Lentils pot for a real joy

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Lentil pots
Kohlrabi and nut seasoning

Tonight, I was feeling lonely and shuffled through my cupboards to see what was left. I’m not buying long life ingredients when I finish them as we are going to leave at the end of next month. I found these forgotten lentils and dreamed of an easy heart warming hot lentils pots with white Arborio rice toped with my favourite homemade furitake.
When, Bear came back home tired from a hard day at work, he gently made himself comfortable in my arms and appreciated this little quickly made and so easy meal full with love. Maybe this is the mysterious ingredient which made this lentil pot so tasty?


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…

Back to Bento and Maki’s challenge

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Bento content:
Roesti style potato and kohlrabi
Carrot variation of the vegetarian sushi
Beetroot cupcake
-Half a pear
-Soya sauce in the kitty case

Yes it’s true, I’m back to bentoing!
Well, there are few reasons. The first is that I’m not travelling for the next months and I do not have social reasons to go to restaurant. The second is that Bisounours_51 has a job out of town with no possibility of eating out. The last but not least is Maki’s challenge. I know I’m one week late, but, well, better late than never, huh?
So, I’ll stick first to the challenge of the first week. And the goals will be
-to manage to stick to a week planner
-to prepare bentos in less than 20 minutes
-prepare bentos that are not too similar dinner.
So, let’s have a go!
At least, you’ll be sure that I’ll post a bit more often! 😉

The carrot variation of the sushi is just another way to make BF eat a bit more vegs! You can decline this trick with any root vegetable as beetroot, celery, radish,…or with leaves as parsley, coriander leaves,…Have fun, be creative!

Mixing style winter dinner

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Citrus salty salad
Breaded marinated kohlrabi
Roesti style potato and kohlrabi
Vegetarian sushis
-Miso soup.

It’s winter, and somehow it’s a little depressing. The cold, the short days, the melting snow. At least we still have the Christmas decorations in the old town.
This citrus salad is full of vitamins and would cheer anyone up! I accompanied them with some kohlrabi. But I played with this vegetable and proposed it in two ways: a breaded vegan marinated version and a vegan roasti style version which is mixed with potato. When, it comes out of the oven the outside is crunchy which hitghlignt that inside is smashed and tender. I rethought sushi to suit my tastes. This version is evidently vegetarian: marinated carrot, radish, and raw beetroot strips, with raw cabbage and feta. There’s not much Japonese taste left here but it was so tasty. And why couldn’t we rewrite recipes to meet our daily tastes?

I’m really happy as I found a good vegan way of coating the vegetables to be able to bread them. Until now I was just soaking them in water and then in bread. But this method had poor result in comparison to those coated with egg. Now with a mix of potato starch and tapioca we find a similar result. And by the way this can replace these so well known Energ-C egg replacer…

Remark: for sceptics, remark that except the feta in the sushis this meal would be vegan. So vegan or vegetarian eating is boring?