Tuesday, October 4, 2011

EasyLunchboxes: angry birds bento lunch!

Oh. My. Gosh.  Making this bento nearly sent me over the edge! It was easily 100 times more frustrating than playing angry birds and just as addictive. I could.not.stop.myself even though I was on the verge of a full fledged psychotic meltdown.

A psychotic meltdown thanks to these stinkin' guys! Stupid birds.
angry birds bento

Those darn "black ninja birds" (as I call them) were cursed. They are olives with icing eyes and carrot beaks. Icing eyes and carrot beaks that I could barely get to stay in place. There are three eyeballs that fell down the bottom of that compartment that I couldn't get back out without shifting things too much...and any movement sent them falling to pieces again.

The big white do-do bird (as I think of him) is a hard boiled egg with carrot beak, nori feathers and eyebrows, and olive eye balls. His eyes are not right, but I couldn't have cared less at that point. I started this fiasco with these birds and I was already SO OVER the idea by the time I was half way done with them.

angry birds lunch bento

This is the dude who sparked the Angry Birds bento idea for me in the first place. You know I love my kiwi dudes :) and the big 'ol pig guy was made to be kiwi. A last minute notion was to take some of the kiwi fur to make a mustache. The mustache pigs always seem a little friendlier to me somehow. :)  His eyes are large icing eyes and I stuck some bento picks in him for ears. I had planed to carve out some kiwi from the back to use as ears, but like I said, I was really ticked off at the bento by this point. Ha.

angry birds bento

Besides the kiwi pig dude, it was the idea of cutting a sandwich up into "blocks" to make a building for little pigs to hide in that drove me to do this bento. That's a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with little grape pigs taking cover.  The red angry bird is Babybell cheese with a carrot beak and nori eyebrows. I totally got this idea from one of Wendolonia's bentos. :) He was super easy, but he's also kinda wonky, so it's really all relative. :p

This Angry Birds bento is packed in an EasyLunchboxes container. It worked out just perfectly for this arrangement. Oh! And this bento didn't travel far. It went from the kitchen counters (where I cursed at it repeatedly (silently, to myself)) to the kitchen table where it greeted Ethan and Paige just as they got home from school. They were super excited over it and started fighting over the kiwi dude immediately. Fun times! ;-)

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Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

This is FABULOUS - you've totally outdone yourself! Big Cutie has asked for Angry Birds cupcakes for school for her birthday next week and I'd love to send this for lunch as well. Can you tell me how you "stuck" the eyes on?

I also keep meaning to message you and tell you I think of you all the time now that we're in Japan - every time I'm in a store that sells bento goodies!!!

The Mom Chef said... [Reply to comment]

Amazing. I would definitely not have the patience to do this. Though, I have to admit that the more I look at that white bird, I so do want to try it. Doesn't a little dab of mustard to for keeping the eyes stuck there? Is the idea not to use it? (I'm bento ignorant.)

EasyLunchboxes (Kelly Lester) said... [Reply to comment]

Melissa - you are HYSTERICAL. Of course I adore your lunches, and those birds are just to die over, but I love how you tell us how FRUSTRATING it can be to actually make these phenomenal culinary works of art!!! That's the best part. The inside scoop on what really goes on behind the scenes :) ... Or did these birds just carry a little curse and you're not nearly as "over the edge" when you create say, a fairy tale lunch?

Frosted Fingers said... [Reply to comment]

Those are awesome!! I wouldn't have the patience, though!

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

LOL Kelly! Actually I think the 2nd most frustrating lunch I ever made was for the Little Bunny Foo Foo muffin tin - that fairy princess just about killed me. :p Usually bento is a good time, but every now and then I get in over my head and want to throw it all out the kitchen window. ;-)

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Mom Chef - for the egg I just cut little spots on the egg to tuck things into the egg. The egg is so malleable it worked well, but those olives were demented and fully uncooperative.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I LOVE this! If I actually could make this happen I would make one for my ds who loves Angry Birds.

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

Haha! I love this! My boys will love it too! I can't wait to show them your blog post. We will have to try making this. I am definitely pinning this!

Denise said... [Reply to comment]

Just brilliant! So glad you are blogging again!!!!

Wendy said... [Reply to comment]

Of course, you know I love this, Melissa! It's too freaking adorable. I had planned to put a white egg bird in when I made my Angry Bird lunch but I gave up on that idea way before I got to the point of frustration. I'm a quitter; you're a winner!

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks everyone!

Wendy, how could you possibly call yourself a quitter when I'm the one who abandoned her blog for nearly a year. Sheesh!

Laura said... [Reply to comment]

Amazing! My two boys, a 9 yr old and a 2 yr old, love playing Angry Birds. My 2 yr old is addicted to it. I'll have to do this for them. They will love it! Thanks for posting!

Vugrl said... [Reply to comment]

So glad to see you back!!! Love this bento! May have to try just the sandwich part. Not sure I have it in me to do the others plus my kids don't eat olives or boiled eggs.

Giggly Girls said... [Reply to comment]

Totally Awesome!!

Kitsune Lady said... [Reply to comment]

Lovely job! Bentos are just the best, thanks for the new ideas!

Michelle | Creative Food said... [Reply to comment]

Seriously. This. Is. Incredible. Just thought you should know that I come back and drool at this bento from time to time.

Grace @ EatsAmazing said... [Reply to comment]

This is amazing! Just found it when I was googling fun things to do with Kiwi fruit. Should have guessed your site would pop up!

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