Chicken Curry bento
I had dinner at my parents' thursday evening and as my mom makes a yummilious chicken curry, I didn't hesitate to ask for a "doggie bag". I really should ask her for the recipe. When I have it, I'll add it to this post.
Meanwhile, let's have a look at P.'s last bento of the week. The top tier has the chicken curry leftovers and some white rice. The "weave" on top of the rice is made of carrot and spring onion.
The bottom tier has green manzanilla olives, cucumber sakura, two mozarella balls, two mini carrot/boursin cheese skewers, carrot kinpira, cherry tomatoes and quail egg on brocolli sprouts.
The daily vitamin section holds half of a tamarillo (see more about this new strange fruit below), white grapes, red and yellow plum, nectarine, kiwi, clementine, blueberries, kiwiberries and a piece of apple.
My attempts at making an attractive bento layout for myself all failed miserably. Some days it just doesn't work out. So I ended up covering everything up with some eggs. Everything clean and out of sight. :o)
Below the egg, there is a quinoa salad with cucumber, red lentils, spring onion and smoked ham. Sakura cutouts in the egg sheet were filled with cucumber sakura and a little pansy delivered the splash of colour.
The second tier holds the same fruits as in Sweetie's box: half of a tamarillo (see more about this new strange fruit below), white grapes, red and yellow plum, nectarine, kiwi, clementine, blueberries, kiwiberries and a mini nashi bunny.
Last instalment of the strange fruits series. After this one my fridge's fruit & veggie drawer only holds the commonly known items, except for the kiwiberries maybe. But I guess these are easily found everywhere these days.
Back to our fruit : the tamarillo. The tamarillo is a nice egg shaped fruit and as it appearance might already have given away, it is related to tomatoes (same family as eggplants too by the way). It is also often called tree tomato.
This andine produce (called Japanese plum in frenchspeaking Africa - wouldn't know why) should, according to what I have just read, best be eaten orange. Apparently the taste grows sharper and more bitter as the fruit matures. Mine would therefor be a bit "overdone". I'll let you in on the final verdict after lunchtime. The peel is not fit for consumption (bitter) and the proper way to eat this fruit is scooping the flesh from a halved fruit, sprinkled with sugar if desired.
Oh and the juice stains easily, same as with tomatoes, just so you know :o)
ETA : After tasting the thing, I have to say that I don't like it. I found it tasting oddly acid and sweet at the same time. I shared half of it with my colleague (who eyes up my bentos and their contents every day during lunchtime - we're the only ones who don't go out for lunch btw) and he liked it even though he found the flavour not very pronounced. "Tastes like a mix of tomato and kiwi, with a lingering bitter aftertaste", to use his words.