4 Bento #123 - Chicken Sandwich & Cucumber Flowers

Monday, October 18, 2010


First of all, my wonderful husband just installed a new kitchen light fixture for me with four 50-watt halogen bulbs, so I finally have much needed brighter lighting in there!  However, I now need to play around with the picture-taking a bit so things don't look crazy washed out.

Second, I have something awful - a phenomenon known as "Pine Mouth".  Sounds very strange, but apparently quite harmless unless you're the one suffering from it.  Everything I put in my mouth tastes bitter and metallic!  I started Googling for possible causes of such a terrible symptom, and after checking off liver disease and diabetes, discovered that pine nuts, yes, beloved pignolias, one of the star ingredients in the pesto I made the other evening, can cause a bitter taste for up to two months!  Anyway, I'm taking my half-used bag of pine nuts back to TJ's and getting my money back.  I really hope this is a short-lived disruption of my sense of taste.  I thought I was going... err...nuts while making tomato sauce last night.  Have you ever heard of  this?

As for the lunch today, we went out to eat yesterday and E had one chicken tender left, so I made a sandwich of it on a toasted bun.  I seriously cannot stand to waste food.  And yes, that is my granola bite I bought from the bake sale yesterday. ;)

Bento #123 - Mini chicken sandwiches, organic banana chips, tango lettuce, cucumber flowers, homemade spinach and onion dip and a granola bite.
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4 comments:

Lyndsey said...

I have never heard of this before! Well at least you don't have to buy pine nuts right now because they are so sxpensive! I just made some pesto with pumpkin seeds...love it! Hope you get your taste buds back to normal soon!

Designing In Surprise said...

I just read about Pine Mouth - apparently it's caused by a chemical in pine nuts from certain species of pines in China. Some countries are now embargoing Chinese pine nuts as a result. I hope yours clears up soon!

Emily - Bentobloggy.com said...

Gosh, I hope this goes away!! It's terrible. Bitter and metallic. Well, at least I'm not dying, right? I made a report to the FDA, hopefully as many people as possible who experiences this will also report it, then they can do something about the supply. My bag of pine nuts says it's from Russia OR Korea. Really? Which one?

Jeannie said...

I love your blog! Way to prove that healthy eating can be fun :)

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