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!

2 comments:

  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. :)

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  2. The Asian peanut cakes sound quite a bit like the Mexican peanut candy that is available everywhere in California. http://www.amazon.com/Rosa-Marzipan-Peanut-Candy-Packs/dp/B0000ICLKY/ref=sr_1_1?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1426290847&sr=1-1&keywords=De+La+Rosa

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

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