Back to bento

Back to bento

Due to some family issues (I don't want to get further into), the last two weeks have been kind of an emotion rollercoaster, draining all our energy and leaving us mentally and physically exhausted every single evening. Not the best circumstances to put a bento together. So both our lunches have consisted of sandwiches from a nearby snackbar for the last 10 working days. And although the snackbar near my office makes a delicious "boursin méditerrannée" sandwich, after eating those for such an extended period ... you can indeed have too much of a good thing. :o)

Now that things are looking up on the family front, I felt the urge to make a bento again for lunch. For my first day back "on the job", I didn't strain myself : orzo, grilled veggies (eggplant, zucchini, bellpepper) and some souvlaki skewers I had to take off the skewers to get into the box. The dessert section has lots of different fruits today, as the return of sunny days (24°C yesterday !) calls for this colourful sweetness : cantaloup, orange wedges, apple, black and white grapes, kiwi, strawberry, nectarine and plum. I am really longing for some blackberries but haven't seen them in ages. I wonder when they'll be in season again.

My "back in bento" will be relatively short by the way, because I will be on a plane to sunny Turkey for a week on May 5. I just hope that Icelandic volcano with the unprounceable name doesn't act up and doesn't spit out another ashcloud in my direction, because I am really looking forward to this break and don't want to be grounded like so many other travellers last week. This is a new hotel we'll be staying in, but if it is anything like the one from last year, many food pics on my flickr will make up the lack of bento pics. :o)

I am also seizing the occasion to show off my new round two tier box. I found this one at a discount (8,99 EUR) the day I made my last bento and I couldn't pass up on this purple goodie. They had a few other colours as well (included a hot pink one), and if they still have them when I come back from vacation, I might be tempted by an additional box. I like the metal handle, which makes it rather sturdy and very picknick-like. It makes me feel like a schoolgirl, instant rejuvenation minus the pimples :o)


Lia Chen said...

You didn't lose your touch. Always looks so yummy! Lot of fruits too ... great to see your bento post again :)

megan said...

ingrid i am sorry to hear you have had family stuff going on... hope you are ok.

this orzo looks delicious, and the fruit is cut with your signature elegant style. welcome back -- great to see your bentos again!

Lyndsey said...

This looks delicious! I like the color. I am picturing you skipping into work with you lunch box :) - minus the pimples of course :D

Glad things are looking up.

sherimiya said...

Welcome back Ingrid! I love your lunch and cute bento box! Looks totally like something I would eat. Glad you are getting back to bento, and have a great vacation to look forward to as well!

Andi said...

Happy to see you back, I hope everything goes well with your family.

Ceinwyn / Ingrid said...

Ooh, I just saw all your comments. Blogger doesn't notify me of posted comments anymore, although all the appropriate boxes are ticked :o(

@Lia : Thanks. I love fruit so now that there will be more of them around, you can expect to see plenty of it in my boxes :o)

@Megan : Signature elegant style, you're too kind but thank you.

@Lyndsey : I didn't actually skip, but my steps felt lighter, maybe that's the adult version of skipping :o)

@Sheri : Thanks for your sweet comment. I'm counting the days before we take off, only 7 more sleeps. Although we have to be at the airport at 4.10 AM on Wednesday morning so technically, it will only be 6 sleeps ;o)

@Andi : Thanks Andi. I'm going to catch up on your blog later today. I'm sure I missed a lot :o)