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Sunday, November 20, 2011

chili verde bento


Hi bento pals! Whew, its been a busy day of cooking, photography and room staging projects...how was your weekend?

Gorgeous mild day today, so enjoying the continued persistence of mild days against the coming, inevitable deep chill. This morning offered delicate grey skies against which the remaining ruby and rust colored leaves, deep violet and soft pink flowers glowed in contrast...


Camellias in the foreground, beautiful golden hydrangeas behind them. I planted these for our neigborhood a few years ago, so happy to see them flourishing and waving with blossoms today...


...the rich, rippled textures of native oakleaf hydrangeas


I'm doing food photography for my employer's monthly magazine...this month, our featured recipe was Turkey Chile Verde from the always informative World's Healthiest Foods site. A hearty version of chili with a dark green undertow from fresh herbs, kale. The fresh oregano adds a wonderful herbal depth to the chili...

My photo:

And I thought, why not continue on with a bento for Monday with this dish...adding grape tomatoes, baby carrot slices, sugar snap peas and sweet green grapes. Love the golden ginkgo leaves that are just starting to fall to the ground, decorating it with such  graceful golden fan shapes...



Also worked on staging the bedroom today...paring down to a hopefully inviting neutrality!



Time to chill with a glass of wine as I contemplate and plan for holiday travels this week. It may be a little while till I post again....wishing a peaceful, warm and happy Thanksgiving to my American friends!



12 comments:

tofugirl said...

How neat that you're getting to do food photography for a magazine! Happy Thanksgiving in advance to you and your family! I am also enjoying this milder weather, the leaves are lasting a lot longer than I'm used to! And yes, we've even still got a few flowers here too....

Bentobird said...

Hi Carol! So nice to visit with you here...will you be staying in NYC for Thanksgiving? Have a great start to the week and upcoming holiday!

Lia Chen said...

Hi Jenn! How are you? Miss you and your beautiful bento so much! Happy to hear that you did a food photography for your employer's monthly magazine. That is awesome! Wish you a great week ahead :)

OhayoBento said...

I hope you have wonderful holidays. The turkey chile verde looks and feel beautiful and right on season. Gorgeous!

sheri fujihara chen said...

Oh, I love the gingko leaves. So striking!
I made chili today too, and I added kale too! I love chile for the way it allows so many ingredients to meld together in a delicious way. Your home staging is coming along beautifully. I foresee a bidding war :D

Bentobird said...

Hi sweet Lia! I'm so sorry for not being a better bento-buddy of late...so distracted, and I do miss savoring your bento art. Will things settle down after we relocate? I hope so...and that all is well with you and family :)Hugs!

Bentobird said...

Hi Heather, aw, glad you liked this! Happy, warm and yummy Thanksgiving to you, dear!

Bentobird said...

Hi Sheri! That's so cool, and what a great point about chili--a point of departure for so many flavors!

Happy, Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!!

Robin said...

Such a beautiful environ, inside and out. You personality just shines in your home staging. I agree, a bidding war is in your future.

How wonderful you were able to combine your food passion, photography skills with your job.. no pressure there I'm sure ;) but surely met with skill and artistry.

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving and safe holiday travels.

Bobo said...

food photography - that's what you are good at..love seeing beautiful pictures in your blog always..

Have a safe trip and Happy Holidays Jenn!

Bentobird said...

Hi sweet Robin, how was your Thanksgiving holiday? Yummty I'm guessing. Maybe your blog will reveal--off to visit in a minute :) I do hope we'll sell or place easily and quickly, thanks for your encouraging thoughts!

Bentobird said...

Hi Bobo, thanks for all your sweet thoughts as always--you are the best blogger pal ever!