The third Penny Arcade related food!
PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) Prime in Seattle and PAX East in Boston became Derek and my annual event ever since we attended our first PAX East together back in 2010. (I had been to PAX Prime before but I was working so I didn’t really get to enjoy the full PAX experience.) We always try to go to the “Make-a-Strip” panel where Mike and Jerry make a strip live on stage while they do a Q&A with the audience. During the panel, there’s usually a request for Mike to draw a Hot-Dog Fairy. It’s a hot dog that’s a fairy.
Non-bento #42: Hot-Dog Fairy
Created and eaten on: 6/3/2011
Fortunately, I had photos of the Hot-Dog fairy I took during the panels during PAX East 2010 and PAX Prime 2010 (there wasn’t any Hot-Dog Fairy for PAX East 2011), so I decided to compare the two.
I had the photo on my cell phone and went to a supermarket to get buns and hot dogs. Very quickly I realized that regular buns were either too big or regular hot dogs were too small. If the drawing is true to scale, the hot dog must be the size of a Chorizo. But this is a Hot-Dog Fairy, not a Chorizo fairy, so I picked the biggest thickest hot dog I could find at a supermarket. And also I wanted to make the wings with a typical hot dog topping, so I picked up a jar of pickles.
I took a couple of slices of pickle and laid them out on a plate like wings. For the eyes, I cut out Provolone, and I cut black olives for its pupils and mouth.
I was determined to make its limbs out of a hot dog, so I cooked a couple of hot dogs, and made limbs with one of them. I put the arms on Hot-Dog Fairy, stuck a toothpick through its hand and another on the side of the bun. For the wand, I cut out provolone with a star shaped cutter and put it on the tip. Everything was going pretty well.
When a design seems really simple, usually there’s something that’s a lot harder or trickier that you don’t expect. In this case, it was gravity.
The legs of the actual Hot-Dog Fairy are pretty skinny and they kind of dangle in the air because it’s a fairy and it flies. But it’d be too risky to hold it up in the air while Derek took photos, so I had to put it on a plate which caused the legs to hang off of the bun making them hard to see. I thought of putting some other food underneath the limbs but I really wanted to keep it simple. So after a couple of minutes of brainstorming, I decided to use angel hair pasta to support the limbs.
After the first attempt, I couldn’t help but try making smaller bun, hoping that it’d look slightly more like the drawing. So I wrapped a bun with plastic wrap, gently squeezed it into a smaller container and left it for a while and made another Hot-Dog Fairy.
I’d say it was about half an inch shorter than the first one. It looked pretty much the same as the first one, but with a lot of wrinkles. Perhaps it wasn’t worth the effort, but it made it look very wise.
I’m not sure what exactly a Hot-Dog Fairy does, but my theory is when you drop a hot dog, you pick it up and put it under your pillow before you go to sleep. And if you’re lucky, you might see the Hot-Dog Fairy. (I don’t think they give you money though. It’s most likely another hot dog.) Whether my theory is right or not, I hope these Hot-Dog Fairies can make your hot-dog related wish come true!
For more pictures of my bento, visit Bento and non-bento! set and Bento details! set on my flickr page. (On the photos in the “Bent and non-bento!” set on my flickr, you can see the notes on the food explaining what they are.)