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!
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Bento stash.

Yay! Ultimate yay! My package from Bento&Co finally arrived, can you tell I was just a wee bit impatient?? I’m uploading a couple of pics to show you what I ordered, and what I already had, it’s a small, but ever growing bento stash. I think you all know, that buying equipment and cute little accessories is dangerously addictive! This is what I ordered:

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Kokeshi Ichiro bento box 2 tier plus bowl (It’s a little smaller than I imagined, but I shall take this as a personal challenge to pack more efficently!)

Waku waku sauce cups

Panda sauce bottles

Panda picks

Panda baran

Bee sauce bottle (large!)

Sandwich cutters with stamp.

Food cutter set

In addition to what I already had:

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One tier purple owl motif bento box with cutlery

Two tier red usagi (Rabbit) bento box-which last week I lost the belt for, fooey!

Plastic alphabet vegetable cutters

Flower, heart and leaf picks in pink, yellow and green

Wink face nori punch (never used)

Star, heart and bear shaped onigiri moulds ( never used)

two triangle onigiri moulds

Round assorted colour silicone cups

Purple chopsticks

round onigiri mould with heart and clover press

Pine and bamboo leaf veg cutters (again never used, shame on me huh)

Pink mini assorted shapes silicone moulds (yep, you guessed it, never used!)

I have started to assemble my bento lunch for work tomorrow and shall finish it in the morning. I shall update you then.

Yay for bento!