Thursday, January 13, 2011

Dukkah Crusted Salmon Bento ~

I grabbed a shot of my Bird of Paradise and the sun was already setting when I noticed it. I wanted to get a picture before the freeze if we should get it. The colors were so vibrant, and I got it in the bloom before it had some of the die offs. I love how it has the purple which looks brighter in person.

I just popped in to let you know that I am still here. I've have been posting more on my recipe blog, but my heart is here on my bento blog. For those of you who read both I hope you don't mind if you see a few repeat photos.

A little while back I posted my Dukkah Crusted Salmon and it was quite a large piece of salmon. For bento makers this is okay because you can always use it in a bento for lunch. I make my own dukkah and it makes a lot so I keep it in the freezer and just pull it out when I want to use it. It is great with some crusty bread dipped in a good olive oil, or toss it on top of a salad. It works wonderful with chicken too you can check out my chicken breast with goat cheese and dukkah.

The left over salmon was what I used for this bento.

I have here broccoli, apple half, star fruit (which is so nice for bentos) I loved this one the flavor was so good. In the pink flower cup I have a handful of umbrella cookies from the Asian store, I love these because they are not very sweet.

The salmon and grape tomatoes are sitting on a watercress salad ! In the side dish I have My mom's rice pilaf . I didn't realize I had used so many recipes that I've already posted. Well that makes it easy if you want to make it yourself!

We've had some very clear days this winter, which I guess we usually do. The summer is when all that warm air builds up the clouds that come across the land and afternoon showers come falling down. Not now though...crystal blue skies, over white sand beach, what could be better? Crescent beach is the closest beach to our house, about 5 minutes away. We really should ride our bikes there.

For some reason this time of year is when we can find the sea urchins washed up on shore. Then I need a bag to carry these. They are not alive, the ones that I take home.

My mom's rice pilaf has sliced almonds and rosemary, vermicelli and broth make it oh so nice, perfect for company, and great for leftovers!

There were a lot of sponges and little conch shells on the beach too that day, but I didn't take any conch since they were still alive.

I thought the seahorse pick would work well here, it came with a coral, and shell'll see those another time. Actually they are corn cob picks, or holders.

Last year I made this "jellyfish" from a sea urchin shell, I've made many into sea urchin shell snowmen.

I've added a photo of my sea urchin "snowman"

Shell angels I make from the scallop shells that I collect throughout the year...I have many of those too.

Another sea urchin shell, but not from around here. I picked this up at The Green Turtle, it was so pretty and pink!
The shells are so pretty when the lights shine through all the little dots and designs that nature gave it.

I hope to be around more often or you can see what I've been up to on my other blogs!

See you soon!


  1. Looks so tasty! I would love to have this. Your handmade Christmas ornaments are so pretty and very creative! I bet the entire tree looks fabulous :)

  2. Hi, Lindsey! Love to have you back in bentoing :D. Wow, seems you had a wonderful Christmas ^^

  3. Hello. These boxes are little jewels! I think I visited here before, marveling at such lovely lunch presentations. Glad we hooked up through Steamy Kitchen.


  4. Thanks Lia, I'm glad you visited and enjoyed them!

    Ta, thank you so much. Nice to know you guys are sticking with me! :D

  5. I heard salmon is so good for you! a very healthy meal and beautiful ornaments!

  6. Oh! I have to try some of your recipes!!!! Your bento looks delicious! I love your Christmas shell ornaments, what a great way to make use of them. Makes me realize that I need to get to the beach more often! ^_^

  7. Lyndsey, my mom makes similar sea urchin and seashell crafts too. So funny. I have the same angel hanging on my tree :) Delicious bento and love your tropical shots!

  8. Sounds like a great bento! I love those Christmas ornaments from the shells and sea urchin! So creative!

  9. Kathleen, it so nice of you to visit me back. I am happy to meet you, thanks!

    mr.pineapple man, yes salmon is good to eat and good for you! Thanks!

  10. Ohayo Bento, thanks, I hope you get a chance to, I try to make my recipes simple. Let me know.

    Sherimiya, thanks, I knew you'd like the Beachy stuff! Cool that you have the same ornaments!

    Peggy, thank you so much, I'm glad you enjoyed the shell crafts! :D

  11. Oh Boy! I love new recipes! and your beach looks so very inviting! I want to come and play with you! Love your ornaments and that first picture of the flower is just beautiful!

  12. Your bento box looks so delicious! It's making me crave your mom's rice pilaf. And I love the ornaments you made--so creative.

  13. Oh Lyndz, those swirl biscuit!!! That is 'Lam Yu' biscuit. Did you get those at the Asian market too? Next time, I have to try making biscuit with 'Lam Yu' too. 'Lam Yu' is a kind of red fermented beancurd. You can get those at the Asian market as well. It's cheap! And you can also use them in making chicken/pork stew, stir fried vegetables or fried chicken.

  14. Susan B: thank you!

    Lisa: Come on down and visit! Hope you enjoy the recipes.

    Jenna: thanks you. My mom's rice pilaf is so easy to make and it will make any meal special.

    Kristy: yes I got the swirl biscuits at an Asian market. I love them. Thanks for all your good tips. I always learn so much from you!

  15. Sorry, coming late to this party! Lovely feast of a post...beautiful ornaments! Rice pilaf looks to pure and flavorful, wow! And wow to all of these gorgeous images of your tropical paradise...they really warm up a chilly evening here!

  16. I love your ornaments. The flower is lovely; a friend from down south was just bragging to me about his birds of paradise being in bloom. I was quite jealous as I shiver in my 30F weather.

  17. Look at that 'Bird of Paradise', simply beautiful! And wow, you made those ornaments yourself...! That's really cool :D)!


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