Donnerstag, Februar 21, 2013

Bento #20 - salad, give me more salad

Today I felt like I needed a good hearty, crunch, bitter-sweet salad. Besides making good use of leftover vegetables and lettuce from my fridge this bento finally got some homegrown salad from my allotment garden. I am ashamed to admit that today was the first time in months that I went there.  It was a very cold and muddy affair , but I was very happy when I found that lambs lettuce is growing like crazy on my neglected vegetable patches. As I never have enough time for my garden I am glad when some vegs and salad grow and spread their own seeds. I had some flowering lambs lettuce running to seed on my compost some years ago and ever since then thousands of little lambs lettuce appear every spring and all I need to do is harvest them and thin them out.
This salad tastes so good. because salad that isn't grown in the greenhouse had got real texture and flavour.
And the salad dressing was so yummy.

 But first, let me show you the  first sights of spring at my garden

I cannot wait till spring arrives and I can harvest the first violets and daisys for my salads and bentos.
I didn't  take a picture of my vegetable patch and the lambs lettuce. But it wasn't much of a sight anyway, being all very neglected and muddy.

What is much more exciting is today's salad:
Lettuce and lambs lettuce, apple slices(the apple needs to be a sweet one)and fennel slices for the crunch,peppery rocket, smooth boiled eggs and a honey-mustard sour cream dressing that countered the bitterness of the radicchio and was so yummy.

And as I was eating at home I could use one of my favourite bento boxes. I just love its look, but it isn't practical for taking food to uni. So when I stay home studying i love using that box.
Ah, and I nearly forgot, that i even had a side dish: leftover broccoli almond patties from yesterday and the radish-cress cream cheese.
Actually that was the first time I made a salad dressing sour cream, but it was so yummy that I am going to repeat that some time soon. The boiled eggs were supposed to be star shaped, but it was a total mishap, so I simply halved them. Anyway, it was really good. And as it is termbreak and I am study hard at home I think I am going to have some more salads for my bento.


Mittwoch, Februar 20, 2013

Bento #19-longing for spring

You won't believe how much I am longing for spring. The first snowdrops and aconites are blossoming, but the weather is still is all grey skies, temperatures around zero and although there is no snow anymore it all is muddy and brown. So I decided that as I cannot do anything about the weather, what I needed was a colourful bento to cheer me up.

In the upper tier I got: blanched broccoli, vegetable patties made from leftover vegetables patties( potato and broccoli) that get their special nutty flavour from adding leftover ground almonds and some cream cheese with radish and cress. I am into experimenting with making my own bread spreads with cream cheese and cress with radish is my favourite one for spring.

Vegetable patties are a good ways to use vegetable leftovers, just  mash the cooked vegetables, add some onions ( I used spring onions) to get some crunch, add an egg so you pattie won't fall apart and some starch and breadcrumbs and season to your liking. Most of the times I used sea salt, freshly grounded nut meg and some pepper. Curry also tastes great, in summer I often use fresh basil and feta cheese.

I used a food cup from my bento box for cutting out the patties, it worked much better than forming them with my hands and I don't know why I haven't thought about it earlier.

And voila, lots of golden vegetable patties. The ones that I didn't munch away when making them I stored in the fridge as they are an bento essential for me and are a nice bento filler.

And to balance it off some fresh fruit and sweets:

Kiwi for a fresh vitamin boost, apple wedges and blueberries and  some flower shaped candy.
This box is one of my favourites, I think on Casabento it was called Pink Mode Color Slim , but Bento&Co also used to have it.  The bright pink always cheers me up and I like its shape. Sadly this line has been phased out. I really should have bought more bento boxes from that line. I also got the same box in white, but I use the one much more frequently. Same goes for the circle  bento boxes from that line, I tend to use the pink one much more than the white one. 

Outside it looks more like winter, so I try to bring some sunshine into my home through flowers.
My little princess got me the  yellow tulips I got for Valentine's day. She was so so serious about "secretly" getting me some flowers and I had to pretend not to know for two days, not being allowed to even enter her room.I always like cut flowers, but in winter they make my day.

My remedy for grey winter skies are flowers and bright bentos. What is yours?