10/10/10 was my boyfriend’s birthday! I gave him the blu-ray of Dr. Horrible’s sing-along blog, the last DVD box set of Dragon Ball, and I made him very special plushes. (see the photos of them at the bottom of this page) In the morning we went to see “Let Me In” which we really liked. Even though it was a horror movie, we thought it was sad and romantic. Then we went to a burger joint, Corner Bistro in the West Village for lunch. (My boyfriend did a review of the place so check it out on his blog!) We came home, then at night he went out to hang out his best friend. I really wanted to make a charaben for him in the morning, but since we were leaving early to catch a matinee show and I stayed up late to make him plushes the night before, I just couldn’t make it… So while he was gone, I decided to make a charaben of a cartoon show we both fell in love with recently.
Bento #78 : Peep and the Big Wide World
Created and eaten: 10/10/2010
“Peep and the Big Wide World” is a show about Peep (a chicken), Chirp (a robin) and Quack (a duck) and their adventures and discoveries! The show teaches kids very basic scientific lessons and after each episode, they have a segment called “Anywhere Science” where real kids do all sorts of simple experiments in their backyard or in the park, using stuff you can find around the house. The character design is very cute and simple and each character has a great personality. All episodes are narrated by Joan Cusack, and I love the way how she sounds like she’s really reading a book to kids.
You can watch some episodes on HERE on their site (the episodes change weekly) and you can also read about experimentis and activity “Anywhere Science” on their site! The show is for pre-schoolers, but it’s such a good show, adults can easily enjoy the show with kids. (We love the show too and we don’t even have kids!)
Anyway, ever since I started watching the show, I’ve been wanting to make a charaben of it, so I thought his birthday was a perfect reason for me to try!
First I mixed rice with black sesame seed and salt and put it in the bento box for the background. I made some hard boiled eggs for Quack and Peep. While I was making the hard boiled eggs, I cut red cabbage, put it in water and microwaved it to dye the water so I could soak the egg to dye it purple for Quack. (see “How to dye egg naturally”)
Then I wrapped asparagus and carrot with bacon, cooked it, cut it to make flowers and put them at the bottom of the bento. Then I put loose edamame and corn between them.
To make the big tree where everyone hangs out, I cut a hot dog in half and sliced a little bit of the tip and boiled it in the water. I cooked broccoli, and put it on top of the hotdog on the right side of the bento. I also made some hot dog flowers and put them in the bento.
I boiled some asparagus, snow peas, and string beans, cut them and put them into the bento as grass and plants.
After I put almost everything in the bento, it was time for the cute little birds to fly into the bento!
I had a couple of eggs dyed just in case, so I picked the best looking one, washed it off, and put it in the bento to make Quack.
After Quack was in the place, I carefully took the yolk out of another hard boiled egg and put it next to Quack. I cut carrot into the shape of crown, and put it on Peep’s head.
For Chirp, I cut the sides of a cherry tomato to make her wings, and put it in. In the show, Chirp can’t fly yet, and her dream is to fly around the sky one day. You can often see her trying to fly so I made her practicing in my bento. Once all the birds were in the bento, I cut cheese for their eyes and put sesame seeds for the pupils. I also cut cheese for Chirp’s beak.
I happened to have daikon radish (Japanese radish) in the fridge, so I used it to make a cloud and Quack’s hat. Finally I sprinkled some carrot flowers all over the bento, and cut seaweed for their mouths and feet.
He had already drank lots of beer and ate some potato salad, but he came home he was thrilled to see the bento, and ate it all!
Peep and the Big Wide World official site has a TONS of games and videos for kids so make sure you check it out!
There are books, audio CDs and DVDs of the show, but no other merchandise, so I decided to make plushes of them as extra gifts for his birthday. I’ll do a post on them later, but for now I’ll give you a quick peek!