They say happiness can’t be bought, but for me, happiness can come from a can. In this case, from a can of Black Pepper SPAM. A much maligned processed canned food product, SPAM is the definitive mystery meat. I mean, where else can you find meat that comes in blocks? But its mysterious nature notwithstanding, SPAM still brings me happiness, when it’s fried to a light crisp then served with rice.
Bringing that same happiness to my lunchbox are these little flower-shaped Black Pepper SPAM on rice. To make, I sliced the SPAM, cut with my vegetable cutters then lightly pan-fried both the flower-shapes and the slices I cut them out from. To avoid wasting anything, I simply hid the slices with holes under the rice.
To contrast against the SPAM, I also packed some cucumber slices (flower-shaped again), a bit of vinaigrette for the cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and weirdly enough, century egg wedges and spring onion stalks for the egg. Not quite a combination you’d think of but I wanted to eat century eggs that day. That’s the nice thing about being a grown-up. You can eat what you want, whenever you want. Unless the doctor says you can’t.
From our Tip Jar
Wondering what to do with leftovers from using veggie cutters? Don’t throw them away. Chop them into even-sized pieces for quick additions to sautÃ©ed dishes or fried rice. Or, you can still include them in your bento, just hide them under the other food.