Happy Easter to all those who celebrate it!!
This weekend was a real treat for us. We stayed at home and finally rolled our sleeves, took out the useless things and tidied up the mess at our place. I'd say it was about time :).
Now now, don't think I didn't cook (^.^)
In fact it was a perfect weekend for different kinds of fish, ramen and colorful breakfasts ;)
Let's start with breakfast! Njum njum...
Total time: 30'
Calories: 350 kcal / person
Ingredients:- 1 medium carrot, cut in circles
- 2 tbs of Goat Fresh Cheese
- 4 Radish lumps
- a few stems of Broccoli
- a few Smoked Bacon strips
- 2 handfuls of Rocket salad
To dye the eggs
- 1 cup of Red Cabbage, chopped (blue)
- 1 ts of Vinegar (pink)
- 1 ts of Turmeric powder -Curcuma (yellow)
To decorate the chickens
- Nori sheet
I got my inspiration for this breakfast from Anna The Red and from my many bento researches online. Here are the original instructions how to dye eggs and make chickens.
- COLORED EGGS
- Start with boiling the eggs - hard boiled. If you put the egg in the pan while the water is still warm you will diminish the chances of shell rupture during boiling. (6')
- Chop the red cabbage to thin pieces, and place it into two small bowls. Add the curcuma powder in a third bowl. Cover each bowl with hot water. After 5 minutes strain the liquid from the red cabbage bowls, since leaving pieces inside will result in nonuniform colored eggs. Add the vinegar to one blue bowl - it will turn it pink immediately.
- When the egg cools down, remove the shell and immerse it in the colored liquids for at least 10 minutes. Make sure the egg is completely covered, or turn it from time to time.
- Make two yellow, one blue and one pink egg for this bento.
- Cut the beak and crown out of a carrot strip. Cut with a sharp knife a small incision in the egg, there where the crown and beak should go. Place the carrot in the incision.
- Cut the eyes out of the nori sheet and carefully place them on the chicken.
- I added some legs out of carrot strips as well.
- Cut carefully small surface circles from the radish with a knife. Easy as that :)
- For more complex mushrooms click here.
- Mold small eggs with the fresh goat cheese.
- Boil the broccoli for a couple of minutes.
- Cut flowers out of the carrot circles using a cookie cutter or a knife.
- Prepare the rocket salad for serving.
- Fry the bacon strips on a non sticking pan until crisp. (I usually don't use any oil for this, since the fat from the bacon will give enough grease by itself)
- For the blue colored eggs, the temperature of the water is crucial. Higher temperatures will give you a clear blue color. Lower temperatures will fade it to violet.
- Boil more water for coloring the eggs, you can use the rest of it to boil the broccoli ;)