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Sara Kiyo Popowa  Pre-orders now open ⬇️ for my book Bento Power: Brilliantly Balanced Lunchbox Recipes - out 20 September 2018 #BentoPowerBook ✨

Green foods bento 💚 #spectrumbento I took all of the ingredients of yesterday’s green food flatlay and made it into my next #bentorainbow :) see below what I cooked (and uncooked) for this bento!
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Right now I’m in the countryside with @bettinas_kitchen and @rebelrecipes 💚😊 we’re insta-nerding out, making food rainbows, taking lots of photos, and cooking and eating lots of food! See our stories for some silliness :) feeing very grateful ☺️
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In my thermos:
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Green pea and kale soup (cook peas or red lentils, steam kale on top of the pea pot, blend everything with a few cashews for creaminess, lime and herbs of choice)
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In my box:
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Raw veggie medley with quick-blanched green beans
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This thermos has been a revelation for me recently, it’s made for soup (by @blackblumdesign ) but I’ve loooved putting ice tea or ice water in now that it’s been so hot - fave is lots of ice, water, small pinch of pink salt a squeeze of lemon or apple cider vinegar for an isotonic drink. Keeps cold for hours, a bliss when bending overheated on sweaty public transport or in the baking sun.
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Much love! Sara x #shisodelicious
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Green foods 💚 Next in my #spectrumbento series lays in the middle of the spectrum - between team warm: red/orange/yellow and cool: blue/violet/magenta. Who else is on team green though - they’re definitely are one of my favourite foods (although hmm maybe all of the colours are!)
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Come back tomorrow to see what I’ll make with these #🌈#bentorainbow #💚
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I’ve just arrived at a beautiful countryside spot in #herefordshire with my sisters in crime @bettinas_kitchen and @rebelrecipes to cook up a storm and relax for a couple of days :) reception is not great so apologies I won’t be able to interact much in the next couple of days 💚
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On my board:
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💚Green split peas
💚Granny Smith apple
💚Pea shoots
💚Chocolate mint from our garden
💚Pumpkin seeds
💚Green string beans
💚Pak choi
💚Mini cucumber
💚Bird’s eye chilli
💚Curly kale
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Much love, Sara x
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Blue mood 💙 I tried capturing a #bluemood image earlier today and it just didn't work. Instead, I looked though earlier work .. and came across this image. Wanna hear my story? 👇 Or just come back tomorrow for the next colour in my #spectrumbento #bentorainbow series :) 🌈
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I took this in my first days of owning a DLSR camera (Canon 60D) about 6 years ago. At the time I was wanting a change in my life but not really having any plan or any real desire I could follow.
I knew that somewhere inside me, I was aware what needed to change, but my head and life felt so cluttered and noisy at the time I simply couldn't hear what I was trying to tell myself.
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So, I went to spend time with my mother in my family's house on a quiet island in the Atlantic sea for a while. And I started photographing. Plain landscape and nature images didn't excite me so, I started putting myself in the picture. What followed was some of the most creative months in my life. My head and heart started to quiet down and I could hear myself again.
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I realised I'd been so concerned with how my (creative) work, and myself, may be perceived by others, that my flow and enjoyment had been completely stunted. But on that little island, where no-one was looking or judging (even if that judging only was happening in my head), I suddenly felt free to noy give a f and just MAKE :)
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On returning to the UK I understood my home was here and I wanted to stay. And around that time I also met my big love A who eventually added a whole new level of home and purpose! My personal work faded away .. but a few years later came back in the form of snapping my food and putting it on Instagram!
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So much writing and telling of personal stories today. Thank you if you read all this way. Writing my book I discovered the power of sharing my own story with others .. Not for myself primarily, but you who read may find something that may make your own journey easier. That’s why I share :) and don’t give a f how it may be perceived 😂😅🙏😊
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Much love, Sara x
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#bentopowerbook #shisodelicious

Blue food bento 💙 #spectrumbento I took yesterday’s blue flatlay, added some hydrangea from our garden (note: #hydrangea flowers and leaves are NOT edible - they are actually poisonous to pets and potentially to humans .. I've used them here for #art purposes only! :) and made them into my next #bentorainbow bento box #💙
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With so much great initial feedback on my book cover and pre-orders of #BentoPowerBook I would like to dedicate these flowers (and of course the blueberries too!) to every single one of YOU!
