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Monday, August 30, 2010

late august farmer's market and savory dumpling bento

This weekend's farmer's market combined ripe summer tomatoes, peppers, melons and wildly colorful zinnia bouquets with the first hints of autumn as early squash, apples and amber-toned grapes graced a few stands:
This bee happily buzzed amid the bright bouquets, perhaps as enchanted by the intense colors as I was:
We were treated to a yummy meal with homemade dumplings at a friend's house on Saturday and she insisted we take home all the extra dumplings, yum. Today's bento features one of those savory dumplings, wrapped in romaine lettuce with mint, Thai basil and avocado tucked inside, all secured with a scallion band:
Red cabbage and carrot slaw dressed with lime and sweet chili sauce, plus some little orange tomatoes and nasturtium cushion the romaine-dumpling packet. The purple pepper was sliced and munched with a little salt after I took this photo. Greek yogurt with cinnamon, honey and coconut was lovely with honeydew and mango stars, a combination I'll definitely want to enjoy again!

The angle of daylight is just starting to soften and diffuse, the evening chorus of crickets and cicadas an intense and enveloping late-summer song...think I'll take a walk outside and listen.


30 comments:

OhayoBento said...

I love the fresh flowers you put in your bentos. They really are works of art!

slushygirl said...

You have the most gorgeous photography! Amazing, really!

bentobird said...

Hi and thank you OhayoBento...I love edible flowers, thanks for your sweet comment :D!

thisnthat said...

Gorgeous photography, you have a gift! I love following your blog and on Flickr. :)

bentobird said...

Wow, thanks so much, slushygirl!

Cooking Gallery said...

Beautiful flowers and fruit and your bento looks so colourful!

bentobird said...

Hi thisnthat, welcome and thanks for stopping by with your kind comments! Looking forward to following your bento adventures :D!

Lyndsey said...

The flowers are so vivid with all those colors. I love the photos. The lighting on your beautiful bento works perfect. I needed this to cheer me up after a rough day at work.

bentobird said...

Hi there Lyndsey, I'm so glad this post was cheering after a challenging day...hugs and here's hoping for a happier day tomorrow! Your bento pal =^^= Jenn

bentobird said...

Hi Cooking Gallery, how are you? Colors are so bright right now, its fun and exciting to be out and about with a camera. Wonder what yummy meals you've been cooking up :D

sherimiya said...

Me too, just today I noticed the changing light in my home. Will be seeing a change in my photography as a result. Nice bee capture! The last summer hues are captured beautifully in your lovely bento.

Lunch Buckets said...

I definitely need to try coconut in my yogurt.

Lia Chen said...

Amazing colors for all your photos! Love the flower bouquet in your bento :)

bentobird said...

Hi Sheri, that is so cool, love sharing the changing seasons with you :D!

bentobird said...

Hi Lunch Buckets! I highly recommend it, so yummy and healthy, too :D

bentobird said...

Thank you dear Lia for this bright sweet comment!

Sonoma Bento said...

Ah, this is so gorgeous Jenn! I was wondering if the colors could even be real! :) I love your vivid sense of color and composition. I bet this lunch was really tasty, too. :)

Megg said...

Look at all those COLORS! I'm sad to say my purple pepper (which wasn't even totally purple) was bad on the inside so I couldn't use it. But I think you have hit the purple pepper jackpot so that is great! ^_^

bentobird said...

Hiya SB! Thanks so much, and I'm STILL salivating over your recent BLT bento, ahhhhhh!

bentobird said...

Hi Megg, :( pepper bummer...maybe better luck next time? Wish I had those stunning candy-cane colored chiogga beets at my market, enjoy them for me!

Lexi said...

I love the way you've styled the yogurt, so cute with the little stars :)

Susan Yuen said...

Beautiful bento! Love all of the vibrant colors. Absolutely amazing to just look at. :)

bentobird said...

Hi Lexi, thanks a bunch!

bentobird said...

Susan, you are SO sweet, thanks for your encouraging comments, I appreciate them!

Emily Ng said...

oh...beautiful photos and delicious bento. I love to see all your photos, so real and so pretty. The colours "kill" me..LOL. Feel like wanna eat those photos..haha.

bentobird said...

Hi Emily, I too get so hungry flitting around around bento community, wanting to eat so many lovely combinations of colorful foods! Many thanks, it's a treat to have you visit here :D!

megan said...

such an inspired idea to wrap a dumpling in greens like that - just beautiful! the slaw and tomatoes also look delicious :-)

bentobird said...

hi there megan, glad you liked this one!!

Debra said...

I could spend my whole day here on your blog.

Bentobird said...

Hi Debra! Thank you so much!