The new season of Arrested Development is on Netflix. Hubs and I wanted to catch up and rewatch the first three seasons but didn’t find time, so we’re not quite there yet, but over the weekend I saw several posts on Tastespotting about food inspired by the TV series. It’s fascinating because the food was invariably awful – from hot ham water to chicken in chicken sauce – but I managed to whip up two dishes that sounded good for this bento.
The first is the cornballs aka corn and edamame fritters. No one really knows what’s in the cornball recipe to go with the machine George Sr. marketed, but these have corn kernels, edamame, egg, rice flour, and spices, and then are fried. I should have used way more oil to really crisp them up, but had to keep this somewhat healthy. They have a miso-agave-lemon juice dressing in the tiny cup.
The other AD-themed food is a banana with nuts. I removed the giggle factor (remembering I teach in public school, thank you very much. I do in fact have both a sense of humour and boundaries), kept the banana in its peel to prevent browning, and put some Nutella and crushed cashews in a food cup to dip.
The other dish is a fennel and halloumi salad. I want some dried cranberries with them, but left them in my car which hubs took to his meeting. They’ll go on tomorrow.