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Can't wait to see what the next few months will bring. Let's charge the world up with Bento Power! :D
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Much love, Sara x #shisodelicious
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#monochromaticfoodphotography @conscious_cooking
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Blue💙is next up in my #spectrumbento series! But first, a HUGE, heartfelt, emotional THANK YOU for your love and support on my book title and cover reveal yesterday #BentoPowerBook You rock!!!!
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Pre-orders are now open for Bento Power: Brilliantly Balanced Lunchbox Recipes. You can order from all over the world, however it is not yet available on Amazon US. Why? There isn't yet a US edition of the book .. ! But I'm hopeful there WILL be one soon and in the meanwhile, if you want to own the UK edition (grams instead of ounces.. courgette not zucchini – that sort of thing .. :) then head over to @bookdepository website – my friend Tim @mississippivegan (who also has book coming out, in October!!) told me they do free worldwide shipping and that the price was good! 😀
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#Blueberries blueberries! When it comes to truly blue food, there are very few natural ones, apart from a few micro algae eg #bluespirulina (if you know some others, please let me know!). I figured a bento made from just spirulina wouldn't be too appetising .. 😂 so I went with the berry with BLUE in its name!
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Come back tomorrow to see what bento I make with these!! #bentorainbow
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Growing up in #Norrland (north of #Sweden) the blåbär – blueberry – season is NOW (these smaller, wild, deep-flavoured, purple-on-the-inside berries are also called #bilberry). As a child, our family would go foraging for this 'blue gold' and several bucket-fulls later, we'd make cordial, jam or simply freeze them for pies and desserts throughout the year .. #💙 🌲🌲🌲🌲
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No fruit grows in Norrland, it's too cold (not even apples or cherries) but nature makes up for this with lots and lots of wild berries that are free for anyone to pick :)
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Do you go foraging for wild berries too?
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Much love, Sara x
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I've waited for this moment .. my book baby Bento Power: Brilliantly Balanced Lunchbox Recipes is ready to fly into the world! Into YOUR world, your home, kitchen, your lunch hour! #BentoPowerBook
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I opened pre-orders yesterday through my newsletter and had messages already from friends and followers and it suddenly struck me – by putting a book out there: the result of months behind closed curtains, unplugged phone, no social life just writing, testing, shooting, editing, dreaming and evolving ... by putting *myself* out there, in this physical form of a book I feel I can visit each and every one of you, personally almost ❤️ It's an honour and a pleasure and the closest I can get to thank you all for sharing this journey, here in our 'Instagram Village' where we all have the chance to create, inspire and get inspired, support and lift each other up 😆
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Thank you again! I really hope you will enjoy Bento Power: Brilliantly Balanced Lunchbox Recipes
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Thank you @kylebooksuk for publishing and supporting me and giving me a lot of freedom! And thanks @beforebreakfast_london for the most awesome graphic design of my book ❤️
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On a practical note: If you can pre-order through Amazon, please do! A little secret is that the more pre-orders I get in a short amount of time, the more the algorithms will push my book up in Amazon's 'suggested feed' 🤪🤓🙊 Yes, just like here on Instagram .. For my US friends I recommend Book Depository (which has free global shipping) then there’s Booktopia (AUS), and lots and lots of other bookselling sites.
I've linked the Amazon UK site in my bio.
