Saturday, July 04, 2015

Pork Donburi

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Are there often those days you sleep in and feel like making nooothing? Plus you don't have any bento stashes, either. As for me, that's yesterday. Anyway I did my best. I first cooked rice, and then boiled some water in a pan and sliced half an onion. Then I parboiled pork slices in the boiling water and drained it. Placed it back with the sliced onion into the pan and dashed a little mirin, sake, shoyu and sugar over it and simmered for a while. Sitting in a chair, having a glass of iced latte I was spacing out in the meantime lol. Now that the rice and pork were done, I first put the rice in my favorite enamel container and waited for it to cool off. Then I topped the rice with the simmered pork, benishoga (red ginger) and half a shoyu egg that I'd made a few days ago. Phewww, voila!
2015-07-02
Although I thought there had been no bento stash, I just noticed that I'd had the last shoyu egg, fortunately.



While, today I made shoyu chicken (sauteed and quick-marinated in shoyu and mirin), and a cheese omelet. I found something veggy and jazzy was missing so I improvised carrot and common bean salad. Hubs didn't need his bento today and I only needed a little bit of salad for Yuppi's bento. I'm not a microwave cooking person, but I like how microwave ovens are good at cooking small amounts of food. I seasoned carrot and common bean julienne with salt, sesame oil and sesame seeds after microwaving. Most veggies turn out good with these three seasonings if you're a fan of the sesame oil flavor.
2015-07-03
Since I had cute, tiny cherry tomatoes, suggested that Yuppi get some of them in her bento. Unfortunately, she refused it. Geez...



Yuppi's roll cake. I'm now craving roll cake for some reason. I thought I'd post these pictures today. :)
Yuppi's roll cake



Yuppi's roll cake 2

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Tempura and Omusubi Dog

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Since I didn't go shopping yesterday I tried to figure out what to make for bento with only stuff I had on hand. There were some chikuwa and a sweet potato in the refrigerator and we all love tempura with them. I added black sesame seeds into tempura batter for sweet potato, and dusted chikuwa tempura with a bit of curry powder after frying. The rest of this bento, broccoli stem and chicken salad, an omusubi dog. I peeled broccoli stems and thin stalks, sliced and microwaved for a bit, combined with steamed chicken tender I had made last night, and then seasoned with ume, wasabi and usukuchi (light-colored) shoyu.
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Clinging



Lovebird couple



Blue bouquet

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Bento Care in Summer

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In this bento are chicken karaage, fried sweet potato, cherries, asparagus tossed with ume and shoyu, shoyu egg halves and konnyaku. These days, I prefer simple karaage seasoned with only salt, black pepper and lemon juice to normal one with shoyu, garlic and ginger. Yuppi really is a big fan of karaage and always like this. *Mama, get me some karaage at konbini!* Since I'm not a fan of convenience store's karaage, I often need to make one for her. Every kid loves fried chicken, don't they? Yuppi is not a kid anymore though.
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For this one, I made tompeiyaki (okonomi-styled omelet), daigakuimo, broccoli stir-fried with ume, sesame seeds and salt, and a wakame omusubi.
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Asparagus and egg stirfry, pork slices tossed in shoyu and karashi, satsumaage (kamaboko) sauteed with shoyu, mirin and butter, and broiled mayo-cheese chicken tender.
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Of course, I didn't forget to put ice packs on these bentos. Today I want to write what I try to do besides ice packs to keep our bentos from spoiling.

1). Not to put raw vegetable (especially greens) on bento foods without dividers.
2). To use antibacterial foods and spices.
3). To drain liquid of foods well before packing.
4). To pack foods in bento boxes after cooling.
5). To use insulated lunch bags. (On a very hot day.)

These are not new and are common, but I still tend to forget to do. I decided to write down here as a reminder for myself.
As to antibacterial items, I sometimes use wasabi, karashi, umeboshi, mustard, vinegar, honey, etc as seasoning too.
It is said that the antibacterial constituents of karashi, mustard, wasabi, horseradish are so powerful and volatile a little addition of one of them to a bento food can cover the whole bento. By the way, for bento foods, I rarely use strong smelling stuff such as garlic.

So what are things you try to do for bento safety?



