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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

happy st patty's day bento

 Today's St Patty's Day bento features some classic Irish ingredients: green cabbage, potatoes, and pastry! The shamrock-decorated pastry is filled with a stir fry of green cabbage, watercress and onions, plus salmon in a mustard sauce. Baby potatoes in a dill dressing, baby carrots, and extra cabbage with watercress round things out.

To celebrate this absolutely beautiful, breezy day, a baby lamb for the gentle turn in March's weather:
                         Early spring blooms in Old Town, Alexandria:

The Potomac river, shining in noon sun:
Happy St Patty's Day, bento friends!
                                               

23 comments:

megan said...

wow, that pastry sounds amazing, such a tasty combination of ingredients in the filling! i love that your take on st. patrick's day is about the ingredients and not just the color green. great flower shots, too -- spring really IS poking its head out for a look... hope it stays a while :-)

bentobird said...

I love this phrase: "spring really IS poking is head out for a look"! Yes indeed, perhaps through the eyes of baby flowers! Doing this st patty's bento reminded me how good fresh cabbage can be! Thanks so much for your visit and great comments, gamene :)

Lexi said...

It's a beautiful day here too, spring is coming! Adore the first photo with the iris, and your pastry sounds yum!

bentobird said...

So glad to hear it, Lexi! Yes, "spring is coming", and today it felt fully arrived and melted the last snow away--hooray! I always enjoy your thoughtful comments--thanks so much!

javapot said...

great iris pic, another fav flower of mine :) good work on the shamrock too.

hapabento said...

Mmm... tantalizing! Love the shamrock detail on the pastry.
Look how spring is peeking into your world! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

bentobird said...

Hi javapot! Yes, iris of all types are magical
--can't wait to see the bearded and Japanese varieties emerge! Thanks for sharing your very nice comments here :)

bentobird said...

Hiya Debra! Yes, it's really coming! I've been in a winter-sad slumber for sooo long, today felt just amazing. Happy St Patrick's day and congrats on the very cool shamrock bento!

sherimiya said...

That baby lamb is so sweet, and your pot of irises is fantastic! I wish we could have bulbs here. I do have little tulips, but I don't bother to dig up and cool, so they are not dependable.I know how it feels to see the blossoms open up, though! I am right there with you on the excitement of spring! Lovely!

Lia Chen said...

The pastry is awesome! Oh my you show us some great pictures again. Love the shamrock hanging on the door and the black cat looks elegant hehehe ... Beautiful flowers are the signature from you :)

babykins said...

Ohhh!! I LOVE all photos! I feel like I'm looking at beautiful photography books.
Love the tiny irises and the look of the cat especially.
Ah I wish I could have the shamrock pastry... :)

Susan Yuen said...

Happy St. Patty's Day!!! Love the Irish themed bento and sweet Spring lamb lounging in your garden. :D

Lia Chen said...

Jenn, I would like to pass you an award. Please pick it up here. Thanks!

bentobird said...

Dear sherimiya, hi from me and the little lamb, and thanks as always for visiting! Happy spring--so fun to share its unfolding with you :)

bentobird said...

Hi Lia--yes, this kitty was elegant indeed! Your comments are so encouraging, thank you!

bentobird said...

Hi Izumi! Big smile from your comments--and its a treat to share all the signs of spring with you!

bentobird said...

Hi Susan, my 1/8th Irish sister :) Many thanks and best wishes!

tatabonita said...

I'm always entertained by your fab photos everytime I visit this blog. And your pastry sounds soooo good :D

bentobird said...

That's so cool--thank you Tata...I feel the same way about your always refreshing and fun posts :D

Judy said...

That kitty was a cutie. Is he/she yours? Sweet lamb in the periwinkle too!

bentobird said...

Hiya Judy and Happy Spring to you! The pretty kitty belongs to someone else...such a winsome face!

babykins said...

Hi Jenn!
I replied to your mail yesterday and today. If you haven't seen it yet, could you check out your e-mail box?

bentobird said...

Thanks Izumi! Just wrote you back with some good news!