I'm finally back in bentomaking. Yes I'm going to keep going! Thank you so much for the thoughtful comments to my earlier posts. I appreciate every single one of them. They really encouraged me and let me know how much I was loved by you all.... Haha that's a joke but it was so great to see that all of you had thought of me at that moment. And I have to say, many many bento pals are trying so hard to help Japan. I realized how much they loved our country. It means way more than they know. I saw some of them make a hinomaru bento to encourage Japan. Not to mention it inspired me so I thought my first bento after the earthquake was supposed to be a hinomaru bento. *Hinomaru* means a round of the sun. It's the symbol of Japan and the name of the national flag. Hinomaru bento is white rice topped with a red round umeboshi, which is one of good old bento styles. From time immemorial, it has been said that Japan is the country where the sun starts rising. GANBARE Nippon!!
Hinomaru bento... syoyu-braised chicken slices, cheese omelet slices, boiled shrimp gyoza (leftover), boiled romanesco and iyokan orange bunnies that cheer me up.
Wrap wrap bento... I forgot to cook rice this day so I made some chapati-looking things for this bento. This one contains cheese curry (leftover), a fried egg, heart-shaped cheese slices, ham slices and cut fruits. Making chapati is such a pain in the busy morning. So I made super quick crepes using whole wheat flour and rice flour. It has a sticky texture like mochi. But the recipe is too rough to share yet.