Dinner and bento – macaroni stir-fry

The dinner

I cooked this dinner: a stir-fry of macaroni, chicken thigh strips, sugar snap peas, baby corn, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and garlic with oyster sauce and soy sauce.

Macaroni, chicken and vegetable stir-fry - in the wok

I’d marinated the chicken (three boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into strips), with light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, a teaspoon of sugar, white pepper, a little corn flour and a little sesame oil. I rubbed the marinade into the chicken (really rubbed it in!) and then left it in the fridge to get yummy for a couple of hours. Jac used to think my pasta stir-fries were weird, but their tastiness eventually won her over. I don’t think stir-frying pasta is so strange – it’s just noodles after all! The funny thing is, I tend not to use the more noodle-like pastas for stir-fries – I don’t use spaghetti, linguine or fettucine, for example. I like using vegetable spirals, soyaroni or macaroni because it means I can eat the dish with a spoon. I think this love of eating with a spoon comes from a combination of laziness (it’s easy to eat – no carving involved) and gluttony (fast to eat – good when you are ravenous, which I usually am).

Macaroni, chicken and vegetable stir-fry

The bento

For our work bento the next day, I packed leftover macaroni stir-fry, a small salad (lettuce, baby carrots, cherry tomatoes and cucumber), and for sweets, orange wedges and jelly.

My Wednesday bento

I removed the peel and cut the orange into bite sized wedges and included an animal food pick for easy eating. They were navel oranges, of course, so no seeds. Regular readers will know very well I don’t do fruit with seeds – I always go for seedless watermelon, seedless grapes, and seedless oranges! The jelly was port wine-flavoured jelly, left over from a trifle Jac made for a barbie she attended on Australia Day (more on the trifle in a post coming up). I really enjoyed that wibbly wobbly jelly. Jac told me later she wasn’t so keen to begin with, but once she’d eaten the savoury items, that sweet, soft jelly was a perfect way to end the meal. She should have more faith in her lunch packer! Heheheh.

Salad, jelly and oranges close-up

About the bento animal food picks
In case any of you guys are interested, I bought the little dog and cat food picks from JBox.
They are from a set featuring five different designs, called NORI-NORI Animal Lunch Picks.

What I love about this macaroni dish is it tastes great hot or cold – very handy for bento or a picnic.

Close-up of my bento macaroni

Of course, I did include a note with Jac’s bento.

Jac's Wednesday bento

I don’t think I’ve mentioned what I call my little bento note cartoon cat – I’ve always called him “Tubby” in my head. I don’t think I’ve drawn his body before, and with the word “tubby” in my brain, my hand drew a very tubby Tubby.

My bento note to Jac

As usual, I protected the note with a little grease-proof paper. I GLAD-wrapped the jelly too – the messiness potential was just too great, I think. :)

Note protected and jelly wrapped

Thanks to the readers who sent me emails re: the devastating bushfires in Victoria. Jac and I are in Western Australia, far away from those fires, and we are fortunate that none of our friends or family have been affected thus far. The thought that some of the fires were deliberately lit (and also maybe deliberately re-lit, according to news reports) makes me immensely angry. Words fail me.

I’m going to be on my own again for the next couple of weeks. Jac flew out early Saturday morning. She’s gone over east to help a friend who’s having cancer treatment.

I have some stuff going on right now that is keeping me busy, which I can’t tell you about just yet. Don’t worry, everything is OK. It just means I’ve fallen behind a little with posts, and have fallen even more behind replying to your emails. I’ll catch up; I always do in the end. And I hope all of you guys, my dear readers, are OK. Even without bushfires and arsonists to deal with, I know it’s tough out there right now for a lot of people, with blizzards, floods, job cuts, family members and friends battling illness, and so on.

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