Vegan bento: veggies with ginger and sesame sauce

Vegetarian, Bento, Cuisine, Recipes, Zoé

Bento
-Boiled carrot, parsnip, rutabaga (yellow turnip) with sesame ginger miso paste
-Brussels sprouts
Vegan sausage rolls
-Semolina topped with parsley

We decided that it was time to get back to proper bentos, not just quick sandwiches tossed in a paper bag with maybe a fruit. I did this bento in the morning with the sausage rolls leftovers from the evening. In 20 minutes, the bento was packed and I was ready to go. I started boiling the Brussels sprouts with soja sauce, peeled and sliced some carrots, parsnip, rutabaga which went boiling in another pan. In the meantime, I had breakfast, got washed and prepared, came back to boil some water for the semolina, and tucked everything in the bento.
Bear shared his with Stevens, who both found it neatly presented and tasty. That’s the best compliment ever!

Famous Pauline’s cake and simple alphabet tomato soup

Vegetarian, Bento, Cuisine, Recipes, Zoé

Dinner
Alphabet tomato soup
Pauline’s cake

It has been a tradition that each time uncle Frank and auntie Pauline came to visit us, one of auntie Pauline’s delicious fruit cake would pop out of their suitcase. This tradition has been continued by my mummy as each time I come back from my parents she’ll hide one Pauline’s cake in my bag to cheer me up. It is quite well-known among my closest friends, and I don’t have enough fingers to count how many of you sneak by for dinner to have a slice when you know I’m coming back. You greedy ones!

But before dessert we went for a simple tomato soup with alphabet pasta. The alphabet pasta is a treat we offered ourselves. Just try to picture us in the shop checking through the plastic bag that we had all the letters while waiting at the checkers. The other customers did give us strange looks! Haha!

This post is dedicated to uncle Frank and auntie Pauline, I thank them for keeping in touch and visiting us each year. And add a special thank to mum who made these muffin size Pauline’s cake for me.

Polish soup : Parówkowy gulasz w jarzynami

Vegetarian, Bento, Cuisine, Recipes, Zoé

Dinner
Polish soup (tomato soup with peas and vegan sausage),
-Toasted bread,
Tofu balls,
Sauerkraut

Bear is away all week. I’m lying on my favourite fluffy carpet, hanging on the phone with my sister while waiting that my soup cools down. It’s a simple meal that I would qualify of comfort food as it brings back a lot of memories from our Polish stay. A meal that Bear often asks for : quick simple and really yummy. A good way to fight winter.

By the way, has anyone a good recipe for vegan sausages? I’d love to be able to replicate the I-bought-them-myself ones.

P.S.: Eve, the homemade tomato sauce and the peas come from my freezer.

So healthy junk food

Vegetarian, Bento, Cuisine, Recipes, Zoé

Dinner
Vegetarian hamburger (vegetarian steak, ogorki, lamb’s lettuce, mustard, sweet tomato sauce, Our sauce BBQ)
Potatoes and mushrooms sauté

Back from the swimming pool. Tired and smelling bleached. But with a big appetite! So, I ran in the kitchen to make us something fulfilling which would be a little special as we had the chance to be together this evening.
Bear was the one who introduced me to junk food when we started to date. I know he misses it from time to time, so I wanted to treat him with a healthy vegetarian version. He’s totally charmed, and this hamburger is his favourite.
I gave two shots to this recipe before finding what I was really looking for. And for the bread, the recipe is just the one of milk bread loaf that you mould into a hamburger bread form, sprinkle with sesame seeds and bake in a pot.

Sunday for two: Tempura

Vegetarian, Bento, Cuisine, Recipes, Zoé

Sunday lunch
Falafel
Tempura (aubergine, carrot, onion)
-Soba with miso
Sweet and sour tomato sauce

Did you ever tasted tempura? Such lightly breaded fried vegetables. I added some sweet and sour sauce with a little soba and miso soup to complete the meal. And though, it’s not Japanese, I added some falafel for the pulse, but it was a little too much fried item for the same meal. Next time, we’ll go for some steamed pulse burgers!

Bear’s sandwiches

Vegetarian, Bento, Cuisine, Recipes, Zoé

Bear’s lunch
-Sandwich made of Brie, dried tomatoes, lettuce, broccoli spread
Vegan milk bread
-2 traditional shortbread biscuits imprinted with love message (I’m terrible, I love to embarrass Bear)
-A little box of carrot stick with mayonnaise dip

Bear is moving a lot and quite often lunchboxes are not the most practical for him. So he prefers to go for sandwiches. This time I did a broccoli and cheese spread with yesterday leftovers to be sure he’ll have some veggies. Though I know it’s unpratical I still smuggled a little box of raw carrot sticks with some mayonnaise, if in any case he had the opportunity to eat it…I’m terrible but I can’t help it. Add the biscuits where I printed love message such as “I love you”, and just try to feature him offering one to his colleagues…he didn’t know! Can you guess his new nickname?

Rice and peas krokiet

Vegetarian, Bento, Cuisine, Recipes, Zoé

Dinner
Rice, lens and peas krokiet
-Lettuce
-Steamed broccoli

I loved to eat in this healthy vegetarian fast-food in Warsaw. I miss such a brand here. So this evening I wanted to eat again one of their ‘krokiet” made of rice, peas and lens. I found on the net a recipe and did my own version (as usual). It is vegetarian and was breaded with okara rather than breadcrumbs. I do not know yet how to do some vegan “cheese” to replace it. You’ll have to wait that I get the “Ultimate Uncheese cookbook” book for the vegan version. Anyway, Bear was realy happy with the meal.

For those of you who read polish, jump to Edysqua’s wonderful blog which is where I found the inspiration.