Quinoa (failed) bento

Recently I’ve been experimenting with quinoa, I use the term experimenting loosely as so far I’ve only made two dishes and they’ve both been similar. I’m finding it to be a pleasant textured, versatile grain. I first made a quinoa salad, (which regrettably I forgot to take a picture of, which is a same because it looked pretty) it contained cherry tomatoes, red and yellow peppers, asparagus, butternut squash and feta cheese. It was utterly delicious and healthy to boot! Huzzah. So imagine my surprise when I made one similar and it tasted vile, I had to chuck it, couldn’t force it down. This one contained; yellow pepper, cherry tomatoes, sweet corn, avocado and black eyed peas. I think it was the peas that ruined it, but oh well, you win some and you lose some. I packed the bento without trying my new dish ( learnt my lesson there!), and took it to work today, everything else was fine.

 

 

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Top tier (on left): Blueberries, sliced strawberries, ham and cheese roll ups and a sauce pot containing simple olive oil dressing for salad.

First time I used that sauce pot, it’s really for a thicker sauce, but it held just fine.

I’ve been experimenting with my camera, I quite like this shot! Maybe a photography course would come in handy!
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Mish mash, picnic bento

Mish mash, picnic bento

This is a bento from while I wasn’t posting regularly, my friend and I went shopping in Cambridge for the day, and we both brought relatively healthy lunches with us. I say mish mash, because it is just a random mix of food, one of those clear out your pantry type moments.

Starting from center top and going clockwise. Homemade granola; I made it with oats, a collection of cereal pieces (all the bottom of the bag), and almonds, drizzled with natural honey and cinnamon, sliced corn on the cob, carrot sticks and one mixed brown and white sushi rice onigiri, fruit pot containing a checkered apple, pear slices, more mixed rice onigiri, pepper slices and ham/pepperoni and cheese roll ups. This was the first time I’d used my star, flower and heart shape onigiri moulds, they didn’t turn out too well, but practice makes perfect!

Overall it was a good meal, will definitely be making my own granola again in the future! Hope everyone has enjoyed their weekend!

P.S. excuse the poor picture, it was taken on my phone.

Trying new things

Hello all,

Apologies for the short unintended hiatus, my internet went down, if it’s not one thing it’s another eh? So much has been going on since I last posted, and I’m struggling to keep up with day to day life currently. Anyone else been hit hard by hayfever? I usually suffer quite bad, but at the moment I really just want to claw my eyes out. Fun times ha ha.

So in the short time I’ve been gone, I tried a few foods from my childhood that I never used to like, as I’m getting older I’m finding that my pallet is really changing. I never used to touch seafood, or anything with cheese, both things I’m growing rather fond of. I tried beetroot (un-vinegared), radish, blueberries, and habanero spiced sausage and I liked them all!! I have to admit I actually was a little nervous trying them, all I could think was what if they taste as horrible as I remember and I can’t get the flavour out of my mouth?! I’m now incorporating beetroot and radish into my salads. Do you guys eat them? What do you like to do with them?

Now, there are some things that even as my pallet has widened, I still cannot stand the taste of, and frankly I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to, one of these is bananas, I detest them, so when I saw this recipe on Sally’s Baking Addiction, I thought wow…but then I noticed it had banana, I know what I’m like, with flavours I’m not a fan of I can pick them up really easy. (Mum used to try and hide tuna in things, she never fooled me.) But the recipe looked so healthy and easy I just had to try it…alas, I could taste the banana and therefore couldn’t enjoy it, but my friends did! I might do some experimenting with it and see if I can substitute it for something else. If you’re ok with banana, I definitely recommend these, a little treat without the guilt! The point is, you have to try new things, you can’t limit yourself to what you think you know. Sometimes it pays off and sometimes it doesn’t…this is something I’m currently trying to take into other aspects of my life.

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