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Much love, excitement and nervousness, Sara x
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Purple foods bento 🔮 #spectrumbento I took all of the ingredients of yesterday’s purple food flatlay and made it into my next #bentorainbow bento box :)
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Tomorrow I'm sharing something I've been itching to for a while – the title and cover of my book 😆 and pre-orders will be open too! Woooooooh :)))) thank you for your support, love and inspiration in this shared journey 🙏
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Back to this purple bento! 🍇 I'm going to be honest and say this may have all the food groups you need, but it was made with visual beauty in mind, not so much flavour 🤣 however, I'm seriously loving my #monochromatic food challenge! If you want more, gorgeous inspo check my friend @conscious_cooking and and her hashtag #monochromaticfoodphotography AND my friend @odilejp and her gorgeous purple spread from earlier today! 🍇 Anyone else want to join into this #spectrumbento (or #spectrumfood) challenge? 😀
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In my top box:
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Purple cauliflower
Quick-pickle red cabbage
Purple potato mash
Thyme flowers
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In my bottom box:
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A #radicchio nest
Ribboned purple carrot (I used a normal potato peeler for the ribbons) in a little salt and vinegar to soften it and deepen the colour
Plum wedges
Cooked aduki beans (aka azuki adzuki beans). They’re often cooked into a paste with sugar in Japan and used as a delicious filling in buns and sweets ... 🤤
Homegrown #shiso leaves
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Much love! Sara x #shisodelicious
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#monochromatic #purplefood #bentopower #japanfood #japanesevegan #🍱 #bentobox #veganlunch #veganlunchbox #veganbento #packedlunch #lunchbox #lovefood #foodiegram #veganworldshare #gloobyfood #eatdelicious #foods4thought #lifeandthyme #feedme

Purple foods 🔮Next in my #spectrumbento series is this pretty and captivating colour! Some of my favourite hues (and veg) lay within this palette, I love how they add a little mysterious glamour to my plate or bento box✨Purple pigment in foods contain certain powerful antioxidants (amongst other goodness) so not just a pretty face here 💜😽
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Come back tomorrow to see what I’ll make with these! #🌈#bentorainbow #🔮
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On the board:
🔮Homegrown red #shiso (a Japanese herb with a unique flavour and which brings a bright pinky red colour when used in pickling #umeboshi plums, making cordial and more). And yes it’s the one in Shiso Delicious :)
🔮#Radicchio – love this leaf especially in winter. Slightly bitter, super pretty, keeps for ages in the fridge and pairs well with sweet (dried) fruits and nuts in a salad. It is the perfect natural separator between dishes in a bento too!
🔮Purple carrot
🔮Homegrown #thyme flowers
🔮Plum
🔮Purple cauliflower
🔮Purple potato
🔮#Aduki beans (aka #azuki, #adzuki)
🔮Red cabbage – anyone who's followed me for a while knows I LOVE red cabbage! Both humble and gorgeous, it keeps for weeks in the fridge, is both a leaf and a cruciferous veggie (we should all eat more of those) have the prettiest colour and is way more versatile than tradition may claim!
🔮#Dulse seaweed – total love for this seaweed, especially good for dishes that traditionally would call for fish condiments, like Thai curry and miso soup. Try adding 1/2 to all of the amount you see in the pic (for 2-4 portions) as a totally natural flavour enhancer.
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Much purple love, Sara x
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Black mood ⬛️Did you know .. Before all things Insta and food photography I was a 'visual performance artist' (and a graphic designer, but that's a different story!) and this black me (and also, often white) was very much me. For years, art and performance was my channel to express my inner 'demons': my insecurities (if I test them in front of an audience I won't die .. or? (I didn't 😂 I got stronger eventually)), my then views on human nature (we think we're free but really we're a result of what we believe other's expectations are on us), ... and so on.
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This was a time of self-discovery and getting my monsters out and you know what happened to the troll that saw the light ..? Yep, it exploded (and disappeared)! (according to Swedish folklore.)
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By the way, this image is from 2011. It was new years' and I was co-organising a party/performance event with my friends. Photo by dear friend Andy Towers.
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The reason to talk about this, and show you this glimpse of a former me, is to share that everybody goes through stages. Even though I may seem 'sorted' now; knowing what I want, being confident in myself and my skills and so on, it certainly wasn't always like this. My aim was always to try to be comfortable and balanced within myself .. but it took many many years to get to this stage I'm at now: looking towards the light, accepting my creative and somewhat forceful (but enthusiastic) nature, and trusting myself enough not to constantly bash myself down and stop myself from doing what I love ..
