Bento #106 marked my 3 year bento anniversary!
Really? Yes, honestly!

Première Bento (#1) served as a picknick for two on June 16th, 2007. It sounds like such a long time ago!

I’d like to celebrate this milestone with a small giveaway, which you can read about further along. Let’s put the spotlight on today’s bento! Not that it’s anything spectacular; I didn’t want to stay up all night like Pikko did for her 500th Bento Adventure! LOL

Bentoversary Bento #106, 17-06-2010

Left tier: Russian salad (huzarensalade; potato, yoghurt, corn, gherkin, carrot, celery, red onion and spices) on red lettuce, half a boiled egg, 2 tiny toms from our windowsill and basil.

Right tier: Italian salsa (skinned & chopped plum tomatoes with lots of fresh basil, ground pepper, slices of sundried tomato and FairTrade Sundried Tomato spice mix with pepper and olive), pearl onions preserved in balsamic vinegar, radish slices and indulgent nut mix: pecans and almonds coated in sugar & spices (I’ve been meaning to post a recipe…).

On the side: yoghurt with nectarine; red bell pepper.

Organic & local: bell pepper, radish, celery
Organic: potato, pickled onions, egg, yoghurt
About 9 ww propoints

Bento #106 packed

Here’s my lunch packed away in the lovely sakura bento bag I recently received from a kind soul. I couldn’t resist showing it of! ;)

Now, about the giveaway. As you might have gathered from Graasland, bento-ing is not my only hobby. Among other things I also like cooking in general and books. So, how would you like to win a copy of the book: The Decorative Art of Japanese Food Carving by Hiroshi Nagashima?

Cover Decorative Food CarvingI treated myself to it after a raving review of Sheri from Happy Little Bento. The Japanese switchback cut that I posted a how-to of came from this book! Now I’d like to inspire someone else by giving away a copy…

So to be eligible for this prize you just have to comment on this post, and answering the following question:

How long have you been bento-ing yourself (and do you remember what your first box contained)?

If you’re NOT a bento-er:

Would you like to try it sometime (and why)?

Hey, I’m a curious grrl! And don’t forget: make sure I’ll know how to contact you when you win!

The giveaway ends on July 1st 23:59 GMT+1.

Note: The Decorative Art of Japanese Food Carving is almost, but not completely vegetarian.