bento #64: Gardening Mama

October 7, 2009

in bento,studio ghibli

As a big fan of Cooking Mama, I couldn’t resist making this bento after getting Mama’s new game.

Bento #63: Gardening mama

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.

Gardening Mama detail high angle

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.

Gardening Mama detail

Gardening Mama detail

These little roses are incredibly easy to make.

Gardening Mama detail

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.

Gardening Mama detail

"Don't worry, Mama will fix it!"

Gardening Mama detail

I used kamaboko for her shirt last time, but cheese was a lot easier to work with.

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!

- ham
- yam
- cheese
- the pink part of kamaboko
- tomato skin, carrot and cheese for her eyes

- egg sheet and sausage

- carrot
- ham
- egg sheet

Orange flowers:
- carrot

- snowpeas

Grass and fence:
- snowpeas and daikon

Other food:
- rice with black sesame seed
- beef soboro
- renkon
- broccoli

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

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

ZoéNo Gravatar October 7, 2009 at 8:12 am

It is just totally awesome! You really amaze me!


Tom BakerNo Gravatar October 7, 2009 at 10:40 am

All of these are just great. Food as art and art as food. Delicious!


JenNo Gravatar October 7, 2009 at 10:47 am

Ha ha . .that’s so cute! I love how you made the Angry Mama because you kept seeing so much of her. This looks great!


miaowNo Gravatar October 8, 2009 at 9:34 am

ah! me too! i always got angry mama in gardening mama…i have no idea what i did wrong…

i thought the game will be simple as cooking mama, but there is alot of instructions!

cute bento, by the way!


wunamiNo Gravatar October 11, 2009 at 8:38 am

Nah. You didn’t use too much orange. I think the orange flowers stand out really well and accent Mama’s hair.


KhoiNo Gravatar October 11, 2009 at 11:06 am

I love it!


fossettesNo Gravatar October 12, 2009 at 2:36 pm

fabulous! congratulations to you!


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