Saturday, 12 April 2008

This week in bento

It was one of the biweekly weeks where I have to attend vocational school twice- Wednesday and Fridays, which makes both my work and private life totally stressful and crazy.

What makes those teachers think it's a good idea to give people who already work 10-12 hrs a day homework?
(probably the fact that they are teachers and have never worked in events management...)

I barely cooked at all this week, but at least I managed to pack a proper bento on the days without school.

The laziest of them... when I went to denn's last week, they had a special offer for mexican-style tofu "spring rolls". They are huge and filled with seasoned tofu, corn, tomato and red bell pepper.
While I usually don't use those vegan convenient products, I had to try them and have to say that I don't regret it. It's 100% not authentic Mexican, but that's probably what I loved about them.
The roll was so filling that I only had some olives, apple, tomato and cucumber to munch along.

I picked up the simple 800ml white bento box at Muji in Düsseldorf. I had planned to go there for ages, but never got round to it. Call me an official Muji addict now!
They also have shops in many other cities, so check those boxes out.

This one has rice, tomato quarters, TVP and bok choy sesame stirfry, kiwi and apple dice and some coconut bread.

The size of the box is just perfect for me- my regular 2-tier boxes hold 580 ml, and I always need ~200-250 ml more for fruit and a treat in order to be full. 800ml boxes rule. I think I should get one of those "men's" bento boxes as they typically hold 700-900 ml.

Wednesday's school bento had a quick calzone with mushroom, zucchini and dried tomato filling cut in half, more apple, tomato and cucumber and some whole hazelnut chocolate. I wasn't satisfied with the looks of it, though. There's so much empty space!

As a bonus, two more bento I made last week.

Leftover Vegan Fire & Spice Asian Fusion noodles with hot sauce in the teddy container, two slices of banana bread (better than cake, better than bread... it's banana bread!) and some kiwi.

This might look boring and is not kawaii at all, but I loved the flavours. One tier has rotellini with garlic, olive oil and nutrional yeast, the other pesto-marinated olives, Julie Hasson's Italian sausage slices and quickly sautéed zucchini with balsamic vinegar. Even the thought of this one makes my mouth water again, so I'll probably try a combination like that again for Monday's bento.


Alice (in Veganland) said...

I have the small bento of Muji! I admire you because you managed to make a whole week of bento in a stressful week. I only managed Monday and Tuesday, and then my life went crazy and I had to eat salad in the "Kantine" for the rest of the week!

VeggieGirl said...

Ah yes, I too have TONS of homework - professors are not very generous :0( I hope that everything gets less stressful for you soon!!

I LOVE the little animal picks, on the kiwi slices :0)

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

*Swoons at the cuteness of bento*

I especially love the panda!

Kasasha said...

Hi from swap-bot!
Oh dear your blog has made me very hungry. :-)

You have a very cool site!

Alice (in Veganland) said...

German vegans united! yay! hehe. I'll add you to my blogroll too, but I seriously need to seat down and do it... Hopefully next weekend!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

I've never had chayote either. Let me know how it tastes when you try it!

Marryth said...

Mmm, calzone.

I agree with another comment - I admire the fact that you're keeping up with bento, despite the chaos life has brought you for the time being! :D

I really like the white bento box! I adore single-tier boxes like that. ^__^

Catherine said...

All of your little bento are so adorable! People always look at me like I'm crazy when I pull mine out -- alas.

P.S. I just finished posting pictures from my recent trip to Haiti -- come check 'em out, if you have a chance!

Anonymous said...

adorable bento boxes!

Erin said...

Nice job with the bentos! I've been off work for a week and have been missing them. That's funny that a "men's" bento holds more food.

Ulrike said...

You're a bad, bad influence! Just HAD to buy some bento boxes on ebay. Mine will be pink with little flowers. Oh dear... ;-))))
Great blog, lovely pictures!!!

Grüße von einer deutschen Veganerin aus Bristol!

Wheeler's Frozen Dessert said...

Those little lunchboxes are adorable! And the food inside them looks delicious :)