Told you I’d catch up eventually. 🙂
Above: Random lunch bento, which I ate at my computer while finishing my overdue paper. Sandwich wraps from Costco, stuffed olives, baby carrots, holiday chessman cookies (which I now realize are upside down), and a toothpick for the olives.
Above: I helped my out at my dad’s business for the last few days of break. This is a lunch bento that I brought: pasta with pesto, sundried tomatoes, and almonds; Costco chicken drumstick with plastic wrap handle; chili spiced corn; Israeli persimmon; Almond Roca candy.
Above: Not exactly a bento, but they were so much freaking work that I feel obliged to post them. These are deviled quail eggs that I made for my mom’s bible class. The class was learning about how God sent manna and quail to feed the Israelites in Exodus, and she thought it would be fun to bring in deviled quail eggs, since most of them are white American and have not eaten quail eggs before. On the day of her class, she was running down to the wire trying to finish her lesson plans, so I volunteered to make the eggs. 0.o. Let me just say: I am never EVER EVER doing this again. (I’m not sure my mom realized how crazy of a project it was when she thought of the idea). I had to use a baby spoon to scoop out the yolk of each teeny tiny little egg, and once I’d made the filling, I had to very delicately drop a spoonful back into each indentation. It took FOREVER. (To get a sense of the scale, look at the toothpicks – which are standard sized wooden toothpicks – in the bottom right of the container).
Above: Airplane bento for flying back to ND. In the sidecar: chicken salad (made with leftover Costco chicken – can you tell my family loves Costco?); In the main container: Onigiri filled with Chinese sausage, slices of pink orange, water crackers, ginger candy, a roasted chestnut, Lindt truffle ball, green tea mousse Pocky, packet of sesame fish crackers (hidden under the onigiri and orange).
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Today’s been a productive day. I stayed up quite late last night in order to bake a chocolate cake, as my roommates (S&C) and I had planned a surprise for M, whose birthday is today (I wanted to bake it after she’d gone to bed). This morning, I got up early, filled, frosted, and decorated the cake (and snuck a few too many tastes of whipped cream and ganache along the way), and made a special birthday lunch (stuffed tomatoes and pasta). The Birthday Girl came home around noon; we set the table for lunch, and made her stay out of the kitchen on the pretext that she shouldn’t help since it was her birthday. Meanwhile, S snuck upstairs and retrieved the flowers and card that I’d been hiding in my room all night, C surreptitiously got out the cake and lit the candles, I armed myself with my camera, and we all came out singing Happy Birthday. 🙂 I don’t think she was particularly astonished (we were acting so nervously when she came in that I’m sure she suspected something), but she did enjoy it, I think. Especially since (I’m pretty sure), as of yesterday, she thought we’d forgotten entirely. After a yummy lunch, topped off by big slices of chocolate cake and fresh whipped cream, I retreated upstairs, where I took a nap, ordered a birthday gift for my brother (yay for 50% IV alumni discounts), and banged out a poem for tonight’s workshop. All that’s left for me to do now is print my boarding pass / print poems, go to class, and pack.
California, here I come (right back where I started from)! I can’t wait for this Saturday – LTS, old friends, my boyfriend, creative writing, no snow…what more could I ask for on a January weekend?