Friday, 13 March 2009

Back to bento

It feels good to get back to cooking, and especially to be packing bento again. One of my first bento last week was a simple one, made with extra mincecd beef and broccoli left from dinner. I had beef soboro on rice, broccoli and carrot stir fry, and a cherry tomato garnish. With more planned and disciplined eating, hopefully I will lose some of the weight that I've put on from all the good food in Asia!


One from this week was rice with furikake, shogayaki (ginger pork), asparagus and cherry tomatoes. The pork was marinated the night before, asparagus sliced up and leftover rice were put in the fridge in a container.

In the morning, I reheated the rice in the microwave (just 1 minute to soften them up, as rice gets hard and clumpy in the fridge), portioned them into the bento boxes and left them to cool down. In the mean time, I stir fried the asparagus, dished them out, followed by the pork in the same pan. A couple of cherry tomatoes added colour.


A vegetarian bento: potato salad (with red skinned potatoes), asparagus and cherry tomatoes. I normally grill asparagus, but this time I just cooked them in boiling water, about 4 minutes, and then tossed them in some extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. They tasted pretty good even after spending a night in the fridge.



VeggieGirl said...

Love the bentos, as always; but where are the cute little animal sauce containers??? :-)

diva said...

welcome back to cooking! :) love bentos. wish someone could make these for me so i could take em to campus with me, enjoy a lovely homemade lunch and show off at the same time ;) x

Nicholas said...

Just wondering, where did you get the separators for the lock & locks!? I've been looking for those for a while...

Little Corner of Mine said...

Lovely bentos as always!

Nilmandra said...

Veggiegirl: No need for sauces. But have no fear, they will make their appearance again :)

Diva: Thanks, it's good to be back. As for taking lunches, even better to show of those that you've made yourself, right? ;)

Nicholas: The inner dividers come with the Lock & Lock containers. There seems to be different types for different markets. The UK (where I bought these) has this type of rectangular containers with inner dividers of 3 sections. The US market has square containers with inner dividers of 4 equal quarters. You can't find the square ones in UK shops and vice versa. You should be able to find them at major department stores or kitchen/homeware stores.

Little Corner of Mine: Thanks, it's good to make them again :)

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