After seeing a super cute cinnamon roll snail on Pinterest, I’ve been wanting to make a garden-themed bento for a while. Recently I saw another adorable idea for apples on Oh! Bento and that gave me the push I needed. Keith was super helpful and gave me directions on how to do it. Yeah for friendly bloggers!
I had so much fun making this one that I put out a facebook call for more ideas. Thankfully, some friends chimed in. Tessa suggested using lentils for “dirt” and Amy suggested purple potatoes. My local store didn’t stock these, but I realized roasted root veggies can offer a lot of color and are a nice change-up from the raw carrots and peppers I use so frequently.
Another idea I had been holding on to was a flower from cheese or turkey. Look closely at the first garden bento and you’ll see the ruins of a cheese slice that didn’t quite turn into a flower. I picked up some ham over the weekend and had much more success with the lunch meat. I used the bunny egg mold and made a little bee to go with it. My 4.5-year-old was in the kitchen with me and he suggested all sorts of vegetables to throw in our garden.
Hopefully, his enthusiasm will carry over to lunch tomorrow and he’ll eat most of them.
Tune in tomorrow when I post some how-to photos for how I did some of the components. There were a lot of fun tricks in here that don’t necessarily require special tools.