(Pretend snow. Shh, don’t tell.)
I’ve been reading about bento boxes this week. (Bento is a form of Japanese boxed lunch, carefully packed and balanced to create nutritious individual portions of food.) The premise – as far as I can see – is that the presentation makes the meal about more than just the food. Since I’m trying to seize the day and enrich our lives and all that, when the boys asked for a snack this afternoon, I thought I’d try something interesting.
Huh. That wasn’t too hard, actually!
I used a silicone muffin cup liner to shape the “snowballs” from homemade quickie sticky rice (1 cup rice and 2 1/2 cups of water brought to boiling point, then covered and simmered for 20 minutes) to avoid getting rice all over my hands. The snow on the ground is shredded coconut, the buttons and eyes are raisins, the nose is a baby carrot, and the arms are pretzel sticks. It took me less than five minutes to turn food – that they would probably have been only mildly excited about, to be honest – into something so fun that they’re going to remember it for a long time.