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Sunday, January 8, 2012

gravad laks bento, celebrating food and friends


This bento, and this weekend, really, have been illuminated by the kind culinary generosity of friends. The spectacular homemade cured salmon, or gravad laks pictured above came courtesy of my lovely friend Lotte, and her talented hubby, Miguel.

Lotte is from Denmark, Miguel from Spain...he has made an art of this delectable dish, for which he takes special orders at holiday time from the Danish/Scandinavian community here in the D.C. area. I've never had such supple, dill-infused and delicate salmon including during the years I lived in Scandinavia...wow.

Thank you so much, Lotte and Miguel--this was a true treat for us!

In this simple, rustic bento, a beautiful piece of gravad laks is draped over multigrain bread, lightly spread with remoulade sauce (a sweet, herbal mayo) and topped with a wonderful sweet-tart mustard.  Green and very nutritious Mâche/corn salad leaves with walnut oil and some sun-colored tomatoes also inside...

The amazing gravad laks platter:



Also this weekend, a fun visit to our dear pal Cheryl, who not only made wonderful bahn mi for us (I was so busy enjoying them that I forgot to take pictures!) but also a fabulous pie rich with dark, jewel-like blackberries and blueberries: seriously yum. Thanks so much, C.!



Hope you also had a great weekend, friends...



20 comments:

Anonymous said...

It was indeed wonderful, all of it. The Gravad Laks and the Lunch at our friend Cheryl's !! We are so lucky to have people around us who also enjoy the best our planet can offer in the realm of food. -Peace to All,
-Snowy Owl.

Lexi (Escape from the Sofa) said...

I love salmon with the dill mustard, perfect!

Jenn @ BentoForKidlet said...

Looks super delicious as always!!

Bentobird said...

Hello Snowy Owl! So great to share these happy moments with you, Love.

Bentobird said...

Hi Lexi, a classic combo indeed! Have a great week ahead!

Bentobird said...

Hi Jenn, how are things?! So sweet of you, thanks!

Robin said...

Your pictures are crystal clear and so inviting a nibble! How wonderful that you have talented friends close by to share such culinary delights. I've been reading about gravad laks and this looks so sumptious I am a wee bit jealous. Lucky you!

Hope you have a great week ahead Ms. Jenn

OhayoBento said...

I can almost smell the fresh dill through the computer. A beautiful bento for a beautiful weekend!

Bentobird said...

Hi Robin! What a neat coincidence...I'd love to learn how to make this luxurious salmon at home. Given your gift for careful culinary craft, no doubt you'll be making a brilliant version should you try your hand at it!

A great and sweet week to you, Ms. Robin!

Bentobird said...

Hi Heather, aw cool comment! Do you also love dill? I find its freshness just addicting and delightful. Have a great Monday!!

Lia Chen said...

Hi Jenn! Hope is not too late, Happy New Year!
This bento looks so elegant. Definitely your style, love it!

karaimame said...

Hello Jen! Familiar tastes in this wonderful bento! I love gravlax (graavilohi) on top of a rye bread slice! yum!
I didn't know you lived in Scandinavia!! How sweet ;)
And at last (and hope not to late), Happy New Year!

Bentobird said...

Liiiaaaa!!!! Hello sweetie! Happy New Year! What is new with you my dear! Flying over to Bentolicious to find out. I've missed you:)

Bentobird said...

Hello Lilian!! Happy New Year, pal...its been a while. Hope the Finnish winter is treating you kindly...I lived in Oslo for three years, only wish I was a food blogger back then :) Best wishes for a bright and happy 2012!!

Gnoe (@Graasland) said...

Aw, very subtle bento Jenn! You're lucky to have such friends. :)

Bentobird said...

Thanks, Gnoe! It was tasty and simple with in a lovely Northern key. Wishing you a really great weekend, dear! Three day one here for MLK holiday, hooray :)

sheri fujihara chen said...

Oh my goodness that looks positively mouthwatering! And I mean my mouth is watering right now!
What a lovely gift :)
Enjoy your weekend Jenn!

Bentobird said...

Hi Sheri! It was really nice...wishing you a super fun and relaxing weekend, dear!

KidsDreamWork said...

Stunning photo as usual, and the salmon looks really good! :)

Bentobird said...

Hellooo Ai Ping--I've missed you! Thanks for coming by, Happy New Year!!