I think when it comes to monkeys there are two camps: you either think they are creepy or you think they are cute. I am in Camp Creepy. And this bento just proves my point.
Packed in an Everset sandwich box:
- two little cream cheese and fruit preserve sandwiches
- silicone cup of cucumbers and a big strawberry
- whole wheat pretzel sticks
- cheddar cheese flowers cut with a mini flower shaped cutter
- purple grapes (left on the vine so they stay together better)
- fruit leather creepy monkey face, secured with a bento hat pick
The sandwich is made with what I think is an empanada press. I'm not sure how I even came to own this, but it's been in my kitchen utensil drawer for years. It's nice because it uses up the whole slice of bread, only crusts going to waste (or in our case, in the scrap bag for feeding ducks). And the edges are all nicely sealed up for less mess. And it's cute. :)
update: I remembered! It's a dumpling maker I ordered from JBox. Mystery solved!!
The creepy monkey's face was made using the same cutter set I used to make the faces on the cheese in the 12 days of Christmas: eleven pipers piping bento -- so many people asked if it was from a punch -- no way! I'd never stick anything squishy like cheese or fruit leather in a punch. What a mess that would make! :) This is the cutter set I used:
I don't know what it is called exactly and I can't find them anywhere anymore - I've had these for a long time. This is actually two sets, each set came with 3 "discs". I'm missing one in this pic (that is, I couldn't find it to include in the photo). I bought one set from JBox over a year ago and the second set I found at a local bento shop before that. The closest thing I can find is these cutters on Amazon, that's the same brand packaging, but not the same set I have. If anyone has seen them somewhere, please share in comments! I know a lot of people were interested in them.
update: these cutters are now available here.
So please tell. Are you in the camp that monkeys are creepy too? Or are you in the Cute Camp? Let's hear it for Camp Creepy. ;-)