End of week bento:

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Bento
Cabbage tempura patties
Nuggets of spicy white beans
-Onigri rice sandwich with olive vegetarian pâté and nori
-Carrot and radish salad with French vinaigrette
-Boiled carrot slices and broccoli trees flavoured with stock
-Half a muffin of lentils and walnut cake
-Kiwi.

It’s the end of the week and happily there’s very few in the fridge.Happily? Yes, an empty fridge at the end of the week means a good week planning and
no waste. But, it’s a real challenge to put together a bento. Being in Poland and in winter we mostly rely on cabbage, and I have to use cunning to come out with another recipe to prepare them in order not to get bored. This time I came up with some little patties flavoured with miso.
I also prepared some little nugget balls of white beans that I spiced up with chilli pepper and thyme!
I know that this photo is not the best way to advertise the vegetarian pâté I made up. But, I was so happy with the taste of the one I had been offered for Christmas that I wanted to have a go and do some my own. The base is humus that I flavoured with olives and paprika. This was a really good experiment! I made some more for this week-end sandwiches with fresh veggies from the market!

I’m ill…so little cooking this week.

A poor attempt for San Francisco Golden Bridge

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Bento content
Blue naturally coloured rice
Lighter version of the beetroot cupcake
Lentils and nut cupcake
-Carrot sticks flavoured with ginger and anis
-Broccoli flavoured with ginger, anis, and chilli pepper
Carrot and celery pickle
-Red cabbage polish salad with walnuts
-Mushrooms and cucumber slices.

This evening I had a little time. So I tried to answer Sandra‘s question: how to obtain blue natural colouring. The answer is red cabbage with raising powder! The colour is really deep blue. The amount of red cabbage leaves will permit you to play with the intensity of the blue. At first, I was thinking of doing the bridge with nori which would have giving a more precise result, but it didn’t stand out the way carrot did…I’m not at all satisfied with the result but I had truly fun creating it! Hope it’ll be tasty!

Colourful bento

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Bento content
Seitan crakers
-Quinoa topped with kohlrabi leaves and nuts sprinkles
-Broccoli and Brussels sprouts flavoured with ginger, chilli pepper and stock
Apple and pear nutty crumble
Aubergine’s caviar, carrot and radish pickles
-BF’s eternal cheese sandwich
Quick soup

After swimming I had to pack really quickly up a bento for the next day. I had some seitan left, I decided to prepare them as little miso flavoured fritters. This was really a good idea. Even cold they are really tasty and not too greasy as I cannot truly fry them (none of my pans are deep enough). The apple and pear crumble was the result of this 6 o’clock cooking frenzy. And it’s a good way to make BF eat fruits. (I still didn’t find enough tricks to make him eat fruits except juices, smoothies and cakes…any idea?) What’s more? Ah..aubergine caviar. This is a very good dip which deserves it’s name. One aubergine gives really little caviar…but so tasty! And last but not least, I added a little round tup in which I poured boiling water to make it in a soup. This one is a mix of miso, kohlrabi and nut sprinkle and dried tomato strips. Well, that was really tasty! I’ll make some soup every lunch now! Having a hot dish on this cold days was really a joy.

Four nests bento

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Bento content:
-Japanese noodle (soba)
-Quail eggs
Kohlrabi and walnut sprinkles
-Red cabbage flavoured with ginger, Brussels sprouts,
-Broccoli flavoured with paprika
Sweet Japanese black beans
Radish and carrot pickles with olives
-Bf’s cheese sandwich and Brussels sprouts.

It’s the first time I find quail eggs in the nearby shop. I couldn’t resist trying them. I had in mind a eagle’s nest made with soba noodles and some green sprinkles which should be quite flavoured to highlight a bit our cold lunch. I had prepared some flavoured greens to go with them and was trying to present it not to awfully, when Bear came with the idea of doing 4 nests and adding olives to the last nest.
The broccoli nest is laying over some sweet Japanese black beans mix. These pulses are really sweet and make a truly good bento item. The salty taste from the sprinkles contrasted really nicely with this sweetness. Bear came home really happy of this bento! I enjoyed it too by the way, but somehow when Bear enjoys it too it’s so more meaningful…

Little flowers to remember that Spring will come somehow

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Bento content:
-Rice
Omelette flavoured with miso
-Brussels sprouts, red cabbage flavoured with chilli pepper and ginger,
-Broccoli, raw mushrooms, carrot and radish pickle,
-Flower made with raw red cabbage, carrot, parsley stalk and mushrooms.
-BF gets mini cheese sandwiches.

Lately I was in a creative mood. I wanted to colour a bit our bentos and I had this pattern in the mind: a yellow omelette with a flower to remember that Spring will somehow knock at the door and fight back the snow and the grey skies.
Because most time the kyaraben don’t resist travelling I’ve glued each element with cheese spread. Therefore, when we opened our bento at lunch time, the flower pattern was still prettily there. As usual, there’s such a different between what I have in mind and how I poorly manage to present them.

Solar eclipse

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Bento content
Spinach mix, ratatouille
-Mushroom, tomato and cucumber slices
-Parsley hedge
Glazed seitan with Brussels sprouts
-Broccoli trees, carrot flowers, cheese suns and nori planet
-Black rice, white rice.

We were speaking about bento making and decorations with Bear. And, when looking in my cupboards he found this black rice, that I cherish, and came up with this idea of solar eclipse. One picture before the eclipse and one during it, using the two rices. It took me quite a while but I believe I managed to feature the image he had in mind.
On the cooking side, the only new item is the glazed seitan with Brussels sprouts. The spinach is the left-overs of the filling of the spinach pancake we made on Saturday evening, the ratatouille is the left-overs from Sunday meal.
The broccoli was cooked in water flavoured with ginger, chilli pepper powder, garlic, salt and pepper. The carrots are raw and cut with tiny cake cutters, the stalks of the flowers are made out of parsley stalk.

Thinking about Maki’s challenge and advised proportions : Bear told me that one half of the bento full with rice is far too much…Have to review my proportions!

Spicy tomato sauce and cabbage

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Vegetarian, Bento, Recipes, Zoé

Bento content:
-Grated carrot with a Japanese style vinaigrette
Quinoa beetroot bites sprinkled with chilli pepper powder
-Broccoli and cabbage mini burgers sprinkled with ginger powder
Lentils and pumpkin seeds muffins
-Basmati rice with carrot and nori
Spicy tomato sauce and cabbage
-Chocolate and banana yoghurt cupcake

Oh, I’m so sad, we finished our beetroot cupcakes! I had to prepare new cupcakes. These are easy yoghurt cupcakes flavoured with banana and chocolate.
The other new item in this bento is the spicy tomato cabbage.
And guess what, I managed to forget my bento at home! I had to go back and eat at home.
Grr…There’s no use to prepare a bento if you forget it! I’m so scatterbrain.

This time you can have a view of the two bentos. Bisounours_51 decorated mine (two tier bento) and me his (blue bento).
Okay, I have to admit…he’s so more creative!