Monday, January 25, 2010

Ginger Scallion Fish Bento


Ginger Scallion Fish Bento, originally uploaded by sherimiya ♥.
Are you ready for Spring yet? I know I am. This bento has a bunch of plum blossoms to get us in the mood and signal to the world that we are ready for flowers (and sun)!

I steamed cod in shoyu, ginger and scallions with just a little cracked pepper and a final drizzle of sesame oil. At the same time I roasted some sliced yellow squash and broccoflower, which I placed next to the fish on the lettuce. In the next container I placed some purple potato chips (also roasted), a grape tomato and some red carrot flowers. All the veggies roasted together. I thought the purple might run off into the lighter colored stuff, but it held its color well. I brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with garlic powder during cooking and that's it. In the fruit section I put a strawberry, 2 cherries and a partially peeled mini mandarin. I was in the midst of peeling the whole thing like I usually do, but at this point I noticed that it looked like a little hooded creature! So I added eyes and a nose and put him in like that. Afterwards I also noticed that the cherry stems look like antennae, kind of.

This is a newish bento box that I got from a Korean market. It's nice because it has 3 sections as well as a transparent lid. The volume is 480ml, which is just right for MisterMan if I pack it full(ish).

Happy Monday friends!

18 comments:

  1. tee hee, the antennae on the hooded creature are funny! the cod sounds amazing - you say your kids don't eat spicy, and i know you mean HOT spicy, but ginger is a spice that other kids i know won't eat, so that's cool that mister man is willing to eat this gourmet-y fish! love your blossom theme (pick, baran, background, carrot flowers) -- bring on spring!

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  2. Hi megan!
    Nope, he's never complained about ginger, cilantro or onion. Although, he doesn't pile the raw onions as toppings on certain Mexican foods like we do. I never even realized I had all these matching accessories until just today. I should dig around and find more "sets" :) Thanks a lot for your nice comments!

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  3. Hahaha, I love the mini mandarin orange! :D My kids love Chinese style ginger scallion fish too! It's the one fish that they love to eat over chicken any day. My kids don't care for the ginger, they just push it off to the side but eat everything else. Great bento Sheri!

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  4. Thanks Susan! I'm so sad, I think it's my last true mini mandarin. I could try it with a regular size one but I think it would look scarier, haha!
    Don't know what it is about this fish that kids like? I liked it as a kid too, much better than the whole fried fish!

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  5. I think I saw this bento at H-Mart. I was attracted to the locking clear lid. What a cute effect on the mini mandarin. It reminds me of something, but I can't quite think of it. But anyway...all the colors in this lunch are striking and the background is very pretty.

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  6. Hi Debra,
    It also came in a larger size, better for adults. It's kind of a cool box. Actually the mandarin animal reminds me of those cell phone charms where Pooh is wearing a bee costume, for example.
    Thanks a lot!

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  7. u got very lovely cute ideas :)

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  8. This new box has a nice shape ;) You should show us the lid next time ^.^
    And you filled it again with such a nice food variation. I like especially the cute plum flowers =^-^=

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  9. Awww... What you did with that little mandarin orange is indeed a fun idea Sheri. Thanks for sharing it :D *save the idea on my brain memory box hehe*

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  10. Btw, refreshing new paint! Love your new home :D

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  11. You always have the cutest little details in your bento! The little face reminds me of some cartoon, but I can't place my finger on it!

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  12. Sheri, it's a great idea on the mini mandarin. How do you come up with this idea? Any story behind it hehehe :) I amazed for the red carrot, I have been viewing so many colors for the carrot in your bento.

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  13. Lovely roasted cod with sesame oil--what a healthy treat! Love your mystery mini-mandarin creature--the accidental creative aha! discoveries that happen when in that calm but lively creative bento "zone"! Yummy, yummy roasty bento, sherimiya!

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  14. It looks beautiful and delicious! I am ready for spring but it just snowed here today :( So this happy bento brightens things up!

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  15. That cod sounds delicious, and I LOVE the mandarin! So cute!

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  16. Thanks javapot!

    Lil'chan, I should have taken a pic with the lid on. For some reason the food looks so cute packed up with the little mandarin peeking out :)

    tatabonita, Thanks! Hope to see one in your bento. I love your cute ideas and wish I could borrow them easily *sigh* but yours are quite a bit of work for me :)

    Thanks BentoBeginner! Really? If you think of it, let me know!

    Hi Lia, Haha, you're right, I have so many strange colors of carrots; don't know why these veggies are bred that way! Mini creature appeared 'cuz I peeled it messily, and decided to quit, hehe! Thanks so much for your nice words!

    bentobird, the bento zone. How right you are :) Thank you dear, you always move me!

    Hi Jenn! Thanks!! If you see Spring coming, send her this way!!

    Thanks lexi! Really appreciate your visit to my blog!!

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  17. You're an amazing bento maker and mother as well! I want to be like you someday!

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  18. Candy Kawaii Lover,
    That's so sweet. Thanks so very much!!

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