Yesterday we had a lovely vegetable curry for dinner, but for some reason I cooked far too much rice to go with it. This led to me wondering how I could use some of the extra rice in Small Child’s lunchbox. Rice is a main ingredient in ‘traditional’ bento boxes, and I’ve seen some amazing things done with rice by my fellow bento bloggers (top of my favourite list has to be this super cute rice penguin made by Kendra from Biting The Hand That Feeds You), so I decided to see if I could do something fun with our leftovers.
My rice was just basmati with a handful of wild, but it was fairly sticky so I decided to try shaping it. First of all I tried stuffing it into a pumpkin shaped silicone mould, but this was an ‘epic fail’, as it fell apart when I tried to get it out. I then looked through my Halloween supplies and decided a cookie cutter might work as a mould. I stuffed the rice into a bat cutter, packing it in well and squashing it down with a spoon, and this time it worked, hurrah!
So here it is, Small Child’s first bento that actually involves rice. The rice bat was nestled in with some chopped yellow pepper and cucumber. I added cucumber skin eyes to the bat and a ghost pick for decoration. On the other side of the box were some garlic sausage roll ups secured with spider cupcake rings, and a babybel cheese with a crescent moon cut from the wax using a mini circle cutter.
In his second box Small Child had some grapes skewered on ghost picks, half an apple with a ghost carved from the skin (dipped in lemon juice to prevent browning), some dried apricots with a little face drawn on with edible pen, a pumpkin shaped butternut squash muffin (recipe from Able & Cole can be found here), and a couple of tiny chocolate pumpkins.
I also threw a frozen organic yoghurt tube into his lunch bag (not shown). Absolutely everything was eaten, apart from the yoghurt which he didn’t notice and ate on the way home from school. He came out of school wearing a sticker, which he told me was for eating so well. Well done Small Child!