Wow, it has been a long time since I last posted! I missed a whole season… it’s winter here now! I’m sitting outside on a sunny day, enjoying the chirp and flit of birds and the cool breeze. It is often warm enough to eat lunch outside in Western Australia, and today I did:
I have been wanting to test-drive this new bento box of mine for ages! I love the dark rich lacquer and the cute divider that came with it, not to mention the design of owls painted on top. Also, I wanted to try out my new rice polisher! Two scores with one bento! Freshly polished rice is so much nicer, just as everyone says. This rice is only minimally polished, so it has most of the nutrition without the coarseness and long cooking time.
I decided to make all the parts for this bento in the Thermomix… challenging myself to adapt and write new recipes. The chicken and shiitake mushroom filling for the onigiri, rice, steamed(!) omelette, vegetables for the salad and mustard-lemon-shiokoji salad dressing were all made in the TM. Of course the persimmon needed no cooking :).
Canadians might find the potato salad nostalgic. I don’t know if that canned potato salad we were forced to eat as children is still available, but on reflection it was a lot like this one! Funny how the things you hated as a kid become “crave items” later on.
And speaking of persimmons, it’s strange how plentiful and cheap(er) they are this year! Did lots of farmers plant persimmon trees five years ago or what!? What a great idea you guys!