Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Bento On

Monday and back at work; still tired from the massive gardening weekend; Jane picked up scallops and shrimp at the store and I was on my way for the bento box without a plan. Luckily plenty of vegetables, fruits, and the basics around so it was not a major problem.

In the small compartment are three sea scallops with a soy sauce, mirin, sesame oil glaze; asparagus and cherry tomatoes with a bacon vinagerette; and tangerine.  The large compartment is a rice/vegetable medley with cilantro.  The bacon cooked the night before failed to stay crisp and was a disappointment; the balance was easy and successful.

Tuesday is a shrimp donburi.  Donburi style cooking is just basically rice with toppings {as opposed to a medley which is rice mixed with other ingredients}.  In this case there is cooked shrimp with the tails left on, a few slices of hot green pepper, a cherry tomato, and scallions all served over sushi rice. 


The small comparment is cucumber with toasted black and white sesame seeds: sauteed bell pepper, carrot, and celery with a couple of  drops of soy sauce added after cooking: and a fruit mix of blueberries, bananas, and strawberries {that would be an American red, white, and blue fruit mix}.  Another simple and very tasty bento box.

Wednesday was an off day as we had a business event that included lunch.  Thursday and Friday are to be rice free bentos {we ran out and there have been some complaints of having rice every day - don't want to get stuck in a bento rut}.  Should be interesting.

Cheers, Gary

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