Tuesday, March 17, 2009
My First Carrot Kinpira
I love carrots in any form so I've been wanting to try carrot kinpira, a traditional bento 'filler', for several weeks now. The obstacle was "matchstick-size carrot pieces". Well finally this morning at 5 a.m. I decided to face the matchsticking. It is indeed time-consuming. I wonder if there's a 'matchstick-carrot' setting on any food processor I could afford?!
But from there, it was so easy: tiny amount of sesame oil, stir fry about 4 minutes, tiny splash of soy sauce, sprinkle of sugar if you like (I left that out), fry a little more and done. I think these are going to be really good.
Jan also has: Savoy cabbage stir fried with a splash of mirin and red pepper flakes, skewers of bratwurst leftover from barbecue Sunday evening and cherry tomatoes; crispy corn cakes, cheese, apple slices with fairy sprinkles, and a brownie bite.
Egg salad with jalapeno, sesame sushi rolls, sweet pepper slices with a bottle of ume plum vinegar; kinpira, apple slices with fairy sprinkles, and a brownie bite.
I got the apple-sprinkles idea from Maisie's Bento, a blog by a mom who makes the cutest little lunches for her daughter Maisie.
I had briefly contemplated a St. Patrick's Day bento but...imagination failed me. I bet there are some amazing ones out there though; I'm going to search for them later today.