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Cute little elephant bento

Friday, August 09, 2013

This was today's bento, doesn't it look pathetically empty? I misplanned my cucumber dish and only had 4 servings instead of the five (one for each day of work) same with the broccoli dish (although that is not so much of a loss:)). Normally I would have filled in this empty space with veggies, but I ran out of those two standbys, and then the great experiment of yesterday, stewed lotus root, ended in dismal failure.

It's not that the taste was bad, it wasn't. It wasn't awesome either, but it wasn't bad. But...the texture was just...*shudder*. I tried. I really did try, I ate two whole pieces before I gagged and threw the rest away.'s so frustrating. I have had to add yet another vegetable to the banned list. So far it includes: burdock, squash, sweet potatoes, and now, lotus root. I suppose I should get points for how I keep on trying new vegetables. After all, that's how I found out that I like asparagus, so I guess that's worth something.

The interesting thing is that so far all of the vegetables on the forbidden list have all been's the texture that does it. And they are all different textures! That's what's so weird. I can't handle sweet potatoes and squash because of the long fibers in them. Celery has the same long fibers, but at least it's crunchy too. Squash and sweet potatoes are just just...strange in a bad way. And lotus root is like...half crunch and half like a too ripe banana...which is also totally horrible.

I need to try more sea vegetables, so far I have not find a seaweed I didn't like. I should just cook my own seaweed dishes. That's like 84 different kinds of vegetables right there. Sigh...I will probably have to wait until I get to Japan to do that though. I know the names of all the seaweeds there whereas in Korea I tend to just scratch my head and wander around like a lost puppy.

One good thing though. My lunch box was so empty I managed to fit in my elephant! There he is! Isn't he cute?! He's holding ketchup!

Ah, and my chicken nuggets (first attempt) are also being written off as a failure. Well...the ones I baked in my toaster oven anyway. They are so dry, and at first I thought it was because my microwave was too high when it reheated them, but nope that's not it. So I think the original culprit was the toaster oven. I need an oven oven where I can control the temperature. I still have the fried nuggets to try, maybe those will be better and not so dry. I will find out next week I guess.
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    Honey, anytime you want, you're more than welcome to come and try our oven for your chicken nuggets experiment, and you will NOT be required to share them either.

    As for veges... do you eat brussel sprouts? (If you never liked them as a kid, try them now... a GREAT way to try them again is to take the sprouts, chop off the bottoms, put them in a microwaveable bowl, with a small pat of butter (I usually use about 1TBSP for 5-8 sprouts), and a dash of crushed garlic, and microwave on high for 5-8 mins until slightly softened). Cabbage is also great cooked this way.

    As for other veges, I'm not sure what's on your okay list, but have you tried making fresh vege salsa's? Chopping fresh pepper, cucumber and tomato (seed in or out... optional) together and mixing in a bit of basil and if you're feeling up to it mozzarella too. It's a great lunchbox filler, and you can then have something like baked tortilla chips (get tortilla and bake in oven until crunchy and then cut down into small chip size) to dip into the salsa. It's a refreshing idea, especially during the summer months.

    Good luck on your vege exploration... let me know what vegies you do eat already, and which ones you are keen to try, and I'll let you know if I have any secrets for them.
    1657 days ago
  • MAWMAW101
    The elephant is just as cute as the little pig. I agree that you have more courage than me to try so many different experiments with food. Keep up the good work!!!
    1659 days ago
    good luck on your veggie exploration. You have more courage then me . Have a great day and I love your elephant
    1660 days ago
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