I was so excited about last week’s pizza bento, that I posted a picture on my personal Facebook page. This resulted in an exchange between my mother and I where we decided to hold a small family pizza party at her house. I would bring the homemade pizza dough and a few toppings, and she would provide the rest of the toppings. We had a fabulous time.
Everyone made their own pizzas, and I’m proud to say everyone enjoyed it very much. I managed to get the dough rolled out thin enough to my dad’s liking (he likes his super thin). Everyone raved. Pizza parties are not just for kids.
I was so happy. I’m usually really nervous about feeding other people what I make. But this I knew I could do. Woot! Woot!
Today’s bento box showcases the pizza I brought home with me. It’s basically a meat lover’s pizza: groundmeat, pepperoni, and canadian bacon with two different types of cheeses. The rest of the box has tri-color roasted carrots, roasted broccoli, tangelo slices, dark chocolate/caramel pieces, and a new-to-me salad.
I’m not sure what to say about that salad yet. It’s an experiment from Bittman’s How to Eat Everything Vegetarian. Do you remember when I tried to eat more vegetarian a few years ago? Yeah, I know it wasn’t that much of a success, but it did teach me to eat some meatless meals now and again.
I keep trying recipes from this book: black beans with orange juice, crepes, tofu stir fry, particularly bad muffins, and some of the blandest, eggiest pancakes I’ve ever tried. I page through this book looking for options that I think might work, but everything seems to come out not quite right. I’m ready to give up.
I picked it up again this weekend to look for salad ideas. I have this notion that I want to try a new salad each week, especially after the pork and nectarine salad success.
In the book, I found a section on fruit-nut-cheese “salad” combos. “Why not?” I thought. Since I already had grapes and parmesan at the house, I picked up the accompanying suggested nut: pine nuts. I have a feeling this is going to be a waste of perfectly good pine nuts. Let’s all hope not okay?
Hopefully, I can report back this afternoon on my thoughts. If this doesn’t work, I’m giving up on this book.
In the meantime, don’t forget to check back at 2 p.m. today for the first “Grownup Reasons to Bento” post. I look forward to hearing your feedback.
Be the bento, everyone!