Wednesday, 29 May 2013


This week it is time for a mini hamburger - without the traditional bun!

 These are the ingredients that make up the mini burger:
- a slice of a meatball
- two portobello mushrooms (buns)
- red onion slice
- Dutch farmer's cheese
- fried egg


Friday, 17 May 2013

Week 82

This week we started the week with a bento made from left over from Indian take out. Yummy butter chicken, lamb madras, lamb vindaloo with rice and naan bread. The box itself is made for tools but it is actually perfect for bento making!

Liz made for Rose a box with smoked chicken breast, tomatoes, endive and two types of tabbouleh salad. It is best to put it all on a plate and eat it like a salad.

Rose made for Liz a very similar bento.
Tomatoes on basil leaves.
A roll as shown in the round photograph on the bottom.
Tomatoes: decapitated and filled with cooked broad bean, half a feta cube and a small basil leave.
On the bottom: Smoked chicken breast topped with feta cubes and broad beans.
It is best to just mix it all on a plate and eat it
as a salad.


Sunday, 12 May 2013

Week 81

This week we had some healthy bentos and some wine. 

This salad bento is made with chicory and roma salad leaves. Topped with smoked ham and feta cheese cubes. Simple, tasty and healthy.

These glasses of wine are SO BENTO!
Liz found them in France.

This vegetarian bento consists of:
left: spicy red curry with vegetarian meat balls and string beans covered with fried onions.
middle: egg noodles fried with kurkuma or kunjit or yellow root and covered with sesame seeds.
right: Chinese style stir fried white cabbage (soy, nam pla or thai fish sauce, something sweet and garlic.) Also covered with sesame seeds.

Nice and light and very tasty.
My colleague Charly came over to ask: "What smells so good?"


Sunday, 5 May 2013

Week 80

This bento was made with the "repeat the ingredients principle". Core ingredients:
fresh mint leaves, freshly ground coriander seeds, Spanish olive oil (first pressing, extra virgin), freshly opened walnuts, a very ripe mango and a very ripe mandarin (skin and juice).

French beans and walnuts were steamed. Seasoning: freshly ground coriander seeds.
Tomato sauce: Roma tomatoes, mint, coriander, oil, mandarin juice, mango.
Mango sauce: mango, red chili pepper (with seeds), mint, oil, mandarin juice.
Spaghetti (Barilla) cooked, cooled and stir fried with garlic, nam pla (Thai fish sauce), mint.
Steamed white fish (Tilapia from Ecuador), mango, coriander and grated peel of a mandarin, mint.

Holland has a new king! Our queen Beatrix abdicated April 30th 2013.

We celebrated this event far away from our busy city, in Drenthe. The scenery is stunning and hiking is amazing in that area.


Also amazing in that area is the amount of free range chicken farms! So good to see!

These farms put "eggs for sale" alongside the road. We bought some fresh eggs.

Back in the city we did a taste test. Biological free range eggs from the supermarket or the ones we bought alongside the road. Compliments to the supermarkets! They both tasted great!


Week 79

This "bento" on a pick-nick table was inspired by - finally arrived - the nice weather.
Not much cooking or putting together, mostly enjoying.

This bento does not look very appetizing in this picture. But it tasted great.

Stir fried white cabbage with Chinese flavorings. Gyros on the side


Week 78

 This bento was photographed in two types of light. Which one looks better?

This bento consist of cheese bought on the market (even the lady that sold them didn't know the names. "They taste good? Good! Who cares what they are called?"), Schwarzwälder Schinken or Black Forest ham, Tasty Tom cherry tomatoes and home pickled vegetables.

Vegetables are pickled in different ways, I just experiment with bay leave, juniper berry, mustard seeds, vinegar (all sorts), lemon (all sorts), pepper (all sorts), onion (all sorts), garlic, sugar (all sorts), salt (all sorts), herbs (all sorts) and time. Not thyme, but time, as in months ... in the fridge.

Vegetables used in the pickles: string beans, carrots, radishes, garlic, red onion, onion, cucumber. 

Liz made for Rose some snack mini bentos! <3
(to quote Sheri:  "bento are cute; minis are cute.... but mini bento are irresistibly awesomely superCUTE!!  yeah, I have an obsession." Source:

Arco made a jelly filled with vegetables and egg. How bento?


Saturday, 4 May 2013

Week 77

Rose made for Liz an spring in a bento box.

Main ingredients used: avocado, mango, romano salad and smoked chicken breast.

On the bottom: guacamole and mango pure.
Guacamole with sour cream, mint, pepper and lemon juice. And avocado off course.
Mango pure with mandarin juice, mint and mango.
Then topped with romano salad leaves, slices of smoked chicken breast and bunnies made of mango and avocado.

And we love nuts, and nuts love us! XD!  Bling!