Today's bento features my favorite baran of happy animal friends. They share the bento with a great Trader Joe's "Harvest Grains" barley, baby chickpea and quinoa blend; a fan of regular-sized garbanzos and now a bento convert to anything miniaturized, I was quite pleased to see these golden baby ones in the TJ's mix!
This novel grain combo was cooked with wild mushroom bouillon from the Russian Gourmet in Alexandria, a cute place packed with exotic delicacies.
Under the grains is a layer of spicy chicken cooked in adjika, a delicious preserve of peppers/tomatoes/eggplant/spices also found at Russian Gourmet, blended with cream and sauteed mushrooms. A toast heart (inspired by the one in gamene's adorable bento) is decorated with cream cheese, a garden violet and beni shoga; purple cabbage with mint sprigs also inside. Blackberries, a clementine and madeleine cookie sweeten things up!
Our backyard dogwood tree in bloom: