Jim and I went to an awesome little Asian fusion restaurant in Hagerstown, MD. We have been there many times before and still enjoy the food. It is called Red Curry and it is where the bento fare came from. Jim had leftover curry so I packed it for him the next day. It is a Shrimp and Scallop linguini with jalapenos and green curry. VERY spicy. I took one bite and was brought to tears. Jim ate half and brought the rest home. I tried to pair it with some foods that might not be so tear inducing like cold apples and mint cookies.
The main lunch box contained: • Shrimp and Scallop Linguini with Jalapenos and Green Curry
The secondary box contained: • Apples with chai sugar on top • Mint cookies
Jim and I bought a rice cooker last night and I wanted to use it this morning. I will finally be able to put rice in Jim's bentos, yay! The cooker worked perfectly, I am happy to say, so I am sure you will be seeing more rice later.
Because I needed something to go with the rice, I scrounged around the fridge and freezer and found some frozen green beans. I sauteed some garlic and onions in olive oil and then tossed in the beans. I salted and peppered them and then tossed them in the bento after I had packed in the finished rice.
The rest is just my normal bento fare. Cookies and fruit.
The main lunch box contained: • Sauteed Beans, Onion, and Garlic • Rice
The secondary box contained: • Apples Sliced with sprinkled cinnamon on top • Chocolate Mint Cookies
I totally dropped the ball. This was supposed to be posted on Tuesday (so i fixed the time stamp- this was actually posted 2 days late) but Jim proposed to me so my mind went out the window. I am so excited but I'm sure none of you are here for my personal news so on with the bentos!
This was a weirdo bento. I threw in a whole bunch of random stuff. Not all of it is that fun and I was in such a rush that the roll ups were a mustardy mess. This is what happens when you sleep in and your mind draws a complete blank when you enter the kitchen. Thanks goes out to Jim for actually eating this one.
The bologna is actually sweet lebanon bologna, which is actually quite tasty, so I hope that made up for this crazy melange.
The main lunch box contained: • Lebanon Bologna & Swiss Roll-ups • Cheese Squares • Grape Tomatoes • Cashews
The secondary box contained: • Banana Bread cubes • Coco Drop Peanut Butter Cookies (with choco nipples removed for travel)
Yesterday Jim enjoyed the hummus pita sandwiches I made him for lunch. I thought about making them again for today's lunch but I couldn't figure out how to fit the fully stuffed pitas in the box so I made chips instead. I cut the pita into 6 pieces, stuffed them cheese and toasted them for about 8 minutes. While they were toasting I filled a cup with hummus and (after the "chips" had cooled) packed them all together.
The rest of the box was just random other goodies that I thought he would enjoy. There are 2 boxes of yogurt raisins so he has an afternoon snack as well.
The main lunch box contained: • Pita Chips stuffed with 4 cheese blend • Roasted Red Pepper Hummus • Grape Tomatoes
My default bento lunch is a sandwich for Jim. I know it is very boring, but he likes them (I think). Today's is nothing short of basic. With the fresh summer produce gone I am going to have to get more creative. All of his fresh fruits have been apples or grapes lately and that's just not going to cut it.
With the colder weather coming, I think I may have to use my new crock-pot (thanks mom!) to make an old standby in my parents home: a nice root stew. At least Jim will be eating some vegetables that he's not bored of yet (namely carrots, parsnips, turnips, potatoes, maybe cabbage). And I suppose with fall coming some pumpkin is in order. Decent fresh fruit is just hard to pack in the colder months. No worries Jim, where your next bentos may lack in fruit, they will make up in roots and holiday cookies.
The main lunch box contained: • Turkey & Roast Beef Sandwich with swiss cheese, mustard, and lettuce
The secondary box contained: • Grapes • Apple Slices • Cheese Cubes
Last night I made a simple spinach quiche for dinner. I had never made a quiche before but I have watched my mother make them plenty as I grew up. It actually turned out quite well and we had plenty of leftovers for my lunch today, Jim's bento and for his dinner tonight (seeing as how I am going out of town tonight to visit my grandparents for the weekend). For those interested here is the VERY simple recipe for the quiche.
1 premade Pillsbury Pie Crust 1 ½ cups cooked spinach (or anything else you want to put in - tomatoes, mushrooms, bacon, ham, etc.) 1 cup of shredded cheese (I used a a mix of Romano, Mozzarella, Asiago, and Parmesan) 2 cups of milk (heavy cream, light cream, 2⁒, whole, or a mixture of several) 4 eggs dash of nutmeg dash of salt
Method: Preheat oven to 350º F. Cook spinach. Place pie crust in pie plate. Add cheese to crust. Layer filling (spinach) on top. Mix milk, egg, and spices in a separate bowl. Carefully pour milk mixture over the top of cheese and filling. Bake 45 min or until a knife inserted in middle comes out clean.
The main lunch box contained: • Spinach Quiche • Grape Tomatoes to fill in the gaps
The secondary box contained: • Tomato and Cilantro salad with Garlic Olive Oil • Green Grapes
I also threw in his bag: • Kozy Shack's Rice Pudding
You are probably wondering why the quiche was sliced like that. Well, when I originally cut the pieces, the 2 wedges fit perfectly together, but I had inadvertainly grabbed the smaller of the 2 boxes to size the quiche slices. When I realized this and switched boxes, I had more room so I sliced up a long skinny piece to compensate. Oh well. I also ran out of time today so I had to do a repeat of the cilantro tomato salad from Tuesday. Jim said it was tasty so he didn't mind (not that he would).
There probably won't be any more posts from me until *maybe* next Tuesday, but I am not sure when I am getting back from my Grandparent's (they live 300 miles away and don't have internet).
Chicken "VanDamme" is actually just Chicken Divan with a funnier name. I made a large batch of this casserole last night and when I packed up the leftovers, I packed the bento as well. No need to find Tupperware to fit it all and dirtying more dishes. This chicken divan recipe comes from my mother of course.
Ingredients: 4 cooked chicken breasts, shredded 1/2 cup mayonnaise (I use lower calorie mayo made with olive oil) 1 can cream of chicken soup 1/2 tsp lemon juice 10 oz package broccoli 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese 1/2 cup Bread crumbs 1/4 cup butter, melted
Method: Preheat oven to 325-350º F. Cook broccoli until tender. Mix chicken and broccoli in a casserole dish. Mix mayo, soup, and lemon juice in a separate bowl and pour over chicken and broccoli. Mix shredded cheese, bread crumbs, and butter and sprinkle mixture over casserole. Bake 25 min.
The main lunch box contained: • Chicken VanDamme
The secondary box contained: • Tomato and Cilantro salad with Garlic Olive Oil • Plum • Blueberries
I have to admit, this was the best divan I have ever had. I hope Jim enjoyed it as a leftover in his bento. Yum yum yum.
This bento is very similar to Tuesday's. Jim actually made the sandwich (Turkey, swiss, mustard, lettuce, wheat bread) while I constructed the rest to save some time. I enjoy making the sandwich bentos because the are quick and easy to pack.
The main lunch box contained: • Turkey Sandwich with swiss cheese, mustard, and lettuce • Grape Tomatoes • Cheese Cubes
The secondary box contained: • Garden Salsa Sun Chips • Nectarine • Blueberries
The photography is gradually getting better. I still don't like that particular wood tone, but I have many surfaces in the house, I'm sure I will try many more.
Baby Bookmarks is pretty much a glorified bookmarks menu. This is the place that I plan to gather and store information, plans, patterns, and other fun projects that will help me stay organized and occupied on the long (and yet, oh so short) journey to motherhood.