Tuesday, August 19, 2014

purple pepper bento

Hi folks! Today's bento is a mix of summery colors and flavors. A pretty purple pepper is filled with Japanese-style curry made with ground turkey and dark leafy greens. Curry made with Golden Curry brand cubes has become something of a staple dish for us--it elevates ground turkey, in particular, to savory-spicy new heights.
This time, I sautéed sliced onion, garlic and ginger in coconut oil before adding the turkey to brown, after which I shaved one block of curry roux into the wok and added enough water to make a light sauce. Blanched gai lan greens were added to the curry towards the end of cooking to keep them crisp. 
Quick-cooked snow peas and summery sliced tomatoes with a light ginger dressing also in the bento. For dessert: garden-gathered raspberries and blackberries and yummy berry filled chocolates from Daiso.
Happy bentoing!


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

garden fried rice bento

Hi friends! This simple bento was designed to make the most of summery goodness growing in our main garden bed, including golden zucchini, peppery arugula and lots of pungent, delicious basil. The golden zucchini grows next to a stone frog--I think they make a great pair!

Vegetable prep for the stir fry:
Fried rice is such an easy, delicious bento meal. Here, I sautéed the golden zucchini with garlic, arugula and basil and before combining with cooked brown jasmine rice. It just needed a touch of sea salt to bring out the bright summer-garden flavors. Smoked salmon wrapped around nasturtiums was the final touch for a light lunch! 
Hope you are enjoying summer!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

summery noodle bento

Hi friends! Today's bento combines noodles with plenty of pickled ginger, golden zucchini from the garden, snow peas, thin-sliced turkey, scallion and ginger dressing. Edible nasturtium flowers and leaves for peppery color! The lovely Japanese fabric was a gift from my friend Stephanie. Have a sweet weekend~