Archive for August, 2009

Bento #242

Homemade potato salad on lettuce, homemade falafel (yum), apple bunnies, homegrown tomatoes and sugar peas, and a candy for dessert.

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Bento #241

Not very different from my previous two boxes! Lentil balls, onigiri, hardboiled egg, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, sugarpea, celery sticks and peanut butter with raisins in the container for dipping.
Same box for BF as for me. I oversalted the rice a bit when I made it, but it evened out as none of the other stuff has any salt on it.

Here’s the promised Lentil Balls recipe:
Red Lentil and Hazelnut balls
100 ml (1 measuring cup e.g. for rice) dry red lentils*
1 egg (or vegan equivalent)
3-4Tbsp ground hazelnuts plus extra for rolling the balls in later.
2-3Tbsp. chopped parsley
1/2 an onion (about 50ml), chopped
salt, pepper, garlic to taste
neutral oil for frying.

1. Boil the lentils in salted water to desired mushyness. My boyfriend doesn’t like mushy legumes, so I usually grind mine down in the food processor when they’re a little less than half done already. But I’ve also made it with very soft-boiled lentils that were just mushed down with a fork, if you don’t have a food processor available. Both have their benefits.
2. Blend with the rest of the ingredients in a food processor or by hand in a bowl.
3. Form balls or patties, roll them in some extra ground hazelnuts, and fry or deep-fry them in oil until they’re golden brown.

*I like red lentils, but I’m sure any other lentil works just as fine. Indeed the recipe I’ve adapted this from used regular brown lentils.

And a propos exactly nothing: Here’s a good reason why you should always bring the camera when going out to your local gardening store. Bumblebees and Echinacea, what’s not to love?

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Bento #240

Only 10 bentos left until #250!
This one is heavy on the proteins – hopefully it will help me back up from the nasty cold I caught at Aikido last week! Having a cold in summer feels silly.
Poof pastrymini quiche, half a hardboiled egg, lentil hazelnut balls, cherry tomatoes, sliced celery bites and peanut butter and raisins for dipping them, and a mint cookie for dessert.

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Bento #239

Another Saturday summer picknick bento!

Onigiri and homegrown cherry tomatoes, lentil and hazelnut balls (going to write up a recipe sometime soon), bell pepper slices, olives, yoghurt for dipping in the kitty container, and mint cookies.

Not vegan because of the yoghurt dip and there’s egg in the lentil patties – I think I might leave it out next time though, it doesn’t really seem necessary.

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Potaoto omelette slices, ajvar, hardboiled egg, bell pepper slices, olives and a mint cookie for dessert.

BF gets the same and some more cookies.

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Gardening update, 2009-08-02

(At least) One of the seeds we planted from Donatello‘s harvest last year has now gotten chilies itself.
They don’t look like Donatello. They aren’t even approximately conical, but remain short round knobs. Also, they start out orange, then become dark purple later.

…we have a Michelangelo.


* I never learned the colours of the Ninja Turtles when I was a kid because I thought they were interchangeable just like Huey, Dewey and Louie (Tick, Trick and Track in German). I had to look it up on Wiki to see what I should name them.
** It’ll be a while before I can breed a blue chili, I fear…

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