Ooh, another doozy of a post!
First, I totally missed National Carrot Day! Thankfully, someone (from the Carrot Commission?) emailed me to let me know and also sent along this little video to celebrate. Check it out, it's really cute!
There's also a $2 coupon if you go to Yes to Carrots! You do have to install that coupon printer thing that a lot of websites (including Hershey's... yes, I know this from experience, haha) use now, unfortunately I only have a printer at work and I can't install that... boo :(
Oh, and how is this related to bento? Um, duh? Who has NEVER used carrots in their bento?! :) It's such a common bento food! We should all praise the carrot! Hahahahaha. (I did not get paid for this post, I just find this really funny and cute!)
Moving right along, we've got some interesting things today!
So, if anyone's been reading my bento blog lately, you'll have noticed I've been eating a lot of bean sprouts. That's cuz they're cheap (59c a lb.) and super easy to prepare - I make a big container of it and then take from it throughout the week. This is probably Week 3 of such a preparation making it into bento.
Unfortunately, because I haven't been eating dinner at home, I haven't been eating bean sprouts at night, so they've been going bad and I've been kind of getting bored of them. This will probably be the last I eat of them (maybe?) for a while. So I was trying to come up with variations or ways to use them to make them something different, something I won't mind eating or rather that doesn't taste like the same gently sauteed bean sprouts!
Therefore, I came up with this... and later realized it might be similar to egg foo young (a dish I've never eaten but I think is like this?). Basically, I put some bean sprouts in the bottom of a small skillet and when they were nice and hot, I poured 2 beaten eggs over the top. I covered it and when it was mostly set, I flipped it once to fully cook the top and voila! What you see above, with some hoisin sauce squirted on top. Quite tasty if you ask me ;)
... and perfect for bento.
You might remember today is my "running instead of eating a big lunch" day... well, I get really hungry after I run. The top is slices of a Harry & David Royal Riviera pear (I bought 10 lbs. at $2.79/lb, whee! - gave a bunch to my mom & sister), to be eaten before hitting the gym. The bottom is one dumpling and another egg-foo-young-ish thing, cut into quarters and stacked, with a bit of hoisin sauce over the top, to be eaten after the gym. Yum!
And here's dinner, to be eaten before class tonight! Top left cup is more slices of a Harry & David Royal Riviera pear (these are sooo good), the right cup is three dumplings (yes I smushed them in!), and the jar part holds udon mixed with Japanese curry. From my freezer stash... mmm, I am excited. It looks so delicious... I bet it will be!!! Ahhhhhhh!
Happy bento~!!! (The weather here is gorgeous and it is working its magic to cheer me up...)