12 Appetizer, Base ingredient, Bento, Cakes, and Side dish recipes with Arugula, Chili powder, Dried onion, Light cream cheese, Mirin, Mustard, Olive oil, Red pepper, Smoked salmon, and Walnuts

Red pepper "pesto" sauce

Red peppers are my favorite vegetables—they are crunchy, but also can be cooked soft, and have a sweet aroma that you can twist easily with additional spices. I needed lately some pasta sauce, and decided to experiment with red pepper pesto sauce, it turned out amazing and I think you will like that too! :-)

Sushi-like rolls

Can you imagine, there was the time I didn't want to eat sushi, because of the raw fish?! Well, that's true, shame on me. Lots of shame. On me. Agreed...

Knowing that, I decided to make a recipe for sushi-like rolls, that look and taste close to sushi, but... are not raw! Nothing in this recipe is raw, and that also means that you can keep them safe longer at the room temperature, place in your bento, take for a picnic or just offer them as a healthy snack for people didn't discover yet the ingenuity of Japanese cuisine! ;-)

Orange cheese-tart

I didn't plan to make this cake at all, what I did plan was apple tart with apricot jelly... Well, sometimes I just change my mind, especially while experimenting in the kitchen :-) The result is interesting, refreshing and citrusy! :-) If you don't like the strong orange aroma, you can replace them with any soft and sweet fruit: peaches, pears, and apricots should do fine!

Salami frittata

Hot, savory and full or aroma, that's literally an omelette on steroids that smashes my hunger during dark, cold autumn days :-) It's also extremely easy and pretty fast to cook!

Tuna and egg bento

The bare tuna-paste bento was a great success, but with the arrival of my new bento container, I was left with some extra unused space. I decided to fill the space with easy to make and very tasty iri tamago, which is basically a Japanese kind of scrambled eggs! You can definitely use iri tamago in onigiri, or as a small side dish.