Boo Halloween bento

October 28, 2010

Boo Halloween bento

I couldn’t resist to make a Halloween theme bento. I’ve been having so much fun seeing many of my bento friends making them I also decided to give it a go. ^_^

We don’t celebrate Halloween in Finland. At least not officially. The habit came some years ago (maybe because of some “trend”) and it is possible to see some Halloween decorations and costumes being sold at shops.

Anyways, kids asking candies on Oct. 31 is rare. There is an equivalent celebration on the Sunday before Easter, when girls dress like witches and go, door to door, offering their “spell” using decorated flowering shoots of pussy willow. They wish health and prosperity and we shall pay them back with money or candies.

My girls, for some reason, know the existence of Halloween. Every time they see a Jack o´Lantern they inform me it is for the “Haalow weeen” (<trying to write the way they pronounce it ^_^). “And what else we have in Halloween?” “scary things. BOO”

:D. I hope not totally out of the theme, there are “Boos” from the Super Mario game series and Jack o´lanterns.

Boo Halloween bento

Contents of the boxes: rice, tamagoyaki, lettuce, steamed romanesco broccoli with sesame oil dressing, MSG-free small sausages (it supposed to look like a candle..), edamame, grapes, cherry tomatoes and a carrot Jack o´. Boo made from rice, nori and turkey ham.

I was so happy when I found the Romanesco broccoli at the market last time! Very lucky .. the same day we watched the TED video of Mr. Benoit Mandelbrot about fractals, in his homage. (Oh yes, we are nerds)

Boo Halloween bento

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16 Responses to “Boo Halloween bento”

  1. sheri Says:

    Romanesco is totally fractal; agree that it’s too cool! Love your Boos!! So very cute. These are sweet bento to celebrate a holiday that’s only about candy here anyway, so not that important. It’s just an excuse to celebrate :D

  2. Heather Says:

    Yay for fractals!!! I’m a nerd too, nerds rock! The bento isn’t nerdy though, it’s super cute!

  3. ChantaleP Says:

    That tongue sticking out is freaking funny! Love these.. I don’t know Super Mario Bros (I know I know, you’re thinking.. what?!). We actually have a Wii and Super Mario games but.. it’s just collecting dust. Even without knowing these characters, this bento is awesome!

  4. kelly Says:

    the tongue is fantastic! And I love the creative way you joined the carrots to create the pumpkin face. I was wondering how to do a pumpkin from a small carrot and never thought of that! Can’t imagine not having halloween. Although we dont celebrate it as a family, we’re christians, its just part of everyone’s life here. But way over commercialized like everything else. I bet your kids loved these bentos!

  5. Lia Chen Says:

    Boos!! So cute … Nice one to choose for the Halloween theme bento. And love you put 2 layers on carrot, looks like real pumpkin. Romanesco broccoli so pretty, how does it taste? We don’t have it here. Many Asian countries are adapting the celebration for the Halloween now. We had so many expatriate families working and living here, so maybe that’s why many restaurants and shops are decorated for Halloween :)

  6. Pablo Says:

    wow, that’s adorable!

  7. karaimame Says:

    Hubs grabbed the romanesco and kept staring for long after we brought it home.. tsc tsc. So I broke the silence and asked “ok, can I cook it?” XD.
    I am so glad we don’t have Halloween here.. so afraid of that huge amount of candies! I used to get candies as a kid, from the English language school on October, but that was it..
    Hope you will have a great Halloween anyways! Remember the kids to brush their teeth ^_^

  8. karaimame Says:

    Thank you ^_^!

  9. karaimame Says:

    Thank you Heather for your lovely comment!

  10. karaimame Says:

    :P. Ah, I don’t mind your don’t know Super Mario bros ^_^. We are big fans here, mostly because of hubs (he is into games more than I)
    Thank you for the sweet comment, it is so nice to have so supportive friends ♡!

  11. karaimame Says:

    The pumpkin is carved from one thick slice of carrot. It works quite well, I got amazed too ^_^.
    Hope you will have a great Halloween day even if not much into the celebration :).
    Thanks Kelly for the sweet comment!

  12. karaimame Says:

    ^_^
    Romanesco has a similar taste to cauliflower.. maybe with hints of normal broccoli. It is mild, the kids didn’t complain. We don’t usually have it here either, it was a huge exception to find it this time :).
    Lia, thanks for always leaving a lovely comment! Hope you will have a great Halloween (even if not a tradition ;) ) and not many kids will come to ask for candies (so everything remains to your family :P)
    Eh

  13. karaimame Says:

    Thanks! :P

  14. Susan Yuen Says:

    These are totally cute! I love them!

  15. karaimame Says:

    ^_^ Thanks Susan!


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