Fried pork and Tamagoyaki bento

I received my awesome prize from Pepper Bento ‘s competition yesterday.  Thanks so much Pepper,  can’t wait to use them.
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I was pleased with todays bento,  simple, quick to cook,  but delicious and filling!
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Boiled carrots,  black Thai glutinous rice, Tamagoyaki and fried pork.  I’m really struggling with the lighting currently, unfortunately with it being winter,  and with the fact that I live in a top floor flat, running downstairs to take a picture in the car park isn’t really an option.  The best light is in my kitchen,  but I’m having issues with my shadow. What are your lighting tips and tricks? Happy Weekend everyone. 

Panko crusted mustard salmon bento

I really struggled with the cooking for this bento. I don’t know why as I don’t usually, but I couldn’t get the oil at the right temperature and I couldn’t get the panko to brown nicely..so all in all for me the food just came out ok.
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Honey mustard salmon fillet with panko crust, homehomemade sweet potato and regular fries, sweetcorn and carrot flowers (rather hard to see). I packed a mini cup of ketchup as well. Probably not the best of foods to be reheated,  but oh well.

London Trip Bento

London Trip Bento

A while back I had a trip to London for work. I knew it was going to be a crazy long day, with a 6 hour round trip and a 7 hour course, so I came prepared and packed a huge lunch in order to keep me going. In my pink Aladdin bento I have, leftover “Zen Special Noodles” and a side cup of humus and carrot sticks. In my purple bento box I have an array of filo pastries from M&S. There’s Chicken and Chorizo empanadas, red pepper and feta roll ups, and halloumi and mint parcels. I thought they were all nice, but my favourite had to be the red pepper and feta. In my clear snack box I’ve got a mix of peaches, melon and strawberries.

It’s my anniversary! :)

Wow, how fast this has gone by, posted my first bento post exactly a year ago. Woohoo Happy 1st birthday to my blog, I thought I’d have developed it more by now, but hey life is unexpected! I’m a little sad that this year I don’t have a 4th July Bento to share :(, for the first time in two years I have the day off woohoo, and no plans, double sad. My dad couldn’t be here, so I think we’re going to have a little Skype celebration. Maybe I’ll make a bento at a later date to make up for it. Anywho, I do have one bento to share with you guys, this is one I took to lunch yesterday. I took photos of whilst I was making it, you’ll have to excuse the poor quality, I’ve fallen back into the habit of using my phone as things are very rushed at the moment.

I’m going to work backwards from the finished product. So here is my bento, homemade walnut and brazil nut bread (yes I know, how weird, it was a completely improvised recipe, but turned out rather nicely.) used as sandwich rolls, they contain baby spinach, feta and tomatoes, in the little silicone cup is some kind of lentil (I think it might be soup) dish that my friend made, all I know is I can taste lentils and bacon haha, but whatever is in it, it’s freaking delicious! and then I have carrot sticks! Simple, and quite healthy. It certainly was filling! I was stuffed afterwards and that’s always a nice feeling!

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Here is the inside of my rolls, since you can’t really see the filling very well in the completed bento.

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and finally my bread, you can see the brazil nuts and walnuts in it. It was so nice, crispy crust and soft in the middle with those delicious nutty chunks… it came about because I was about to make muffins, and then remembered I’d sworn off of cake for a month, so I made bread instead! The horrible flash on my phone makes the spinach look all yucky, but I promise it was fine ha ha.

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So that’s it, Happy Independence Day to those celebrating, hope you all have fun today! Looking forward to seeing all the themed bento!

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.

