One of my blog readers, Cathy, contacted me a few weeks back and asked me if I ever taught classes on how to make bentos. The answer (up till that point) was no. Since she lived very close by and it did sound like fun, I agreed to try it.
I met up with her & her friends last Saturday for a quick bento ideas class. After talking with Cathy, we decided to concentrate on cute & easy ideas to prepare, without a whole lot of special tools. I did bring egg molds to try out, because who doesn't like an egg shaped like a cow, but for the most part, we worked used things I bought in the Dallas area instead of online.
We did shaped & decorated sandwiches, some cute fruit & veggie ideas, egg faces, and just some overall presentation & packing ideas; lots of simple, yummy food that can easily be spruced up for a cute lunch!
One of my bentos from the class, it's a mix of some of the ideas we tried--kitty shaped sandwich (although his face got smooshed in the picture, some sandwich "sushis", face egg, cute cantaloupe bear, inside out cucumber hearts, and some assorted grapes, cheese & strawberries to hold it all in place.
It was a ton of fun, I really enjoyed meeting the ladies. Cathy, thank you for inviting me and opening your home for this! :o)