In contrast to the color-exploding Sesame Street Halloween Bento in the previous post, I decided to go for a less colorful dish this round. Presenting to you...... Wednesday Addams!
When I think of the Addams family, the first character that comes to mind is the pale, dark-haired, grim-looking little girl who is fascinated with death and the macabre, Wednesday Addams. She rarely smiles, and during that one time she tried at a summer camp, she creeped everyone out. While most girls her age played with Barbie Dolls, Wednesday embraced her inner darkness and often stood her ground, like refusing to be persuaded to wear body-hugging orange swimwear.
American cartoonist Charles Addams gave her the name "Wednesday", based on the well-known nursery rhyme line, "Wednesday's child is full of woe."
When I was kid, I loved the Addams Family movie. I know there's the original, musical productions, cartoons and all, but my favorite is the movie in which Wednesday was played by Christina Ricci. I also liked her in Casper the Friendly Ghost! We had the laser disc (the year was 1996) and would watch it every Sunday, because, well, that was the only laser disc we owned. Back in those days, if you wanted to watch movies, you had to go to a laser disc shop to rent or buy them. Instant gratification didn't come so easily in the past!
I included Wednesday's headless doll, Marie Antoinette, in this food art too! Almost became cross-eyed making it LOL.
Among Wednesday Addams' many famous quotes, the one I find most memorable is 'I HATE EVERYTHING'.
Ingredients For Wednesday Addams
- White cheese
- Orange cheese
- Egg yolk sheet
- Eggplant, stir-fried with hoisin sauce, oyster sauce and sesame oil
- Ground sesame seeds
How To Make Wednesday Addams
Only three simple ingredients are needed to make Wednesday Addams - rice, nori, and cheese.
Mold Wednesday's head, body, and limbs from rice, then wrap them in cling film to hold their shape. Fold nori in half and cut out her distinctive widow's peak. Cut her braids out from nori, and lay onto cheese. Wrap the body, arms, and shoes with nori and wrap in cling film to make nori adhere to rice. Cut out two triangles and three tiny circles from cheese for her collar and buttons.
Repeat everything on a smaller scale for the headless doll, with a reduced level of intricacy.
Cut out two ovals from nori and cheese, and two smaller ovals from nori for the eyes. Cut small strips of nori for the brows, nose, eyelids and mouth.
Placing a cup, cookie cutter, or any round tool on an egg yolk sheet, trace out a full moon. Cut out bats, haunted house, and tombstones from nori and cheese, using a precision knife. Place the house atop an eggplant mountain.
Punch out the shape of the pumpkin from a slice of carrot.
Place salad at the foot of the eggplant mountain.
Ingredients For Maple Dijon Chicken Salad
- 450g skinless, boneless chicken breast
- 2 tbsp grainy Dijon mustard
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- Salt & black pepper
- Kale, stem cut
- Quinoa, cooked
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp grainy Dijon mustard
How To Make Maple Dijon Chicken Salad
Preheat oven to 190°C.
In a bowl, combine ingredients 2-5.
Rinse the chicken breasts, butterfly them and pat dry. Transfer to a parchment lined baking tray.
Brush the chicken with the mustard mixture, on both sides.
Bake for 15-20 minutes.
While chicken is baking, toss together the kale and quinoa, and top with pomegranate and corn.
Whisk ingredients 10-13, and drizzle over the baked chicken and salad.
(adapted from Domestic Geek)
I displayed this meal on a plate, but you can definitely put everything into a bento box, like Zoo Animals Bento, Crayon Shinchan Bento, and Sesame Street Bento.
Easy Wednesday Halloween Costume
If you're looking for a Halloween or party costume this year, why not try channeling Wednesday Addams? It's one of the easiest and most impactful costumes achievable.
Here are steps on how to rock that Wednesday Addams look.
- This DIY Halloween costume involves just a simple black shift dress, with an attached white pointy collar or if you can't find one, wear a white collared blouse underneath a round-collared black dress. If it's not possible to find a collar, make one out of paper and stick it on! Alternatively, a complete costume is readily available.
- Remove any trace of a healthy glow by either not applying anything if you have pale skin or apply a lighter shade of foundation.
- Work on the brows. Fill them in with the darkest brown.
- Smudge some brown eyeshadow on the orbital bone to create some depth and darkness to the eyes. Apply some under the eyes to create false dark circles.
- If you have long hair, part your hair in half, straight down the middle and braid it on each side. To create the widow's peak, draw it on with black eyeliner. If that is not an option, you can always go the easy way out and wear a Wednesday Addams wig.
- Paint your nails black.
- Wear black shoes, best if you choose Oxford-style ones.
- Wear a pallid, disinterested expression.
- Go ahead a step further, make your own doll and pull her head off.
Happy Wednesday! 😀