Today’s guest post is from Alex from Lunch with Eyeness. She and I have been friends for over 25 years, and she is the one that originally taught and inspired me to do bento lunches. Bentoriffic wouldn’t be around without her! She doesn’t have a blog, but I borrowed this one from her photo album of all the amazing lunches she makes for her boys. Thanks, Alex, for everything!
Sports are the easiest theme for boys. This lunch was for opening day, but the sandwich could easily be a football, golf ball, basketball – any sport. I happened to have candy baseballs, so I cut the baseball bat sandwich, but it wasn’t necessary. I carved the baby carrots by hand, just make sure you have a sharp knife and except the first couple not to look right – I make lunches in the morning and I often end up eating cheese and carrots for breakfast because I messed up the first few times I tried something.
I got the idea for the the Babybel cheese head from these cute cheese heads on Over the Crescent Moon (http://overthecrescentmoon.blogspot.com/2011/02/cute-cheese-for-boys.html). Just cut a curve down from the top half of the wax and fold it up a little for the bill. Then I used food pens to draw his face and his body on the small container with applesauce in it. If you don’t think you’re up to carving the hat, just take all the wax off and draw stitches on it!
I cut the letters out of bologna with little letter cutters – I am lucky that our team name is so short! And, again, used food pens to draw the stitches. Peanuts are a big part of baseball for us, but you could also use Cracker Jacks or plain popcorn – whatever snack your family associates with baseball. I also happened to have tiny, round, white Japanese crackers that I got at the Asian market and so I threw those in with drawn on stitches as well. Look around your pantry and you might find something that works just as well, maybe mini marshmallows or Nilla Wafers. Green grass baran and a green silicone cup round out the feel of the field.