ninjaness5493 1:57am, 29 April 2012
It's like I'm in a relationship with a kid, really. =-=
My boyfriend is nineteen years old, doesn't eat veggies and most fruits, eggs by themselves, or soy sauce. All of which I was thinking of using for decorations...

Has anybody else had this issue? If so, how did you solve it?
I want to do something special for him since he's a nerd who reads manga and thinks it's super cute when a girl does it for a guy, but yeah... I'm stuck. Heeeelp!
ColleenM Posted 10 years ago. Edited by ColleenM (member) 10 years ago
Use bento principles, not necessarily Japanese food or veggies and fruit:

The theory of the Japanese packed lunch is simple: small amounts of lovingly-prepared, beautifully-arranged food in specially-designed boxes.

A bento should have five items in five colors: red/orange/pink, white, purple/black/brown, yellow, and green. '

The foods should be cooked in different ways—boiled, steamed, sautéed, grilled, and pickled. Rice should make up half the total lunch, and the remaining ingredients should include a protein, fruit, and pickles.

It should always showcase seasonal ingredients—and food should be garnished in ways that allude artfully to the season.

There are also other 'codes' for bento:

food is prepared in a presentational style that is determined by a number of codes.One code calls for “smallness, separation, and fragmentation,” another for opposition by means of color, shape, texture and even between the food and its container.

Therefore, food should be carefully prepared in bite-size pieces placed neatly within the barriers of the obento box.The foods should oppose each other in that pink is placed with green, smooth surfaces with rough ones, and circular foods in square dishes should rest next to angular foods in round dishes.

There is also a code that calls for the stylization of nature.Foods should remain in their natural, raw, state to the highest extent possible.The obento should also be decorated with natural objects such as flowers or maple leaves, and ingredients should be created into “natural” shapes such as animals or flowers.

So, get creative: cut shapes out of processed American cheese (yellow), luncheon meats, or anything else you can find that is very thin.

Roll things into other shapes: cheese slices spread with peanut butter, rolled into logs, and placed cut end up to display the spirals,

Cut things creatively: if you cut an apple across the "equator", you will see a star shape in the middle.

Use crackers of various shapes. Make a tuna or chicken salad sandwich, and use a cookie cutter to trim the crusts and make a shape.

Use the fruits he does eat in interesting ways. Pack apple slices spread with peanut butter with the red or green peel showing.

Use egg slices as garnish, other vegetable slices as garnish even if he doesn't eat them, they will give you colorful elements to work with. Use bits of parsley for dark green, carrot curls for orange, etc.

You can also stock up on small silicon baking containers to create color and shapes. I have everything from standard sized muffin cups to mini muffin cups to some tiny, tiny shapes. They come in pastels and in primary colors. They can be filled with small amounts of things like macaroni and cheese, or other recipes that don't hold their own shape.

And don't forget the ever-popular hot dogs cut to look like an octopus.
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