Bento Boxes…

"The Zen is in the building of the box - not the eating of it."
“The Zen is in the building of the box – not the eating of it.”

You would think I could have it both ways.

Tha “art” of building a bento box is, apparently, a lesson in meditation. One learns patience and serenity blah, blah, blah while getting the food ready to pack, and then designing a pleasing arrangement in the container.

It gets really complicated if you try to take it seriously and impart “wishes” into the arrangement for the person you’re feeding.

These two boxes took over 45 minutes to create, between the washing, slicing, dicing and arranging and rearranging.

By the time I got finished I was just wishing I’d decided to pack a sandwich. I didn’t get a lot of mediation value for my time, I don’t think.

I have to admit, though, that it kind of did feel like time well spent; I fridged my lunch ’til morning, and went to bed looking forward to an inspirational meal break next day.

By then, though, the serenity spell had worn off. It was a good lunch, but I don’t think the prep. time was worth the few minutes it took to scarf it down.

Random Song-for-the-Day: “California Girls” – Katy Perry (feat. Snoop Dogg)

2 Replies to “Bento Boxes…”

  1. Alright I’ve seen these all over the internet and they look so cool and yet when I consider making one it seems. So. Incredibly. Frustrating.

    I am quite positive I will never make one of those, but it was fun seeing yours. Glad you enjoyed it and took a photo before it was gone. Did that meal fill you up for any significant amount of time, by the way?

    1. I have to tell you that the finished bento was NOTHING like the bento in my head. I find that for me, at least, using food as an artistic medium feels like a wasted effort. I’m an “Ugly” cook. 🙂

      And it took two sittings to eat one box (I can’t wait to see the google searches over THAT sentence!). I’ve been on my “Accidental Raw Food Diet” for nearly a year, now, and I tend to graze rather than eat 3 “normal” meals. e.g. a single pear mght be breakfast, and breakfast might not happen ’til 11 AM. And I swear, that single pear, tastes SOOO good when that’s all you’re eating.

      So the lunch was enjoyable, but not the Zen experience I expected. I get more Zen from the plain Jane piece of fruit.

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