After my little spiel of not being mikka bouzu in a prior entry, here I was, neglecting to add to my little collection of bentos. A good excuse, I had, though.
I attended a most gorgeous wedding of a dearest friend whose wedding was truly one of the most spiritual and emotional ceremonies I’ve ever attended. And the food? Words are insufficient in describing how delicious everything was – whether it be the hours d’oeuvre, the meals, or the snacks.
Needless to say. I did have a few lunches I need to catch up on – so here we go:
The first day of December was:
Leftover (conventional) grilled pork tenderloin, sliced, seasoned with salt and pepper
Blanched spinach, seasoned with ponzu and ginger dressing
Soba noodles simmered in dashi
Steamed beets, cut into star shapes, thanks to Gigi and Baba’s vegetable cutters
Day 2 with Grandma (while we were away at the wedding) was originally packed as a variation to the above lunch; however, she unfortunately forgot to send it into school (little boo!)… I’ll just post anyway….
Sautéed (conventional) small hotdogs with incisions that make a cute pattern when they heat up. I saute them in a cast iron skillet with minimal oil.
Steamed beets – but no fancy cutting this time!
Broccoli blanched, with a soy sauce and ginger dressing
Quail eggs that were simmered in dashi stock
Cellophane (conventional) noodles tossed with ponzu, ginger, and sesame seeds
We returned from our trip, which included multiple days of non-stop eating of fabulous food, drink, a four-hour horseback riding session that left my husband and I walking like penguins, and a good marathon session of dancing at the wedding reception. My head spun as I realized I needed to put together my daughter’s lunch – but I hadn’t planned ahead for Monday bento.
So I cheated. No, not a Jif sandwich, but I packed left over Chinese takeout.
Chicken with snow peas, mushrooms and carrots (all conventional)
Chicken lo mein (all conventional)
Sautéed sausage with criss-cross pattern (conventional)
Yesterday, Monday, included a trip out to the far, far, country of Morristown New Jersey for hours of traveling, meeting, and more traveling. I was pretty exhausted by the time I returned onto “The Island,” and I cheated once more…
I stopped at the Korean restaurant, Surasang, and picked up an order of Jap Chae and drooled at the thought of the numerous containers of banchan included in the bag. I composed myself, reminding myself this was going to be my daughter’s lunch… and I happily arranged everything into her lunch box today:
Japchae, or Korean style noodle stir fry (conventional) with julienned vegetables (peppers, carrots, onions) and beef
Blanched bean sprouts with garlic, scallions, salt, pepper and sesame oil (conventional)
Blanched spinach (conventional)
Egg omelet, with chopped vegetables, seasoned with salt and pepper (conventional)
Now that I’ve slacked off for a few days, I hope to be up and running tonight…