Busy weekend for me as I was teaching a bento workshop at SMU (will blog about that later), then did a cafe review and had to visit my grandfather in the hospital.
Somehow as I was conceptualising the bento design last night, the image of chinese ink art came to mind again. I recall beautiful swallows depicted in such artworks and decided to create a similar seaweed cutting design for today’s bento with this theme.
In the Chinese language, swallow is known as 燕. It symbolises spring and happiness. It is believed that if a swallow nests in the roof of a family, it will bring luck and good fortune to the family.
The side dishes for today’s Swallow Bento included baked salmon sprinkled with some seasalt, scallop salt and black pepper, soft-boiled eggs, shiitake mushrooms, lettuce, broccoli, sauteed carrot strips and edamame beans.
For the Swallow Chinese Art depiction, I made the outlines from seaweed which I cut using an Acto knife. The tiny flowers are tomato cut outs using a small flower cutter.