Monday bento

Jac told me not to worry about making up a bento box for her last Monday; she just took a serve of macaroni cheese to work for her lunch. So in my bento box I packed: leftover macaroni cheese, crispy fried turkey SPAM cubes with fresh cherry tomatoes, honey and mustard carrots, blanched snow peas and sugar snap peas, baby corn spears and sliced cucumber. I also cut up some seedless watermelon and papaya, for afterwards. I made a vague snow pea sprout “fence” between the macaroni cheese and SPAM and cherry tomatoes and quite liked the effect – it looked like there were sprouts growing between the two dishes.

My Monday bento

I made the honey and mustard carrots on Sunday afternoon. I don’t even think of this as a recipe, it’s so simple.

Monday Bento

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Honey and mustard carrots
Slice carrots, then steam them. They should cooked but firm, no longer hard or crisp, definitely not mushy (if mushy, they’ve been overcooked!). Place honey and Dijon mustard in a bowl and mix thoroughly to form a sauce. Place the hot cooked carrots in the bowl with the honey and mustard and mix until carrots are coated with the sauce. As I wanted them more sweet than mustardy, I used roughly 1 1/2 tablespoons of honey to 1/2 tablespoon of mustard for one fairly large carrot. Season with pepper if desired (I didn’t on this occasion). Serve hot as a side dish with dinner, or allow to cool completely if packing into a lunch box.

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