Monday, March 9, 2015

Temari Rabbit 2-Tier Bento #3

Baby carrots, grape tomatoes, celery sticks, a silicone rectangular cup with Ädelost (soft Swedish blue cheese), gingerbread, a packet of peanut cakes, blackberries, and strawberry chunks.

The cheese and gingerbread are from lyktabento. She said they were meant to be eaten together. I was somewhat baffled, and it took guts to give that one a try, but it actually turned out to be really good! It was a strong flavor, and I couldn't eat all that I'd packed, but I enjoyed it and finished the rest later. I wondered if the gingerbread wouldn't be like other gingerbread I'd eaten, and so would not be like putting cheese on a cookie, but it was rather like putting cheese on a cookie. I decided that if cheesecake can have a graham cracker crust (and what is a graham cracker if not a cookie pretending to be a cracker?) it made at least some sense.

If I'd had a hard boiled egg or something I would have thrown that in, but instead I put in the packet of peanut cakes I bought from the Asian market over the weekend. (I went a little crazy there; you'll see kind of a lot of new Asian things from me for a while.) If you open the packets they crumble, so I just left them as is, but they're pretty nice--just peanuts mashed with a little sugar, so kind of like very dry peanut butter.

Thanks again, lytkabento!


  1. It did sound like a weird combination to us Swedes too when it was introduced some years (5? 10? Can't remember!) ago, but now it's a staple snack for most people at christmas. I love it! Cheese is often nice with sweet things like fruit and marmalades, so why not cookies? I once knew a girl who loved to put cream cheese on chocolate cookies, but that was a bit too weird for me. :)

  2. The Asian peanut cakes sound quite a bit like the Mexican peanut candy that is available everywhere in California.

    It's very sweet, dry, crumbly and delicious. It's interesting how the same foods show up in different cultures and countries.