hens and chicks bento

When I was a teenager my sister and I used to love looking at the seed catalogue to see what kind of plants we could grow.  During our earlier childhood we’d lived in seaside fishing villages in Newfoundland where not many things would grow.  I still remember my amazement at seeds sprouting up through the dirt, as if by magic!  One of my fond memories from the catalogue was a type of flower that grew in clumps called “hens and chicks.”  My sister and I wanted to be farmers when we grew up…our favourite outfit was our overalls with the apple embroidered on the front :).  Well, I didn’t turn out to be a farmer, but my sister did.  She has an amazing farm in Nova Scotia, Canada, called Turtle Hill Farm.  You can visit her, and read a blog post about one of her chickens right here, on her blog.  She has goats, chickens, and ducks not to mention two cats and two dogs.  Her farm is the inspiration behind my entry into the Bento and Co. annual competition.  I called it “hens and chicks bento.”


The competition requirement was for two onigiri (aka, rice balls).  What do you think of my ginger chicken rice speckled hens?  Their babies are quail eggs.  The side dishes are crispy tofu and enoki mushrooms with honey soy glaze, grilled chicken, carrot and daikon flowers, tomatoes, and edamame skewers.  This is my first serious attempt at a charaben.  I’m rather proud of myself!  And I had so much fun making it.  But it took me a long time.  I have so much admiration for mommas who get up every morning and do this kind of thing!

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4 Responses to hens and chicks bento

  1. moxiethegal says:

    Awesome artistic creation!

  2. Kelyrin says:

    WAS THAT YOUUUUUU .?????? Woooow !!!! I fell in love with your bento from the beginning !!!!! I absolutely LOVED IT !!!!!! I wanted to congratulate the person who did this, but i didn’t know !! Now I can, hahah 😀 !!!

    • Burinsmith says:

      Aha! you found my contest bento already… I was just about to reply on your blog about it, now I don’t have to :)! Thanks for your kind comment, I’m glad you liked it! I wanted to make a jumbled up charaben for a long time and finally got around to it. At first Bento and Co let us look at all the competition entries, now I don’t seem to be able to do that. I’d love to have a good look at more entries, I only got to look at a few the first day. They’d be a great source of inspiration. Also, would have been good if we’d been able to link to blogs, so we could follow up on the bloggers who entered. It was fun to make a serious attempt, I’d definitely do it again next year! How about you?

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