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Salmon Veggie Bento

Last week, Amazon finally decided to grace me with their presence again, reactivating my Amazon Associates account after I was cut off when Linda Lingle’s online tax law was nearly put into effect. It never did, but thanks to that little “scare”, Amazon didn’t need to pay me any associates fees for all of July. Well, whatever, time to make up for it. 😀

Salmon Veggie Bento

Today’s lunch is another KUT bento, using canned Alaskan salmon mixed with some olive oil mayo as the protein and the cherries and pasta as my carbs. I didn’t eat any bread, so I ate the salmon mixture with the lettuce, carrots, and broccoli.

The Ranier cherries are freaking fabulous! They’re so sweet! I’m a big fan of cherries and I learned a lesson buying cherries at Costco. Apparently the term “Dark Cherries” is code for “Crappier Than Bing, But Sure Looks Similar Cherries”. Anyway, I mixed the can of salmon with about 1 Tb of the reduced fat olive oil mayo and it crumbled very nicely.

This type of canned salmon is thankfully boneless. The first time I bought a can of salmon I was like, ewww, gross, the bones are in here! Even worse, they were all soft, so I assume you’re supposed to eat them. Maybe it’s healthy or something, but either way, yuck! I put the lettuce leaf in first, then spooned in the salmon mixture. The carrot sticks and broccoli were great for propping up the lettuce. Finally, I put the cherries in.

I bought Dead Until Dark so that I have something to read while I wait for Breaking Dawn to come in, which should be tomorrow. I’d forgotten about the premise of True Blood and was actually surprised that the basic story of Twilight is such a blatant rip-off of Sookie Stackhouse. For those too young to read these novels or watch this HBO porn show, Sookie is a human woman with a unique ability: she can read minds. One day, she meets Bill (who she doesn’t fear, by the way), a vampire whose thoughts are completely unavailable to her. This silence is basically why Sookie falls in love with Bill. Also, she’s a virgin. Sound familiar?

I dunno, maybe there’s some lawsuit filed by Charlaine Harris that I just don’t know about or something. lol

I’d been getting frustrated trying to find a good version of Bella’s Lullaby in piano on YouTube so I decided to dig out Mr. Pikko’s Rhapsody and was so happy to find Twilight Piano Lullaby Hits, which I haven’t found much on Google about. It’s not even a hard copy CD, you can only download the MP3 album. I liked it so much that I wrote a review for it, something I don’t do very often. Listen to Bella’s Lullaby – A Walk In the Forest and Edward’s Song – Northern Lights, both are truly beautiful. Carter Burwell will sound like a complete noob to you afterwards.

My review:

I found this album while searching on Rhapsody for a good piano version of Bella’s Lullaby and was extremely happy with what I heard because while Carter Burwell did compose a decent melody for Bella’s Lullaby in the original Twilight score, it never quite grasps the gentle, beautiful, peaceful overtones that you imagine Edward feels when he composes this song for Bella with Esme and Alice. When I heard it for the first time, it just didn’t seem to fully capture the depth of his love for Bella and the easing of a deep loneliness he’d felt for nearly a century.

However, the version on this album, titled A Walk in the Forest, is exactly what I would have expected to hear in a Twilight movie done by a better director, written by a better screenwriter, and produced by a better studio. It’s delicate, romantic, and calming; something you could easily play for your little ones to go to sleep and therefore making it a true lullaby collection. Edward’s Song – Northern Lights is probably my favorite on the entire album.

All of the tracks carry the same peaceful tone and you can truly imagine Edward composing or playing any of these songs, making it the perfect musical companion to Midnight Sun. I highly recommend people buy this when Midnight Sun is published, as I can see it making Edward’s first experience with love all the more intriguing and heartbreaking.

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  • eanglin

    The bones are, indeed, very very good for you- they are a really good source of calcium! Salmon with the bones in it usually also has skin left in it too, and the skin is amazingly rich in the Omega-3 Fatty acids everyone wants.

    Both skin and bones usually break up very readily and are almost undetectable in things like salmon croquettes or burgers, but if you *really* can’t stand the idea, try tipping the salmon out into a colander or strainer to drain and pick over. The meat is usually in 3-4 big, mostly whole chunks and its easy to lift out the bones and wipe or wash away the skin. Press dry and you are good to go, and you know you are getting better quality meat and not the mysterious ‘trimmings’ you get in boneless, skinless cans.

    I couldn’t stand to eat the bones and skins at first but then I reminded myself that I *love* salmon skin in sushi, so I braced myself and actually tried nibbling on a couple of the bones- Pretty tasty and yes, they crumble away practically at a touch. (Different brands may vary.)

    You should also look at weather or not you are buying wild caught or farm raised salmon. I find the wild tastes nicer and most sources I have read agree that it is better for you.

  • My mom always made a game of it and left the bones in for croquets. The first kid to find a disc from the spine was the winner. I had no idea about the skin until I was grown and making my own salmon croquets for the hubby…. he insists that all skin and bones be removed.

  • I love your work!! Its stunning

  • Lindsay

    I have been waiting for someone to say that about Twilight and Sookie novels! I have been watching True Blood and recognized the similarities then, but I just started reading the books and it’s even more evident there. I mean there are differences, Bill doesn’t sparkle…but still. There’s something about that Sam Merlotte too…reminds me of a Sam in the Twilight books…

  • Lindsay

    great bento btw! That’s originally why I was here…and I got very excited about the Twilight Sookie thing.

  • So I totally bought those ranier cherries from costcos today for the very first time and I’m hooked! I’ve never seen them before in my life, and today of all days you boast about them. What a coincidence. I did buy their dark sweet cherries as well, and they were good too! This of course is coming from a person who doesn’t normally like cherries.

    I recently started watching the True Blood series; I am on Season 1 episode 7. I was shocked at all the similarities between it and twilight. And twilight is almost the same thing, just a watered down version for kids. I’m definitely going to have to read the series for that one as soon as I save up enough $$

  • If you get the large cans of salmon they will probably have bones. Carefully “open” the salmon up to find the backbone and most the bones will come out with it. But they’re so soft that you can eat them, they’ll almost seem to dissolve when you mush them for salad.

    Get the little tuna-sized cans of salmon (which are more expensive) and they’re usually bone-free.

  • Danny

    Where’s the winner of the 500K contest? It’s been 2 WEEKS since you said you’d announce the results.

  • You didn’t ate much today, if you didn’t have bread with it. Slimming down the vegas buffet?