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05 April 2010 @ 09:17 am
My First Bento Lunches!  
Made my first bento lunches, for Gerald and Graham! Also, photos of the onigiri that Graham and I made together! :D







My first bento, made for Gerald! There's a bottom layer (separated by parchment paper since I don't actually have a bento box) with tofu fried in sesame oil. Top layer are onigiri filled with soy sauce and katsuobushi flakes, tamago, hot dog octopi, and vegetable sushi!

The little container is filled with soy sauce (which I discovered goes well on everything, even the little hot dog octopuses!)



Bento I made for Graham for his first day of work! Not sure if he has access to a fridge there so I made it with all things that won't need to be cold. Bottom layer is chopped celery, carrots, and daikon radish. Next layer is apple slices, with lemon juice to keep them from browning, and the top layer is a PB&J (cut into a heart) with a lychee mochi.



My first onigiri, made with Graham! They are filled with soy sauce and katsuobushi flakes, and pickled plums.

 
 
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The Amanda: -Pokaankichara on April 5th, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, I have already been doing lots of research, found some really nice flickr sites and I think my favorite site I've found so far is www.cookingcute.com ALSO got a book on Japanese/bento cooking with my bookbinding book I got from Amazon (so I could get the free shipping lol).

I actually made Gerald's last night, while Graham and I were making dinner. It makes it a bit easier if you're doing both meals at the same time. X3
mrs_tomoe: kororomrs_tomoe on April 11th, 2010 03:13 pm (UTC)
If you have the half-size rice paddle, it makes onigiri pressing go way faster. If you refrigerate them, be sure to let them reach room temp before eating or else the rice will be hard & dry. :( I make mine in the mornings now after we had a disastrous cold onigiri experience when I made them the night before. You can put just about anything you want as filling: imitation crab bits, shrimp salad, tuna salad or just tuna & mayo, flavored/seasoned canned salmon or tuna, meat (like, if you make yakisoba for dinner, pick out some of the meat when you're done cooking to save for next day's lunch).

Nice job on all the goodies you made! You'll be a good Japanese mom because you plan your bento out of dinner just like they do here. I like your hearts & stars a lot. Now I'll have to get some of those shapes too. :)