Sunday for two: Tempura

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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!

A new little oven and a Provencal cheese pie

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Dinner
Thai like soup
Provencal cheese pie
-Mini tomatoes
-Carrot salad
-Lettuce (Lamb lettuce)
-Raw cauliflower
Falafel

A new oven has taken place in my little kitchen! Therefore I can continue my pie craziness. A few guests came by to have a little chat this evening and joined us for dinner. My stay in Poland has changed some of my habits, and I now often start a meal with a little soup. This Thai soup was made of julienned carrots, maize, broad beans, mungo beans sprouts and chive. Truly refreshing. Then, a little plate full of salad with a magical Provençal cheese cake with dried tomatoes. Bear is totally fond of it, and it was one of the pies he asked me to bake for his goodbye party when we left Poland.

Sandwich can be vegetarian

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Bento content
Falafel
-Lettuce
Cabbage yoghurt salad
-Sandwich 1: vegan pâté [base mung beans], cheese, lettuce, mayonnaise
-Sandwich 2: aubergine caviar, seitan breaded with okara and miso spices, lettuce.

As usual, I’m in a hurry, trying to get everything done and still to eat properly so I went for sandwiches today. I saw on a few forums that people don’t imagine sandwiches to be vegetarian.
I think this is truly amazing! Hey wake up guys, there are thousands of incredible variations of vegetarian/vegan pâtés. This decided me to show you this really simple but tasty bento. Maybe sandwiches would be a little more vegetarian among non-vegetarian eaters! 😉
(The box is my little Totoro box which got damaged during my last trip. It’s last time, before ending in the museum of broken bento boxes…I hate these low cost flights!).

Greek pita bento to assemble

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Bento
Homemade pita breads
Falafels
-Grated carrots, cucumber, celery, turnip
-Sliced cabbage and red cabbage
White sauce
Humus flavoured with olives
-Dried dates, chocolate.

Sometimes Bear complains that sandwichs are good too. So to charm him and prove him that healthy bentos and sandwiches are not incompatibles I came up with
vegetarian pitas with falafels.

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The idea is to prepare the pitas just before eating. The pita are precut and we just had to spread a little nut of humus, then the vegetables, the falafels and top with the white sauce.

Bear shared his bento with a colleague on the way to Wroclaw…one more addicted, one more poor wife which has to start bentoing (yes, here female/male roles seems still to be really settled…[hard for a feminist like me 😉] ).
And Bear is begging me to make him this bentos again and again…Pffiou!

Not so creative lately

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Bento content
Falafel
Humus
Leek and apple salad
-Soba coloured in violet (with red cabbage)
Tofu dumplings
-Boiled red cabbage
-Corn, carrot salad
Cauliflower tempura

Well, well…this is true life. And I’m sure that most of you sometimes think that my bento are really too long to prepare, that I’m crazy and I’m locked in my kitchen.
So I want to be true with you : I have no freezer, I have few time, so well, this bento is similar to the day before, and the one before…Only cauliflower crakers were quickly made yesterday evening. Then, I boiled some red cabbage and boil the pasta in this water to obtain a light violet colour which is nearly invisible.

And you, do you have any tip to speed up bento making without freezer, canned, or bought food? Not, that I complain…I love homemade food!

And I’m living in…

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Bento content
Falafels
Rolls of tortillas with tapenade
-Cauliflower trees
Radish and carrot pickle
Tofu dumplings
Date flapjack
-Naturally brown coloured rice
-Cheese and nori snowman and snowflakes.

…such a snowy and wintry place. Yes, it’s still snowing here. Our sunny Sunday made me hope again that these little sunshine ray were a sign of Spring…Nevermind, this little bento is to recall me that North pole is not so far… 🙂
The only new item is the brown coloured rice which is coloured and flavoured wih soya sauce. So this is one more to add to the homemade natural food colouring overview.

Hello I’m May

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Bento content
Falafels
Rolls of tortillas with tapenade
-Cauliflower trees
Radish and carrot pickle
Tofu dumplings
Polish leek and apple salad
Date flapjack
-Rice
-Cheese face and hand, nori eyes, hair and smile, carrot sharp cheeks and pearl, red cabbage jumper.

Lately I’m in a creative mood. I had all my pencils out and I wanted to create a little character. And this is how I came out with May. So does she seduces you? Although this bento is a bit fancy by the drawing, I try as usual to have a healthy bento. So you’ll find here a Lebanese element with falafels which are fried dumplings made of pulses (chick peas and fava beans), a Mediterranean element with tapenade (a olive spread), a Polish element with the leek salad, a British element with flapjacks stuffed with dates, a Japanese element with the tofu dumplings and something from South America with tortillas.
International, isn’t it?

The tofu dumplings are made with the silken tofu I’m used to make, but I just pressed it a little and let it drain a little longer to have something a little more firm. It’s coated with a spicy Japanese sauce. They are really great!

This bento was really tasty. You should try mixing elements from different countries, it’s so amazing!