Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Sundried tomato and coriander couscous bento

Hope everyone in the UK had a lovely bank holiday weekend. The weather was mostly gorgeous and we spent a lot of time outdoors, taking walks, pottering around the garden and just sitting outside and enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. I was taking a break from the internet and there were other errands to run, thus the lack of updates. But here are my last three bento:

Mushroom quiche, mixed leaf salad, blueberries and container of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Oats and poppy seeds bread rolls filled with honey roast ham and salad leaves, cherry tomatoes and a mango jelly.

Sundried tomato and coriander cous cous, peri-peri chicken and green beans.

The last bento was basically leftovers from dinner last night, which was roast chicken legs and cous cous with Mediterranean vegetables. I placed a couple of chicken breasts in with the chicken legs to marinate and cook, which were then kept aside to cool before being sliced and packed after dinner. And I just made two extra portions of cous cous. The green beans were steamed while washing up after dinner. They were tossed in a little extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper.

To make sundried tomato and coriander cous cous:

Ingredients (serves 2-3):

120g cous cous
150ml hot chicken or vegetable stock (or hot water)
3-4 pieces of sundried tomatoes in olive oil (often sold in a jar), finely chopped
Handful of fresh coriander, chopped
Extra virgin olive oil or butter (optional)


Pour boiling stock or water over the cous cous and cover with cling film. Leave for 5 minutes (doesn't matter if it is slightly longer). Remove cling film and fluff up the grains with a fork. Add the sundried tomatoes, coriander and a drizzle of extra virgin olive or a dab of butter. Stir well. The cous cous will keep well in the fridge for a couple of days. Double the amount to make more.


VeggieGirl said...

that couscous sounds SENSATIONAL!! yum!!

Lina said...

what a beautiful and tasty looking bento!

noble pig said...

Again, what a beautiful lunch. I adore couscous and this looks like a good one!

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

I never got the concept of bank holidays, makes me a bit envious;-) Your bento looks fantastic!

didally said...

I think couscous is a great choice for bento, easy to prepare. I've heard so much about them, but yet to try making them. Your bentos are always so appetizing.

Kevin said...

Those bentos look tasty! I like the little bottles for liquids like dressings or soy sauce.

tigerfish said...

Can I have all three bentos? You never fail to amaze me...what can go into a bento :P

Nilmandra said...

Veggiegirl: The sundried tomatoes really gave it a nice kick.

Lina: Thanks!

Noble Pig: Thanks. I've been trying out different flavours with cous cous and it's been fun.

Marc: We have another spring bank holiday coming up at the end of May! :)

Didally: They are really easy and you can add all sorts of flavours since cous cous is plain on its own.

Kevin: I love my little bottles. They are really useful, as you've said, but also cute and adds some interest to the bento.

Tigerfish: Anything can go into a bento :D

noobcook said...

Me want all 3 bentos too, especially the mushroom quiche and blueberries one. They all look amazing!! :)~

Post a Comment