Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Third Snow and Last Bento??

Hey everybody! Actually I haven't made bento at all for a while. My hubby has run to work lately so he doesn't want to carry bento boxes on his back. He only takes onigiri to work every day. So this is (perhaps) the last bento, featureless one though! But don't worry maybe I would make bento again sometime soon haha! ANYWAY I thought I'd have to post because it snowed here yesterday. We've had a lot of snow and been excited, wheee! Look at the snow around my place!!

Obento 2010.11.22
Chicken nanbanzuke
Chicken/simeji mushroom stir-fry
Carrot/spinach/naruto salad
Hopefully I'll share this nanbanzuke recipe some of these day.

It was somewhat gloomy weather this day...





This girl loves swimming in snow!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Hoarded Bento Pictures and Second Snow

This contains...
Roasted mayo/cheese salmon
Simple omelet
Sauteed pork rolls
Boiled broccoli
Mushroom stir-fry
and 4 onigiri.

Carrot, pork, spinach and rice. Orin apple and persimmon for dessert. Don't you think something yellow is lacking? Yes I forgot to put egg in this bento!

Pork/shrimp chahan!

I meant to make a traditional style bento like ones available at convenience stores. Yeah conveni-bento.
This has sweet tamagoyaki slices (MUST), pink kamaboko slices, stir-fried shredded carrot, ginger pork (STANDARD), ume/cuke salad, salty sockeye salmon (benijake) and rice.

Roasted mayo/cheese chicken tender
Potato kimpira (recipe here)
Chili sauce shrimp
Boiled flower-shaped carrots
Chunks of salty sockeye salmon
Usuyaki-tamago and edamame on the rice.

Mushroom rice
Mashed purple sweet potato
Spinach/carrot/corn salad with sesame dressing
Grilled syoyu chicken.

♪Today's simple cooking....♪

babykins' mushroom rice recipe
Some kinds of mushrooms you like (as much as you want)
Aburaage - fried thin tofu (as much as you want)
A little of shoyu and mirin and rayu (red hot sesame oil) or brown sesame oil chili powder
Cooked rice (as much as you want)

1) Cut the mushrooms and the aburaage into small bite size.
2) Place it in a pan then add a few pinches of salt then braise it for a few minutes until get watery.
3) Drain it (remove the extra water) then replace it in the pan.
4) Add all the seasonings and stir-fry it until the excess water dries off.
5) Add it into freshly cooked rice or microwaved leftover rice then mix them together. At this point if it tastes light, add a little more shoyu or salt. Done!!

You can season mushrooms as you like. For example, salt black pepper & butter plus onion, salt & curry powder plus shrimp or chicken, and so on... Anyhow all you need to do is make a mushroom stir-fry and mix it into hot rice! Yes pretty yum! Aw do you know that autumn is the mushroom season?? You should definitely enjoy them NOW!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Chicken Curry Bento and Wet Heart and Takoyaki Cakes

It rains very often these days. I've had a hard time photographing good shots. I think lack of sunlight is always bugging food-shooters. I'm sick of dull weather in the morning! So Autumnal rain wets my heart too. Oh well, a lot of my bento pictures have piled up but I'm only going to post one bento this time because I have so many pics that I'd like to share here!

This bento has...
stir-fried purple potato,
boiled spinach,
a half of boiled egg yolk
chicken curry & rice,
boiled egg white stars atop the curry.

*babykins' super quick chicken curry recipe*
I like this curry, so simple and quick that it's perfect for a busy morning. Perhaps this can't be called curry!? TOO simple to be called CURRY. So should I name it *curry flavored chicken*??

2 Chicken thighs (boneless)
Some flour
1 tablespoon shoyu
1 tablespoon Worcester sauce
About 5 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon curry powder
A little of salt and any spices you like or garam masala


1) Cut the chicken then dredge it in the flour a lot (this flour will thicken curry sauce afterward).
2) Sear the chicken in a pan until light brown.
3) Add all the seasonings and the water then braise it until cooked (for a few minutes).
Done!! It is super easy to make, isn't it!?


In the meantime, the omatsuri report still continues! This would continue until I satisfy myself lol! If you go to an Omatsuri you should go at dusk because you could enjoy a lot more the atmosphere.
2010.9.16 shrine festival (6)

Skewer-stuff stall is a regular, they have oden, yakitori, squid skewers and drinks.
2010.9.16 shrine festival (28)

Another regular stall is TAKOYAKI! Who doesn't like it? These takoyaki are pretty big than normal ones.
2010.9.16 shrine festival (23)
Speaking of takoyaki......

JA JAAAAN!! We made takoyaki at home the other day!DSC_0571

Haha it's a joke, not takoyaki! Yuppi and her pal tried making cake balls using a takoyaki pan. Who made them overflow?? Yes it's me. We used pancake mixture. Maybe I'll update the recipe later.

The girls stuffed and decorated these ones with chocolate. That was so fun work! The mixture is not that sweet so you could put various things into it instead of chocolate.... Cut apple or banana, fruit jam, custard cream, sweet bean paste, cheese, hum and so on. Of course you could put in cut octopus if you want, I won't judge. Only I can't assure you of the taste lol!

These ones are stuffed with teeny tiny hotdogs. Its taste is similar to corn dogs but much healthier, and yes YUM!

Aren't these cute?? Don't they look yummy??

Updated a recipe!!
babykins' takoyaki cake (pancake) recipe
400 gram (14 oz) flour
70 gram (about 8 tablespoons) brown sugar or sugar you like
2 to 3 teaspoons baking powder
520 gram (18.3 oz) mixture of egg and milk, including 4 eggs
4 tablespoons melted butter or vegetable oil

1) Put the flour, sugar and baking powder in a large bowl and mix well with whisk.
2) Add the egg/milk mixture and melted butter into the bowl and mix until the flour disappears and the whole batter is smooth.
3) Then cook it as you like! Give it a try!!