This bento is truly for the kitchen-adverse Lazy Sunday Duchess in all of us, aka when stirring, flipping, or doing anything more than pushing a damn button seems to verge on manual labor. It also features freaking amazing, Spicy Cumin Squash Pickles from local food artisan Stormy T’s! I only needed to pack two bento this week since I’m heading to San Francisco for work, so I could afford to be generous with the lobster meat.
BENTO CONTENTS: Roasted sweet potato stuffed with (1) shredded carrots (2) Stormy T’s Spicy Cumin Squash Pickles (3) lobster claw meat (4) topped with pickle brine and Kewpie Deep Roasted Sesame Mayo #thegoodstuff. All on a bed of spinach.
How did I make this? Took a massive sweet potato, ratcheted the oven up to 400 degrees, roasted the potato for about an hour on a strip of foil. Put some spinach down in two bento, cut the sweet potato in half, then split both halves. Shredded a carrot, unscrewed the top of the pickle jar, scraped out some succulent claw meat, and shoved it all in the potato. Upended some Kewpie and brine. Easy-peasy with a ton of nutrition and flavor, not to mention LOBSTAH CLAW.
I also want to shine a light on Stormy T’s, a small-batch pickler in San Luis Obispo! I saw his Facebook page and knew I had to get in on this. I mean, CUMIN SQUASH PICKLES? Obviously I need some of those! And they were even more phenomenal than I’d imagined, sweet and spicy with that unmistakable cumin kick. Yeah, I just used the word “phenomenal” to describe a pickle, and I’d do it again. I also picked up a jar of spicy brussels sprouts pickles and will be hitting him up for some gingered golden beet pickles soon!
And you won’t find these magical pickles in stores, at least not yet. I had to contact the food artisan himself and meet up downtown on Higuera to procure the jars. You can get some pickles of your own if you visit the Stormy T’s Facebook page! Stormy offers a big variety of creative pickles, all described and pictured on the website. If you’re into pickles or are looking for an easy way to get more veggies in your lunch box, you might as well do it right and get a quality product, and you might as well support a friendly, creative and clearly talented food artisan.
Speaking of local: Night Riots, a band that started in SLO county but has since gotten all kinds of successful, just released their first music video as a bona fide signed group. It too is phenomenal. I remember when I was a derpy high school student watching them play at the local bowling alley, totally enraptured; I may be a fancy lawyer now but I won’t lie, watching this video took me way, way back. Just wait for the drop at 43 seconds in, it’s pretty kickass.
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