Our local Rilakkumas. Featuring the local products, ika (a squid) and marimo (a green moss ball).
Our local Rilakkuma and Korilakkuna



Adorable twins.
Okame twins



Primula juliana and lilly of the valley. From May.
Juliana and Lilly of the valley

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Bento Unfriendly Season

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I have lots and lots of pictures to post, but for now, only a few of them. This bento is for today. In the bento are a shumai dumpling, broccoli tossed with okaka, oil and salt, syoyu pork (which I parboiled and then cooked in shoyu, mirin and grated ginger), and broiled salmon on rice.
投稿写真がいっぱいあるんだけどとりあえず今回はちょっとだけ。これはちょうど今日のお弁当。お品はしゅうまいひとつ、ブロッコリーのおかか和え、黒豚の生姜煮、焼鮭。
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It's the bento-unfriendly season right now maybe in the northern hemisphere, because of the summer heat. In Japan, plus the extreme humidity. There are some things I try to do in order to prevent bento foods from spoiling. I've never gotten any complaints from my family about their bentos spoiled. Not sure if it's just because they are insensitive or something and don't notice even if their lunches are spoiled though lol. Anyway, I think the shortest and easiest way to keep bentos safe is to use ice packs which come with cake. Keeping food cool after all. In addition to that, consuming food as soon as possible is also important. Next time, I'm going to write about some items as well that I try to use or not to use for bento to prevent bacteria from growing in bento boxes.
ちょうど今、お弁当にはちょっと大変なシーズンですね。多分北半球全域かしら。高温プラス湿度で食べ物の発酵指数が一気に上昇する様な気がします。幸いにも、今まで一度もお弁当が腐ってたっていう苦情を受けたことがありません。ただ単にあの人たちが鈍感で気付かないまんま食べてしまってるだけかも!? それでもやっぱりお弁当を安全に保つ為にいくつか注意している点はあります。一番手っ取り早いのは保冷剤を使うこと。ケーキに付いて来るやつを再利用。夏場は食べ物を涼しく保つ。作ったらなるべく早く食べる。これが優先課題。他にいくつか心がけていることは次回に!



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Clematis.
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Thursday, May 07, 2015

Golden Week

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We are just in GW (the golden week holiday) here in Japan and thankfully blessed with nice weather these days. Nobody in my family likes crowds or having to wait in line, so we tend to avoid traveling and outing around this time of year even if the holiday is long enough. I've been just comfy and cozy at home, doing nothing, haha! In the meantime, the girl and hubs went hillwalking alone which was their first dad-and-daughter trip in ages. Since Yuppi had tons of homework to do before high school, they couldn't go skiing or anything else together last winter. So this became a good event for them. Ah yeah, she is a high school girl already. How time flies! No wonder I'm no longer young lol! She took some photos on her way up and down the top of the hill. So here they go.



Picking up a blossom



Sakura on the hill



Wild anemone



Ebi wantanmen
Their fuel.




These are some of bentos I made before GW.
2015-05-01 bento
A bento stash (konnyaku mushroom stirfry), saba fish tossed with wasabi shoyu, sweet potato peanut salad, and chicken tender katsu with cheese in it.



2015-04-10 bento
Asparagus salad, spinach and moyashi sprout with a mini bottle of dashi shoyu, chikuwa tempura with curry powder, amakara (sweet salty shoyu flavored) pork.



2015-04-30 bento
The bento stash (konnyaku mushroom stirfry), omelet with cheese in it, chicken tsukune burgers and simmered sanma fish.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Please Stay

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How hard it's to actually carry out what you said. I said that I would blog every day if possible, but I've done nothing. Hahhh, shame on me! Okay, who cares? Anyway I'm going to try my best. In the meantime, spring arrived around here and sukura trees are in bloom right now (that's way earlier than usual!) even though I haven't even posted pictures of early spring flowers yet. I feel a bit frustrated because it seems like the sakura blossoms are ending before long, while I can't get around to going to take shots. Hey spring, don't go, please stay! Oh well, still I'm really enjoying the short spring here and hope you guys are also enjoying your season wherever you are.



Tulip
Tulips and snowflakes are always cute.



Tulip
They are just about to be over. They don't last very long like cherry blossoms. I will be missing these delicate and adorable flowers of early spring for sure.



Shidare zakura
I love shidare zakura (weeping sakura) too.



Shidare zakura
I couldn't take good shots, the branches were dancing in the wind. But I love how they gently, lithely sway above as if to talk to me. I am a poet right now... Lol!



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If you are curious about what I made for these bentos, of course feel free to ask me.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

A New Beginning

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2015-04-02 bento
Mushroom butter rice, herb-fried cod, fried sweet potato, ume-tossed cabbage and pickled carrot.


Java sparrow and lovebirds


Unfortunately I missed a chance to freak out you guys. It's already April 2 here haha. Speaking of April, it means a new beginning here in Japan. The new starts of things, the season that everyone is thrilled about changes of things. Lots of exciting things are coming along.

This is just today's bento, and I decided to post an entry every day as long as I could take shots. Happy spring guys!!