darkemeralds: Poster image of farm-fresh food (Eat Food)
I've got a pot roast in the oven. I've never actually cooked a pot roast before, but my mom had a small cut of beef in her freezer that needed using, so it's in the Dutch oven with onions and some stock and carrots and a bit of bacon, fragrancing the house on this stormy, Halloween-ish evening.

Meanwhile, the small and really astonishingly expensive chicken I bought at the farmers' market today is in the stock pot on the stovetop. I may need to re-think my flesh-eating strategies at these prices.

There's a beautiful array of green and leafy vegetables, also from the farmers' market, on the cutting board, waiting to become...soup, I think. Or part of a stir-fry. Maybe some of them will go into a green tart à la [personal profile] general_jinjur.

There is one unifying trick to a) staying gluten-free, b) avoiding junk food, c) eating nutritiously, d) not breaking the bank eating out, and e) regulating my caloric intake: bringing my own food to work with me.

And the trick to bringing my food all week long is to do a lot of cooking on Sunday.


Sep. 27th, 2010 11:18 am
darkemeralds: Poster image of farm-fresh food (Eat Food)
I feel like a little kid going back to school: I know my mom packed me a yummy lunch and now I'm waiting for the bell to ring so I can eat it.

Something about the autumn weather makes a packed lunch seem new and special again. I haven't been doing bento per se, but have instead branched out into a set of steel containers that I mix and match according to the meal. In general I try not to use disposable food containers, but today I have been so prosaic as to wrap a sandwich in waxed paper, faute de mieux.

Then I tie the components up in a bandanna and plop that into my bike basket, and really, the whole little-kid-going-to-school effect is complete...if that little kid had gray hair and a tricky knee.

Lunch lunch lunch )
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So, here's my classic old-fashioned bike basket (yes, it does have a green tint), and the classic old-fashioned lunch I brought in it. Apple and peanut-butter, can't go wrong with the basics.

eating lunch at my desk )

Seriously, I can't believe what a quality-of-life improvement this basket represents. I know. I'm a bit crazed. But I rode home tonight with 30 tulips in there!

See? )

Okay, now this is just starting to sound dirty.
darkemeralds: Poster image of farm-fresh food (Eat Food)
Finally getting back to taking my lunch to work with me, thanks to the great inspiration of [livejournal.com profile] serenity_valley, who has some clever and delicious ideas for filling the gaps in a structured lunchbox.

My efforts to eschew wheat for a while have also inspired me. It's much easier to talk myself into fruit and vegetables when I don't have the option of bread, for some reason.

So here's my first foray back into filling the tiffin properly with breakfast and lunch. )
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[livejournal.com profile] serenity_valley's recent bento diaries have been inspiring me to get back to taking my lunch to work.

I came up with a novel solution for transporting it.

Tiffin with bungees on Clyde )
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I'm having some ennui today. First, my eyesight is really blurry. My next vision-training lesson isn't till Thursday. Apparently, ennui eats up the crystal clarity.

Second, not only was my bento today frightening-looking, but salted almonds accidentally soaked in raspberry juice--well, now I know what ennui tastes like.

Third, my work is annoying the crap out of me. I won't bore you with the details; suffice it to say that a) the head guy, let him be as charming and Canadian as he may, has a propensity for reiteration. Lots of it. *eyeroll* I get it already. Stop talking now.

And b) they told us yesterday that we'll be working on Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving Thursday, Thanksgiving Friday, Thanksgiving Saturday AND Thanksgiving Sunday. Save a turkey: work where I work.
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I was listening (and listening and listening) to Dr. Horrible as I did my evening chores. Seriously, I was outside in the evening breeze hanging laundry on my clothesline, singing about underthings tumbling, and with my freeze-ray I would stop (clothespin) the world, and so on.

The third act came on while I was making my bento for tomorrow. I think Dr. Horrible got into the food.

Evil Red Branch Bento )

And I listened all the way through the very, very end (which I hadn't had the heart to do up to now) and eeee! "Grrr...Aaargh."

Can I just say how happy it makes me to hear that again? Oh Joss. Mwah! Love you to pieces.
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It was only a matter of time before I succumbed to the lure of lunch-boxes and bought another one.

Round and metal. )
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I think I'm getting the hang of this bento-box lunch thing.

Bento diary photos back here. )

My rolled omelettes are coming out better, and I'm getting more creative with the veggies. My main discovery has been that there's not much point in going for stunning variety. There's nothing wrong with eating a lot of the same staple things every day.

Goku's buns

Jun. 3rd, 2008 10:39 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] kispexi2 mentioned wanting to figure out how to make the meat buns that the always-ravenous Saiyuki character Son Goku (apparently) enjoys.

Now, I've read the first set of Saiyuki manga, and I've got some of the anime DVDs in my Netflix queue, but I'm no expert and I don't really know for sure what Goku's buns might look ot taste like. (I imagine Sanzo could clue me in...)

But I grew up in Hawaii, and we had meat buns there, and the other day I decided to find out how to make them. I was pretty sure that the Hawaiian steamed bun filled with barbecue pork and called manapua is more or less identical to the Chinese steamed bun filled with barbecue pork and called char siu bao--and I was right. And I figure that Goku would enjoy them under either name.

Goku's Buns, an illustrated tale. Sorry--completely worksafe. )

Note to [livejournal.com profile] kispexi2: Think Goku would still eat these if they had barbecue tempeh inside instead of pork?

Bento Rose

May. 27th, 2008 10:33 pm
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I just spent something like an hour preparing food to go into my bento box for tomorrow's lunch and breakfast. I mention this because it was an extremely enjoyable hour.

This whole thing of slow food--taking time to make real food, and present it (even just to yourself) in an attractive way--is very soothing. It's a great outlet for creativity. It's a great way to spend time.

Pictures of bento ahoy. )
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Whoa. It went from winter to summer around here in one day, seems like. A couple of nights ago I was huddling under a down comforter. Tonight I'm sitting out on my porch barefoot, moonlight filtering in through the bamboo (though, honestly? It can't really compete with the poetic glow of my computer screen), a light breeze stirring the leaves.

I've been bento-ing. It's part of Project Empty, really. Simplify, reduce, reuse, eat better, eat less, slow down: an attractive and reusable bento box containing a modest, well-balanced, home-prepared breakfast and lunch, wrapped in a furoshiki, has turned out to be my newest obsession meet a number of criteria in my radically altered way of life.

On my honor, I promise to take this to one of the many, many bento forums online hereafter, but...pictures.

Just this once. )

Now I just need to stop myself from beginning a clutter-collection of bento accessories.


May. 4th, 2008 12:18 am
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I've used up all my grocery bags and I'm not getting any more. They're clutter and a waste of resources. But I still need something for shopping and taking my lunch to work. I've been hunting for a solution that would serve both purposes, take up no real space, and look pretty.

Help came from the Japanese Minister of the Environment. )

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