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 :))
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.
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!
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