Friday, May 7, 2010

Bento #16


Yesterday was an absolutely beautiful day here. The sun was out the temp was just right. So I decided to make a lunch that I though would be great for a picnic bento. All the items in the bento are what I think of as standard picnic foods. Normally I would have the broccoli raw with other salad items or a dip but I thought about these broccoli bites I like to make when we have movie night.

The broccoli bites look very much like they are tempura broccoli and in a way they are. I have tried to cook them using a tempura batter but they never came out right. So one day I was frying some chicken strips where I coat them with flour then drench them in an egg and water mix then back in the flour before frying them. Well I wondered if this technique would work on broccoli too. I took several florets out of the freezer and followed my technique and they came out so delicious. If you think about it I am using the same ingredients for the tempura batter only in a different way. I believe in whatever works better for you is how you should cook.

For yesterdays lunch bento I kept it very simple with my picnic food. In the bottom tray I had fried chicken strips, tempura (my way) broccoli, two small square onigiri flavored with Hidden Valley Ranch Harvest Dill Dip Mix. In the top tray I had chunks of sweet watermelon and 4 oatmeal raisin cookies.

So until my next bento, Itadaki masu!

8 comments:

pegasuslegend said...

another perfect bento, nice job!

Bento Box / Asfora said...

It came out looking so golden and delicious! I could eat it right now! :o)

Lia Chen said...

Lovely picnic bento! I would love to go with you and enjoy all those yummy foods you have prepared :D Have a nice weekend Marisa!

Susan Yuen said...

The tempura looks delicious! Wonderful bento! :D

allingoodfood42 said...

Hi Claudia, Thanks I was inspired by the sunshine.

allingoodfood42 said...

Hi Asfora, Thanks, I use the technique I described when I want a crispier chicken strip. Glad you like it.

allingoodfood42 said...

Hi Lia, I really wish we could all go on a picnic together I would love to meet all of you in person and share bentos.

allingoodfood42 said...

Hey Susan, I couldn't get it to work the traditional way so I made it my way. I guess I'm just an odd bunny, but it works for me.