A Bento a Day

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Bento #11: Curry Chicken Salad December 29, 2009

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In addition to the million things I already have going on, I’ve decided to start compiling recipes I make up to create a farmers’ market cookbook.  Every week, I come home with oodles of fresh fruits and veggies from the market, after trading my unsold cupcakes.  The curry chicken salad is a simple mix of chopped rotisserie chicken, shallot, Crispin apple, mayo, curry powder, and fresh ground black pepper.  Add a little fresh arugula and you’ve got a samich worth swooning over (is it cheating if I packed the bread separately in a bag?).  The bottom of my bento held some assorted veggies and a baby banana.  Yummy!

curry chicken salad, arugula, assorted veggies, and a baby banana


Bento #10: Pohn Pa and Veggies November 25, 2009

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For my bento yesterday, I took a page out of Grandma’s book and packed pohn pa and rice.  Pohn is a Lao dish, made of fish and eggplant… sort of like a baba ghanouj with chunks of catfish, salmon, or tilapia.  It can be spicy or not, and is really nice and light.  I ate boiled cauliflower and carrots with it, and had a packet of Petit Beurres for dessert with some coffee.  Yum!

Pohn Pa, boiled carrots and cauliflower, Petit Beurres


Bento #9: Tohm Kim and Pickled Cauliflower November 19, 2009

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Tohm kim is a Lao version of a Vietnamese caramel clay pot.  Generally made with braised pork belly and eggs, it is a hearty, stick to your ribs kind of dish.  The caramel consists of a few spoons of sugar added to the braising liquid which usually has galangal and various salty condiments–it makes for a really nice, comforting, rich sauce.  I paired mine with half a salted duck egg today.  If you’ve never had one, they are GREAT.  The yolk becomes a creamy delicious center to offset the salty, dense egg white.  They’re really good with rice porridge too…

The top tier of my bento held some more of my pickled cauliflower (now “fixed” with more sugar in the brine) and sesame oil, and some chopped up red papaya.  Once again, I supplemented with some yummy strawberry yogurt.  Oh, and I’m drinking Coke Zero out of my limited edition New Moon collector’s cup from BK.  Hahahaha… I can’t wait to see that tomorrow morning!

Tohm kim, rice, salted egg, pickled cauliflower, and red papaya


Bento #8: Faux osso bucco and Cantalet November 18, 2009

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Today’s bento consisted of faux osso bucco, bread and butter, some Cantalet cheese, and I supplemented with a strawberry yogurt.

The osso bucco is less than authentic because I used beef shank instead of veal, and I didn’t make a proper gremolata.  Instead, I put the parsley in as a finishing touch and I forgot to buy a lemon to zest.  😦   

The Cantalet was the last of my weekend cheese-tasting.  I like to go to Whole Foods after the market for a croque madame or Eggs Benedict.  I’ll usually stop by the cheese case and get a couple to try.  This week, I chose 2: a Tomme de Chevre Bois Noirs (terrible–made me sick… really… it had to have been off when I bought it) and a really nice Cantalet.  artisinalcheese.com says it is an ancestor to British farmhouse cheddars, and I can definitely see the connection.  Cantalet is very nice and smooth, with a tiny bit of a bite to it (it is French, after all).  It went very well with Honeycrisp apples, and I was a little sad to eat the last of it today.

faux osso bucco, Cantalet cheese, bread and butter, and strawberry yogurt


Bento #7: Macaroni and Soupe Jaune November 12, 2009

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Today’s bento was a quickie: leftover soupe jaune and some macaroni that I made the other night.  Gram’s diet is limited to soft things that aren’t too spicy, so I made a sort of khao pyek sehn for her using macaroni instead of rice noodles.  The meat is some braised pork belly, and I cracked an egg into it at the end, a la egg drop soup.  Not the prettiest thing in the world, but it’s yummy!


Bento #7: macaroni with braised pork belly and egg drops, leftover soupe jaune



Bento #6: Soupe Jaune and Super-sour pickles November 11, 2009

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Bento #6 features soupe jaune, a Haitian favorite of mine.  Traditionally eaten on Sunday as lunch, it is a thick pumpkin-based soup full of beef, noodles, and vegetables.   Very hearty and delicious on a rainy day like today. 

The top tier holds some sliced cucumber and very sour cauliflower pickles that I made with a gargantuan white cauliflower and a pretty purple specimen.  I think I need to drain it and doctor the brine with more sugar… it will definitely take your breath away the way it is now.



Bento #5: Salade aux Gesiers November 5, 2009

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Today’s bento featured Salade aux Gesiers… something I had last winter in Paris and now crave every month or so.  On top is a little mustard vinaigrette, just right for the wimpy spring mix I used as a base.

The bottom tier held the last of the chicken ragout and some white rice.  Not too spectacular, but comforting.  Matches my sweater/skirt/tights combo this sunny fall day.


Bento #5: salade aux gesiers, chicken ragout, and white rice