Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Feisty Bentos #297 & 298: My long weekend

I spent the entirety of my long weekend essentially cooking and cleaning.  Wow, I didn't realize how that sounded until writing that just now.  It wasn't that bad.  I mean, I can't say I love cleaning, but I'm getting used to the concept that to achieve the super pleased feeling I receive when my tub is sparkling white and clean - x100 when my entire apartment is clean (which has never happene, to be completely honest) - well, to achieve that, I have two options: hire a cleaning lady (not going to happen; it's not that it's too expensive, but rather I don't like the idea of a stranger in my home touching my stuff) or actually clean.  Obviously... the latter will have to suffice.  Hahahaha. 


This was my dinner Sunday night.  Some leftover veggies serving as my "noodles" underneath a beautiful piece of salmon teriyaki.  After a cholesterol test, I was told I need to consume more Omega-3s to raise my good cholesterol - overall, my cholesterol is fine, but my good cholesterol is low, blah blah blah, which I don't see the need to raise them in that case.  Both my total number and my ratio is within healthy range -- if I raise my good cholesterol, won't that also just raise my overall cholesterol?  Seriously?  Whatever, I like salmon anyway and have been eating too much meat lately. 

To that end... I was at the doctor and he told me I gained a lot of weight in the past year, and need to lose it.  And fast.  I'm not getting younger and any excess weight is just not good at this critical point in my life, yadda yadda.  Freakin' a.  I'm a fatty once again.  How did this happen!?


Probably because of my cooking... and experimenting... and all that... in the past year.  Fark.  Anyway, here's yesterday's lunch.  SkippyMom was talking about sandwiches and I got a craving, so here is roast beef and mozzarella with roasted red peppers, a dab of mayo, on garlic & olive oil ciabatta from Trader Joe's.  (Just the bread is from TJ's!... oh, and the roasted red peppers.)  Along with a side of Caesar salad to help fill me up and keep me full.  Yum.


Today's lunch bento:
Top tier: Spanish chorizo chicken stew, sort of (recipe to come on Feisty Foodie); another piece of salmon teriyaki
Bottom tier: Not sure the English name, but on my receipt it said "yu choy" - steamed quickly and dab of "oyster sauce"


Tonight's dinner bento - a cut up Harry & David Royal Riviera pear and an old orange peeled quickly.  I think the orange might prevent the pear from browning too much, but I don't really care if it does or doesn't, as long as it tastes good :)  See?  Fresh fruit!  (And I'm going to eat another piece of salmon teriyaki when I get home, for protein, to restore my muscles after tonight's work out.)


That is a shot of the inside of my right elbow.  I have never had this happen to me before but I'm told it's quite common when people have their blood drawn.  It actually hurts, too.  And I look like a crackhead -- it doesn't help that I have eczema and tend to be an itchy kind of girl, and my left elbow has been on and off rashes - speckly rashes that have caused more than one friend to jokingly speculate that I've been shooting up, grrr - although thankfully it is currently off rash, and fine.  Oh well.  That bruise was twice as dark yesterday.  It's about 4" long and 1" wide.  Sick, right? 

Happy bento!!!  How was yourweekend?


  1. Your house is clean? I'll be right over with 2 messy dogs and my loose paper collection.

  2. Hahaha I guess it sounded that way, but no, my loose paper and unopened junk mail collection and my 2 messy dogs are still in full force & effect at my place :)

  3. Heh regarding the bruise, I get the same thing every time I have to have blood taken. What's even worse is when they can't find my vein so they have to stick me in both arms AND my hand... then I really look like a crackhead. ;)

  4. Your green veggie is named broccoli raab or rapini in English (or would that be Italian?).
    Broccoki raab is not related to broccoli ... it's related to turnips.

    The way you have prepared it looks delicious -- and is very healthy!

  5. I knew that those greens looked familiar, that is indeed Yu Choy, and it is called the "japaneese flowering green" due to the pretty little yellow flower that is in every bunch. I remember I didn't know what this was years ago until I went to a farmer's market and was experimenting with different types of greens to juice and I picked this up. This is one of the most nutritious greens you can eat! Enjoy!

  6. Jane, Keta - you're right, I did think it looked awfully familiar but when I shop at the Asian markets, I just assume I don't know what things without their English names listed are, haha. You know, it does look like broccoli rabe, but it does not taste like it. Maybe these are younger so they are more tender and less bitter? I didn't cook it for very long. I thought they might be Chinese broccoli actually. Thanks for the info ladies! :)