HOME      CONTACT      KATE'S GLOBAL KITCHEN      COOKBOOK PROFILES      GLOBAL DESTINATIONS      I LOVE DESSERTS      SHOPPING      SEARCH


 

Cookbook

 

Bento Box: About the Recipes

 

Can a lunchtime soup and sandwich—a tonic on a winter day—be transformed into on elegant repast? This bento shows how easily everyday foods can be elevated to a new level of sophistication with the careful execution of a few cooking and presentation techniques.

Here, we've brought a grown-up aesthetic to one of our favorite childhood combinations tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. The soothing comfort of this simple meal is still there, but the culinary context is made more interesting through new and different ingredients and accompanying dishes our mothers never served us: sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, a sprightly dish of spinach with a Japanese accent, and a clever second "sandwich" of swordfish stuffed with fresh herbs.

Our grilled ham and cheese sandwich is classic but the pyramidal presentation literally elevates it into a different context. The soup is also utterly simple: sun-dried and fresh tomatoes and roasted red bell peppers are simmered in chicken stock, puréed, and served hot or warm. (The basil garnish is also something that canned soup never enjoys.)

We have balanced the round flavors of the soup and sandwich with the slight astringency of fresh spinach, heated just to wilt, and then lightly dressed with soy sauce and sesame oil and sesame seeds. Though this was not part of our childhood lunches, we have found that kids actually love spinach this way it is a beautiful glistening green with the nuttiness of sesame seeds.

The second sandwich in this bento is a quick and tempting presentation of swordfish you will want to use on many occasions. A thick fillet is cut in half filled with fresh dill, tarragon, and parsley, wrapped in plastic wrap, and then steamed for just a few minutes. The flavorful and aromatic package cooks in its own essences and adds a rich and luxurious flavor as well as an exciting visual component to the bento.

 

From:
Simple Menus For The Bento Box
By Ellen Greaves & Wayne Nish
William Morrow & Company, Inc.
ISBN: 0-688-14204-4
Hardcover $25.00
Recipes Reprinted by permission.

 

Simple Menus For The Bento Box

Recipes

 


Cookbook Profile Archive

 
 

This page created October 1998


The Global Gourmet
The Global Gourmet®
Main Page

 

Shamrock
Irish Recipes for
St. Patrick's Day

   Clip to Evernote

Bookmark and Share

 

Twitter: @KateHeyhoe

 
Search this site:

Advanced Search
Recent Searches


Departments

Kate's Global Kitchen
Kate's Books
Cookbook Profiles
Global Destinations
Holiday & Party Recipes
I Love Desserts
On Wine
Shopping

Caffeine and You Caffeine and You
cooking kids Cooking with Kids
new green basics New Green Basics

Archives
Conversions, Charts
   & Substitutions
Search

About the
Global Gourmet®
   Contact Info
   Advertising
   Feedback
   Privacy Statement

Recent Cookbooks

Cooking Italian
175 Home Recipes
4-Hour Chef
Bakery Cookbook
Barefoot Contessa
Bouchon Bakery
Burma: Rivers of Flavor
Cake Mix Doctor
Comfort Food
Craft of Coffee
Crazy Sexy Kitchen
Daily Cookie
Fifty Shades Chicken
French Slow Cooker
Frontera - Rick Bayless
Gluten-Free Quick & Easy
Jerusalem: A Cookbook
Kitchen Science
Lidia's Favorite Recipes
Make-Ahead and Freeze
Modern Milkshakes
Modernist Cuisine
Mystic Cookbook
Paleo Slow Cooking
Picky Palate
Pop Bakery
Practical Paleo
Quick Family Cookbook
Saltie
Sensational Cookies
Smitten Kitchen
Southern Living Recipes
Sweet Life in Paris
Trader Joe's Vegetarian
True Food
Whole Larder

More Cookbooks

 

Kitchen & Home
Markdowns

 
.

Copyright © 1994-2013,
Forkmedia LLC

 

 


cat toysCatnip Toys
 

Kitchen & Home
Markdowns

 
,