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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

savory spanish chicken bento



Hi bento pals! Ever come across a recipe with such appealing ingredients that you simply must try it, as soon as possible? Such was the case with Spanish-Style Chicken with Dumplings, a dish we enjoyed for Sunday dinner with a dear friend (we have a tradition of sharing a celebratory meal to welcome new seasons together).

Dry sherry, saffron, mushrooms, free range chicken thighs, chorizo sausage, thyme, bay leaves, paprika, onions...a golden autumnal flavor spectrum make this recipe a keeper. Our meal started with quince paste and nutty Gruyère pieces:


Spanish saffron


Baby carrots, ready to roast with olive oil and Aleppo pepper


Savory chicken in the skillet:


In today's bento, chicken/mushroom/chorizo, sliced radish, a leaf-cut golden beet, romaine with walnut oil and golden raisins, red grapes, a cute local pear, figs and a delicious pecan cinnamon muffin...

Happy Autumn!


12 comments:

Sonoma Bento said...

Oh Jenn, this looks so delicious! I love that little beet slice, adorable. By the way, I decided I was sick of not being able to post on blogs because of Internet Explorer's weird defect with Blogger, so I downloaded Google Chrome and it is a snap! So easy to comment and it's a much faster search engine. Check it out! Miss you!

Bentobird said...

Hi Michelle! How are you? Thanks for the tip, I'm giving Google Chrome a try! How is fall showing its colors in beautiful Sonoma County? Hope all is well, friend!

Bobo said...

wow.. I can smell the good food you shared.. It looks so good and delicious.. Hope you have a nice week ahead!
What is a Spanish Saffron? interesting..

Lexi (Escape from the Sofa) said...

Oh my gosh, that chicken sounds incredible! I'm a sucker for Spanish flavours. Thanks for sharing, Jenn!

Bentobird said...

Hi Bobo! Thanks for your lovely comments, dear. Saffron is a spice that lends a unique and golden note to foods, here's more info from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saffron

Bentobird said...

Hi Lexi--thanks! I am as well--Jamison and I celebrated our marriage at a Tapas restaurant! I had a big dinner...need to get in some exercise before the day's out :)

Robin said...

I am dreaming of my vacation on the Costa del Sol or tapas in Valencia! Your post takes me back with the fragrant saffron and spicy chorizo. Wow! What a lovely dish, so savory and delightful.

What a wonderful way for you and Jamison to celebrate. Salud!

Lia Chen said...

So glad to scroll up and down your blog and see all your beautiful bento. So sorry, I didn't put comment for so long. Life has been so crazy here. Try to catch up with everyone's blog at night now :)

Bentobird said...

Hello Robin! I'm glad this bento evoked such happy memories! Haven't been to Spain (yet) but find its history and cuisine so interesting...very rich layers of multiple cultures and thus flavors.

Have a fantastic weekend, friend!

Bentobird said...

Hi Lia! Thanks for stopping by, always a pleasure to visit with you...hope things calm down to a nice tempo, and happy weekend :D

Arudhi said...

Hi Jen, I have an award for you in my recent post. Your fabulous blog and bento totally deserve it! By the way, those baby carrots look so crunchy and delish! Too bad I`ve never found any of those here.

Bentobird said...

Hello Arudhi!! So honored by your award and I really enjoy our foodie friendship! Please keep up the awesome kitchen wizardry, your posts always inspire me with the goodness and creativity that can come from home cooking...happy weekend!