A little ode to Australia and my entry for this weeks bento challenge topic - "winged" (at the LiveJournal Bento Challenge Community).
The laughing kookaburra is made out of mashed potato, covered with oyster mushroom feathers and a portobello mushroom wing and tail. He's sitting on a meatball tree branch surrounded by snap pea gum leaves. (More meatballs are hidden under the leaves.) Accompanying him (and to match the Australian setting) are some golden kiwi slices and strawberry banksia flowers.
Anyone else from Australia who sang (and liked) the kookaburra song? It was one of my childhood favourites!
Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree-e,
Merry, merry, king of the bush is he-e,
Laugh, Kookaburra, laugh,
Kookaburra gay your life must be!
Btw, they used this song in an episode of the new Doctor Who series (Series 2, Ep.11 "Fear Her"). I found it a little odd though - ie. an Aussie folk song being sung by an English mother to her daughter to calm her down..