Pardon my French (for any grammar mistake if any, a little rusty…>ω<) for the title of this bento.
I did not have time to do grocery early this week, however managed to make my husband lunch box with left-over ingredients in the fridge, which include a small portion of cabbage (unused from a steamboat dinner we had few days ago), a small capsicum (sitting in the corner of my vegetable compartment for a week already), a frozen lamb steak, half cut frozen squid and 1 fish cake (both left overs from the steamboat too). This is the advantage of making bento for 1 or 2 persons as the portions used are small so its a good way to clear out the remaining food in the fridge.
In this box, I prepared:
Cabbage carrot kinpira
Recipe is similar to lotus root kinpira, just replace the lotus root with chopped cabbage.
Fried Capsicum with lentil quinoa stuffing
I made multiple cuts into one end of the capsicum’s skin about 3/4 way so it will open like the petals of a flower with the other end still intact. The lentil quinoa stuffing recipe is similar to the lentil quinoa patties I made previously. I filled up the capsicum with the stuffing and fried the capsicum in vegetable oil over medium fire until the stuffing turned light golden brown, probably about 4-5 minutes. Pretty quick.
Grilled Lamb steak with rosemary
I simply seasoned the lamb steak (about 150 grams, thick and round) with some salt and pepper, put a few springs of rosemary and 2 crushed garlic on a hot pan with little oil and placed the lamb on top of the herbs. Cooked each side for about 4 minutes on medium high heat. Its medium-done, light pink on the inside.
Squid, sujiko salmon roe & mashed potato mayonnaise salad
This is pretty easy. I made some semi-mashed potato salad with mayonnaise, mirin and sour cream. Mixed in some steamed chopped squid, 1/2 teaspoon of salmon roe for salty crunchy texture and carrot pieces from the kinpira.
Mixed Onigiri rice with mashed purple sweet potato
Tomago-yaki and fish cake skewer
I tried to make the colours of the food “POP” to compensate for the “old” ingredients used. Anyway, my husband did not notice a single difference since he never check what foods in the fridge except for his fruits and candies.
I apologise if my recipes here are a little scrappy as I am really trying to keep myself awake now writing this post, its past midnight here. Too sleepy….zzzzzzz.
Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy this post. Good night from my side of the world…..