This is a cute little kids school lunch I made today.
I started out by taking a spoonful of cream cheese in 2 separate containers, added a bit of food colouring, and spread it onto a halved slice of bread. This forms the background. The fish with pink scales was made with a boiled egg, placed into an egg mould and allowed to cool. Then painted with pink (natural) food colouring. The eye is a dot of cream cheese leftover from the background, with black sesame seeds as eyelashes.
Baby fish cut from carrot (by hand, a fish cutter would be handy)… “seaweed” is a cheese stick “stringer” cut in half and peeled open. The starfish is a piece of bread spread with apricot jam and orange sprinkles.
The “octodogs” were something new I tried today, they get their name from hotdog octopus… and these are a skinless cocktail frank. What you do is cut the bottom portion in half lengthways, then turn it on it’s side and cut again, so now there are 4 “legs”, then carefully cut between those (I did single layer, not all the way through, so I could make sure it was even) to make 8 legs. Then simply put them in a pot of water, bring to the boil and watch their legs fan out Allow them to cool before putting in the lunchbox.
Personally they don’t seem very appealing cold in a bento, but apparently kids love them… They are a bit cute, I admit, so I think I might make some hot ones one day just for fun… maybe poke a piece of wild rice into where the eye should be?