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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

persian herb omelet bento

Hi bento pals! Today's bento includes some treats and culinary inspiration from the Mash Hassan Bakery and Persian Market, a nearby emporium of Persian specialties including delectable pastries, breads, nuts, conserves and hard-to-find spice blends.

I love the prominent role fresh herbs play in Persian cooking, infusing it with aromatic freshness and health benefits. Some essential herbs for sale at the market:
Cookies and sweets of many types are made here...

Persian teas, spices and more...
The sweets I brought home: flaky pastry fingers dusted with pistachio
 Pistachio nougat
Saffron rock candy
 For lunch, a Persian-style omelet made with dill, onions, basil, fenugreek and turmeric shares the bento with a yummy spinach pastry from Mash Hassan bakery, fresh mint and dill, a yellow pepper filled with tangy white cheese, romaine salad with green apples and pistachios. Dessert is a flaky sweet pastry with ripe raspberries alongside:
Have a wonderful week!

34 comments:

Just a MOM (Lina) said...

WOW!!! I am so jealous of you, seems like you can get almost everything there ...
Love the pictures as always!! great bento ^__^

Bentobird said...

Hi Lina dear, thanks for your sweet comments! I was wondering--in WA, what are some of the foodie specialties...great seafood, for instance?

Comtesse du Cupcakes said...

Your bento always look so delicious and colourful! Those pastry fingers look amazing : )

Just a MOM (Lina) said...

Hmmm... Seattle has almost everything, but not Bellingham :( once in a while (or I should say once in a long long while ..LOL) we drive down there, I love china town and pike market. I don't enjoy driving too much especially with 3 kids :D

Bentobird said...

Hello and thanks Comptesse de Cupcakes! They were very airy and light...yum :D Do you like to bake?

Bentobird said...

Hi Lina, oh Seattle sounds like foodie delight! Glad its there when you need some inspiration...I'd love to visit some day :D

Jenn @ BentoForKidlet said...

Oooo I need some of that pistacio nougat! Yum yum! Bento lunch looks delicious and so beautiful!

Bentobird said...

Hi Jenn! Thanks so much, wish I had some nougat left to share with you :D!

Kuusou said...

The omelet sounds delicious! The food from the market looks very good - the nougat sounds so tasty. :)

Lia Chen said...

I'm enjoying your photo journey with those yummy foods. Bento is always perfect! You are so adventurous and always try a new thing. Have a great week too Jenn (^.^)

Bentobird said...

Hi Kuusou! Thanks for your sweet visit, pal ^^!

Bentobird said...

Hello Lia! Perfect bento--that's a Bentolicious bento--always inspired by your art and craft and luminous photos! Fun to share food travels with you!!

Bobo said...

I like your adventurous food trying..Its good to taste food from different culture..

Your bento definitely looks interesting..
and your excellent photography skills.

I am looking forward to your next bento now..:)

anna2003 said...

I want that pistachio nougat too! My favorite! Lovely photos as always. Happy midweek! Cheers.

sheri fujihara chen said...

Um, pistachio nougat please! And I love the little pepper! I really want to try it right now...

Lyndsey said...

Another gorgeous colorful bento...a feast for the eyes as well as the tummy! You are so lucky to be able to visit all the interesting shops, bakeries and food finds. I am glad you take us with you. My daughter and I love finding things that are new to us and trying them. You are an inspiration Jenn!

Robin said...

Hmm, Persia...Bento...a cross cultural, international alliance the UN never imagined. WoW! We each ask, "How can I explore the world?" You lead us with the answer, "With food my darlings!" You are a culinary scout, indeed. My friend... lead on!

Angeleyes said...

Those pastries are damn tempting!!! :P
Lovely colorful bento again! :D

Bentobird said...

Hi Bobo! I agree, food is a wonderful way to explore the world...and also share friendship! Thanks for your encouraging comments, I appreciate them very much :D

Bentobird said...

Hello Karen! Thanks for your sweet visit ^^!

Bentobird said...

Hi Sheri! Yellow pepper and soft feta was a yummy combo :D Enjoy the pretty roses in your garden for me...can't wait for flowers to return here!

Bentobird said...

Hi Lyndsey, how are you pal? Thanks for your kind comments! I love your culinary explorations, always get new ideas at Tiny Skillet! Hi to Miranda :D

Bentobird said...

Wow, thanks Robin! Its so nice to live in such a diverse world and now have the means to easily share our discoveries...looking forward to making vodka sauce penne this evening, thanks for the inspiration!

Bentobird said...

Tee hee, thanks Angeleyes! I think the only way to get rid of the pastry temptation will be to finish them today!

Cat said...

Fantastic bento! Did you happen to get the name of the pastry fingers? It looks very similiar to a Turkish pastry I used to make - lots of honey/lemon juice/pistachio's.

Bentobird said...

Hi Cat! Thanks much :D

Sorry, I don't have a name for them...the pastries were just grouped temptingly on a large tray at the bakery/market, freshly made. Yum, yours sound delish!

Mayu said...

Hi! your obento is full of colors and very pretty!
I wish I could get those pastry and cookies here in Iowa!

Bentobird said...

Hello Mayu, thanks for your visit and nice comments! Love your colorful bento blog :D

karaimame said...

"Enjoying this journey of tastes and delightful pictures sitting on my imaginary flying carpet". Whoah! Everything looks so delicious! Hmmm, pistachio... spinach pastry, herbs! Heaven!

Susan Yuen said...

Wow, what a gorgeous bento! I love that Persian store, they have so many neat things!

Bentobird said...

hi there karaimame! thanks for coming along! let's ride out winter's end on a tapestry of rich colors and flavors ^^!

Bentobird said...

Susan, thanks for your visit! so fun to share the international diversity of this area in bentos :D

tatabonita (y-rahmasari) said...

Yum.... I always envy your international flavored bento Jenn ^^

Bentobird said...

Hi Ta! Thanks dear--have a great weekend!