I did have a go in May last year, when I first heard about it from another twitterer (will post username, when I remember it - sorry!). Here was my first effort:
|Tea & Cake Bento|
Just before Christmas, when perusing the pound shops for cheapy decorations I came accross a 2-tiered lunchbox that I thought maybe someday come in handy, as it turns out it's perfect for bento & a good size for me.
Layer one (bottom) I filled with stir-fry veg, topped with ham and a handful of prawns, then made a dressing with olive oil, white wine vinegar, soy sauce, honey & sweet chilli sauce to drizzle over the top.
The top layer included a pot of salt & pepper houmous (with smiley face drawn on top), carrot sticks, olives, grapes & lettuce.
It's very basic for a bento, but it was very late. However, it did make me smile (and my workmates laugh a little) when I opened it for lunch. It's also very healthy and makes you think about adding different coloured veg to make it look more attractive.
One thing you may or may not know about me, is that when I decide to try something I like to go and buy stuff. I decided to take up running so bought a book & heart rate monitor (no idea why!), when I started crochet I bought books and loads of different sized hooks. So, naturally deciding to start bento I have ordered a few 'necessities' to make it better. Hear are some of my favourites:
|Hat Picks (Image from www.casabento.com)|
|Jungle themed sauce bottles (Image from www.casabento.com)|
|Penguin Mayonnaise Case (Image from www.jlist.com)|
A little bit of link love for RockSaltUK as I am jumping on her bandwagon a little bit, go and see her blog at http://rocksaltuk.wordpress.com/ for what promises to be the Year of Bento.