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Sunday, February 27, 2011

hints of spring bento

Hi bento pals! We are enjoying a balmy Sunday with soft blue skies and breezes: perfect weather for raking up residual fall leaves and discovering green shoots emerging underneath. Hyacinth are perking above ground with their beautiful green tops.  
My fingers are crossed for the tulip bulbs planted last October, always popular with digging squirrels...we'll see what's in bloom in a couple of months!

Ivory hellebore plants at a local market today:


Monday's lunch: white wine and butter braised Coho salmon fillet with red grapefruit, Italian capers over smoked salmon pasta, mint and asparagus. An arugula salad with Sicilian orange infused olive oil, Reggiano Parmigiano cheese slivers, pistachios and more mint also in the bento:
Have a lovely week, happy cooking!

18 comments:

Jenn @ BentoForKidlet said...

Looks fantastic! What pretty spring pictures too!

Judy said...

Beautiful Bento! Love arugula. I graze on it when I'm in the garden. Grows wild now. With Parm - oh heaven!

Fluteloop said...

Sicilian orange infused olive oil? Yum! Love the blue flowers!

Mayu said...

Looks yummy! Beautiful flowers!I hope I can see some hints of spring here in Iowa soon too (I know I have to wait few more month though...).

Edible Art said...

wow, sounds so fresh, and the salmon with the grapefruit looks so pretty

Bentobird said...

Hi Jenn! Thanks, hope there are some signs of spring where you are :D

Bentobird said...

Hi Judy! Lucky you to have wild arugula! That sounds like heaven, I'm guessing it is full of spicy, peppery flavor. YUM, enjoy some on a pizza for me soon :D

Bentobird said...

Hi Fluteloop! I'm kinda addicted to this oil, it's aroma makes me feel like I'm in a sunny field in southern Italy. Have a great day!

Bentobird said...

Hi Mayu, thanks for your visit and comments! Iowa winters must be pretty intense, I hope there will be an early thaw. See you at your tasty blog :D

Bentobird said...

Hi Stephanie, thanks so much!

Robin said...

Yum... buttery salmon on top of smoked salmon pasta!? You're killing me ;D Sounds just perfect with the orange vinaigrette salad. Your picture of the ivory Hellebores just beams! Hope you have a great week and more sunshine.

Bentobird said...

Hi Robin, such a lovely sheaf of comments, thank you so much!! Have a great week too, see you over at What About the Food!

Arudhi said...

Pasta and salmon, what a treat! Never tried arugula and I always wonder how it tastes.

Bentobird said...

Hi Arudhi! Arugula has a wonderful peppery, slightly bitter flavor, really livens up a salad...

Susan Yuen said...

Gorgeous bento! The salmon and pasta looks absolutely delicious! The arugula salad perfectly completes the bento. :)

KidsDreamWork said...

Beautiful bento, and love the contrast the stunning blue flower with your bento in the photo!

Bentobird said...

Hi Susan, always a pleasure to read your bright and sunny comments! Thank you so much :D

Bentobird said...

Aw, many thanks Ai Ping--hope you are having a good week!! I love iris :)