vegan pattie bento

30 01 2012

sticking to my plan, i’ve prepared a simple and disposable lunch bento, with no frills or decorative accents. simplifying my take-to-work lunches to fit my work-night routine also means simplifying my bento photography… so i hope you don’t mind this quick, prop-less shot.

tomorrow’s lunch features a delicious, low-calorie recipe i tweaked over the weekend: spicy vegan jamaican patties. for those of you unfamiliar, a pattie is a savory, filled pastry — the jamaican version probably originated from the english/cornish pastie, but similar foods can be found in many other cultures (see, e.g. the latin american empanada). as a light and cooling accompaniment to this spicy treat, i made a fennel and green bean salad. both recipes after the jump…

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lemongrass-chili tofu bento

5 11 2009

bento 34

reason #147 why i love this bento box (a gracious gift from hapa bento):  it makes all food look pretty, even when i work late and bring home leftovers from takeout.  (the takeout was yummy, btw – from xe lửa vietnamese restaurant.)

top left:  golden plum fan with kiwi slices, pomegranate seeds, blueberries, a blackberry, and grape halves.  center hole:  vietnamese spring roll.  top right:  lemongrass-chili tofu and a container of hoisin sauce for the spring roll.  bottom left:  vermicelli with sriracha sauce, bean sprouts, and a sweet potato and purple potato flower.  bottom right:  sauteed veggies (broccoli, carrot, cabbage, and celery) with snow peas and a grape tomato.