Blooming Pink Flowers Bento - Bento Contest by Cooking Gallery

by - Sunday, December 18, 2011

 Blooming Pink Flower 1
So happy, this morning I had a great time making bento as my entry for a Bento Contest conducted by Cooking Gallery :)). 'Til yesterday, I actually had no bento idea to come up with. Then, when I was in supermarket yesterday, I saw some fresh daikons and I got a great idea to make flower-themed bento from daikon. Yup, the flower idea was inspired by the the 2nd prize set offered by the contest; I really want to win them *crossed fingers ;D*. I was initially going to make lotus flower, but I found out that it was more difficult. Then I did what I could do by making those pink flowers you can see from the picts. I named them Blooming Pink Flowers :))

 Blooming Pink Flower 2

For the flowers, I thinly sliced daikon *not perfect yet: need a lot of practice and a sharp knife of course* then soaked the slices for about two hours in a cool cooked water colored with red dragon fruit juice added with some sugar. Bentolicious inspired me for this natural coloring method, thanks a lot for the tip Mbak Lia ^^. Later, I found out that my daikon petals were tasteless (little bit sweet) and fresh. No problemo to eat that raw fresh thinly sliced daikon petals :D. They were crunchy and fresh! I pinned the daikon petals with raw pasta to unite them to make a flower. For the leaves, they were made of local cucumber peel. The fact that I love about our local cucumber is it has unique green color tinge on its peel. So, when I made it as the leaves, it looks like that the leaves have special green color pattern :D. While for that yellow thing in the center of the flowers, it was from egg yolk of a hard boiled egg.

Blooming Pink Flower 3

For the side dishes, I had salmon teriyaki with orange zest, vegetable salad with mayo and lemon dressing, home-made tempeh and tofu nugget, and boiled brocolli. I made an experiment with the salmon teriyaki; I added the sauce with orange zest and it turned out really great. I can say that it's the best salmon teriyaki that I ever had (I'm not exaggerating, I'm just telling what I experienced). For the salad, it was made from julienned carrot, thinly sliced cabbage, sweet corn kernels, and small diced cayenne pepper (to adjust my Indonesian palate ;D) with mayo and lemon dressing. It's rainy season here, the air is really hot before the rain is finally dropped. So, I chose to have fresh watery fruits: orange, kiwi, and watermelon :D. Heaven!

Blooming Pink Flower 4

And... this is my entry for the contest. I'm so happy to take a part and thanks a lot CG for such a fun and great bento contest :D

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22 comments

  1. love the pretty daikon flower! how do you make them curl like real petals?

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  2. @Saffron and Coriander: Thanks a lot for your sweet comment and your visit here ^^

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  3. @Bobo: Happy to know that you love the flower :D. I soaked the thinly sliced daikon petals for hours to make them curl by absorbing water. Then, after I arranged the petals into a flower on my lunch box, the air exposure helped the curling process :D (Hope it is understandable hehe)

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  4. Great blossoms. Called my husband to have a look at it - and his words: Oh, Lotus!

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  5. Keren banget bentonya, congratz ya mba :)

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  6. Congratz mba tata bentonya keren abis

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  7. @einfachbento: Thank you very much :D. LOL, I was going to make Lotus initially but I failed. So glad to know that the flower still looks like a lotus for some people ha ha :D

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  8. @Mariana: Thanks a lot Sis :D. Ikutan juga? I love all of the bentos; they are the result of a great passion of bento making with a lot of efforts and thoughts :D

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  9. miss, that's look beautifull
    bunganya itu terbuat dari apa sih miss, kayaknya susah deh buatnya...

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  10. @Endah: Many thanks Endah :)). That's from lobak sayang hehe, doyan lobak kagak? Ehm.... gampang2 susah, membutuhkan kesabaran tentunya hehe :D

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  11. Congratulation to your winning with this cute and amizing bento :-) it is very nice

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  12. @melonpan: Thanks a lot melonpan ^^. That's so sweet of you :D

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  13. Congratulations on the 2nd prize! I came to your site earlier without realizing you were the one who made this beautiful bento. I really loved your bento and it's nice to meet you! I had been on vacation till now and I finally started blog hopping. It was a nice surprise. Thank you for leaving the comment on my blog and it's nice to find your site! You're very talented!

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  14. @Nami: OMG Nami comments my post!!! *pinch me, it's like having Beyonce commenting my blog LOL; yes I've been your secret admirer Nami :D. Many thanks Nami, I'm really happy to get that 2nd prize. Have a great vacation, but please don't leave your blog any longer since we miss your beautiful post hehehe ^^

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  15. wah, cantik banget miss
    suka deh ngeliatnya :)
    sayang saya nggak suka lobak, wortel aja masih ogah-ogahan makannya

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  16. @Endah: Makanya kamu kurus.... Gak suka makan sayur tuh ;p

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  17. If you dont mind, I really like to use this idea for my bento! muacks! probably tweak a little :)

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  18. @Shirley: Dear Shirley, firstly really sorry for a late reply :D. Thank you very much! Oh sure I'm happy to know that you are going to make bento with this flower idea, so can't wait to see - don't forget to let me know :D

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  19. mau beli buku bentonya, bisa dibeli dimana mba?

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