Tuna Steak and Quinoa Salad Bento

Tuna Steak and Quinoa Salad Bento

I love love looooove tuna steak. It’s the main way I’ll eat my tuna (so far at least). I cannot stand it canned, and sashimi style, actually it tastes beautiful, but I think the sliminess takes some getting used to, and it definitely makes me feel a tad queasy. I’ll have tuna steak with pretty much anything. This was sort of a leftover lunch, as I’d cooked a bunch of it the night before, but ate the tuna with sweet potato wedges instead. Here, my salad contains, the wonderfully versatile quinoa, orange and yellow peppers, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, kale and spinach. It was filling and refreshing! I definitely need to keep cooking like this!
On a completely different note, I moved this weekend! Wooo, everything is still a mess, but now that I’m in my own place I’ll be experimenting a lot more with cooking, so expect more posts!
Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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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!

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!

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.