Mar 26
2009

Today’s post is in honor of Lolly’s Big Time Bunny Week that has been running all week over on her blog, LollyChops. I’ve been having so much fun reading about her projects that I decided we needed some bunnies over here at the Fuji cottage.
I decided to make Squirrel a bunny bento as a special snack yesterday. I pulled out all the necessary ingredients and got to work.
First, I added a few drops of green food coloring to some flaked coconut, mixing it up until it was tinted green, and then let it sit to dry.
Then, I cut up an apple (I used a gala apple) and made some apple bunnies, and then set them aside in some ice water so that their ears would curl up a bit. (To try your hand at these, see this tutorial here.)
While I was waiting for the apple bunny ears to curl, I cut out flowers out of a piece of provolone cheese using a tiny flower shaped cutter.
Then it was time to start putting the bento together. First I arranged my coconut grass in the box.
Then I pulled the apple bunnies out of their bath, dried them off with a paper towel, and nestled them down in the coconut grass.
Next I decided that the bento needed another piece of fruit to jazz things up. I thought about adding raisins, but quickly decided against it. They just looked a little bit too much like bunny poo to be appetizing . . . .
I settled on red grapes instead . . . they can be eggs, rocks, whatever you want them to be!
Finally, I added the cheese flowers to complete the bento.
The best part? Giving Squirrel her bento at snack time.
She was excited to unpack it, and it got gobbled up quickly!

There are many variations of this bento that you could make. For example, you could use green rice instead of coconut (just add a few drops of food coloring to the water when cooking your rice), or a green pudding. Instead of cheese flowers, you could do carrot flowers.

Did you know that in Japan they say it is the rabbit in the moon, not the man in the moon like we say here? They say that if you look at the moon, you can see a rabbit pounding mochi.

Image from <3yen

To hear a Japanese children’s song about the rabbit on the moon, click here.

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Tangled Noodle March 26, 2009 at 7:50 am

This is wonderful! What a great way to get a child excited about her food. I have to agree – before I saw your words, I thought you were adding the raisins on the coconut grass as bunny poo. 8-)

BTW, I love your banner!

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curiousdomestic March 26, 2009 at 8:50 am

What a cute idea! I love the apple bunnies. Clever!

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LollyChops March 26, 2009 at 9:18 am

I totally love this idea… I need to get a bento box so I can make up cute food too!

…and that coconut.. I even have some in the pantry right now so I might have to give this a shot! This would be sooo cool for an easter day snack!

Giant HUGS to Fuji, Squirrel & Bug!

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Christina March 26, 2009 at 10:31 am

What a creative way to make a kid smile! Your bento is very cute. I love cooking and I also love making food that makes kids happy :-)

Christina

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Bob March 26, 2009 at 11:24 am

Heh, that’s awesome. :)

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Anonymous March 26, 2009 at 12:27 pm

In Mexico they also say there is a bunny on the moon

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Merivelmoon March 26, 2009 at 1:44 pm

This is super-cute! Clever girl ;D

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Princess of Everything (and then some) March 26, 2009 at 6:42 pm

I love bento! This is so cute!

bunny poo raisins made me laugh!

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Draffin Bears March 29, 2009 at 1:20 pm

What a sweet little Bunny Bento and such a healthy treat.
Your daughter looks so happy.

We can see a Rabbit in the Moon, over here in NZ.

Hugs
Carolyn

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mamakd March 29, 2009 at 4:42 pm

How cute! Looks yummy!

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Eileen Loughman September 10, 2010 at 1:33 pm

I’m late in the game and only recently discovered Bentos but haven’t been able to find any with “safe” plastics… any ideas? The only BPA-free I’ve found are so boring I don’t think the little guy would be very excited about a green square.

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Jennifer January 6, 2011 at 5:35 pm

This is such a cute idea. And I love your green coconut. But I, too thought the raisins were supposed to be bunny poo. Glad you opted for the grapes instead. ;-D

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