It is funny how my kiddos are from the same “factory” but polar opposites! My first was ULTRA Girly. Which for a first time Momma was great, she was a girl and for sure she let her pink sparkly girl flag fly! My second is much more rough and tumble. More into animals not Barbies and baby dolls. Though upon seeing Monster High dolls exclaimed “now that is my type of doll”. Whatever, I do see her liking pink and sparkly too just not to the extreme as kiddo #1.
That is why in some ways I love to make bento for her she likes all the cutie stuff and the occasional Pokemon is ok with me, she enjoys flowers and butterflies also so with Spring in the air we are making more girly flower bento’s, YEA!!
Since this bento is a larger box, I figured I wouldn’t over stuff the compartments. I just put some of her favorite fruit and some chicken that was frozen from my stash in the freezer along with Pikachu in there to surprise her.
Bottom I put her egg and veg crust-less quiche also from my stash with some cheese cut out flowers, cookies and of course her ultimate favorite marshmallows.
Pikachu onigiri should be yellow, but I did not feel like it. She will not mind. He is made from sticky rice and nori cutouts with tomato red cheeks. my sticky rice recipe works for me every time!
(taken from older post )
First off lets talk rice… The rice must be short grain. NOT Basmati rice.. This is most important! It just will not stick into shapes if you do not get the short grain. You will also need some rice vinegar. This will add a nice slightly sweet/sour taste to the rice ball.
Recipe for sticky rice in a electric vegetable steamer:
Sushi rice (short grain rice)
Seasoned Rice Vinegar (I like Mitsukan-no MSG!)
food coloring (or colored broth from red cabbage)
Before you start you must rinse the rice! so put 1 1/2 C rice into a bowl and add cold water, swish with your hand. You will see the rice clouds up the water. Pour out water and repeat 2-3 more times. Until water is clear in bowl. Let this now sit for at least 4 hours. This step is very important if you want nice soft texture to the rice. Preferred method is to let sit for 24 hours.
I like to color the rice to make it even more kid friendly. You can use many vegetables cooked down like red cabbage to get pink to purple color. I just use a high quality food coloring. I place enough color to make the water that the rice sits in strong enough to color the rice, more or less to make the shade you desire. Shade will also depend on how long you let rice sit in colored water.
After you let the rice sit up to 24 hours I then put the rice into the steamer bowl (with a slotted spoon to only put in the rice, reserve colored water) that came with my electric steamer. I add the water to the higher level indicated on the steamer bottom. place attachments needed put bowl inside steamer. I then only added enough of the colored water to just cover the rice in the steamer bowl attachment. Put the lid on and set timer for 45 minutes. Half way I mixed up the rice and checked for tenderness and stickiness. You will know it is done when rice is somewhat translucent, but taste it. That is truly the way to test texture. My steamer takes the whole 45 minutes.
After it is done I dump the rice into a bigger bowl and add a couple tablespoons of the rice vinegar to taste, folding it into rice.
The easy way to make a rice ball is to get a little plastic sandwich size baggie and put some rice into it and squish it into the corner of the bag, form into a ball or whatever shape you like. I even used it at this point to push into a large flower cookie cutter (baggie and all) it made a nice shape and did not stick to cutter. I have even made a half ball shape, put some spam in the middle then added more rice to make a stuffed onigiri sticky rice ball. That one was a huge hit! You could probably fill it with whatever leftover meat you had the night before.
Obviously this will make quite a few balls. So make sure unused rice balls are stored with a damp paper towel in a ziplock baggie with air removed. I only store up to 5 days as rice looses its nice texture if too old.
I have found I can cook white rice with the colored by using foil cupcake liners! It works great, just follow above but of course seperate any colored rice from white and cook I had no problems ! YEA such a time saver!!
Momma Says: Embrace who your kiddos are now weather a tomboy, girly girl or the quiet thinker. Individuality it is what makes life so diverse so we can all learn from each others strengths.