Today, Mr. Toro gets a bento with leftover chicken meatball lasagna, garlic bread, and salad.
The bread is another Costco find...fresh from the bakery, this delicious bread has whole cloves of garlic baked right into the loaf. The garlic becomes soft and mellow from the baking process and makes the bread deliciously garlic-y without the added fat and calories of a garlic-butter spread. It comes in packs of 2 loaves, which is more than the two of us can handle fresh, but luckily enough, the bread freezes very well. I cut the loaves in half, put them in a freezer bag, and pop them in the freezer. To thaw, I just put the half loaf in the oven with whatever is cooking--the result is a nice warm bit of bread, nice and crusty on the exterior.
Just a note--freezer bags, when used for something like bread, last a LONG time...I keep reusing them until they split.
The salad is actually pretty simple, with just a bit of decorative flourish. It has a bed of red leaf lettuce, then a sprinkling of finely chopped cauliflower to make the cucumber fan stand out (rather than have green on green).
To make the fan, I cut a thick wedge of cucumber on the bias, then made thin slices to the base without cutting all the way through before fanning the slices out. Interleaved in between each slice is a thin segment of a grape tomato. The whole fan is balanced on another grape tomato, and the fan is flanked by a couple slices of baby carrot, cut on the bias.
A couple carrot heart cut outs are balanced on the bread for a quick midday way for me to tell Mr. Toro I love him :)
I have to admit now, in retrospect, looking at the big gap behind the bread, I wish I had put something there to fill the space with some color...too late!
2 exams down, 3 to go...the next one is tomorrow. Professional Responsibility is basically ethics for lawyers...go ahead, insert lawyer ethics jokes here ;)