I got a new (to me) bento box. The listing said it was in “like-new” condition. When it arrived it had a massive crack down the side and bottom of one tier. I got a refund and went to order a replacement. Then, I stopped and wondered if I could repair it. What glues were food friendly after they dried?
I googled and found out that Crazy Glue is, so I bought a tube of that for a dollar(the sellers let me keep the broken box, no point in paying to ship it back, so I might as well be the one to dispose of it, right? I will note I didn’t think of repairing until after we went through the whole refund process.
Well the crazy glue worked. It’s not the most beautiful repair, but it works. I think this bento will now hold up for some time. I recorded my repair effort, so I’ll be editing a video to show you all how I did it sometime in the near future on my zero-waste Youtube channel.
Anyway, this bento features Gardein, porkless something or another with sauce, and an assortment of produce from last week’s farmer’s market including peppers, brussel sprouts, and onions.
I got a chance to enjoy cooking a meal again! I made two of these and ate one for dinner last night, and I think it was scrumptious.
I had boiled potatoes last week because there was a gnat problem all over the house and I wanted to get the potatoes out of the open and into the fridge, so naturally these became mashed potatoes. I cooked the Morningstar Farms chick’n strips and all the produce the same way. I just used a wee bit of of Earth Balance but when that wasn’t giving me the golden color I wanted on a lot of the food, I added a bit of water to get things going. It didn’t go exactly according to plan but I love how the brussel sprouts turned out aesthetically. The other veggies I’d cooked up were eggplant, mini sweet peppers, sauteed onions, and lima beans, all from the local farmer’s market. I am not looking forward to winter when market closes up because that means I’m stuck with sub-par produce from the grocery store.
At market this past weekend, I saw a yellow cauliflower and knew I had to have it. The main reason I never really use cauliflower but generally opt for broccoli is because I just never felt like it made sense to have a white veggie in the same dish as a very likely white carb.
That said, there’s yellow squash in this bento, and I doubt you can even tell, so it was a pretty much a total failure, haha. I also have some carrots from market as well. I’m really trying to get the hang of how to make beautiful dishes from what I get from market. They’re generally very tasty, but the aesthetics just aren’t there. And without all the packaged stuff I’ve been depending on, or guaranteed ingredients for certain pops of color, it leads to a bit of a learning curve.
My lunch yesterday was a bit different than usual. I had leftover curry that I’d made for Monday but I also had a chance to make sugared cinnamon chickpeas. The recipe isn’t perfected so I won’t share it yet. I want the sweetness to me prevalent throughout the whole chickpea and I’m not there yet in the recipe.
For the curry I used a pre-made curry spice blend, eggplant, sweet pepper, potatoes, seitan and tomato. Basically anything I could get my hands on.
I’m pleased with how this bento turned out. I seasoned the chickpeas with a mixture of cayenne pepper and Old Bay, the rice with a vegan friendly beefsteak-plant furikake, and added in some home made pickles and cherry tomatoes. Simple but yummy!