Now this title is slightly misleading as I only had a tiny portion of leftovers for lunch. It was a rushed entry for Bento&Co’s 2013 International Bento Contest that I made on Monday. I sent this photo off at the very last minute and wasn’t sure if I made the deadline. I didn’t make top 20 but it was great fun to make and even greater fun to eat. 🙂
The pasta is fusilli in a homemade shiitake-infused pomodoro sauce. I wanted to try and add an Asian flavour to the pasta. I am sort of fifty-fifty about the outcome. It tasted ok, but slightly weird, hence no recipe.
This bento is inspired by Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away. I was about to chop up the shiitake caps when I thought they looked like the Soot Balls / Coal Sprites from Spirited Away. The bento also depicts Boh in mouse form and Yubaba’s Bird, on a bed of lettuce leaves, topped with parsley, basil, carrot stars, and red cabbage stars. Yubaba’s Bird is also a shiitake mushroom cap. The head of Boh (mouse) is cut out from cooked lasagne sheet. The characters are further defined using lasagne sheets for eyeballs, carrot, and nori. The stars are meant to be food for the Soot Balls. 🙂
Sides are cherry tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, pan-fried tofu, and stacked puff pastry hearts. All vegan except the pastry.
My bento was voted Bento of the Week. Thank you all! xx