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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

rainy day fried rice bento


Hello! Today's bento was a quick affair for a busy day, featuring fried rice with veggies, chicken and kimchee (more on that in a moment) and a juicy sweet combo of blueberries and watermelon.

I made the fried rice with an assortment of vegetables, including asparagus, poblano pepper, shimeji mushrooms, golden yellow pepper, plus plenty of ginger (essential!) and diced garlic:


Green, willowy garlic chives and radish kimchee, along with diced chicken thigh were also added to the sizzling wok along with my pre-cooked rice. To give this fried rice an interesting flavor twist, I prepared some Japanese curry sauce (using Golden Curry brand) and poured this over the rice/veggies/chicken...yum! Korean chili oil added at the table.

The bento took about three minutes to compose--I think that qualifies as a "speed bento"! A little orange pepper heart adds more color and cheer, along with homemade butterfly pick.


Rainy wet day here, but full of the promise of winter-into-spring. A sweet dove is nesting near our front door--Jamison took this great pic of her:


Speaking of nests, our house goes officially on the market via our realtor this afternoon!






22 comments:

Lyndsey said...

Jenn, your pansies always looks so pretty, bright and cheery! I love the blue butterfly pick. Maybe I'll make some fried rice tonight it's been awhile. I am digging those mushrooms...no I wish I was digging those mushroom for dinner tonight! :)

Wishing you sunshine, or a cozy corner.

Lexi said...

The little dove is so beautiful! Good luck with the house sale :)

Bentobird said...

Hello lovely Lyndsey, thanks for comments as cheerful as the pansies! Excited that its almost spring and bright color like this is available again :)

Mushrooms and plenty of ginger really worked in this dish, which as you know is super adaptable and accomodating of veggie oddments.

Have a fantastic evening with your family!

Bentobird said...

Hi Lexi dear! We've been keeping an eye on her all day as the rain came down...she looked calm and stoical about the wet weather.

Thanks indeed for your good luck wishes and I'm loving your Tumblr site!

sheri fujihara chen said...

Lovely speed bento indeed!
Congrats on listing the house -- I'm fully expecting a quick sale for you!

Journal Mommy Yenny said...

Your speedy bento is so beautiful, Jenn :)
good luck for listing of your house :b

berrygirl@mommy kiki can! said...

I'd love to cozy up to this yummy meal on a rainy day (so peaceful!)..Your photography is so clear and bright; the colors of the food and pansies leap off my screen! Gorgeous!

mamaDhiNar said...

love this fried rice bento.. :)

Bentobird said...

Thanks Sheri--your good thoughts re home sale are MUCH appreciated!

Bentobird said...

Hi Yenny dear, thanks so much for your kind comments--most encouraging!

Bentobird said...

Hi berrygirl, always a delight to read your sweet comments! It's fun to realize that with bento, even a quick lunch an be fun and colorful :)

Have a fantastic day!

Bentobird said...

Hello mamaDhiNar, thanks for your visit and nice comments!

Saffron and Coriander said...

Your photo just made me crave fresh green asparagus so badly.
I am a great admirer of your photosand just love how your bentos always reflect the seasons and incorporate nature.
Actually I am a bit jealous. I wish I had a house with a garden. Your outdoor bento shots always are amazing. And those pansies are gorgeous.Well done!

Bentobird said...

Hello S&C, what sweet comments--they really encourage me and remind me what a wonderful bento community we have! Wishing you fun and creative cooking over the weekend :)--and of course happy bentoing!

Susan Yuen said...

Your bento is beautiful and the fried rice looks amazing! :)

origa-me said...

Asparagus and nesting bird, Spring must be here!
Lovely pics, hope all goes well with the sale.

Bentobird said...

Hi Susan! Thanks so much :) How are things in beautiful Hawaii? I know you love spring, too....

Bentobird said...

Greetings Carol! So nice to have you visit!

karaimame said...

Oh Jenn! Are you selling the house? I hope you have a super quick sale and that everything goes smoothly ^_^!
And your speed bento... wish i could make a speed bento that is so yummy and pretty like yours! Loved the homemade butterfly pick :)!

Bentobird said...

Hi Lily! Yep--it just hit the market, thanks so much for your good wishes, this will be the first time we've sold a home!

I'm happy that this bento lunch came together so quickly and tastily--leftovers definitely a bentoists best friend!

Have a wonderful weekend, friend!

Robin O | what-about-the-food said...

Takes a lot of talent to make a speedy bento that looks so pretty and tastes so good! This one ought to send some sunny thoughts your way!

Wishing you the best in you home adventures. Happy weekend my friend.

Bentobird said...

Thanks sweet Robin!! Hope your weekend is going swimmingly! Had a work event all day today...just ended, so weekend starts now for me :)