Character Bento

10 06 2009

Here’s my second attempt at creating characters out of food for my bento. This one features a bear, a person and little pacman aliens. Carrot and seaweed were used for the eyes and the faces were leftover soy-dama.

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Food box for the week

10 06 2009

We ordered our vegetables this week from a online Japanese Vegan Organic food delivery company called Warabe Mura. Here’s what we got:

warabe_orderDelivered to our front door straight from the organic farm we have carrots, onions, potatoes, bok choy, japanese spinach, spring onions, lettuce, radishes as well as nutritional yeast, brown rice instant meals, wholemeal bread, B12 tablets and seitan. While we normally eat a lot more vegetables than this in a week (and more variety), we have plenty of protein fillers like black soybeans, soy mince, frozen tofu and seitan to make our meals this week more interesting.

This week our meals have included:

Cheezy Pasta (Pasta a la benoit)
Tofu and Miso bok choy stirfry
Soy mince and spinach curry
Black soybean chille with rice

TVP soy-dama “meatballs” and spaghetti

soydama_pastaHere’s how we made the soy-dama “meatballs”

To 1 cup of TVP (soy mince) add 1 teaspoon of vegie stock, 1 cup of hot water, 2 tablespoons of tomato sauce, 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 1/4 of an onion, minced and 1 teaspoon each of black pepper, basil and oregano. Allow the TVP to absorb the liquid then let it cool.

Once it is cool, add 1 cup breadcrumbs and 2 tablespoons of flour. Mix well.

Roll tablespoon amounts of the mince into balls and coat with cornflour. Fry in a pan with 4 tablespoons of vege oil. Once cooked, place in oven to stay warm while the pasta cooks and the tomato sauce is prepared. Makes 16 dama/balls.

Note: dama means ball in Japanese, so these are soy-balls, soy-dama.