Sunday, January 25, 2015

Salmon and Dumplings Bento


Leftover take-out from my fave Japanese restaurant makes a bento lunch at my job. Teriyaki salmon with shrimp dumplings and little sauce on the side.

It's funny how happy work can be when lunchtime looks like this!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Tater Tots and Homemade Ketchup Bento


Inspired by Sheri's lettuce wraps, I've sliced roasted pork really thin and wrapped it with Bibb lettuce leaves on one level. Store bought tater tots with homemade ketchup and one half of a tangerine on the other level.

The back story on the ketchup is I read the ingredients on the major ketchup company label and noticed it included High Fructose Corn Syrup. So I found a recipe in my make-it-from-scratch pantry book, and now I have 2 and a half quarts of ketchup in my freezer.

Please don't tell me what's in those tater tots.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Tangerine and Stir Fry Sides Bento



The vegetable stir fry was left over from last night's evening meal. It has lots of walnuts in it which are very good for you. The tangerine is my one a day since we have been gifted with a tree full of picked fruit. Healthy habits to start off 2015.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Oh No! I'm Late For Work Bento


I had to rush the other day, so this bento picture was taken with my point-and-click not my regular camera. And it's at work where the light is lower at my desk.

Grilled salmon with vinegar rice in one level. Fried yellow zucchini rounds and grapes in the other level.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Tapenade and Turkey Bento


Good Monday Morning! The super moon was super last night and back to school is around the corner. I deconstructed a slider the other day and here I have deconstructed a turkey sandwich. Plus crackers with homemade tapenade. The bread is homemade too.

What's inside of the chickadee dee? Lawry's seasoned salt! A must have for a turkey with mayo sammie.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Slider - A Deconstructed Bento


My lovely nesting Alice in Wonderland hosted the bento of the week. These are the perfect boxes for a deconstructed bento.


Large, medium, small and smaller filled with the elements of a work-day lunch.


Starting at the right we have homemade brown sugar wheat bun with kettle chips. Lettuce and tomato. Grass fed organic cooked beef patty and grated cheese. Dijon mustard and homemade pesto mayo.


At my desk 1pm sharp sandwich made and consumed. This picture was the "oh yeah" half way thru.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Happy Cat Bento



Come. Come. Have a nice picnic on this summer day. The Beckoning Cat bento box lures me to a tuna and caper on English muffin sandwich and my very own Secret Ingredient* Pasta Salad.


Pictured here with her sister cat, Hello Kitty thermos, filled to the brim with Ginger Beer. Refreshing!


We sat in the shade of an old pine tree which rained dead pine needles with every breeze.


Parked on a side street of Mission San Miguel's cemetery. Come in. Come in.


And see the old Bell Tower just inside the cemetery.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pork Two Ways Bento


I finally got around to using my Sushi Bento House. It looks a lot bigger than it is. I filled the bottom layer with pork, two ways. My cooked ahead chicken-fried pork and my cooked ahead curry pork.

I am currently reading (and will soon write a review) a book called Effortless Bento. Cooking ahead a variety of meals, freezing or not, is the main part of the book.

The rice I made in the morning with my little and dumb rice cooker.

Strawberries, orange wedges, and radishes make up the top box, and cool pack goes in the attic.


Of course the whole bento goes into an insulated bag with two small blue ices because it gets hot out here.


And this is where I had lunch last Thursday - a turn-out along the railroad tracks in the shade of an oak tree. This picture was taken when my Scion turned 20,000 ODO in September 2009.