Picnic Bento

Picnic Bento

A few weeks ago my friend and I had a picnic in the park, to celebrate my new job. This was my contribution to the picnic. Left hand side red box- There are two silicone cups of sundried tomatoes and one of Moroccan couscous. The yellow box in the centre contains filo parcels filled with spinach, mint and feta with quorn ham and gouda lettering. It says picnic time (in case you can’t see it properly). In the red box on the right there are quorn ham (my friend is a veggie) and gouda rolls. The purple box was actually my lunch. It contains a peanut butter sandwich with gouda and quorn ham stars, a slice of Mediterranean style quiche, some green pepper slices and a little foil cup full of minstrels.
I got so overwhelmed by all the delicious food on offer that I forgot to take a picture of the entire picnic. There were also chocolates and pretzels and fizzy candy, a falafel and sprout salad, humus and crudité and a fruit salad (that I forgot to include in the picture). Everything was utterly delicious, the weather was fantastic and we had a great time!

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.

 

 

SAM_0833 Bottom tier (on right): Quinoa Salad

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!
SAM_0836

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.

Mixed Beans and Rice Bento

Mixed Beans and Rice Bento

Another simple, not particularly well presented bento, buuut now I have the flu….and that’s my cue to be lazy! It was on the other hand utterly delicious…having some southern roots (Thank you Dad!), I love beans and rice, and of course, that meal is not complete without cornbread! So on top of the rice is half a sweet corn muffin. Mmmm delicious. As you can see there are some lovely big hunks of ham on top there, and there were about 6 or 7 types of bean in this particular one, so all in all, simple, but not too bad, at least there’s veg and protein, and a wee bit of carbs too. Being ill, means I’ve been sticking to simple bentos, (sometimes none at all, just stuffing my face with fruit) and I haven’t experimented with what I want to do for the bento competition yet, time is running out, so whatever I do, I’ll just have to try my hardest to make it extra awesome.