Saturday, October 30, 2010

First Snow and Late Autumn Bentos and The Rest of Omatsuri

Hey hey there whatsuup? FINALLY it snowed here a couple of days ago. Now I'm having a cup of hot soy latte. Yes winter is coming soon! Those of you on the other side of the planet should enjoy your summer by now. I'm already looking forward to skiing. By the way I feel bad being too late to respond to everyone's comment and leave my comment on their blogs. I want so badly to go round and carefully check out bentos and something of my buddies.

This bento contains...
chicken cutlet,
spinach/kamaboko salad,
scrambled egg/negi,
carrot miso kimpira
and medium polished rice decorated with green peas and something(?).
obento 2010.10.28

Tori soboro bento...
stir-fried ground chicken tender seasoned with shoyu, mirin and sugar,
scrambled egg,
mashed sweet potato,
nimono (satsumaage, lotus root)
and medium-polished rice underneath the chicken and egg.
obento 2010.10.26

What do you think the tiny pink ball-like things that I've recently put on rice are? They are garlic pickles! It hardly smells. Isn't it a bit cute??

This one contains...
lotus root/umeboshi salad,
fried shrimps with a green lemon wedge,
stir-fried pork slices
and medium-polished rice topped with green peas.
obento 2010.10.27

Now I'll write one recipe. Many people often say to me *why not share your recipes?*. Although I've thought I should do that, too bad I always cook without measuring (except for baking and delicate cooking). I think that's the way home-cooking is. To be honest, measurement seems like a chore to me because I am a careless person haha. However, if possible I'd like to write my recipes in detail with some pictures on the blog but I need to make several kinds of dishes early in the morning in a short time. So I mean to share my recipes as often as I can in the future but it would be pretty simple and rough like it's been so far.

*babykins' lotus root ume-mayo salad recipe*
I think this is one of perfect salad dishes for bento. Give it a try!!

About 1 cup of thin-sliced lotus root
2 or 3 umeboshi (Japanese salty sour plum pickles)
1 teaspoon mayonnaise

1) Boil the lotus root slices for 1 or 2 minutes
2) Mince the umeboshi
3) Mix together all the ingredients
4) Done! \^.^/

As mentioned before, this time I'm going to up the rest of our Omatsuri pictures. This is goldfish scooping! It's been absolutely a necessary section for omatsuri since early times. It's a bit hard to scoop a fish with a fragile scoop. There are a few kinds of scoops. If you know some tips you could scoop easily so many goldfishes. Boy, my girl broke her paper scoop in NO time! I didn't even have time to get out my camera. She was not able to catch any goldfishes but they gave her a fish as a bonus so she only was able to take one home, yay luckily! I love this picture... a good old, nostalgic and unchanging-in-forever sight.

2010.9.16 shrine festival (25)

2010.9.16 shrine festival (27)

A toy stall. I used to get bought a fake ring and necklace as a kid, was sooo happy to be a lady.
2010.9.16 shrine festival (19)

This is a *Ringo Ame* (candy-coated apple skewers) stall. There were only apple ones and apricot ones before but nowadays they even have pineapple ones and mango ones. I was curious about a mango ame but didn't buy it because I was already filled up at that point. Ringo ame is much yummier than it looks.
2010.9.16 shrine festival (20)

Well can you guess what these snake-looking things are?
2010.9.16 shrine festival (30)

Guess what, I still have the rest of the omatsuri pictures. Of course I'm going to up it the next time. I hope that y'all won't be fed up with that lol!
Also I don't have any plans for Halloween but hope everyone else has a happy one!!


  1. Welcome back Izumi! Happy to have you on board again :D. Goldfish scooping? It sounds really fun, I often see it in Japanese films that I watch :D. Uh, I'm so curious with the Ringo Ame!

  2. Hi Izumi! How are you? Please send me your bento, I'm starving here. Can't help it everytime to see your delicious bento post hehehe ... Food stalls are selling very interesting foods. I love to explore food stalls in other country. Sometimes can get a very yummy food with a cheap price :)

  3. Your bento always looks so tasty and colorful! Thanks for sharing more photos from omatsuri - it's fun to see your side of the world. :)

  4. i just happened to stop by your blog and i am really digging your awesome cook!!!! i wish i had those as a lunch box when i was in elementary school...

  5. @tatabonita
    Hi tata! Yep it's SO fun... But it's hard to take care of them and upkeep. Now I have 4 goldfishes! :D :D
    If you have opportunity, try eating a ringo ame!

  6. The pickled garlics look so cute!! I've had them before but they wer enever pink, they look great in your bentos! Please share the rest of the Omatsure pics, they are fabulous!

  7. @Lia
    Konnichiwa Lia, how are you doing? :D I've been good but had a bit busy time with family matters :(
    I have to make kawaii bentos like yours after so long in order to inspire myself!
    So fun and interesting to look around alot of omatsuri stalls. I believe there're so many yummy food stalls in Southeast Asian countries. :)

  8. What an amazing post, full of special views and of course delightful bento meals! So happy to have a new post from you to savor, thank you for sharing all this beauty, Izumi!

  9. @kuusou
    Oh really? Then, I'll post a lot more pics of our culture. Once snow accumulates here I'll show you it. I hope to see your omatsuri pics next year :D

  10. @DeeKay
    Welcome DeeKay! Thanks for your compliment, it means a lot to me :D

  11. @Heather
    There are a variety of garlic pickle's flavors. Mine has a bit ume flavor so it goes great with rice, I like it!
    Thanks, I hope you will enjoy my next post :D

  12. @Jenn
    Thanks Jenn! I'll ship my bentos to you next time haha! So please send me your lamb leg dish right now! ;)X