Tuesday, September 9, 2014

harvest moon festival bento 2014


Happy Harvest Moon and Asian Mid-Autumn Moon Festival! With this holiday's traditional associations of love and romance, it was fun to make this bento for hubby today. Inside: savory ramen with sesame oil, Korean spicy braised chicken thighs, broccolini, and this in particular for Jamison: okra! Sautéed with garlic and ginger, finished with oyster sauce and white pepper--yum! This delicious recipe for the okra found at a tasty blog called The Big Fat Noodle. A moon-rabbit egg and some garden baby tomatoes also in today's bento. Enjoy the beautiful moon tonight, friends!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Matisse-inspired bento

Hi bento friends! A zippy, bright bento today inspired by the vibrant colors of the artist Henri Matisse. A ripe garden tomato is filled with tuna-basil salad and rests on ribbons of bright carrot lightly dressed with mayo. Edible flowers (sage, arugula, nasturtium) and spicy green sprouts also for lunch along with crisp pita cutouts based on Matisse's own!

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!