I got the cutest little bento box for my birthday. It’s beige, with little maroon and white flowers on top. Just a few. Not enough to be frilly and girlie, and they look like “traditional” Japanese flowers, not something cartoony. There are two trays, a top one with a tight lid that rests against a little ledge, so as not to crush the contents of the lower tray. They nest together. There’s even a little maroon elastic to hold it together. So yesterday and today I made myself adorable little bento lunches and life was happy. I went out a few days ago to pick up some supplies at Michaels: a little hole punch in a star shape to punch out nori, some cute tiny star cookie cutters, and even mini-muffin trays. Too cute. I should have taken pictures.
Top tray–I sliced up some apples and pears, then tossed with some orange juice to keep them from turning brown
Bottom tray–I put some crackers in the middle, then in muffin cups on either side I had cut up cheese in one and fruit snacks in the other.
Top tray–I crinkle but some carrots and used one of my tiny star cookie-cutters to punch little red and green pepper stars. They were the highlight of my meal. I also had some frozen shrimp that I fried in a little bit of olive oil and italian seasoning.
Bottom tray–sushi rice with a tiny bit of soy sauce for flavor.
I guess I figure if I have to eat alone and work over lunch, I might as well have a lunch that makes me smile! =)