Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Mantou Bento & Happy 101 Award

I finally got a new computer!!  However... can not manage it well...  Bento photos have accumulated, though.

At first I have something to want to post.  gamene/bentozen passed along an award to me!!   That's unexpected so I was so surprised and happy.  gamene is a great bentoist who produces bentos nobody can make, and I love her bentos.  Here is the award.  I saw this award everywhere before.  Although I don't fully understand about this award...  Well here goes!


The Rules for Happy 101 Award
Copy the award image into a post.
List 10 things that make you happy.
Tag 10 bloggers who brighten your day.
Link to their blogs.
Notify the award recipients. (who should link back to the sender’s blog)

But...I don't know many other bloggers because it's not been a long time since I started this blog.  Plus I guess the related bloggers have already received this award.  So I couldn't tag 10 bloggers, it's rule violation, though.  If you want to see my favorite blogs, check out the list on side bar.

Here is the 10 things that make me happy

1) My family
My hubby is a mild man.  He lets me do anything I like.  And my daughter always tells me that she loves me and she'll be with me forever.  Her smile is my happiness.

2) Seeing bento
I love seeing various bentos other people made.  It makes me happy anytime.

3) That my bento is finished nicely
Makes me smile smile.

4) Tea break
I have various drinks, Cafe au lait, Aojiru, Milk tea, Houji tea, Green tea, Jasmine tea, Herb tea and so on.  Tea time between housework really relaxes me.

5) Taking trip
Near place or far place from my town, and anywhere.  It makes me so refreshed to get off from my daily life.

6) Disneyland
While we're there, we are happy through.  And Mickey and his friends make us so happy every time.

7) Talking with mama-friends
Japanese Moms are so energetic and fun.  They always give me a lot of energy.

8) Music and English
I enjoy various genres of music, have a lot of favorite musics.  They always brighten my life.
My daughter recently started learning English in a cramming school.  So I also decided to learn English to teach her it.  As you see, I'm not good at English.  To be honest, I've not studied English except a junior high school.  I know, it's pretty reckless to write blog in English without skills of English.  When I was a teenager, learned English from musics, videos and movies but I forgot it all.  So I learn it through writing and reading blogs now.  It's so nice to me to memorize English words and phrases I never know yet. 

9) Devising soap recipe
My other hobby is to devise new soap recipes nobody has made yet.  Once in a while I share it with people who enjoy soap-making.  I feel happy when a satisfactory recipe is completed.

10) My boyfriend
At last I have to pick up him.  He is a so cute guy, I love him so.  He did never leave my shoulder even for a moment.  We kissed many times.  But he's gone to the house his family waiting for him.  Now I'm sitting alone in front of the computer.  He really made me happy.  He's still smiling on my profile icon.  Yes, he is a pet of my sister... hahaha  I'm missing him!


Today's menu... Stir-fried shrimp and chicken, Zeera aloo (cumin potato), Blanket roll shrimp, Salad, Siratama dumpling with Zunda (sweet edamame paste).
I made mantou (Chinese steamed bun)  but couldn't make it well...  But it's yummy.  I'll try it again!  This zeera aloo is my best recommendation.  How to... Boil whole potatoes, peel it, cut into bite-sized, stir fry with olive oil and cumin seed, season with salt and some kinds of spice (garam masala, coriander powder, chili powder, turmeric powder).  I'd like everybody to try it!


Hubby's bento... Pork roll negi, Blanket roll shrimps, Salad, Salted salmon, Red cabbage pickle, Brown rice.  The shrimp's blankets are made of skins for syumai ^.^*


  1. So glad to see you back at posting!! Enjoyed getting to know you better by reading this post. *big smile*

  2. Yeah! I'm glad to see your posting again after a while hehehe ... Yummy yummy bento! I love mantou both the steam and the fried ;)

  3. welcome back babykins! so glad you got your computer situation in order :-)

    thanks for posting your 10 things, they were very fun to read, and i was always curious who your bird icon was, haha!

    i think your english is very good, especially for not having studied formally in quite a while. i always know what you are talking about!

  4. I'm so happy to read your posts again, babykins! Your blog is an absolute favorite of mine. I loved learning more about you with this post! Your family sounds so lovely--supportive, easy-going hubbies are rare and excellent--mine's gonna be on my happiness list, when I put it together :)
    I also love tea as a refreshing break. And by the way, your English is excellent!
    Onto the pretty bento--I'm very interested in how you combine Indian flavors in with Japanese and Chinese in a single bento, and will try this in the future! Have a wonderful day, my friend :)

  5. I think your English is pretty good :) I enjoyed reading your 10 things :)

  6. Thanks a lot everbady!!^0^

    @bento pet
    I'm also glad you enjoyed this post.

    Fried mantou! It sounds good. would love to try!

    Yeah, the bird icon was my BOYFRIEND! He is cool, isn't he? hahah
    So glad you understand my talking.

    Glad if you learned more about me.
    I think Japanese food is a global harmonization. Maybe, especially my bento is so.

    Thanks for coming! your comment encourage me now!
    Glad you read my 10 things :D

  7. 写真だけ見ていて、英文を読んでなかったです(アホがばれる~。汗)

  8. 私の英文なんてめちゃくちゃですから~、あは。