March 6th, 2009

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Bento #221

OK, this is officially the most food I've ever managed to stuff into that box :D
Lots of meze leftover from last night's dinner. I had no lettuce at home so I overcompensated a bit on the green veggies side when stuffing the bento :)

Big box (front): baked potato wedges, broccoli, shredded carrot salad, celery, couscous-feta-spinach patties, a falafel, cherry tomatoes and a cup of Ajvar and mayo for dipping.
Small box (back): more broccoli, asparagus, Halloumi, a mini kit-kat bar and a cup of pickled onions. Tomato flower and oregano decoration.


BF's lunch and extra pictures on my bentoblog:

Spaghetti Bento

This bento was super easy to pull together.  I had some leftover pasta and I just tossed it with pizza squeeze to make a quick pasta sauce. 

Spaghetti nests, baby carrots, 2 scallops, mixed greens, ranch in HK.

Happy Bento!
Muhammed Ebi

Lunch Box 634: Chicken & Cactus Curry

Last time I went to the farmer's market I picked up some cactus. That was actually the second time I'd tried to buy it, but the first time I found out the hard way that the pads hadn't been thoroughly de-needled. Them things have all sorts of hair-fine needles, and when I got home I had to get out some scotch tape to pull the last of them out of my poor fingers. But this time the pads were very well "shaved" - it looked like they'd used a vegetable peeler the size of a paint roller - so, judging them safe, I bought a few, determined to find out what cactus tastes like.

My answer: it's kinda like bell pepper. Not hot but - well it just has that flavor. But it's a succulent, so it has a different texture. And, as I found out when I steamed some of it, it generates slime like okra does. Blah, I am not a fan of slimy food. But I remember a coworker telling me about how his mother used to thicken soup with okra, so I thought that maybe it would do well in curry. You know, use the slime to thicken the sauce and use the sauce to mitigate the taste a bit. The result is the above chicken & cactus curry, which was quite good. Not good enough to make me want to buy cactus again, but it was a worthwhile experiment.

Then I have steamed broccoli and a blood orange. If I could find some blood orange seeds I'd try to plant a tree.

(Website post, with links to recipes.)
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Tuna Sushi


This was my lunch for today, and it was surprisingly delicious. I kept seeing everyone post about Tuna Onigiri and I kept going 'Tuna and rice? You must be insane!' (in my head, anyway) but I made one on a whim to try it out and it was really really good. So, I decided that since I can't seem to make onigiri by hand (I tried, failed. Failed badly) I'd just make myself a sushi roll with tuna in it instead of veggies or meat = ) it's really quite good too, and easy to eat, it's sort of like a wrap even. Now I'm not a fan of tuna by any means, so I put in some chopped onions and cucumber ti kind of give it some more texture, and this really made a difference. I've also got my cucumber wall and some mandarin oranges and cottage cheese with pepper, and it was very flavorful. Thanks to the person who posted mandarin oranges on cottage cheese, I never would have thought to try that out and it's way better than cottage cheese and cucumber! 

Bento 36

I made a quick bento today after my classes.


Top: Fried chicken, ketchup in the penguin, homemade apple and raspberry crisp
Bottom: Spaghetti with homemade sauce, peach gummies, Lindt chocolate

The crisp and the spaghetti sauce were homemade by my wonderful mother. It was my birthday on Tuesday and she wanted to know what I wanted to do for my birthday dinner. I told her that I wanted to come to her house and eat her superdelicious spaghetti. And instead of a cake, I wanted a fruit crisp. And of course I got leftovers of both of these tasty foods. Best birthday ever!

I have a question for those of you who no longer live with your parents. Do you have a favorite food you used to eat back home that you often crave? Mine would be my mother's spaghetti and her fruit crisps. What are yours?

By the by, I'm trying to get a job at a Japanese restaurant in my town. If I do, I might be able to bring back leftovers and make some more Japanese bentos!

Bento #11.

I actually haven't been posting my bentos lately as I've been kinda busy. I have a bento backlog entry in my journal, but since it's friends only I'll post my favorite recent bento (one made for my boyfriend for our wrestling-watching night together) and if you'd like to see the others just click further into my Flickr gallery. :)


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I just received my bento box a few days ago and was excited to get started! But I didn't really pay attention to the measurements when I ordered it, so then I was shocked that the box was so tiny!

Bottom tier (bottom box): Plain long-grain steamed rice and some mushrooms stir-fried in sesame oil.
Top tier: Some fresh spinach with baby carrots, sliced strawberries and red grapes.
It managed to fit more food than I expected :)