Thursday, January 03, 2013

Hello 2013


How have you been?? I've almost forgotten how to blog haha! I am sure all those who are reading this post right now are at least doing well. And I sure hope that 2013 will be an amazing year for y'all and me! Actually I've had a hard time getting enough time for blogging lately, working on some projects, which are totally private and domestic though. Once things settle down I will be able to write a post regularly like before.

These are bentos I made last year. As I say this time of each year, my bentos will be getting even more simple and effortless because I like simple bentos. And maybe because I'm getting even lazier lol! Though, I want to make only yummy bentos.

Imo-ten (sweet potato tempra) with matcha salt, and quick terini chicken.

Sanma kabayaki (kind of a teriyaki fish) and scallop fry.

Some omusubi, shiokoji egg halves and a persimmon cup.

Om-yaki-spa! Spaghetti with yakisoba sauce, topped with an omelet.

In the meantime, this plate is our New Year dinner this year. Since I don't really like Japanese traditional New Year's foods other than ozouni (mochi soup), I was not going to prepare osechi. They are a bit too sweet for me. Plus if you make all the foods from scratch yourself, that would take tons of time. But Yuppi decided to make some that she really wanted to eat. At first, she was supposed to make them and I was going to help her if requested, but for some reason, I ended up doing most of them lol! It didn't take much time though. All the osechi foods have a meaning each, but I won't write it here because I don't know much about them, heehee. Wishing family and oneself happiness, good health and prosperity in the upcoming year anyway. I adapted those traditional recipes to my taste. What I made for the dinner are datemaki egg (cheat), fried amaebi (tiny shrimps), tazukuri (crunchy, shoyu-glazed tiny little fishes), daikon and carrot salad (the combo of white and orange/pink/red is thought of as a festive color) with whole grain mustard dressing, and chicken karaage (which doesn't count as an osechi). To jazz it up, I made little roses using the shiokoji salmon I'd made earlier. It turned out that Yuppi only made milk butter kinton (mashed sweet patato) haha!

I'm sorry, I haven't been able to reply in a timely fashion to everybody's comments. I'm soon going to write back.

Hoping y'all are having (had) wonderful holidays!


  1. looks delicious! the wooden bento boxes are lovely. happy new year!

  2. Happy New Year!!  I want to come and eat at your house one day!  Your bentos are lovely :)  I really like the first one, it's stunning.  I hope you get time to blog more bentos, I love to see them.

  3. Happy new year! I have been following your blog since early last year and it has inspired me and always makes my day. I hope you have a wonderful year and continue sharing your bentos! 

  4. Lovely - and welcome back!

  5. Very Happy New Year Priscilla! Thank you for the very first comment of 2013! :D You like wooden bento boxes?

  6. Happy Happy New Year Heather! Of course you are always welcome to my house ;) You've been one of my bento buddies I can always share bento love with.

  7. Belated Happy New year Aurum! Thank you so much for the sweet comment. It made my day!

  8. Thank you so much tarabu! I hope you had a wonderful holidays! :)