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Tacomelette: Breakfast ‘Taco’ Platter

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Is it an omelette? Is it a taco? No, it’s a tacomelette!

After a gruelling session at the gym on Saturday, I thought I deserved a big breakfast. I made myself a big plate of food – two omelette-pancakes (only one made it into the photo :P), cherry tomato and rocket salad, and chunky guacamole. The omelette-pancakes were made in a similar way as regular omelettes (just add milk and flour) and were a great protein-packed substitute to the carb-filled tortilla wrap. For the filling, I used leftover vegetarian mince (Quorn) from my spaghetti bolognese dinner the night before.

The guacamole was my favourite part. I love avocado and tend to eat at least two a week – it is good for your skin, your heart and your weight. The only problem with most guacamole is the raw red onion – the smell of the onion lingers in your breath for a loooooong time, making guacamole a socially awkward addition to a meal or lunch box. I tend to make guacamole without red onions.

Here is my recipe for my chunky guacamole:

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Halloween bento + Mushroom Wellington recipe

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Treat or treat?

Hello everyone! How is your Halloween prep going?

Marc the bf is incredibly busy as Halloween is his peak season, being a prosthetic and special effects makeup artist. If you are in need of last minute Halloween touches for your costume, do check out his realistic, reasonably priced prosthetic pieces (click here) << not for the faint hearted though! Still in time for Halloween delivery for those in the UK. 🙂

I on the other hand don’t normally give much thought to Halloween, but this year I wanted to put in a little bit of extra effort. I made a Halloween themed bento last weekend consisting of a mushroom wellington laced with ‘cobweb’, nori spider, baked courgette / zucchini skull and crossbones, and clementine Jack-o’-lanterns, finished with some gory looking tomato sauce ‘blood’.

The mushroom wellington was the most complex and labour intensive component but you can make it in bulk and in advance. Here is the recipe:

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Emoticons Bento

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Simple but colourful vegan bento for lunch. Soba (buckwheat noodles) under toppings of diced tomatoes, sliced tofu puffs, courgette / zucchini slices, and soy simmered shiitake. The emoticons are made from sliced radish with nori details. 🙂

Colourful lunch box makes me happy. ^_^

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Temarizushi Bento + Tutorial

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Life in Technicolor?

Temarizushi is ball shaped sushi topped with a variety of colourful toppings, usually served as a celebratory dish. I do have a cause for celebration – I started my new job last week. 🙂

Temarizushi is not dissimilar to other types of nigiri sushi and usually contains raw fish. I am not a fan of raw fish so I made mine vegetarian using whatever ingredients I could find in my kitchen. You can construct temarizushi using pretty much anything, so there is plenty of room for vegans and vegetarians to be creative.

Almost all types of vegetables work well – raw, grilled, roasted, sautéd, or blanched. For extra flavour, I brushed the reverse of the toppings with a little white miso sauce (recipe below):

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Hello Kitty Sweet Potato Curry Puffs, Recipe + Tutorial

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Snack bento: Hello Kitty curry puff on a bed of arugula / rocket salad, with tomato salsa filled mini poppadoms, and blueberries

Hello everyone! Hope you all had a good weekend? The bf and I got our hands dirty making curry puffs. Curry puffs or karipap is a Malaysian savoury snack, also popular in Singapore and Indonesia. It is not dissimilar to an empanada. The curry puff is a deep fried pastry stuffed with curried potatoes and diced chicken, and a wedge of hard boiled egg. My recipe has a slight twist: I made mine vegan with curried sweet potato and mushroom (substituting white potato and chicken) in shortcrust pastry, baked to golden perfection (instead of deep fried). I had some leftover dough which I used to make Hello Kitty faces as decoration.

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Spirited Away Bento + Napa Cabbage Roll Recipe

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Noriben is a portmanteau of the words nori and bento. It is a very simple style of bento, consisting of rice (flavoured or otherwise) topped with a layer of nori. To go with my noriben, I made sides of Chinese leaves / napa cabbage rolls (top right) and Korean style tofu fritters (bottom right). Below is my recipe for napa cabbage rolls. Tofu fritters recipe here.

No Face is a character from Studio Ghibli’s film Spirited Away. He is a lone spirit in the form of a masked figure who befriends Sen/Chihiro in the film. I cut nori and peeled radish to create the facial details, adhered using a little mayo. The mask was cut out from egg white.

Here is the recipe for the napa cabbage rolls. They are elegant and flavourful. I made mine vegan:

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Mezze Style Bento + Tabbouleh Recipe

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I love Mediterranean food especially for its lovely colours, fresh herbs, and fragrant spices. For lunch, I made a selection of mains and sides – stuffed aubergine, tabbouleh (Lebanese bulgur wheat salad), spiced tofu ‘meatballs’, a skewer of halloumi, and grilled courgette / zucchini half-moons… served with a generous dollop of yoghurt and a cup of fresh mint tea (both not pictured). My meal was meant to be served in a bento box, but I decided against it since I would have to cut the aubergine into bite size and that would not be possible in a small box.

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