As a big fan of Cooking Mama, I couldn’t resist making this bento after getting Mama’s new game.
Bento #63: Gardening Mama
Created and eaten on: 10/3/2009
Gardening Mama is a game for Nintendo DS. (From wikipedia) The gameplay is similar to that of Cooking Mama, with players using the stylus to plant bulbs, dig trenches and water plants. I’m not exactly a green thumb, but I loved Cooking Mama, so I decided to give it a try. I was skipping instructions because I was thinking “how hard could it be?” It turned out that it was not a good idea… And I started seeing a lot of angry Mama.
I put sauteed renkon (lotus root) on the bento box first. Then I put rice mixed with black sesame seed and salt on the top half of the bento. To make an arch around the top half I put cooked and seasoned broccoli. The arch looked too dark, so I used a cutter to cut flowers out of carrot, and sprinkled sesame seeds over it. And I put beef soboro (see “how to make soboro”) on the bottom half of the bento to make soil.
I made sunflowers with sausage and egg (see “how to make sunflowers”) and I peeled a carrot with a peeler and rolled it up to make roses. I also had a bit of ham and egg sheet left, so I cut small pieces of it and made roses. I cut snowpeas for the grass, and put sliced & boiled daikon (Asian radish) over it as a fence. Then I cut snowpeas for the buds.
I usually make bento 3-D rather than 2-D, but I remembered it was very hard to make 3-D Mama last time, so I just decided to go with 2-D Mama. For her face, neck and hands I cut ham, and for her clothes and apron I cut cheese. For her hair I sliced yam, microwaved it, and cut it out. For her bandanna I peeled the pink part of kamaboko (fish cake). Then I cut tomato skin, carrot and cheese to make her flaming eyes.
When I was looking at the photos of this bento later, I realized that this bento was very orangey. I didn’t notice when I was scrambling to finish it, of course. If I had mixed some white flowers using the same cutter on the arch, it probably would’ve been a lot better. Also if I had a little more time, I would’ve definitely put the worms/bugs from the game, because picking them off the flowers was my favorite part of the game!
- the pink part of kamaboko
- tomato skin, carrot and cheese for her eyes
- egg sheet and sausage
- egg sheet
Grass and fence:
- snowpeas and daikon
- rice with black sesame seed
- beef soboro