Freitag, Juli 08, 2011

Bento #02: Beginnings beginnings

You might wonder at the title. It is not that I am entirely new to bentos. By now I have accumulated quite a bit of bento treasures. But so far I have been lacking  the discipline to make time for taking pictures and uploading them instead of hurrying  off to uni or munching away the bento straightaway.
I just love the colours of bento cups. And the cute sauce cups and food picks the vibrant colour of my  pink Circle bento box or the elegance and quality of my Oyju box. Even though I don't get to prepare bentos as often yet as I would like to, just looking at my treasures all carefully laid out on a extra self I cannot help but smile and feel a maternal like affection for my bento stuff. It is crazy isn't it?  You might want to come along watching how my bento gear obsession grows even worse :-) And maybe you will follow me as I make my first steps in the great world of bento, moving away from the last minute left over noodle bentos to an exciting world of new flavours and textures.

Bento #01: Lazy leftovers

This isn't really my first ever bento, but one the first ones I took a picture of.
So here is a typical last minute leftovers bento. I used left over pasta to make a quick improvised Mediterranean  pasta salad with red and yellow cherry tomatoes, mini mozzerella, basil  and fried yellow courgettes from my garden.
I just love those yellow courgettes, their bright yellow for me just epitomises summer. This summer once again I am experiencing a true courgette harvest flood. One of my favourite recipes for courgettes is to make courgette "Pfannkuchen". They are somewhat more substantial than the light French crepes using more egg but without  any baking soda that American pancakes do. They look really pretty when you use lots of grated green courgette, a generous amount of herbs de Provence and some fresh basil adding it withto the dough. Next time I make them I will take a picture for you. Plus they really taste good  eaten cold straight out of the bento box.
As there is no end of courgettes in sight do you have an creative idea how to use courgettes for bentos?