Hi bento pals! Today's bento was based on this beauty of an eggplant from the farmer's market. I've been admiring its round, happy form and pretty purple/ivory colors since Saturday!
Here's how I cooked it today: 400 degree oven, eggplant halved and scored. For a soboro style filling: four minced garlic cloves, one inch piece of fresh ginger, diced and sauteed with a quarter pound of organic ground beef. Remove eggplant from oven after about 50 minutes or until tender. Carefully scrape out its custardy flesh, retaining skin/shell. Combine eggplant pulp with beef mixure. Add mirin, tamari, sake to taste. Mound eggplant shells with savory filling and bake for a few more minutes. Yum!
Eggplant half garnished with colorful beni shoga and scallions:
Pink grapefruit and golden kiwi:
These baby tomatoes were juicy and sweet! The farmer's market has been great bento/cooking inspiration this summer--for you, too? Speaking of farmer's market inspiration, Sonoma Bento is hosting a wonderful giveaway to celebrate her 50th market-sourced post--check it out!