September 14, 2010
The whole family have been sick for the most of the week. Hubz is a bit better now , I still have this annoying sore throat and girls are recovering. I was mostly cooking light food and soups but today I decided for something more tasty.
This time I was inspired by my dad. Back in time living with my parents, Saturday was usually the “restaurant-bought food day”. Dad was very nice and he always tried different restaurants and cuisines , bringing a variety of meals for us to try. Last weekend I was so drowsy I wished we would have such “take away” restaurants here in Finland and I wouldn´t need to cook when sick.
So I particularly remembered this Syrian-Lebanese restaurant and its food. Arab cuisine is enchanting with so many spices and aromas. I really enjoy it and I tried to cook something that would remind those meals I had .
And talking about Middle-East, the bento for the girls features Princess Peach as a playable character as seen in the game Super Mario bros 2 (US version) . For those who are not aware of such “details”, SMB2 is a redesign of a game called “ Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic” . In the original game play, the adventure takes place in a book with an Arabian setting, explaining pretty much the elements we see in the Super Mario bros version.
The bento contents: Mjadra rice (rice with green lentils, cumin and caramelized onions), kibbeh ( bulgur, minced meat and spices “meatball”), plain Turkish yoghurt dip, cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks, roasted pistachios. Princess Peach made with nori, cheese and turkey ham. “Radish” and Pokey (the green spiky enemy) made of cucumber and nori.
The small box have cherry tomatoes, peach cubes and red grapes.
Update: In case you are wondering, it was indeed a heavy meal for a convalescent. Girls ate the fruits and veggies, “the princess” , the yoghurt but left most of the rice and meat. Though, I am still happy ^_^