Zucchini muffins and a little bit of Spain

Another day off yesterday, ( I know, I’m lucky to get so many) and once again finding myself with a fridge and pantry full of food that is edging dangerously close to their expiry dates. So I decided to have yet another day of cooking, only much simpler this time, all easy basic dishes, more like antipasto actually, but yummy nonetheless. To start off with I tried to make a tian…emphasis on the word tried! I’d never made one before, but it’s so simple it’s almost impossible to mess up….well me being me, I forgot to put the onion in..woops. From the recipes I looked at, mine isn’t a traditional summer vegetable tian, because it has oyster mushrooms in it (with aubergine/eggplant, courgette/zucchini and piccolo tomatoes)…I only had a few left, and couldn’t be bothered to incorporate them into another dish, so in they went. I made two, this one is a tad sparse looking, plus you can see where I pinched a bit out of the corner to try, haha, it’s simple, letting the natural flavours of the vegetables speak for themselves, but I like it. It’s definitely something I would do again.

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This dish (if I can really call it that, it’s so beyond basic!) came from a little tapas recipe book my friend bought me before I went to Spain, and as I recently recieved some chorizo from Spain (Thanks Daddy!) I thought I’d give this one a whirl. Chorizo and chickpeas.

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It said to eat hot, or at room temperature with crusty bread. I actually had mine cold out of the fridge and it was wonderful! Rich in flavour, as expected of a good quality chorizo! The peppers and chickpeas added wonderful texture to the dish, makes for a nice simple meal with some salad on hot days like this!

Last but most definitely not the least are these wholewheat zucchini (courgette) and carrot muffins. As per Vegan Food Addict’s recipe. Here is the link : http://veganfoodaddict.wordpress.com/2012/05/06/whole-wheat-carrot-zucchini-muffins/

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I didn’t have any almond milk on hand, so I subsituted with regular skim milk. I realised after I’d baked them that I actually had some almond essence I could have added in, but never mind, I can try that next time! Because there most definitely will be a next time. My Dad is always going on about zucchini bread, so when I saw this recipe I decided to try it, it’s something that has always interested me. Why, oh why did I not try it before! They’re amazing! Not only were they incredibly easy to make, but they’re so flavourful and so unbelievably moist! I gave some to a friend and she agrees! I’m also very pleased to say, having just had one with my breakfast, they are still just as moist as they were fresh out of the oven! Yay. Thanks to Vegan Food Addict for posting the wonderful recipe, this is officially a new favourite of mine!

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I also made a sort of potato salad, no picture though. It was simply new potatoes seasoned with smoked paprika and cooked in the leftover juices from the chorizo with onion and garlic, very simple, but satisfying.

No bento for yesterday, nor one for today. However, today is the day that my items from Bento&Co get redelivered!! Woop woop! I’m very excited and am sat waiting (not so patiently), for them to arrive. So there will be plenty of bentos for the remainder of the week and next week too, featuring my new tools. I’ll be sure to share my order with you when it gets here!

Have a happy day everyone! Yay! 🙂

Simple chicken bento

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This was yesterday’s work bento. I actually really like this one, despite how simple it is….the brightness of the tomatoes seems to spread across the entire bento and makes up for the lack of colour elsewhere, but I think the main reason I love this one so much is because it contains my very first checkered apple! I finally decided to give it a go, and I think for the first time it came out alright actually. What do you think? Next time, I think I’ll try and make the squares smaller though. Here’s a closeup.

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So this oh so simple bento contains my paprika seasoned oven baked chicken on a bed of watercress and baby spinach, boiled broccoli and sauteed piccolo tomatoes, and raw carrot pieces to fill up the gaps.  I forgot to pack the balsamic vinegar, woops. The little disposable tupperware ( I have yet to invest in a snack box) has my checkered apple, grapes, picota cherries and 3/4 of a clementine. I also packed a small wholewheat roll to go with this lunch. It was incredibly filling, and for the first time in forever I wasn’t ravenous and practically lunging for the fridge when I arrived home from work.

I missed my Bento&Co order today :(, since I live so so far away from the post office and I don’t fancy walking for a couple of hours to pick it up, I’m having it redelivered on tuesday, when I know I’ll be here…having to wait two more days for it is torture though. I want my goodies now!! I think everybody is impatient when it comes to recieving a package they were really looking forward to!!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend guys. 🙂