Wendy Copley, author of the blog Wendolina, does something very special for her two boys every morning. She packs them lunch -- amazingly adorable bento-box-style lunches, that is. Why does she do it? A true crafter at heart, she couldn't bear to relinquish her creativity to her busy schedule. When her kids started school, she decided to put in a few extra minutes to make a necessary chore a lot more exciting. "It’s also a way for me to send them a little love while they're at school," she says. Read on to see 12 of her best bentos -- they're easy enough for you to try at home!
We're in love with the fish taco. They're quick to make, crunchy and satisfying to eat at any time of the year. And the variations are endless: What type of seafood to use? Grilled, or fried or roasted? With corn or wheat tortillas? Then there's the sauces and slaws -- everyone can customize their taco just so. Use our recipes as a starting point for your dinnertime adventures.
These hulled pumpkin seeds are tossed with lime juice for zing and chili powder for spice (we like arbol for its extra kick), and then toasted into a crunchy -- and addictive -- appetizer. Counter the heat by washing them down with a refreshing Mexican beer.
This recipe rebuilds the salad, reimagining it as crostini: Parmesan and dressed escarole (in place of romaine) are piled on top of white anchovies, which are cured in vinegar and oil and have a mild flavor.
Marinating fish in citrus adds vibrant flavor, and the juice's acid turns the flesh opaque and firms up its texture. Combined with bright aromatics, these dishes are cool, light, and simple to make. Fresh fish is key to ceviche; ask for the best at your fish market.
This fried chicken is soaked in a mix of buttermilk, onion, and garlic before being battered and fried. It is then finished with lavender flowers and drizzled with honey from Wyebrook (which produces only a small amount each year) or surrounding farms.
Making puff pastry takes a certain amount of skill and practice. For the best results, weigh the ingredients accurately. Be sure to allow the pastry enough time to rest and chill between rollings. If you want a less rich pastry, you can substitute water for all or half of the heavy cream.
Transform plain cooked chicken into a fresh and lively salad perfect for a picnic, brown-bag lunch, elegant luncheon, or light dinner. Find recipes for chicken salad sandwiches with the sweet crunch of grapes and celery, Asian chicken salads with sweet soy or cilantro dressing, curried chicken salads in light yogurt dressing, chicken Caesar and Cobb salads, and many more.