Foof! Things have been a little hectic about of late, and they show no sign of slowing down which is fun, in a way, but also slightly crazy-making. Despite the madness, however, I have not been neglecting my weekly bento-making exercise. This was last week’s lunch:
A couple nights before, I had made the “spicy lamb with peas” from The Indian Slow Cooker (except with turkey) — the vegetarian version is here if you’re curious — and The Boy had commented that while delicious, it looked nothing like turkey. I have to agree. I also think that my substitution was non-ideal; reading her notes in that link, the extra fat would have made a big difference to the texture: these crumbles are quite dry. (But tasty!)
I thought that having the “crumbles” make up all of the protein in my lunch would be too thirst-inducing, so I also put in some of the dry-spiced dal (same book!) which I apparently can not get enough of. I was a little worried that the broccoli would smell, uh, excessively brassica-ish? when I got around to eating it (I was in the cubicle farm that day) but no! My lunch, despite being crazily spiced (and brassica containing) was the olfactory equivalent of silent. Yay!
This week’s bento I got away from rice. (I can tell you that while “assembling” it, I discovered a deep appreciation for how easy it is to mold rice and have it stay that shape!)
My inspiration for this one was “brunch in a box”.
Okay, so my fridge just needed some tidying, and I thought these would go together pretty well. What? This lunch was a little bit of an experiment, as I wanted to know if room temperature fried potatoes would taste okay. (Answer: yup! Not as good as warm, but not bad.) Aside from that, some cubed back bacon, sauteed carrot and fennel, my beloved mushrooms and — because I was feeling the lack of green — garlic scapes. It was little more “fried” than my normal bento, which made it a bit heavy, but still pretty tasty overall.
Lastly, and totally unrelatedly, I have been impatiently counting down the weeks until our CSA shipments begin again (I miss you, farm veggies!). In this week’s newsletter, Farmer David included some pictures by a local photographer. Checking out her blog, Shabana‘s pictures of the farm are gorgeous. They make me sad that there’s still another two weeks before the boxes start*… but also really happy that there is such a beautiful space so close to our home, and that we’re so lucky to be able to help support it by choosing to source some of our food from them. It’s an all around happy, glowy feeling.
* The newsletter did mention that they have some baby bok choi on hand, so that’s on the agenda for this weekend for sure!