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Yum-Yum Bento Box in French


We're very happy to announce that Yum-Yum Bento Box will be translated and distributed by French publisher City Editions! This means that bento fans will be able to purchase a copy of the book in Français! Keep your eye on this site for more information on when and where it will be available!
February 25, 2010 Posted by Maki in Blog

Clock Bento

The next one that did not make into Yum-Yum Bento Box is this  "Clock Bento". To make this, wrap some fried rice with usuyaki tamago (crepe style Japanese omelet).  In Japan, this omelet rice is called "omu-rice. It's very popular here and of course, my kids love this one! To wrap the rice with usuyaki tamago,  put the omelet onto the plastic wrap. Place the fried rice onto the usuyaki tamago and wrap it with your hand.  The number are cut with nori, the hands and dots from salami, and a little pea makes the center. If your kids aren't very enthusiastic about learning to tell time, perhaps this bento would be a great way to make learning fun?

Maki's Bentos on Woman's Day

Piggies Bento

Olivia Putnal of Woman's Day has written a small gallery piece on charaben and features two of Maki's bento and mentions Yum-Yum Bento Box! Read the full article here.
February 1, 2010 Posted by Maki in Blog

Hedgehog Bento

Thank you  for visiting the Yum-Yum Bento Box website! First of all, I would like to introduce myself. I'm Maki Ogawa, born and raised in Japan, and the mother of two sons. I've been studying English since I stayed in Los Angeles for three months when I was young, but I am still learning, so please feel free to comment in English to help me. In the meantime, Pikko will help me with my writing.

Hedgehog Bento

We will be posting bentos from time to time to show you charaben that we feel you'd just love to learn how to make or ones that did not make it into the book. Our first one is a hedgehog bento of mine that didn't make it in. To make the hedgehog, I combined two cookie cutters.  The hedgehog's body is made with fried SPAM or ham and is cut with a flower-shape cookie cutter. You can find a set of Wilton Crinkle Shape Cutters on Amazon. Cut the bottom of the flower off. The face of the hedgehog is made of cheese and is cut with the tip of knife-shape cookie cutter. (You can also cut this with a toothpick.) Cut into the face piece with the same flower cutter to fit them together. Use punches to cut a little eye and nose out of nori for it. Fill the rest of the bento with fresh fruits, veggies, and leftovers from dinner. When you buy cookie cutters, it's very interesting to think of different ways they can be used together. Try thinking outside the box and you can find many different ways to use them. To see more of Maki's beautiful charaben, visit Cute Obento or her japanese blog.