Thursday, April 02, 2015

A New Beginning

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2015-04-02 bento
Mushroom butter rice, herb-fried cod, fried sweet potato, ume-tossed cabbage and pickled carrot.


Java sparrow and lovebirds


Unfortunately I missed a chance to freak out you guys. It's already April 2 here haha. Speaking of April, it means a new beginning here in Japan. The new starts of things, the season that everyone is thrilled about changes of things. Lots of exciting things are coming along.

This is just today's bento, and I decided to post an entry every day as long as I could take shots. Happy spring guys!!

Friday, February 20, 2015

It Won't Be That Long

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I felt like posting something, but unfortunately haven't taken bento pictures much lately. I had to rake unposted ones from the last year, lol. These ones are all bland, but anyway, some of my last bentos of 2014. It seems like I only just managed to throw foods together. Better than nothing. It's totally all right, huh?


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You know what? I'm going to reach my 300th post soon! I assumed I hadn't done all that much, so I'm even surprised that this will happen. Do you know what *The 300th post* means? Oh yeah! We're (you and me of course) going to be doing something fun. Although I don't think many people read this blog, would love to share a little thrill with you long-time readers. I came up with a few ideas for it, though, one thing I can tell for now, I want it to be more interesting and exciting than the things I've done before.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Hello 2015

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Hello there! Belated belated happy 2015! It's way toooo behind gahhh. Oh well, it's good I can greet you guys before January is over. I've hibernated for a while because it's winter here, yes. I've been snowed in lol. Anyway, first of all, let me tell you my New Year's resolutions for the year as it's one of my annual rituals here. Ahem, I hope to blog as much as I can! Wait, I feel like I say the same thing every year. You are all tired of hearing that, aren't you? I AM never tired of saying it lol. Okay while many bloggers have moved to handier and easier stuff like Instagram, Facebook or something, I still stick to blogging because it's where I end up coming back, even though I also enjoy some of those SNSs. Another resolution of mine is to write in Japanese as well, along with my odd English sentences, heehee. Since I haven't written Japanese articles in forever, I'm a bit nervous wondering if I can write properly lol! Not sure whether I go with literal translation or free. Though, I think it will be kind of interesting work.

I've been packing some bentos this year, but haven't photographed them at all. So this is my very first bento shot of the year. Today I made omusubi dogs (rice rolls with sausages), chicken egg salad, renkon salad and spinach salad. Yes, salad salad salad. Tossed some pieces of steamed chicken tenders and boiled eggs with grain mustard and mayonnaise. Tossed boiled lotus root slices with shoyu and umeboshi. Tossed boiled spinach with a bit of salt, sesame oil and sesame seeds. Winter spinach is perfect for a bento dish, because it's delicious itself for sure.



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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Face

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I made faces in bento for the first time in a very long time. For some reason I felt like doing that. I'm clumsy with making cartoon characters or something like that, and not a chara-ben/deco-ben person though. It's a bit hard for me to cut out nori without a nori punch, so my nori faces always turn out a bit awkward haha. But I am enjoying making faces at the moment. How long my nori face kick will last, we'll see.


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Friday, November 14, 2014

Happy Autumn!

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Hello there! I hope you're all doing well. I guess you've been missing me. Haha, just joking, yes. Actually I posted something a few days ago, but accidentally deleted it. I've got tons of stuff to talk about. Anyway here are some of my recent bentos.



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Yakisoba and omusubi.



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Chicken katsu, carrot kimpira, potato and edamame tossed with mayo.



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Chahan with egg and pork belly slices, and raw veggie salad.



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Karaage, a shoyu egg half and omusubi.



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Mini teriyaki pork chicken burgers, panko-fried salmon and usual potato edamame salad.



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Karaage and omusubi again.



Autumn sky
When I was writing this entry it was a real autumn. Yesterday, we had the very first snow in this season! I'm shivering. I haven't taken photos of snow yet so I'll leave with this one instead, which I took two days ago. I'm going to be back here soon!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Back in Spring

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In this bento are curried pork patties on rice, potato omelet with ketchup, and some raw veggies with mayo. As some of you are aware, I painted my table top white! I was so tired of the darkness of the table haha!


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These ones contain slices of shoyu chicken thigh, sweet potato dressed with sesame seeds and a bit of salt and butter, shoyu egg halves and carrot bacon stir-fry.


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For these ones, I made carrot salad, herb-mayo broiled salmon, snow pea salad and egg aburaage pouches. Egg aburaage pouches! You are curious about that, I guess. I have you covered of course! Eh I want to say so, but I'll save it for a future post, sorry hehee.


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You know what, Yuppi complained later, *Mama, that sour carrot wasn't my type. I like carrot to be stir-fried, not sour*. I was a bit miffed because I was happy with the carrot salad and it is one of my hits (at least I think). Not to mention I insisted. *It's really good and not even that sour. Just refreshing! You can leave it if you don't like!* I was a bit opinionated and mean LOL.

I first lightly cooked carrot julienne and then seasoned with a bit of salt, rice vinegar and shirasu (cooked and salted tiny little fishes). It may be hard to imagine, but is something like carrot tuna salad with no oil. Sounds good and healthy, doesn't it?



Although It's totally long overdue, I decided to post some photos I'd taken when going on a trip to my favorite park to see sakura this past spring. This year I got my hands on a telephoto zoom lens for the first time, which is very affordable but enough fun to use. I've taken quite a few photos using it. I'm going to post a lot more in future posts as well. I hope you'll like them!


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Friday, September 05, 2014

Cosmos

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Hi there! I did give up on the summer and am already excited about winter haha! Before that, yes, fall has come. One of the happiest things about living in Japan is that I can feel the difference in each season. In each season, you could enjoy each air, smell, color and food. One of the typical signs of fall is cosmos, right? Hey it's strange I've hardly seen dragonflies flying this year. Cosmoses and dragonflies are kind of a pair to me. This summer was very short and we've had a lot more rain so far than usual. Weird.

These pictures are obviously duds, but I like them, so here they go.



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Homemade mayonnaise
In the meantime, isn't this jar so darn cute? I also have the Gaspard and Lisa version. I've been making mayonnaise myself for some time now, but couldn't resist buying them teehee. I used up the content and made my own again. Mayo is so easy to make I do suggest making your own!



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For these bentos, what I did the night before is sprinkle some salmon pieces with herb salt, save part of mini chicken pork burgers, carrot burdock salad and boiled broccoli from the dinner. In the morning I broiled the salmon, tossed the broccoli with minced umeboshi and shoyu, re-sauteed the burgers and then dressed in thickened shoyu sauce.



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For these ones, I made pork sukiyaki (pork, aburaage, shirataki, maitake mushroom and green onion). Then put them on beds of rice neatly and added shoyu egg halves. I used aburaage (fried thin tofu) instead of tofu, which turned out a very nice idea. Aburaage in the sukiyaki sauce is delish and it goes great with rice. Ah I wish I'd added something red to top it off. Don't you think so??