes - Once again, it peeled more easily (though not as easily as when the water was at a full boil when I added the eggs) - I think it just works better for fresher, harder to peel eggs. I have also read that adding a little baking soda, salt or vinegar is supposed to help, but I haven't tried that yet.
Want to peel an egg without 'peeling' the egg? Rob got this to work twice - lol - check it out :) -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PN2gYHJNT3Y
I would have liked to have added red pepper or grape tomato roses to the salad for more color, but I didn't have either - it wasn't until today that I realized I could have used radish again - Oh well...
The flower sandwiches are held together with cute picks - you can kinda see the green one, but the orange one is hidden by the cherries. There is an elephant pick holding together the center pinwheel on the salad since it was not 'anchored' by the side of the container.
June 24 (now for June 25) --
Side Car: Mixed Greens Salad w/ ham turkey and swiss pinwheels, a bear shaped boiled egg and carrot flowers
Bottom Tier: Macaroni Salad w/ carrot and green onion flowers and edamame
Top (Onigiri) Tier: Flower shaped ham turkey and american cheese sandwiches, baby carrot sticks, pitted cherries, a ringding in the center with foil to protect it from moisture and some blueberries tucked in the spaces
June 23 --
Bottom Tier: Mixed Spring Greens w/ ham turkey and swiss pinwheels, radish slices and a boiled egg that was car shaped but the egg slicer kinda mangled it :(
Top Tier: Macaroni salad w/ carrot and green onion flowers, blueberries and apple and melon gummies As always for his salad, he had a container of light ranch also
The first bento is packed in an Onigiri box by Hakoya that is no longer available from the soon to be gone ichibankanusa.com and the salad is in a food storage box from seventh avenue: http://www.seventhavenue.com/Kitchen-and-Entertaining/Food-Storage/Food-Storage-Set.pro?fpi=25115&catCd=DI
The second bento is in another Hakoya box purchased from VeryAsia.com