|Bento Space Filler Cucumber Flower - shown here in a Ojue Lunchbox compartment|
Here is a series of simple step-by-step instructions:
|Slice the cucumber as thinly and evenly as possible|
|Cucumber slices - I cut about 15 slices in total|
For illustration purposes I have sliced the cucumber into little discs which are slightly less than 2mm. If you like you can try slicing them into paper thin slices for a more delicate look.
|Sprinkle salt on the cucumber slices|
|Cucumber slices in a ice water bath|
|Line the cucumber slices up like this|
Lightly pat dry the cucumber slices with a paper towel. Line the cucumber slices up as shown in the picture above, making sure that the slices overlap each other.
|Here comes the magical part - roll the cucumber slices towards yourself|
Starting from the furthest end, roll the cucumber slices towards yourself. It might be a little slippery, so using both hands might be helpful. (I had to struggle here a little because my right hand was holding the camera...^^,")
|Soon you will end up with something like this|
Soon you will end up with something like this. If there is a lot of liquid, gently squeeze out the excess liquid as shown below:
|Squeeze! *gently please*|
If you are planning to use the cucumber flowers immediately as a single space filler for the bento box, you may omit the steps below.
|Push uncooked spagetti into the cucumber flower|
Take a piece of uncooked spagetti and push it throught the cucumber flower until you can feel that it's pushing through to the other end. Break off excess spagetti. Repeat the step, taking note of the order of the arrows.
|Voila! Cucumber flower bento space filler|