Monday, March 23, 2015

spring soba noodles bento

Spring has come to vivid life here in Sonoma County: roses have started blooming, as have lilacs, wisteria, tulips. When I took photos this morning of what's emerging in the garden, I did so with ringing chorus of birdsong around me: soft-calling doves, raucous crows.
Cecile Brunner climbing rose has just started her pale pink bloom:
For lunch, healthy soba noodles layered with ginger flavors and tossed with asparagus and plump shrimp. Minced fresh asparagus went into the asparagus-shrimp stir fry, and pink pickled ginger was sliced into the cooked noodles along with some of the tart pickling liquid, along with a bit of Q-P Ginger Sesame dressing. Peppery arugula plucked from outside and some pretty radish flowers join the gingery noodles for a bright and springy meal.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thai larb bento and first lilacs

We love this spicy, tart chicken recipe with its vivid Thai flavors: Here it is bento'd with rice and Thai radish pods from the garden and some other spring's-in-the-air goodness from outside: mint and lilacs!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

breakfast sandwich bento

Today's bento was made for breakfast: sourdough bread from local Boudin Bakery with mayo and hardboiled egg, spicy Thai radish flower garnish plus orange and pineapple pieces. A cup of honey-sweetened chai, a regular feature of my weekday mornings is part of the ensemble. Both roses and camellias are blooming right now, and I love this delicate pink variety, reminiscent of apricot blossoms:
We recently checked out Larkspur, intrigued by the flourishing food truck scene it hosts close to the Ferry landing. Far and away the favorite of all the dishes sampled that chilly morning was the amazing fare from the Chairman Truck. They specialize in gua bao, steamed or baked breads filled with intensely flavored combinations of meats, vegetables, pickles. I was knocked out by the sheer deliciousness delivered by one bite of their tender pork belly, turmeric pickled daikon and green shiso number:
The Coca-Cola braised pork with Savoy cabbage and preserved yellow mustard seeds was a close runner up in edible delight. I'm already thinking about a return visit.

Some sights in and around Larkspur's historic downtown:
Here's to new cooking adventures in 2015!