Mittwoch, Februar 20, 2013

Bento #19-longing for spring

You won't believe how much I am longing for spring. The first snowdrops and aconites are blossoming, but the weather is still is all grey skies, temperatures around zero and although there is no snow anymore it all is muddy and brown. So I decided that as I cannot do anything about the weather, what I needed was a colourful bento to cheer me up.

In the upper tier I got: blanched broccoli, vegetable patties made from leftover vegetables patties( potato and broccoli) that get their special nutty flavour from adding leftover ground almonds and some cream cheese with radish and cress. I am into experimenting with making my own bread spreads with cream cheese and cress with radish is my favourite one for spring.

Vegetable patties are a good ways to use vegetable leftovers, just  mash the cooked vegetables, add some onions ( I used spring onions) to get some crunch, add an egg so you pattie won't fall apart and some starch and breadcrumbs and season to your liking. Most of the times I used sea salt, freshly grounded nut meg and some pepper. Curry also tastes great, in summer I often use fresh basil and feta cheese.

I used a food cup from my bento box for cutting out the patties, it worked much better than forming them with my hands and I don't know why I haven't thought about it earlier.

And voila, lots of golden vegetable patties. The ones that I didn't munch away when making them I stored in the fridge as they are an bento essential for me and are a nice bento filler.

And to balance it off some fresh fruit and sweets:

Kiwi for a fresh vitamin boost, apple wedges and blueberries and  some flower shaped candy.
This box is one of my favourites, I think on Casabento it was called Pink Mode Color Slim , but Bento&Co also used to have it.  The bright pink always cheers me up and I like its shape. Sadly this line has been phased out. I really should have bought more bento boxes from that line. I also got the same box in white, but I use the one much more frequently. Same goes for the circle  bento boxes from that line, I tend to use the pink one much more than the white one. 

Outside it looks more like winter, so I try to bring some sunshine into my home through flowers.
My little princess got me the  yellow tulips I got for Valentine's day. She was so so serious about "secretly" getting me some flowers and I had to pretend not to know for two days, not being allowed to even enter her room.I always like cut flowers, but in winter they make my day.

My remedy for grey winter skies are flowers and bright bentos. What is yours?


  1. wow! I have to try the patties :D

  2. Das lässt wirklich Frühlingsgefühle aufkommen. ;D

  3. @eclecticlamb and Token: thanks, it was very yummy

    @Danii:Bei dem Wetter und der Stimmung habe ich auch dringend etwas Farbe gebraucht.