Bento 58: Emmental on Rye; and new Lego Lunchbox!
If you’ve been following me on twitter, you would know that I got a new box (omg, again!?) last week. Yeps!! There is nothing more exciting than awaiting a new box through the post – well, other than bento books. Hehe. I have yet to purchase any bento accessories online (I know, what restraint I show!) but that would probably rank the same level of excited-ness.
I had a bento all planned out for this fabulously retro box. I wanted to build a house made of legos from rectangles of brilliantly colored egg sheet! Alas, after spending too much time trying to get a thick enough egg sheet (and accidentally throwing away one green batch) I gave up. Maybe another day. Oh well. I made something simple instead out of Emmental cheese – a bird (looks like the twitter bird!) and a couple of flowers, some smeared with red food coloring. This was laid on a rye bread sandwich which contained more emmental cheese & sliced mushrooms. I stuffed the lettuce in the sandwich before devouring them.
For sides, I popped in a few strawberries & 1/2 a plum. I added some gyozas that I cooked for dinner, and a tamagoyaki. I usually make my tamagoyaki with nori as I love the yellow and black contrast, but today I used some shredded shiso instead. Ahh…I found fresh shiso at long last! The only time I saw them being sold was in Mitsuwa in NJ, where I was unable to transport them back with me anyway. So when I saw the world ‘Perilla’ on a packet of leaves at the local asian grocery, I did a double take. It is purple shiso, which is usually used to dye umes, but it’ll do.
It comes in a large pack, so I’m freezing some of them individually. I do love the flavour of this purple shiso. It’s a very frangant herby flavour, very unlike any other herb plants in my garden. It tastes very good cooked as well – I made them into kimchi-shiso pancake as well, which was supposed to go in the bento, but was too quickly devoured.
The pink lego lunch box! If you’re utterly in love with this box like I am, keep in mind that it is not leak-proof, so dry foodstuff would be the way to go. You can buy it right here, I got mine (with free shipping) within 4 working days. There is a plethora of colours as well, so if the pink is sold-out, you could maybe go for red or black for that all-goth or all-macho look 🙂 .