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Tell me about your story! I won't get back to you tonight as I'm with friends but I will tomorrow :)
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Much love, Sara x
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Black foods bento ⬛️ #spectrumbento I took all of the ingredients of yesterday’s black food flatlay and made it into my second #bentorainbow box.
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If you read yesterday's post you'll know which 5 colours are included in (almost) every Japanese meal. Adding some *black* food to a meal focuses it visually as well as adding nutrients typical of black foods ⬛️
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Seaweeds are one (mostly) black food group with star qualities 😎 - literally bursting with minerals (and other micro nutrients and fibre) so, especially great for women of childbearing age! I try to include some in my food every day.
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One thing to think of when buying seaweeds is to (as much as is realistic) get the best quality from the cleanest waters possible as you know the sea can be quite polluted 😭 Many seaweeds can be sourced pretty locally (to me that's the UK or European Atlantic coast), otherwise I like getting either Japanese or Korean seaweeds, preferably with some type of certification of origin (@clearspringuk has great quality).
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You can also forage your own – all marine seaweeds are edible (supposedly!) but not all are delicious or very digestible, so do some research and pick from clean coast lines. I've picked both delicious and not that delicious ones along the Welsh coast 😆 Rinse several times and hang or spread to dry!
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In my box:
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⬛️Black rice #makisushi (nori roll) filled with cooked black beans, rehydrated dry hijiki seaweed, griddled aubergine, with some tamari soy sauce on the side to dip it in
⬛️Toasted #blacksesame
⬛️More griddled aubergine and #hijiki #seaweed
⬛️Blackberries and black cherries
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Wooden box: @eshly Thanks for the lovely chopsticks gift Marisa @missmarzipancom
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Much love! Sara x #shisocolourseries
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Black foods ⬛️ My #bentorainbow continues with the concentration and focus of black. Did you know that in Japanese cuisine 5 colours should be included in a meal for it to be complete: White, black, red, green and yellow. This spectrum is both to do with nutritional variation (as every colour of (plant) food contains different nutrients) and with visual harmony – used all together these colours will make sure your meal is as beautifully balanced as it is nutritious 😊
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Adding a black colour food adds visual focus and definition to a meal or a bento. Try sprinkling some toasted black sesame over a black-less meal and you'll see what I mean! :) .
Come back tomorrow to see what I’ll make with these! #spectrumbento #🌈#⬛️
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On the board:
⬛️Black wholegrain rice (Italian Venus rice) #blackrice
⬛️#Nori seaweed
⬛️#Aubergine (#eggplant)
⬛️#Blackberries from our garden
⬛️#Tamari soy sauce
⬛️#Hijiki #seaweed
⬛️Black sesame seeds #blacksesame
⬛️Black beans #blackbeans
⬛️Black cherries #blackcherries
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Much love, Sara x #🖤
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#🌈🍱 #rainbowfood #eatrainbow #flatlaytoday #monochromes #vegansofig #minimalist #eattherainbow #rawfood #mytablesituation #storyofmytable #plantpowered #zerowaste

White mood ⚪️ Resetting and reconnecting in my happy place: nature, outdoors, music to dance to, friends and likeminded people (and living simply for a couple of days with our tiny tent and the few things we brought with us! Which included metal water bottles, many small cotton drawstring bags to keep everything organised and a few cloths/#furoshiki to use for everything from towel to bikini top to improvised pillow case).
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A really good dance makes me remember what’s important to me, every time! To me it’s one of the most pure forms of creativity (and connecting with yourself and others) - when you really move and feel from your core. Dancing and music fuels all of my other creative expressions ☺️
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What is your essential creative fuel? Never forget it .. Keep practising, even when it’s far between the occasions :)
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Ready for another colour tomorrow? 🌈 #spectrumbento #bentorainbow
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Much love, Sara x
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