So it seems that I’ve managed to get myself into the Bento lunch box craze for kids.
I’ve seen it before from other blogs but I never really paid much attention to it. I’ve never tried food art before and I never really thought I could do something like that.
But then a friend of mine said she ordered a book on making bento lunch boxes and I just got sucked into it. The creative person inside of me got challenged. I never imagined doing something like food art but for some reason, I was so inspired to try it out.
So I did. I started with trial number one, and now I’m on my fifth try. I can’t seem to stop.
The thing is, this whole thing has nothing to do with my daughter even if she’s the one I make it for. She will eat whatever I put in her lunchbox. It’s not like I had a problem making her school lunches before.
What I did notice is the difference in my reaction to the whole process of making her lunches. I used to dread it as yet another chore. Making her lunches was a blah moment, a very blah moment. But now, I find myself giggling with excitement after deciding what to do next. It does take longer but not too much longer, around 30-40 minutes depending on how complex the project is. I also make sure there isn’t a lot of wasted food because I really hate wasting food. The delay is mostly because I don’t have a lot of sandwich cutters around the house so I have to shape them using various tools like a knife and a cup or bowl.
At first, she didn’t want to eat the food because it was too pretty. But now she’s getting used to it. Her school carers are now excited to see her lunchbox. They tell me what letters they’re covering that week so I can match it with her lunch.
It’s fun, yes. But I do worry what will happen when I decide to stop. I think maybe I put the bar up too high.
(I do wish I took better photos though. Maybe next time I’ll use my DSLR).