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.
They curl more the longer they are in the water, this shows the difference in just the time it takes to cut each one (the most flared went in first, the least flared was in shortest time)
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?