Onion flavoured bread and tapenade

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Bento
-Mini tomatoes
-Cucumber
-Maize (pickle)
-Mushroom
-White and green beans
-Radishes
-Arugola
-Sandwiches made of onion flavoured bread with black tapenade and mushrooms

Yesterday, I forgot to give you the recipe of my onion flavoured bread. So, it’s a good thing that I show you such a simple bento. Nothing really fancy, just a few veggies, a little sandwich with homemade bread and tapenade. Just enough to make my day and make me forget that I’m totally owerwhelmed with my work!

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Lentils pot for a real joy

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Dinner
Lentil pots
-Rice
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?

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!

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.

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…