Thursday, October 20, 2011

Candy Corn Quail Egg Bento

Candy Corn Quail Egg Bento, originally uploaded by sherimiya.
I strayed from the jack-a-day series today because I wanted to make a little candy corn quail egg, and it took so long that I didn't feel like trying to find another food to carve into a jack-o-lantern. First of all, I didn't shape it triangularly enough, and then I didn't have time to soak it long enough to keep the colors dark. But then, if you've dyed eggs before, you know that the color tends to fade pretty quickly anyway. To dye this egg I used golden beet and regular beet juice. I first let the egg sit halfway in a cup of golden beet juice, then placed it 1/3 of the way into a cup of red beet juice. I had nice sharp lines of color demarcation at first, but then they bled out and faded. I had made these cuties before (in the two bentos here) and I think they looked better then. Oh well! This bento contains butterfish misoyaki (see my method here), homemade oven roasted "potato chips", steamed Okinawan sweet potato, corn, tomatoes, carrots, and a fruit assortment (pluots, honeydew melon balls and grapes) -- all packed up in my favorite Lunchbots Trio. Have a sweet day!

12 comments:

  1. It's still cute!!! I remember you did this last year, I never have enough patient to make such adorable bento like yours!!

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  2. Love the color combination in your bento, Sheri. I always do. I should try to dye the egg someday :)

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  3. The candycorn egg is precious! I remember seeing them in your bentos last year and I'm so glad to see it again. It's so cute and still a perfectly wonderful idea. And I'm impressed with the use of the natural dye agents to achieve the colors!

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  4. Oh this happy smile is perfect for Friday (although your post was yesterday...)! Looks yummy Sheri!

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  5. I know what you mean... Making characters from quail eggs can be a pain in the neck, but it's worth it I think, look at your cute candycorn egg :-) !

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  6. This is like your pastel candy corn version Sheri! He is so darn cute. I see i've missed out on a dazzling array of halloween bentos. I think my fave is the frankenstein one! I did try my hand at carving a tomato jack o lantern but it was a disaster. I think I shall leave the carving to the experts like you. lol. : )

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  7. Adorable. I really love all your wonderful creative ideas.

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  8. Thanks so much Candy Girl, Lina, Yenny, natakiya, Nami, Cooking Gallery, Chantale and Jackie. So so sweet; I really appreciate it!

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  9. Super cute egg! I have a question about the fish - do you use BLACK cod like in your recipe? I'm having trouble finding it and when I do, it's $25/lb! Can I use other cod, like Alaskan cod instead and still have it taste the same?

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  10. Good try and I LOVE LOVE LOVE your pretty little purple flower!
    Is that the original color at the middle of the flower? That's too awesome! ;)

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  11. laulaus,
    Yes, it's black cod (butterfish, sablefish), and it's delicious. It has a silky texture that tastes really good with this miso marinade. Other cod will not hold up the same; it will flake apart (in my experience). You can certainly try it though. I haven't tried it so you'll have to let me know how it goes :D

    Thanks a lot Ꮮуռ (ᶬˠ ᶩᶤᵗᵗᶥᵋ ᵐᵋˢˢᵞ ᴻ ᶜʱᵋᵋᵏᵞ) -- Yes, the carrot looks like that in the center! Isn't it beautiful!

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