bento #31: Totoro snowman

January 29, 2009

in bento,studio ghibli

After I posted how to make a Wall-E sandwich on December 21, I started getting a lot of traffic to my blog, my flickr and my boyfriend’s flickr. At the time, I was still writing about my older bento on my blog and using my flickr to post pictures for my blog, so I decided to make a bento for people who were visiting my boyfriend’s flickr blog to see my latest bento. My boyfriend and I were on a vacation this day, but it was a Christmas eve, and I wanted to make something special. Which character did I pick?

Bento #31: Totoro snowman
Created and eaten on: 12/24/2008

I wanted to make a winter themed bento, so I made Totoro, medium-Totoro and mini-Totoro making a Totoro snowman! I’ve made Totoro with rice and mini-Totoro before, but I’ve never made medium-Totoro before because he was blue… But since this was a special occasion, I really wanted to make all three Totoros. So I gave up trying to make medium-Totoro in blue, and made it in green (with lettuce).

To let it snow in my bento, I made an egg sheet (see “how to make an egg sheet”) and put it in a bento box so snow would stand up. I put soboro (ground beef cooked with soy sauce and sugar) at the bottom of the bento box to for ground, and broccoli over it.

Then I made Totoro out of rice with black sesame seeds and cheese. (see “how to make Totoro”) I used kamaboko (fish cake) and seaweed for his eyes and mouth. For this one I used c=cheese for his stomach instead of rice, because this Totoro was a lot smaller than the other Totoro I made with rice. I made snowman Totoro with rice, seaweed and carrot. For its arms I cut a potato and fried it.

As usual I made mini-Totoro with a quail egg, seaweed and kamaboko. (see “how to make mini-Totoro”) Then I shaped potato salad I had made the night before into a ball, wrapped it with a microwaved lettuce leaf, and stuck small pieces of broccoli on as his ears. Lastly I put cheese and seaweed for its stomach and mouth, kamaboko and black sesame seed for its eyes.

I cut cheese with a circle cookie cutter and straw for the snowflakes. (see “how to make a snowflake” ) But the cheese was too thin and weak for itself, so I put ham underneath. (I even used the little cheese circle pieces I got from making the snowflakes in the bento!)

Maybe because I had made rice ball Totoro and mini-Totoro so many times before this bento, I could just focus on finishing the bento. I didn’t try anything new for this bento except snowflakes, but I still had good time making this one. I love how everyone is looking at the snowman Totoro! (Funny what tiny black circles can do :D )

Totoro: (see “how to make Totoro”)
- rice with black sesame seed and salt
- kamaboko (fish cake), cheese and seaweed

- potato salad wrapped with lettuce
- cheese and seaweed for his stomach and nose
- kamaboko and black sesame seed for his eyes

Mini-Totoro: (see “how to make mini-Totoro”)
- quail egg
- kamaboko and black sesame seed for his eyes

Snowflakes: (see “how to make a snowflake” )
- cheese on ham

Snowball Totoro:
- rice
- seaweed for its face
- carrot for its ears and nose

Other food:
- egg sheet (see “how to make an egg sheet”)
- soboro (ground beef cooked with soy sauce ad sugar)
- broccoli

For more pictures of my bento, visit Bento! set and Bento details! set on my flickr page.

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BatshuaNo Gravatar January 30, 2009 at 8:24 am

Every time you make blue totoro green, I want to suggest trying to make it purple, with beet juice or blueberries or something. Does that sound like a horrible-tasting idea to you?


jewelmakerNo Gravatar January 30, 2009 at 8:55 am

I love your creative bentos! I’ve been following your blog but haven’t commented yet. But when I saw you were wanting to do a blue Totoro I had to let you know I’ve found an amazing way to make BLUE rice. I used red cabbage juice (shred and squeeze cabbage in cheesecloth), then mix a little baking soda into the juice. It turns very blue! You can check out my results here http://jewelmaker.livejournal.com/9542.html and here http://jewelmaker.livejournal.com/11662.html
I think you could do an awesome blue totoro with this! :)


LoriNo Gravatar January 30, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Your bentos are so brilliant. Thanks for sharing!


MeganNo Gravatar January 30, 2009 at 10:18 pm

Adorable! I look forward to seeing more of your cool bento!


dinogglerNo Gravatar February 5, 2009 at 8:35 am

That is by far the coolest thing I have seen today! I love totoro, so I would feel bad eating it! lol


ShaylaNo Gravatar June 18, 2009 at 6:11 pm

Use food dye to make blue!!!


MajitoNo Gravatar August 18, 2009 at 4:20 pm

I love those foods that you prepare! not who I am talking about but I would like to send me recipes to my email please …


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