Final box 2008?

Final bento of the year for me. Unfortuneatly my eaters go on winter hiatus soon, and I'll need to spend next week making our homemade holiday treats, so this will be the last bento for 2008 probably. I'll still be posting, I've got a couple of things I've promised to blog about so I hope to tide you over with those.

I didn't have a chance to come up with a good theme for this box, it's simply yummy steak goodness, that was extremely fast to put together, and a calorie friend bento to boot.

To start we have a nice Dijon herb crusted steak tenderloin. I used a bit of whole grain mustard mixed with the Dijon and a good bunch of herbs. I think this would ultimately have been better had I used a pork tenderloin. The beef tenderloin was a bit tougher than pork would have been. Alternatively, I could have cooked it slower to have things break down better.

Next we have a Roasted Cauliflower soup with Black Truffle Oil. I was gifted with a nice bottle of truffle oil and just haven't had the heart or opportunity to really use it, what better way than to share it with friends. It's not the prettiest soup out there I'll admit, but the earthy tones the truffle oil just really complements the taste of the roasted cauliflower. No cream in this one, just some onions, roasted garlic, and roasted cauliflower blended together with liquids.

For a salad I included a nice White bean and tomato salad. Very simple tossed in with some parsley, scallions and lemon. As I said this was one of my fastest lunch bentos to get put together. Not much else to say about it.

On dessert I chumped out and got these wonderful Quaker brand cookies. I'm not quite sure what they are, but they were next to the rice cakes, anyhow, a great low-cal sweet tooth satisfier.

I'm already at work on next years bento, I'm looking for a big backlog of themes that I can work from. So if any of you readers out there wanna help me out I'd really appreciate it! I know for sure we'll be going back to at least one traditional "bento" bento (I know I stretch the definition somewhat). Keep checking back, I owe you a post on that orion cooker.

Box Contents:
  • Dijon Herb crusted Beef Tenderloin
  • Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Black Truffle Oil
  • White Bean and Tomato Salad
  • Snack cookie thingies


Julie said…
You may have covered this before, but who are your eaters? Because if it's people you work with I'm applying now.
Ironjack said…
:) My eaters are actully my wife's co-workers from this post. The short of it, when my wife was telling her coworkers that I was going to start packing her lunch, they lamented that they'd like to have someone cook for them. Portioning for one is harder in that I have to keep extras of tidbits. It's easier to scale a recipe or concept up than it is to be wasteful and scale down.

Thanks for continuing to drop by!
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