Lazy bentos and Christmas cookies

Is it really a bento if all you’ve done is chucked leftovers or a salad in a box? Well as you’ve probably noticed, thats what the majority of my bentos have been recently.  So my bento resolution for the new year ( I know I’m rather early) shall be to make more creative bentos. But in the meantime here are some more lazy ones!

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Today’s lunch,  of leftover Chinese. Sweet and sour chicken and plain chow mein.

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Quinoa salad,  containing asparagus, picolo cherry tomatoes, sweetcorn and pepper.  This made quite a few lunches!

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Last two aren’t bentos,  this is what I’ve had for breakfast a lot recently! Breakfast burritos,  don’t ask me how I rolled this one up, I can only put it down to a miracle! It has turkey bacon,  herby scrambled eggs, avocado and cheddar cheese on a white and wheat wrap. Absolutely delicious.  I was sad when I ran out of Turkey bacon and wraps. And finally,  my awful snapchat picture of toffee and pecan cookies I made as Christmas gifts. 

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Happy holidays everyone!!

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Charred veggie scramble and salad bento

This was intended to be a tortilla also known as a frittata, however, I accidentally burnt it, on the bottom, and decided in the end I’d just mix it all up so it’d be more of a scramble…really it’s just over cooked lumps of eggs and burnt vegetables haha. Alas, it was edible, and I happen (luckily) to be one of those people who rather enjoy that charcoal taste.

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Left tier contains; Burnt veggie scramble, made with baby new potatoes, courgette (zucchini), mushrooms, tomatoes, onion and eggs. Right tier contains; Spinach salad with red peppers, cucumber and feta.

Now I don’t usually share restaurant outings here, but this was just too good not to share!! I went to dinner the other day with a friend, and we ordered a lot of appetisers and side dishes instead of having a main meal. One of which was yakitori asparagus! Boy oh boy was it amazing, described as marinated in a soy sauce, honey, wasabi, lime and sesame dressing, it did not disappoint! Here’s a picture, I was impressed by the size, and the flavour was just outstanding! I am definitely going to try and recreate these!

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For those interested in the rest, there are sweet potato fries, chicken potstickers (gyoza!) and you can just about see the edge of some coconut shrimp! Have a great week everyone.

Happy Eggs Bento

Happy Eggs Bento

I submitted this bento for Bento&Co’s 4th annual bento competition! Exciting. I’ve never entered a bento competition before, but I always love to check out the entries, and I’m really excited to see the entries for this year. So this bento includes; First tier- Two onigiri (as per the criteria), made with a mix of Thai black glutinous rice (although really the rice comes out this beautiful purple colour, it’s usually a lot darker, but the mix lightened it.), white sushi rice and long grain brown rice. I filled the larger onigiri at the back with a honey soy salmon mix, delicious! The other one is plain. I baked the rest of the salmon in olive oil, and seasoned with a little sea salt and black pepper. Stuffed into all the little gaps are some fresh raw peas, on my food picks, griddled British asparagus (our asparagus season is incredibly short here, especially this year, so I eat as much of it whilst I can), boiled green beans and corn, which I had never sliced before…I got the idea from Happy Little Bento, as she often has corn slices (you can find her blog in my blog roll.) Second tier- Boiled cauliflower and broccoli, hardboiled “Happy Eggs” with YAY spelled out across them, my first time carving something into an egg, again I got the idea from Happy Little Bento. This was undoubtedly the hardest part and took patience, not as good as I was hoping for, but I’m sure I’ll improve with practice. Couple of slices of a white flesh nectarine- anyone else think that they’re yummier than their yellow fleshed counterparts?? A clementine segment, sliced British strawberries( again a very short lived season here, but they’re so succulent and much naturally sweeter than strawberries from hotter parts of the world.) Galia melon pieces and a slice of a very juicy dark ruby plum. Yum! I ate alot of the scraps for this bento, so I feel a bit greedy now. The rest I set aside for use in later meals. I don’t have work today, so this will be my lunch at home. Nice and filling. Why don’t you enter the competition too!? There’s still time. Check out their website for all the details. http://www.bentoandco.com- submission must be done by July the 9th 8am Japan time. Good luck everyone!!

Happy Independence Day. Yay!

Happy Independence Day. Yay!

So this is where you find out a little more about me, I’m half American, I was born abroad due to the military and had a mixed cultural upbringing (which I’m very thankful for), but I always celebrate the holidays of both backgrounds. This year unfortunately I can’t, so I made an Independence day themed bento to take to work for lunch. This should cheer me up midday whilst all my friends and family are out partying and scoffing themselves silly.

Bento includes; Chicken Jambalaya ( a favourite of mine) decorated with white potato stars, which unfortunately don’t show up that well in the photograph, wholewheat healthy biscuits (I’m watching what I eat currently because I’m on a crazy ab routine at the gym, and I’d quite like to see the results sooner than later. he he lazy), blue dyed quail eggs and a small fruit section consisting of cherries and melons. So healthy American favourites, and a red, white and blue theme…that should suffice for a 4th July bento right?? Is anyone else doing anything for today?