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Thursday, August 11, 2011

shiso snack bento

Hi bento pals and happy almost-Friday! Today's snack bento included fresh and aromatic shiso leaves, chicken salad with Japanese eggplant pickles, sesame dressing and favorite summer bento companions, bright peaches and cherries. A cute eggplant charm from a shop in San Francisco's Japantown rests alongside.

I was so happy to find shiso bunches for sale at my local farmer's market this week, first time finding them there. Peaches, tomatoes and other summer produce abounded...







The weekend is almost here--enjoy!

18 comments:

Lia Chen said...

Happy Friday from here! Simple yet still beautiful, love to see this bento! Have fun this weekend (^.^)

Bentobird said...

Hi Lia! Hugs for your sweet visit, have a GREAT weekend, friend!

sheri fujihara chen said...

Love your summer bounty! Enjoy!

Bentobird said...

Hi Sheri! Thanks so much and happy weekend to you :D!

Emily Ng said...

Lovely and colorful bento to start the beautiful Friday, thanks, Jenn. :) Have a great weekend.

Megg said...

So cute... everything looks delicious as always! I wish peaches grew around here so we could get them at the farmers markets.. mmm!

Bobo said...

My Friday morning has been brighten and awaken by those pictures of fresh produces.. I would like to have a bite on those Peaches.. :)

Have a nice weekend Jenn!

Bentobird said...

Hi Emily, your comment is a lovely start to my Friday! Wishing you a great weekend as well, happy cooking :D

Bentobird said...

Aw, smiling reading your kind comments, Megg! How are things? Any fun cooking adventures planned for the weekend?

Bentobird said...

Hi sweet Bobo! Peaches are a true summer treat, just had one for breakfast! Happy weekend, pal...

Robin said...

Your photos and posts are like a summer postcard, glorious colors, reflections of time and place and a sighed, "wish you were here." Thank you so much for continuing to share.

I was reading about shiso leaves in my new cookbook and now seeing them in your lovely bento they intrigue me all the more. Yikes, another foodie mission. I hope our farmer's market will have some to try!

Hope you enjoy your weekend friend.

Bentobird said...

Hi Robin! Smiling from your wonderful comment :D
Shiso's subtle yet distinctive flavor tastes so very Japanese and I hope you'll find a good source for this green and delightful herb.

Wishing you a weekend full of exciting food adventures, my friend!

Lyndsey said...

Hi Jenn, happy Friday to you too. Love the little Japanese girl tucked in among the fruit. I can get shiso leaves at my Asian market, I wasn't sure what to do with it much except use it in my bento.

I did get a post yesterday...I managed one or two up this summer...we didn't get to travel anywhere since Wade opened his own business1

Chat with you later
Cheers!
Lyndsey

Bentobird said...

Hello Ms. Lyndsey! Oh, need to check out your new post, thanks for the heads-up!

Another tasty use for shiso is sliced and added to soba noodles with sauteed onion/ginger/garlic and Korean red pepper paste and yep, you guessed it, perilla oil. Yum, makes me think of sturdy and warming autumn dishes to come!

Best wishes and enjoy the weekend, I'm so glad its here after this hectic week :D

KidsDreamWork said...

Such a refreshing bento, love it!

Bentobird said...

Thank you dear Ai Ping...hope you are enjoying the weekend :D

Anonymous said...

I never heard about this kind of Basil. Interesting! If i see it, i will try it.

Wish you a nice week!

Anja

Bentobird said...

Hi Anja! Hope some is available in your area, its healthful and very unique. Wishing you a nice week, too :D