Terriyaki Pork Noodle Bento

Pork terriyaki stirfry bento

Works are being executed in the kitchen since last week and I think that at least for the rest of the week or so, I will be without a cooker. I only have the microwave, the oven and (lucky me) an electric wok to prepare dinner right now. As these works weren't really planned (gas leak), last week was a bit of a balancing act in the gourmet department and preparing bentos wasn't high on the priority list. Nevertheless eating sandwiches for lunch is becoming a bit boring, so I tried to make myself again a bento for the first day of the week.

As usual my two tier bento has a savoury and a sweet compartment. The savoury tier consists of a noodle terriyaki pork stirfry with snowpeas, yellow bellpepper, mushrooms and a bit of green cabbage with a cheese sakura for decoration. The fruity vitamins for Monday are white grapes, orange, pear and kiwi slices and a piece of apple with a sakura cutout.

So no special pink bento or hearts galore, but nonetheless I wish everybody out there a

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Coconut Lemon Chicken Stirfry

Coconut Lemon Chicken Stirfry - 07.02.2011

I didn't spend a lot of time preparing my bento last night as I was too caught up in following the progression of the bushfires in Roleystone, Western Australia. A very close and dear friend of mine is living in that area and being on the other side of the world, there wasn't a lot I could do except watch and pray that he and his loved ones would stay safe from harm. Meanwhile, we did manage to make contact today and I am so relieved that they're all doing OK and that he managed to save his home after battling the fires all through the night.

Back to the bento. As I didn't want to spent a lot of time in the kitchen away from the news updates, I stirfried some strips of chicken thights with a mixed assortment of veggies (carrots, bell peppers, zucchini, sugarsnaps, ...) all seasoned with a ready made coconut & lime spice mix. And that's what I had for lunch today. Because I didn't add any noodles, rice or potatoes, this is a low points value bento, only 6 points for the chicken and the oil. Decorations are cucumber slices topped with black & regular sesame seeds.


Chicken Chipolata & Oyster Mushroom Bento

Oyster Mushroom Bento - 03.02.2011

I wanted to call today's lunch Oyster Mushroom bento but considering that they are hardly visible on the picture, I opted to add the chipolata in the title as well, at least the meat part is clearly visible :o). So today's bento features, mini chicken chipolatas, baby oster mushrooms sauteed with apples and a bit of goat cheese, steamed brocoli and cauliflower rosets, baby potatoes and some carrot slices as baran. The WW total for today is 8 propoints.

For dessert I am having roughly the same as the previous days : white grapes, apple and blood orange slices and more pomegranate seeds.

Bon appetit !

Ginger Pork Bento

Ginger Pork Bento - 02.02.2011

Because I still had ginger to use before it went stale, I decided to make some ginger pork for my bento last night. It's an recipe I already used for bento (and which you can find here).  This time I did as Maki suggested in her book and coated some new potatoes with the ginger sauce, to accompany the meat.  It smelled divine and I am sure the taste will be equally satisfying.  In between the gingery elements, I added green beans, green asparagus tips, some broccoli rosets, radish, a mini cauliflower, a cherry tomato and a few olives (inspired by Ohayobento's post from yesterday).  The WW total for today is 7 propoints.

As I am still battling the nasty germs, I stocked up on as many fruit vitamins as possible : white grapes, blueberries, blackberries, apple bunnies, blood orange slices, pomegranate seeds and some dried fruits (pineapple, papya, cranberries, banana).

Wishing everybody a healthy bento lunch today !

Bon appetit