Happy Halloween Bento: brown rice, carrots, sesame eggplant, and maple-miso chicken with endive (and nori kitty with soy paper and fish roe!)
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Scorpio, the sign presiding over this Halloween period of falling gem-colored leaves, remembrance, and deepening Autumn shadows has traditional food assocations that include cayenne, garlic, peppers, pine nuts, eggplant. Other food lore sources associate pumpkin, pomegranate, almonds, and star anise with Scorpio. This bento incorporates all of these foods and flavorings:
Sunday, October 25, 2009
On the next-to-last farmer's market of the year in my neighborhood, deep, bright colors abounded:
And in the garden, the delightful contrast of softer pinks amid ruddy, ochre and amber tones:
Friday, October 23, 2009
A twilight visit to the Mash Hassan Bakery and Market in Sterling, VA yielded a bright selection of Persian treats, including seeded flat breads, nuts and dried fruits, cheeses, hard to find dried herbs, preserves, saffron ice cream, unique spice blends, and more in a brightly lit, friendly shop decorated with romantic images of serene, dark-eyed women--a Sufi influence, perhaps?
Saffron rock candy:
And varieties of ghee:
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
A visit to the Union Square Greenmarket in NYC on a drizzly Friday morning last week more than fulfilled my expectations. The very human scale of the market, coiled around the park's green heart, offered bright-colored variety and selection at every table. The sounds and energy of the city surrounding the market seemed to intensify the vividness of everything grown and offered.
Beautiful fall fruits and vegetables glowed with good health. Especially fresh and delicate produce was available at the Lani's Farm stand, grown in Hightstown NJ with evident loving care:
Their nasturtium were a peppery delight and became a key bento element, as did their baby romaine and mizuna. I felt like the bento made itself, with these items migrating to their self-selected, natural places.
Peppers, squash and other fall produce in many varieties:
As were handcrafted cheeses and breads:
Flowers of many kinds:
and much more!
Afterwards, my brother Peter and I met up and discovered a very good Japanese place for lunch just a few of blocks away: Butai, 115 E 18th St. Excellent salmon teriyaki with crispy skin bento lunch, relaxed atmosphere, grey gentle breeze blowing through its open doors--a find!