I made Rib Eye steak for dinner and my husband was glad that he would have a good lunch today, and I was in a creative mood, so hopefully he will like it even more. True...this isn't usually for adults, but we don't have kids yet. Call it practice! I call it food craft. I never know if this stuff embarrasses him at work, or impresses people that I will spend this much time putting leftovers into a box. Maybe I just do it for me, because it's a chance to play with food.
Either way, hope you guys enjoy! PS!...if you need or want tupperware, check the dollar store. Holy wow.
Step 1: What You Have.
This step is about what you HAVE. Not what you need. (Mine are usually leftovers.)
Basically, my opinion on Bento is that you may have lots of cool things in stock to use, play with, shape things...but the food comes down to what you have to work with. There are no rules. Just try to make something cute out of what you have. That's my opinion. No reason to stress out about what you need to have to make something. Just use your imagination and put things together that are already in your kitchen. If you want more color, maybe it's a good idea to go shopping. :) It's up to you.
One other thing that I love - cake decorating supplies. I use them as props when I do this stuff. I will try to find some photos to attach to this step, to show you.
Step 2: Layering
I needed a base for the Bento because I like build the meal upwards. If you start at the bottom...I don't know, it just doesn't make sense to me. I don't know too much about Bento, it's been less than a year and I've only done it a few times. Generally, the food is at an even level when finished and it's separated strategically.
So, for a base, I put some salad at the bottom, with a ziploc bag of dressing. That should go well with the left over rib eye. Plus...I think it's cool to call it a secret salad because no one knows its there! Until they eat their way to it.
After the salad, I put a thin layer of seaweed/nori, teriyaki flavored. It works well because it's kinda sticky.
Step 3: Steak
I cut his steak up with a sharp knife and tried to shape it as best as I could. I can't visualize these things before I do them, they just unfold. So I can't give you any advice on how to shape your food. Play around with it until you're happy. I am horrible at perspective and if I ever make anything, it's flat. Plus, my lines suck. haha.
I used string cheese to line the center console of the Tie Fighter. Cut the .. string cheese horizontally and wrap it around your circle. Pin it with a couple toothpicks and put it in the microwave for around 20 seconds. Once it's starting to melt, take it out and press it into shape. Set it face down and the melted gravity will help form your cheese circle. You can then add your windows and melt them on, but I didn't want to take any chances so I left them for the end, unmelted.
I did the same cheese melting technique with the patterns on the...edge wing things? It took forever and it was the hardest part. My tip for you - don't do what I did. Use a knife or an exacto instead. By hand, it takes decades to make the right size cheese. Then you can melt these pieces together and shape them as needed.
Step 4: Stars!!!!!!!
My favorite part about this thing is the stars! I love all stars of all kinds.
Okay, situate your Tie Fighter in some ritualistic Star Wars way...I just guessed. Then you can put some stars around your ship. I used a tiny cookie cutter, a slice of provolone cheese, and spaced them out nicely. For the TINY stars, specks, I just sprinkled some sesame seeds around.
For the lasers I used some sour punch kinda candy. I had it leftover from the cupcakes I was making, so I figured that I would put it to use. (Pretty awesome to have all these random things in the house and not have to plan this out or buy things.) Back to the green stuff...I rinsed off the sour stuff and let them dry on a plate, stuck a hard spaghetti stick into the tube and left an un-filled part of the straw to puncture as a stilt against the rest of the Bento, to hold it up in the design.
Then I added my windows and I was done!
Step 5: Get It Ready to Send to Work!
Thanks for checking out my attempt at a Tie Fighter! Hope you guys have a nice day at work! :)
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Celestron Space Challenge