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Friday, September 16, 2011

persian sandwich bento




Hi bento pals! We recently visited a wonderful Persian bakery and market in our area called Nemooheh. They are renowned for a rich selection of Persian sweets, including baklavas in several honeyed nut combinations and refined, golden shapes.



Nemooneh also carries a full range of Persian groceries, including pickles, spices and flavored waters, nuts and dried fruit...


Some luscious pastries unwrapped at home:



 Today's bento was inspired by subtle and exotic items from this shop, including spicy "torshi" or vegetable pickles which I blended with thick Greek yogurt to make a spread for a leg of lamb and tomato sandwich on Barbari bread. Dill and green olives, romaine, dolmeh and scallions also in the bento. Lunch ends on a sweet note with fresh green figs and almond baklava.

Jamison captured this lovely image of a butterfly visiting a bright pink zinnia in our garden. Zinnia have been wonderful attractors of both butterflies and hummingbirds this summer. Have a great weekend, happy cooking!


14 comments:

Lyndsey said...

I really like Jamison's capture of the butterfly and lovely Zinnia! Butterflies never sit still long enough for me to get a good shot! :)

Another regional delight...sounds so delicious and so pretty to feast my eyes on. I sure needed to look at something nice like this after the busy, stressfull week that I've had. All I can say is TGIF! Thanks! :D

Hope you have a wonderful weekend Jenn.

Bentobird said...

Hi Lydnsey dear, it made my afternoon to read that you enjoyed my post after a long week! The butterfly was so engrossed in its zinnia visit that there was time to take a bunch of pictures!

Wishing you a relaxing and lovely weekend, friend...

Megg said...

Wow, that looks so scrumptious and beautiful! How are you, Jenn? I've been MIA lately due to trying to find a place to live come October, but I'm trying to catch up on all my favorite blogs. Hope you're doing well.. your bentos are definitely fantastic as usual! ^_^

Bentobird said...

Hi Megg! So nice to hear from you...hope this summer has been a good one! Are you staying in the Chicago area? We are likely moving out to the West Coast soon...lots of work to do, first. Hugs! ^^

Jennifer Gildred MA ATR said...

Oooh, the baklavas looks really tempting. And the market looks inviting with all the yummy deserts and waters... I am entranced by the beautiful butterfly Jamison took. Her wings look like they have some magical blue stardust. Resplendent is the word that comes to mind. Thanks for your wonderful post, Jenn!

Robin said...

Your delightful juxtapostion of Persian cuisine and Bento just tickles my fancy!... and that you used that fabulous bowl to join them together is just styling brilliance. World fusion chefs have nothing on you dear Jenn!

Cheers to Jamison's butterfly as well, my shutter button is just not that steady for such a wonderful capture.

Anonymous said...

It looks so sweet - in both respects ;)

Have a nice weekend! Autumn is here, with rain and sunshine alternating, but beautiful - i like it.

Your

Anja

Bentobird said...

Hi Jenn! Tempting is the word--they were like little edible jewels, crunchy-chewy with cardamom, nuts and honey.

Your description of the beautiful butterfly does her justice! Hope you'll enjoy some magic and stardust sprinkled on your day...hugs :D

Bentobird said...

Aw thank you for these lovely comments Robin! Its so fun to go exploring the rich array of international foodways around here and give them bento expression, and it makes me happy that you enjoy my hobby!

Have a great weekend--we are doing some painting inside the house today, finally cooler weather has arrived and we can open the windows as we paint...

Bentobird said...

Hi Anja, yay better weather for you! Autumn is such a beautiful season...need to viist your bento blog and see what's cooking. Take care!

Robin said...

Hope your painting went well today! My project was making fabric covered accoustical panels for my new meeting rooms at the university. Having fun with bright colors by using sheets from Crate and Barrel. I think you will like the combos, one set in spicy reds and the other in blues and purples.

http://www.crateandbarrel.com/outlet/bed-&-bath/marimekko-tilkkula-spice-bed-linens/f37839

http://www.crateandbarrel.com/outlet/bed-&-bath/marimekko-tilkkula-jewel-sheet-sets/f37838

What a great early fall day for project work! Talk to you again soon Jenn. Happy weekend.

Bentobird said...

Hi Robin! Oh, cool and interesting textiles! Sounds like a very interesting project. Over here, I'm liking the rich and soothing vanilla color we painted the bedroom! Have a great Sunday. We'll be painting some more then maybe off to our fave Irish pub for a bit!

AikoVenus said...

Why must you tempt me so? Baklavas are my favorite and I don't have the ingredients to make any. The sandwich looks very interesting (delicious) as well. Great pictures as usual!

Bentobird said...

Aw hello AikoVenus--ohh, you make your own baklava? So cool! I've never tried...thanks for coming by, dear :D