Archive for September, 2009

Dive into Fall

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Fall is a big deal in New England. So big that there are websites devoted to letting you know where and when the leaves are at their vibrant peak. Weekends are spent picking apples, drinking cider, and getting the outdoors as much as you can before the long (and somewhat miserable) winter hits. For many New Englanders Fall is their favorite time of year. And to be honest, it’s mine too. The weather is the most comfortable and I no longer feel the need to avoid my poor oven. So, in celebration of the changing season my bento features one of my fall favorites: squash.

Squash bento

As a kid, I didn’t care much for squash. I didn’t like the baby food texture, and I often found it cloying sweet when mixed with syrup and/or brown sugar. But mostly, I think it was a texture thing. It wasn’t until I was an adult and living with my sister when she taught me that squash could be roasted and savory. Well, glory be!

The acorn squash in this bento was simply sprayed with a little butter flavored Pam and then coated in a bunch of my favorite seasonings: paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, thyme, and some sea salt. Next I roasted it in the toaster oven. When it was time to eat, I simply used a spoon to scoop out the smooth squashy delight from the skin. It took a lot of will power not to keep the second half for myself rather then add it to The Boy’s bento. Acorn squash – FOR THE WIN!

Impress your co-workers…

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

with your mad bento skills!

Remember that huge bento a friend of mine got for me in Japan? It’s slowly becoming my new favorite way to impress people when I bring food over to their event. The lid keeps everything safe and clean, and then BAM! Behold the presentation-y goodness. I said BEHOLD! Best of all, if you don’t feel like getting too fancy with the arrangement, there are always adorable little pics to do that for you. Needless to say, this went over extremely well for a co-worker’s birthday.

Fruit Salad

The only con to this is the watchful eye I feel that I need to keep over my box sometimes. Shared fridges can be a scary place, especially when you hear stories of people having all the chicken picked out of their stir-fry lunch by some carnivorous creep. Um gross. I say, if you are going to eat my food, at least eat the whole thing. Trust me, I don’t want what you’ve picked through.

Bring me the head of that cursed duck!

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

In case there are any of you out there wondering how I served the Devil Duckie cake to the birthday boy, please see below:

serving the cake

The Boy was able to get a shot with his phone before mass consumption ensued. The red is raspberry sauce, while the crossed out eyes were just some licorice string. Quite an impressive presentation if you ask me!

Red and White

Monday, September 14th, 2009

I made this quinoa salad the other day as a way to save some time and make sure I get enough protein.  I guess it worked because after eating a container of this for lunch, I barely wanted dinner.

White Bean and Red Quinoa

This cold salad contains:

white beans
cucumber
chopped cilantro
red quinoa

Before cooking the quinoa, I made a simple dressing of lemon juice, olive oil, and some salt and pepper. Once the quinoa was cooked, I added the dressing while it was still warm so it would soak everything up. I made sure that the quinoa was mostly cool before I added the other ingredients because I didn’t want them to get cooked by the hot quinoa. And that’s pretty much it. It ended up being oddly refreshing and a great way to celebrate the end of the summer.

Next time though, more cilantro. I can’t help it, I have a thing for cilantro.

Distraction

Friday, September 11th, 2009

I know that I haven’t been the best about blogging lately, but truth be told I have been a little distracted by a new addition to my family. I know that I have been whining for a long time about how my life would never be complete without a dog, but now I have a new furry friend to tide me over. Her name is Danger Mouse and she is one rockin’ chinchilla. See proof below:

Danger Mouse!

That’s her in like her millionth attempt to escape and either explore her new home, or eat my eyeballs… I haven’t figured out which one of those she plans to do yet. What I can say is that I’ve been working pretty hard over the past couple weeks to get her as used to people as possible. It’s my hope to get her tame enough to be handled without her freaking out or losing her hair due to stress. Right now she is pretty content to be petted and surprised me by jumping into my hand for a few moments last night. However, I don’t think it was affection so much as wanting to eat the ribbon on my nightgown.

Everything is better with mashed potatoes on it.

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

I usually can’t stand shepherd’s pie, but I always liked the idea of it. Since I had some stuff lying about that I needed to get rid of, I came up with this:

shepherd's pie, kinda

The salad is pretty standard, but the shepherd’s pie was made with Italian seasoned turkey, peas, and cheesey mashed potatoes. It was actually not too bad and really fast to make. Next time, mashed sweet potatoes!

A Very Potter Musical

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

I love musicals that not only poke fun at the subject matter, but at the genre as well. While not the funniest thing out there, I found it entertaining. Then again, I’m a bit of a sucker for Harry Potter.

If you are looking to watch the whole thing, check it out at Starkid.