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{December 31, 2009}   Pretty Bento


Pretty Bento

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No theme today, just pulling out whatever is in the fridge. It’s pretty though, isn’t it? And vegetarian!

That’s one of my New Years resolutions. Eat more vegetarian and vegan meals. Lunch is the perfect opportunity since I don’t have to share… bring on the quinoa! The chickpeas! The tofu! And mushrooms. Lots and lots of mushrooms… Nom! But I digress… Back to the box.

On the left: raspberries, baked savory tofu, heirloom cherry tomatoes, quails eggs and squash balls (based on this recipe)

On the right: yellow bell pepper and rice squares

I also have some banana yogurt and sliced kiwi for breakfast.

And since so many people have asked how long it takes to put my bento lunches together, I timed myself this morning. This box took 16 minutes, which includes getting everything out of the fridge, slicing veggies, packing the lunch, putting everything away and cleaning up.



{December 30, 2009}   Sushi Bento

Sushi Bento

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On the left: seaweed salad, quail eggs and grape tomatoes.

On the right: maki rolls with krab, egg and cucumber.



{December 29, 2009}   Curry Bento


Curry Bento

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Doesn’t get much easier than this. Re-worked dinner leftovers!

I had leftover steamed cauliflower, so I tossed that with some frozen peas, garbanzo beans and a big drizzle of curry sauce from a jar (Trader Joes).

I managed to go vegan again with lunch today. Bonus!

Also in the box: rice, grape tomatoes, cucumber. The raspberries and pineapple are breakfast. RASPBERRIES! Fresh (nice looking!) raspberries in December! Yay! There’s also a couple of mini pitas and two gourmet chocolates for dessert.

I’m looking forward to lunch today. šŸ™‚



{December 28, 2009}   New Box Bento

New Box Bento

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Oh yes. Another box. I still haven’t shown you the other two I bought for myself for giftmas!

I was at H-mart yesterday, partially for entertainment and partially to actually do some grocery shopping, when I spotted this box in with the kitchen supplies. It is one I have seen HapaBento use. I admire her greatly. Her bentos are always gorgeous and tasty-looking. The box was only $5ish so I snagged it! The H-mart by me is pretty well stocked with bento supplies right now! Yay!

They had some really pretty family/picnic sized ones… I promised the kidling we’d come back and get one of those for this summer. It would be really fun to takeĀ a bento to the beach. We do a lot of picnics at the beach in the summer anyway.

The individual containers don’t have lids, but they are fairly deep (2 inches?). There is a lid that snaps tight over the whole box. And I like the colors of the individual containers. The lid and sides are clear plastic.

I didn’t intentionally do a vegan bento, but I’m pleased it turned out that way. In today’s box:

Red container – mushrooms stir fried in sesame oil.
Yellow – onigiri with sesame-salt furikake and snow peas
Purple – heirloom cherry tomatoes, onigiri
Green – baked savory-flavor tofu, steamed bok choy

I also stuck in a jelly candy and a couple of containers of soy sauce. I am going to be eating a ton of those jellys. I bought a HUGE variety container of them (for just under $3). The lichi flavor is especially yummy.

Other stuff I managed to find at H-mart:
lots of veggies, tofu skins for inarizushi, two kinds of kimchi, seaweed salad, hijiki, fish balls, furikake, canned pork curry (it was good!)Ā chopsticksĀ and a bunch of various dim-sum to stock my freezer with.

I took a lot of time shopping (like over 2 hours) and it was sample day, so the kid stayed happy too. I’m am very pleased with myself that I am beginning to recognize some of these “strange” ingredients and know how to prepare them. The kid did want me to buy chicken feet. I had to say no to that one…



{December 24, 2009}   Copycat Bento – and a new box!


Copycat Bento

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Look at the cute little bunnies!

I got this box at Daiso last weekend when we were visiting Santa and doing giftmas shopping at the mall. I also picked up two other boxes and a few more bento toys too – rice shapers and cutters. Fun!

Today’s bento is the same as yesterday’s. Rice with salmon furikake, pork chops in bbq sauce, carrots, pineapple and pomegranite. I included an apple today because eventhough the content is the same, the portions are a tad smaller.



{December 24, 2009}   Little Yellow Bento


Little Yellow Bento

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Yesterday’s Bento. I basically raided the fridge and tried to put something interesting together…

There is pork chops in bbq sauce, onigiri with vegetable furikake, pineapple and pomegranite, carrots and a small container of green goddess dressing for dipping.

It looks like a tiny lunch, but it was just the right amount of food and I was appropriately hungry for dinner.



{December 18, 2009}   Bento Greek-O


Bento Greek-O

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Hey! It’s vegan too! I didn’t even do that on purpose. Bonus. šŸ™‚

I’ve been wanting to do a Greek-themed bento for a long time now. The only thing it is missing is some pita bread. Oh well.

Dolmates from the deli, hummus from a mix, olives, grapes, pineapple and veggies. Yummy lunch!



{December 16, 2009}   Dinner Leftovers Bento #56


Dinner Leftovers Bento #56

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This is a much nicer bento than yesterday, even if it is just dinner leftovers.

The box on the left is snacks/dessert. Veggies, herbed chevre and some chocolate truffles. Nom!

The box on the right contains rice with salmon furikake, sauteed mushrooms and sweet-and-sour pork broccoli stir fry. There’s a little fishy of soy sauce for the mushrooms (they were not seasoned when I cooked them.)

I tried to make a flower pattern on the rice with the furikake, and failed miserably, so I made a funky design instead.



{December 15, 2009}   Bento Rush-o #55


Bento Rush-o

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I didn’t have any leftovers from dinner last night to put in my lunch today. So today’s bento is whatever I could scrounge up out of the refrigerator.

On the left is pomegranite and green grapes. Snap peas and quail eggs. Beneath that is some sauteed greens (like bok choy, but not. I forget the name). A little fishy full of soy sauce for the greens.

On the right is sauteed mushrooms, carrots and two plain onigiri with egg/sesame/seaweed furikake.

Not terribly exciting, but it will do. I have an apple for a snack too.



{December 14, 2009}   The trouble with Tribbles.


DSC02575

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They multiply.

I’m having a ton of fun making these. They take no time at all and they are super easy. Cast on 18 or so stitches. So a decrease on one side and increase on the other. Knit knit knit. Seam ends together then gather edges.

Voila! Easy peasy.



et cetera