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Friday, August 27, 2010

ume soba bento

Happy Friday, bento pals! Today's bento features pink ume noodles topped with dried plums, scallions, avocado, plus blackberries and green figs, snow pea tops and teriyaki saury:
The avocado was threaded on a clematis vine with starry flourishes, inspired by the organic and lovely bento stylings of Blorgie1, whose bentos sparkle with inventiveness, delicacy and natural beauty...I love the shared inspiration (and information) that flows through our bento community and feel so enriched by how it has led me to new culinary advenures!

The pink ume noodles had a pleasingly tart flavor, echoed by the dried plum topping; I started thinking pink for today's bento after coming across these fringed mimosa blossoms on a walk yesterday:
 
The mimosa's pretty pastels brought to mind these noodles in my pantry...
 
 
Hope you'll have a fun weekend--we are looking forward to a dumpling feast with a good pal and to seeing what the farmer's market holds...Cheers!

24 comments:

slushygirl said...

Wow! Those pink noodles are amazing! I have not seen these. Where did you get them?

bentobird said...

Hi slushygirl, I got them at a Japanese market in downtown NYC called Sunrise Mart, thanks for asking...:D!

Lyndsey said...

It's beautiful and totally inviting. I want to sit down and pick up the chopsticks and dig in! Have fun eating dumplings, and looking forward to seeing the farmer's market finds!

Cooking Gallery said...

Great presentation and the bento looks very healthy!

bentobird said...

Hi there Lyndsey--please pull up a chair, would be delightful to share with you! Hope you've has a good week and I'll see you at your lovely blogs :D!

bentobird said...

Thank you Cooking Gallery, that comment means a lot from such an artist of food styling!

Debra said...

Genius of you to use ume soba! Everytime I visit your creations take my breath away. Amazing stuff Jenn!

tatabonita said...

I'm so into that pink ume - very pretty pink color :D.I've never seen it before. Hope I can find it in town :D. Wish me luck!

bentobird said...

Hi Debra, delightful to have you visit...thanks as always for your encouragement!

A pleasant, mild morning here, just back from the farmer's market and about to have some hot cofffee with cinnamon...have a great weekend!

bentobird said...

Hi Ta, yes, me too--pink is a happy color...I hope you find some ume noodles, please let me know...Hugs :D!

Kaimono888 said...

Yet another beautiful bento! Pink is my fav color^_^ I would love to try the ume soba ^.~

bentobird said...

Hi there Kaimono, nice to know that about your fav shade! Hope you having a good weekend with interesting meals ~^^~!

OhayoBento said...

The pink in the fig looks great with the noodles. Your presentation is fantastic, you have an amazing talent. :)

bentobird said...

Hi and thank you OhayoBento--your lovely comment is so kind. Happy bentoing!!

Emily Ng said...

Wow..amazing bento... you are always great in presentating your bento...so lovely.

bentobird said...

Hello Emily, your sweet comment put a big smile on my face, thanks so much!

Megg said...

Wow.. look at the color of those noodles! I'd never even heard of those before... now I have another thing to hunt for. Thanks! ^_^

bentobird said...

Hi Megg, bentoing is a never-ending treasure hunt...tee hee, off to do some bento shopping! Have a great evening :D!

Kuusou said...

The pink ume noodles are so pretty and really add a nice perkiness to the bento! Very lovely. :)

bentobird said...

Hi Kuusou, I really like your term "perkiness", a good quality to have in a bento ;) thanks and hope your week is off to a good start!

EatPlayLove said...

Love the pink noodles as well and I've actually been to sunrise mart! How cool (except I live in colorado...boo!). We are loving all the fresh figs that are out right now as well, they are just as yummy as they are visually pleasing!

megan said...

WOW, this meal is exactly up my alley, i love tangy ume and topping it with avocado sounds absolutely delightful! beautiful and fresh styling as always :-)

bentobird said...

hi EatPlayLove, that is cool indeed! I hope there are some excellent Japanese and bento resources closer to you :)

yes, I'm all about figs right now, hubby amused by my putting them sliced on pizza (it was topped with prociutto and eggplant and was delish)! Glad that you are enjoying this special seasonal treat, too...

bentobird said...

Hi megan!! thanks for visiting with your sweet comments, hope we'll see some of your beautiful bento creations soon :D!