It's been a long time since I posted about bento - mostly because I have not been making or eating them (except in my mind).
Here is a sort of "fusion" bento I made which was quite tasty and attractive. Since we "eat with our eyes" looks actually ARE everything!
The bento contains, clockwise from upper left, mini ham & cheese sandwiches on homemade bread; a "kinpira" of sliced carrot, peppers & onions cooked in sesame oil with mirin, red pepper flakes, sake & soy sauce; a Japanese style potato salad - potatoes & carrots doused with a little mirin, rice vinegar, a pinch of sugar & salt, then dressed with mayonnaise and garnished with oven roasted tomatoes; and sliced nectarine.
I had intended to add a few boiled edamame but I forgot until it was too late. As it was, I could only finish half the potato salad & kinpira. I kept the leftovers for the next day & enjoyed them again.
Even though this bento is packed in a serviceable but plain plastic sandwich box, it's still pleasing to the eye as well as the stomach. Enjoy your bento and let me know what you had!
Quotable quotes; in the category If You Ain't Got This You Ain't Got Nothin'!
"A kitchen without a knife if not a kitchen." Masaharu Morimoto, Japanese Chef