leggo my obento! the bento blog

shrimp tempura + tube fish cake with asparagus + bacon and corn fried rice
December 15, 2006, 3:47 pm
Filed under: Bento, Rice, Shrimp

my bento

my bento - 12.15.2006

hard boiled egg (it fell apart 😦 ); pan fried asparagus; fish cake tube with asparagus (this tastes GREAT with kewpie mayo but i’m watching my calories); cherry tomato; shrimp tempura (pre-frozen from trader joe’s, probably one of the best investments i’ve made!); rice fried with bacon and roasted sweet corn

i work today but he doesn’t.. so i get a bento, and he gets a plate.  *sigh* i want to stay home 😦  but at least i have a nice lunch!!


octopus wieners + takanazuke rice + kamaboko tamagoyaki
December 14, 2006, 1:44 am
Filed under: Bento, Rice

his bento

his bento - 12.14.2006

strawberry; dove chocolate with caramel; tamagoyaki with kamaboko; octopus wieners with okonomiyaki sauce; soy ginger broccoli; bacon grease fried rice with takanazuke, soy sauce, and sake

tricolor donburi and crab tamagoyaki
December 4, 2006, 2:20 am
Filed under: Bento, Chicken, Donburi, Fish, Rice

his bento

his bento - 12.04.2006

fire roasted corn; ground chicken sauteed in sugar, soy sauce, and ginger; chopped spinach; fish cake tubes with mayo; imitation crab with mayo; shiitake mushrooms

my bento

my bento - 12.04.2006

rice with takanazuke and dried shrimp; cherry tomato; takoyaki w/ mayo and nori; tamagoyaki with imitation crab; kabocha simmered in soy sauce, dashi, and sugar

smoked salmon donburi, tamagoyaki, and daikon rice
September 12, 2006, 1:41 pm
Filed under: Bento, Donburi, Fish, Rice

his bento

his bento - 09.11.2006

top: smoked salmon and green onion tamagoyaki, sweet simmered shiitake, stir fried green beans, and fish cake with mayo
bottom: daikon rice with furikake
my bento

my bento - 09.11.2006

left: salted cucumber salad with sesame seeds, apple slices, adzuki beans
right: smoked salmon donburi

i love donburi but he hates it. he doesn’t like egg on rice or sweet egg or hard boiled egg!!! so i made him a tamagoyaki with some smoked salmon and green onion, a dash of soy sauce and a dash of sake.

daikon rice: this recipe was taken from naomi kijima’s bento book. marinate daikon in soy sauce for about 10 minutes, drain, and stir into cooked rice along with bonito flakes. i topped mine with my favorite furikake which is a mix of bonito flakes, nori, sesame seeds. this was actually leftover from dinner last night..

smoked salmon donburi: this recipe was also adapted from naomi kijima’s bento book. she has a recipe for unagi (bbq eel) donburi and i instead replaced it with the smoked salmon.

the adzuki beans also came from naomi kijima’s bento book. i used canned beans instead, and added about half the sugar since i don’t like mine as sweet.

green boxes!
August 15, 2006, 12:38 pm
Filed under: Bento, Donburi, Fish, Rice

both of our bentos were packed in green boxes!  purely coincidentally (it’s all that was clean heh heh).  maybe it will bring us a little extra prosperity!?

his bento

his bento - 08.15.2006
steamed broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots; pork gyoza with sauce bottle; salmon rice with nori
dessert: cherry cheesecake

my bento

my bento - 08.15.2006
clam donburi, stir fried mixed vegetables, pork gyoza with sauce

easiest gyoza sauce: 1 T soy sauce, 1 T rice vinegar, 2-3 drops of sesame oil

clam donburi is pretty easy. donburi is dishes where egg is cooked in a sweet watery sauce and served over rice.  this is a variation of naomi kijima’s clam donburi.  in my variation i used canned clam and green onions.  she also has a bbq eel donburi that i’d love to try with bbq pork!  japanese cooking is actually very affordable but you have to make substitutions for items that are cheap and readily available where you live.

salmon rice – also adapted from one of naomi kijima’s recipes (salmon cucumber rice).  saute canned salmon and ginger in a frying pan, add hot cooked rice, remove from heat and season with salt and pepper.  top with nori.  he doesn’t like cucumber (except in cucumber salad) so i didn’t want to make the rice as per her recipe.  the nori is my “green” substitution to ensure he gets his vitamins.

beef fried rice
January 23, 2006, 5:21 pm
Filed under: Beef, Bento, Fish, Rice

his bento

his bento - 01.23.2006

from left: beef fried rice, steamed carrots and broccoli with mayo, chikuwa fritters, lotus root salad; not pictured: apple slices for dessert

my bento

my bento - 01.23.2006

right, from top: lotus root salad, steamed carrot and broccoli with mayo, chikuwa fritter, tamagoyaki, persimmon slices; left: steamed rice with furikake, salted salmon

pork fried rice
January 11, 2006, 11:49 am
Filed under: Bento, Pork, Rice

the best use of leftover rice is fried rice! we ordered hot mama’s pesto pizza last night for dinner and i’d made rice for yesterday’s bentos that morning.. and still had nearly half a pot of rice leftover this morning… so i made fried rice.

his bento
his bento - 01.11.2006
left, from top: hamburger with tonkatsu sauce, simmered konbu, simmered shiitake; right: pork fried rice; dessert: slice of pound cake

my bento:
my bento - 1.11.2006
left: pork fried rice; right, from top: mandarin oranges, simmered konbu, simmered shiitake, hamburger