-Salad (with tomatoes, zucchini, radish & dressing)
-Noddles with Carrots, Broccoli, fried tofu & peanut sauce
I made the egg sheets and colored the pieces for his bug hat when I got home the night before I made this bento. Hubs told me that night that he'd need to be into work before 8am the next day (after I finished the egg sheets and such). I could have just died, because I already started it, and that would mean I'd need to get up at 6am to finish it. So, like a trooper, I got up at 6am and started cutting egg sheets and provolone cheese.
Except for the "eyes" on his beetle hat and where his cape is tied around his neck, no cutters were used. I used cake decorating tips for the few things I actually cut out. I was going to use nori for his face, hair, and details on his cape but decided it would look more authentic if I used black food coloring to give a brushed look. There's green rice behind Issun because, when he's tiny and riding Amaterasu, he emits a green glow.
I sort of phoned it in on the rest of the bento, mostly because I was tired and just wanted to be done and go back to bed for an hour. Also, I'm low on veggies and that made things a little more difficult.
As I was packing it up and getting ready to take a picture, I decided Issun didn't look right without Dekomaru, so I carefully placed a bamboo pick to act as his faithful sword. It made a bigger difference than I thought it would. I finally sat down around 7:15am.
So, I figured that the total time to make this came out to 2 hours (including the prep-work the previous night).
I can't lie, I'm so proud I said I was going to do this and followed though. It was difficult, but it turned out. Hubs knew who it was and had doubts as to whether or not he should eat it (I take it as a compliment). It will probably be a long time until I make a charaben this involved, but I'm sure I will actually make another.