I got this idea from Biggie over at Lunch in a Box, so thank you!!! While you're there, check out her great links for shopping in the Bay Area, or her speed tips, her wonderful ideas and everything. She was basically the final push for me to get into bento- I'd seen Cooking Cute before and wanted to get into it, but I was too "Eh, I'm not going to spend that much time making things that pretty..." Biggie's site really encouraged me that it can look nice/cute, taste yummy and still be done quickly- it's not all about making literal art with pictures and stuff in your food. It's also about eating balanced and healthy and making the most out of your space.
My mother and I were due for a trip out to San Francisco for my cousin's wedding, and naturally I thought "Ew, paying through the nose for airplane food. I'll pass. What to bring..." Sandwiches were the obvious choice, as they are easy to make, easy to keep and relatively versatile. Last time we took a trip together- in May- I'd packed two sandwiches in regular sandwich bags, and my mother had turned up her nose at both my whole grain bread and my turkey! So the above airplane bento is mine- honey turkey, tomato and Romaine lettuce (to keep the tomato away from the bread, to prevent sogging) with mayo on 12 grain bread; grape tomatoes for stability and snacking; baby carrots, and a tin foile cupcake liner filled with sun dried tomato+feta cheese orzo. Yum.
My mom's bento contained peanut butter&jelly on potato bread, supported on either side by spicy beef jerky strips to keep the sandwich in place; blackberries and grape tomatoes for snacking- though you can't see it, there's a Romaine lettuce leaf barrier to prevent the blackberries from staining the bread- and some cooked bean sprouts with peppers. Next to that is a cup of the same orzo salad I had, except she didn't like it because of the cheese so I wound up eating that.
Also, since I was up and about at 5 am anyway to make our bentos and still make our flight at 8:45 am out of JFK Airport, I made a bento for the lovely person who woke up super early to drive us to the airport- my boyfriend. He likes his sandwiches fairly plain, so he received two salami sandwiches on potato bread- crustless, actually all of the sandwiches were crustless to make them an easier to fit shape- with nothing, grape tomatoes to keep them stable, pistachios and more of the same orzo salad, which he didn't eat. I must note here that I knew there was no way in hell he'd bring cute little cut out sandwiches to work, and besides which, none of it would fill him up if I made tiny sandwiches, so instead I simply pressed my cutters into the bread to make the impressions of hearts all over. I just forgot to take a picture of it.
As always- happy bento!!!