Today's bento was inspired by the camping trips my parents took my siblings and I on when we were small. Many of them were pretty idyllic (at least to my memory), packed with things like lakeside fish-frys and weenie roasts after a day spent in the lake. But I'll always remember the summer we took our old, fold-down canvas camper to the lake, had a brilliant time... and ended up having to hastily pack up and leave the area late that evening because of the horrible weather. The sky was dark and thunderous, the rain was falling in sheets at times, bolts of lightning lit up the sky and the trees were making a terrific noise as they whipped back and forth above us. As we ran from the tents and the camper to our van, we spotted water spouts rising from the lake into the sky... it was insane! Luckily, no one was hurt. Though it was very scary at the time, the memory of the water spouts is actually very fascinating, and strangely beautiful. The "fury of nature" is nothing short of amazing.
We never had a little egg-shaped camper like the one I made here, but I really want one... they're so cute!
The little cheese car is hand-cut with a toothpick out of a slice of marble cheese. The windows and headlight are cut from deli ham and the wheels are the tips of a quail's egg. The camper is half of a regular egg with window, door, hitch and wheel made out of deli ham. The sky is rice, the road is deli ham, and the grass is broccoli with marble cheese flowers. alongside all of this cute yumminess is a sliced nectarine.
Calrose Rice, 1/4 cup: 170
Marble cheese, 1/2 slice: 30
Broccoli, 1/2 cup: 15
Deli ham: 15
Egg (Large, half): 36
Quail egg, half: 7