Saturday, September 19, 2015

cooling rice and seafood bento

A refreshing lunch for another warm late-summer day: lightly rice vinegared rice, crabmeat. ikura, radish sprouts, Japanese eggplant pickle and a few juicy snow peas. We went to Mitsuwa in San Jose this week and had a great time shopping and eating. Delicious ramen with spicy miso broth from Santouka, co-located with Mitsuwa:
The foods of Hokkaido were featured on this visit to Mitsuwa. We enjoyed some delish crab croquettes from this special event, yum...
Sweets to celebrate the coming season:
More pretty candies, love these colors!
Happy cooking, friends!

Monday, July 27, 2015

summer snack bento

Finally back to bento after a long break! Today's bento offers cooling flavors and textures for a hot July day. Local scarlet red tomatoes, green figs and lightly dressed chilled shrimp: simple and refreshing. Here's the farm stand/market on the way to the beach where we picked up the delicious tomatoes:
Cows grazing near where we park to make our way down to the ocean
Happy Summer!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

couscous salad bento

A bright and zippy lunch of couscous salad! Here's my recipe:
Couscous Salad with Herbs and Pistachio
1 cup of couscous
1 cup water
1 cup cooked chickpeas
stemmed, chopped mint and parsley to taste
1 clove minced garlic
1 scallion sliced on bias
2 small Persian cucumbers, chopped
diced red onion to taste
large handful halved, shelled pistachios
Dressing: juice of two lemons, 1/2 cup olive oil, blended
Bring one cup of water to boil, add one tablespoon of butter and a pinch of salt. Remove water from heat and stir in couscous. Cover and allow to steam for 5-7 minutes, then fluff grains with a wooden spoon. Mix in chickpeas, herbs, onion, garlic, other veggies. Pour dressing over, add pistachios and taste, adding more salt if needed, and black pepper to taste.
In addition to the couscous salad, this bento contained endive filled with herbed cheese and a dollop of beet hummus, a cool product I just discovered at Trader Joe's, and extra feta cheese. Yum!