This bento took several attempts, but my boyfriend requested it! He got super excited over the idea of a Chocobo themed bento, so I took that idea and ran with it.
The mashed potatoes have an array of flakes in them from my failed attempts at making the Chocobo’s outline. First I attempted to outline it with ground up Dulse flakes, then chia seeds. Neither attempt worked, but when I remembered I had some vegan icing on hand from another cooking experiment and some food dye in my bento-based bar-cart, I got to work. I snipped off the tip of a zip-lock bag and made my own pastry bag. The dye leeched into the potatoes a bit, overnight, but it held onto the color enough to give a really neat effect. The legs got a little messed up, but for a first attempt at ever doing icing art, I think it turned out great. I’m going to be trying out this with dyed mashed potatoes soon, to see if I can avoid all that extra stuff while still getting a pop of color.
Also in this bento is Gardein’s Barbecue “Wings,” Okra, and a couple slices of tomato.