For this week, Bento Challenge posed a very broad topic, Stars. I love broad topics since it turns the conceptualization process a challenge in itself. Rising to the plate is my entry for the Stars challenge, a Calcifer bento.
Calcifer is a fire demon from one of my favorite books, Diana Wynne Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle. As the book was eventually turned into Hayao Miyazaki’s Hauru no Ugoku Shiro (Howl’s Moving Castle), I opted to model Calcifer from the anime rather than the book because it’s difficult to find blues and purples in food. Wait! How does that fit in with the theme? Well, I return the question to you guys. Onigiri for those who can make the theme challenge connection! 😀
Guess the theme connection!
Note: For those who’ve neither read the book nor watched the anime, it can get spoilery. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
â€¢ Giant smoked salmon & cream cheese onigiri. To make Calcifer, I decided to go with an inside-out smoked salmon & cream cheese onigiri. Aside from the usual filling in the middle, I also wrapped the outside of the onigiriâ€”well, the top at leastâ€”with smoked salmon for a pinky-orange color. I then topped it with a slice of cheese that’s shaped roughly like the onigiri. Cream cheese and nori eyes, plus a red bell pepper mouth complete our darling fire demon.
â€¢ Cream Korokke “Logs”. In the story, Calcifer loves to munch on logs. To make my Calcifer happy, I gave him a couple of Cream Korokke since they’re pretty much cylindrical. Much like logs, only tastier.
â€¢ Shredded iceberg lettuce.
â€¢ Feta-stuffed cherry tomatoes.
â€¢ Red & Green Bell Pepper Stars. Bits of cookie cuttered bell peppers to add to the Stars theme.
So, has anyone gotten the connection?
View other Bentochallenge star entries here.
An older star related bento here as well: Starry Starry Night Bento
To make things easier for recipe searchers, I made a Recipe Index Page. No need to go through the recipes category for an old recipe. It’s all here! I made it manually though, so if I made any mistakes alphabetizing, do be lenient. ^_^;;