Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Bento backlog

I just realised that I have a backlog of bento made in the past 2 weeks... So please bear with me with this too-long and bento-ful post.

These two were made after Thanksgiving here in Canada (yes, ages ago!). We actually didn't have leftovers for lunch! Well, there were leftovers but more suitable for dinner, so all that went into lunches were some carrots and brussel sprouts.

My lunch: Inarizushi, brussel sprouts and bunny container of soy sauce on top tier. Bottom tier has one onigiri, vegetable gyoza, fish container of black vinegar and carrots.
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AP's lunch: egg and mixed vegetable fried rice, vegetable gyoza, brussel sprouts and carrots.
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This lunch was mainly to use up leftover foccacia bread. We had caesar salad, grilled chicken, cherry tomatoes and foccacia bread. Yellow container held caesar dressing and strawberry container had extra virgin olive oil for the bread.

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Three mushrooms rice with steamed broccoli (tossed with some soy sauce and sesame oil) and cherry tomatoes. As ever, the rice was leftover from dinner because it just makes more sense to cook a larger pot of rice.

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A simple bento for AP: potato salad with parsley, red peppers and sliced kiwi.

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Chicken katsu (breaded chicken), cherry tomatoes, inarizushi, onigiri, edamame and soy sauce in elephant container. The lettuce leaf under the chicken katsu kept it from getting soggy. I let it cool down a little after cooking but given that everything had to be pack fairly quickly this morning, there was still residual heat and resultant moisture, which was absorbed by the lettuce. I should have arranged the lettuce leaf nicely so that it peeked out around the chicken, but oh well, time pressure kind of short circuited the thinking process.

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Just a very simple one today. Salmon teriyaki, rice, cherry tomatoes and kailan in oyster sauce. Made this morning before AP had to go to work. I should have added perhaps a little cup of sweetcorn, for some extra colour and variety. But oh well, I didn't think on my feet very well that early in the morning! At least the lunches will help with our fish intake (I try to cook fish or seafood twice a week).

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10 comments:

kokostiletto said...

mmmmm yummy! thank you!

Nolwenn said...

They look soooooooo good ! You made me hungry (even if here, it's only 9:30am).

VeggieGirl said...

Hooray for "bento overload" and cuuuuute animal containers!! :-D

skinnymum said...

look so delicious....... now i feel like trying out bento making as well.

noobcook said...

so sumptuous as usual. You two are really eating well :D

Mrs Ergül said...

Hmmm such thoughtful bentos!! Lovely!

sugarlens said...

Your bentos are lovely! Just stumbled upon your website. It looks like we have a lot in common. I love to cook, take pictures of my food, and we even have the same camera. Please come visit me! :)

Jaye Joseph said...

Can you tell me where you find those adorable little containers for the soy sauce and black vinegar?

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

Impressive as always. All your bento photos would make for a neat coffee table photobook.

Nilmandra said...

Kokostiletto: Glad you liked them :)

Nolwenn: Thanks! I get hungry all the time browsing food blogs, heh.

Veggiegirl: I see that cute animal containers are the way to your heart ;)

Skinnymum: I write about my reasons for making bento here. For more information and tips on making bento, I highly recommend Just Bento and if you would like to make them for your kids too, Lunch in a Box is brilliant.

Noobcook, Mrs Ergul: Thanks, I try!

Sugarlens: Thanks for dropping by and the comment. I'll hop on over to your website :)

Jaye Joseph: I bought those containers from eBay stores (search for 'bento' or 'bento accesories'). They are also available from JBox

Marc: Thanks, it's very kind of you to say so :)

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