Friday, October 26, 2012

English Muffin Bento

Today's bento contains, spicy tomato chicken, potato salad with yogurt dressing, and mini English muffins (cheat).

Since Yuppi wanted to make Eggs Benedict, she tried to make English muffins for the first time. She was going to make molds for them too by herself using paper and foil, but it sounded like a pain to me so I advised her that muffin dough could be cooked in a skillet without circles. You know what, it worked better than I expected.

This is exactly what she wanted to make. It was lovely enough without hollandaise sauce!

Photographed by Yuppi

Friday, October 19, 2012

Onion Shoyu Pork Bento

For bento today, I made curry potato salad, a fried egg and onion shoyu pork.

Onion shoyu pork is one of my simple bento dishes, which you can make the day before and store in the refrigerator. Grated onion makes meet tender and gives it extra flavor. So you can also marinate all the ingredients together in the refrigerator before cooking and then cook it in the morning. A bit of grated garlic would make it even more flavorful and appetizing if you don't mind its smell at work or school. Other spices you like (red chili, ginger, whatever) would also work. If you're not a fan of the shoyu flavor you can switch the soy sauce and sugar to a little salt and some tomato puree or ketchup. Not to mention beef also goes well on this recipe.

Ingredients for 3 - 4 bentos
About 300 gram pork slices
half an onion, grated
1 and 1/2 to 2 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 to 1 tablespoon sugar

Put all the ingredients in a pan or pot and mix well.

Cook it over medium-low heat for 5 - 6 minutes until done.

This onion shoyu pork is tender and tasty cold as well. Now it's time to give it a try!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sammy and Naporitan plus Kotorisan

Hi guys! It looks like I can finally get back into bento. A couple of things kept me unmotivated taking pictures early in the mornings. But here is where I always come back. It's nice to be back to my main blog. I'm going to keep it going at my pace.

Today I made a quick sammy bento. For the sammy, I made an omelet, and sauteed some bacon slices in a pan. I think sammy lunches need something filling to keep you stuffed until the evening. So I made chicken crisp with a chicken breast.

This one is a Naporitan (long pasta with ketchup, onion slices, and ham or bacon) bento I made in the past summer.

In the meantime, my darling Pigchan who did a great job on the winner-drawing, went back to his real home (my sister's place) after his long stay at my house. We've all been missing him so much.

In place of him, now what puts a smile on my face is Kotori-san. I've been on a needle felting kick lately.

I got a lot of blankets because I am so cute!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Bento Love to The Winner

Howdy Doody! It's totally been quite a while?? I am alive!! I survived the tough and harsh summer, lol! Being back here, the first thing I want to do is... post bentos? Nooo. Today I'm going to do an entry about my last giveaway, do you remember? Want to see what I sent to the winner? Not interested in it? Okay I need to share it anyway haha! Here are the items I really enjoyed selecting for the winner.

Two lovely polka dot enamel containers, cute smiling wooden cutlery, a strawberry cooking timer which comes in handy when you have to whip up bento foods, sushi-printed chopsticks which make me giggle, a bento cloth I made, some cookies I made, and a box of both-sides-siliconed baking paper (which is not in the picture).

I'm ashamed I'm not a good sewer, but really wanted to do. I thought this fabric was well-matching for the red white polka dotties.

And I made cookies using our local ingredients... Hokkaido butter, flour, sugar, egg. The name, Hokkaido is such a brand, we are blessed with great local products, especially dairy and farm products. So I'd love to share the yumminess with the winner.

Matcha (powdered green tea leaves) cookies with white chocolate on it. Made out of flour, butter, confectioner's sugar, egg yolk, matcha and Meiji white chocolate.

Crumbly snowballs. Made out of flour, butter, raw beet sugar, egg and almond powder.

All those of you who took part in and jazzed up this event, thank you so much again!