I usually don’t make a kyaraben with the same theme twice. (Unless it’s Ghibli related) Simply because I’m usually out of ideas after the first one. But not for this game.
Bento #84: Okamiden bento
Created and eaten on: 3/6/2011
Two bento (& non-bento) based on the same game in a row?!
Yes. I just couldn’t resist. After I made non-bento #33: Okamiden gomoku-sushi, it really made me want to make a regular Okamiden themed bento.
In the previous game Okami, there was an item which Amaterasu could sleep on to regain health. I used to looove watching Ameterasu sleep with flowers sprouting around him, so I decided to make sleeping Chibi-terasu bento. After I finished the drawing, I traced it onto parchment paper, put it over a sheet of seaweed and cut it with an exacto knife.
The rest of the bento was pretty basic. I mixed rice with black ground sesame seed as the ground. And I rolled string beans with ham and cooked them on a pan and put them in the bento. Then I put some boiled broccoli on the edge of the rice, put sauteed renkon (lotus root) around the top left corner.
I wanted to put a cherry blossom tree in my bento since it’s a very symbolic in the game, so I used renkon as the base, and put pieces of ham which was cut out with a cloud shaped cutter on top.
For Chibi-terasu, I cooked one side of a slice of hanpen, cut it in the shape of Chibi-terasu and put it on the rice. Then I cut a broccoli stem and red pepper skin for the reflector on his back and the flames around it.
I still had a little bit of egg sheet left from the gomoku-sushi, so I used a flower shaped cutter and put them around Chibi-terasu. And I put carrot cut out with a straw on the center of each flower. For the cherry flower petals, I used the pink part of kamaboko (fish cake) this time.
After everything was set in place, I cut cheese into a circle and put the seaweed which was cut out into the Chinese character for “Happiness” (or “Praise” for the U.S. version of the game). Then I put seaweed which was cut into the shape of a tree onto a slice of cheese, cut the cheese around the seaweed. I used the cheese as a canvas to put seaweed on so that seaweed wouldn’t get all wrinkly from the moisture on ham.
I put the skin of red pepper which I had cut for the pattern on his face and body, and finally, I CAREFULLY put the cut seaweed onto hanpen and the reflector (broccoli stem.) And to finish it off, I sprinkled carrot leaves in it as grass.
Cutting seaweed can be tricky but the hardest part is when you put the seaweed onto food. Any tiny piece of seaweed will curl up almost instantly when it absorbs moisture. The surface of a slice of cheese is perfect for seaweed and most seaweed artists (yes, there are many “seaweed artists” in Japan!) use a slice of cheese as a canvas.
Overall, I think it turned out okay. This I tried not to make it too busy like the Okamiden gomoku-sushi.
We ended up saving Chibi-terasu again. We could’ve eaten it as is, but I sauteed both Chibi-terasu from gomoku-sushi and this bento with a bit of mayonnaise seasoned with curry powder. It was kind of sad to cook two adorable Chibi-terasu… but they were delicious!
I almost forgot to mention very important thing…
Okamiden *OFFICIALLY* comes out TOMORROW 3/15/2011 in the U.S.! If you have a Nintendo DS and like a good game with a great story and adventure, go pick it up! I’ve played it and already beat it in Japanese, but I cannot wait for Derek to play it.