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18th-Sep-2008 08:09 am - We've Moved!
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18th-Sep-2008 07:40 am - Bento Things I Want to Try [recipe, resources, tips]
Since I love to surf the 'net and check out other bento blogs, websites and Flickr streams, I figured I should make a repository of links to some of the many things I'd like to try in/with my bentos.

Recipes

Dessert sushi
Frozen banana rolls (TRIED 9/5: They are super-yummy! And I don't normally like bananas)
Pan-fried lemon chicken nuggets

Shrimp and green onion fritters

Omuraisu (Japanese rice omelet)
 (TRIED 9/11: Very good! Almost like I remember from Korea)
Gyoza "sandwiches" and mini-pies

Stovetop mini-fritattas and ketchup yaki onigiri

Quick and Easy Mini Stromboli
Chicken Katsu (TRIED 9/11: OMG YUM! These were so tasty!)
Pumpkin Miso Mini-muffins

Tips
Organizing Bento Accessories
Everyday Bento ~ Finding Accessories in Your Town

I'll be adding more as I find them :)



 
17th-Sep-2008 06:20 pm - Bento #15 ~ All A'Bloom

Since my last couple of bentos were paticularly uninspired, I decided to go a bit fancier with this one. I'm starting to really like the one-tier boxes better because there is so much more room to work with and I can fit things under the lid better.


Jasmine rice with grape tomato, baby corn and nori flower. Sliced baby carrots. Heart-shaped eggs sprinkled with curry powder on wakame (seaweed salad). Out of the box is a mooncake and a mini-pudding.
 
Unfortunately, the mooncake pictured was the last of my lotus seed mooncakes. :( So I went back to the store today and they had all their mooncake sets marked down. Yay! Unfortunately, the only set they had that was solely lotus seed was the most expensive at 4 for $22 (after the discount). I bypassed it in favor of a 4-pack assortment for $11...one of which was lotus seed. These were the larger, more ornate kind that I had been looking for before. They also had some nice larger assortments of smaller cakes that I might go back and get when/if they do more markdowns.
 

I love the boxes these come in...they're so pretty! I'll probably save them to use as little gift boxes.


A closeup of one of the mooncakes.
I'll have to take another pic when I unwrap it to eat since the reflection of the plastic interferes.
 

Monday's bento was just thrown together, so I didn't take a pic. I'm trying not to lose my bento motivation. I'm going to try to post something here everyday...even if it's not bento pics just so I don't feel like I have to make a picture-worthy bento every day.

Contents: Ramen noodles w/furikake, shrimp & edamame shaomai, baby corn, baby carrots, and yakgwa cookie.

No bento on Tuesday because I had a migraine Monday night and went to bed early...then didn't have time in the morning to toss something together.

Today's bento is fun and exciting however. I took pics, but haven't had a chance to post them yet. A new entry will be posted this evening with pics. I got to try out some of my new goodies. Yay!
13th-Sep-2008 03:54 pm - Mooncakes!
Thanks to Vanessa's teacher, I found a store that sold mooncakes! They had a pretty decent variety, though they didn't have any individual ones...they were all in gift boxes. So I snagged the cheapest one they had...8 for $12.99. If we weren't so broke, I would've gotten one of the more expensive ones because these were just a little disappointing. For one thing, they were rather small compared to what size I though they'd be and, most of all, they were very plain. I had been looking forward to the ornately-embossed ones. Ah well...as you can see from the pics, I went ahead and ate one. It was ooohhh so yummy! The crust was very flaky...it practically fell apart when I cut into the cake...and the filling was lotus seed paste with salted duck egg yolks. I can't even describe the taste because it was like nothing I'd ever had before...slightly sweet with a bit of saltiness from the egg yolk.

EDITED to add that apparently the box I got is a mix because the mooncake I ate last night had red bean paste, not lotus seed. I like the lotus seed better...it has a more delicate flavor to it.

 

As you can see, it came with a nice gift box and matching gift bag. Spiffy! 
 
I also picked up some choco-banana Pocky and mini-puddings. Yum yum! Sugar rush, here I come!
 
11th-Sep-2008 09:47 pm - Bento #13 ~ Mmm...Leftovers

Tomorrow's lunch bento is essentially a copy of what I just had for dinner tonight. I don't mind eating it more than once if it's as yummy as this was. :) The layout is kind of boring, I will admit...but I really didn't feel like jazzing it up much today. The only difference between dinner and lunch is the Lychee Coconut Jelly that I'd forgotten I had. It was given to Munchkin, along with a few other oriental snacks about a month back when her preschool was doing an "Around the World" theme for the week. Her teacher is Chinese, so she gave them goodie bags of Chinese snacks and little toys. Ooo....that makes me realize that I could probably ask the teacher where to buy moon cakes. I'll have to remember that tomorrow when I drop Munchkin off.


Chicken katsu, tonkatsu sauce in mini-bottle, wakame (seaweed salad), lychee coconut jelly
Yakgwa (Korean fried honey cookie) in lid

11th-Sep-2008 08:46 pm - Not a Bento, but OMG-YUM!!

I stopped by the Oriental market today, hoping to pick up a moon cake or two for the upcoming Moon Festival, but alas, I guess Korean-owned markets don't carry them, because there was not a one to be found. :( I did, however, pick up a few other yummy items...panko, frozen mixed seafood, shrimp and edamame gyoza, and some "traditional Korean cookies" (which, after a bit of research, I have found are yakgwa).

The panko was for making chicken katsu...which I jumped right in and made for dinner this evening. OMG...it was sooo good!! The panko just makes it...it gives it such a different texture than regular bread crumbs. I normally do not like making anything fried, but this was super-yummy. The recipe I used was from JustBento (even though the link in my "Bento Things to Try" is for the recipe at CookingCute...I might try that one next time) because it was simpler. I figured I'd try it first, then add more seasonings if I felt like it. I also whipped up some simple tonkatsu sauce with ketchup and worchestershire sauce. I'm not sure if I got it right because it's been ages since I've had real tonkatsu sauce...but it was good.


Chicken katsu, wakame (seaweed salad), tonkatsu sauce
(I restrained myself and didn't eat all four pieces...I just had two and put the other two in my bento for tomorrow)
11th-Sep-2008 08:33 pm - Bento #12 ~ Better Late Than Never
I got a late start on this last night, so by the time I got done, I was too tired to come upload it and post...and didn't have enough time this morning to do so either. So, without further ado...here's today's lunch bento:


Bottom: Chicken Omuraisu (omelet) w/ ketchup heart, sprinkled with sesame seeds, stir-fry veggies
Top: Tropical fruit salad, Black Forest mini-cupcakes
Side: Rice cracker mix
The omuraisu recipe is from JustBento and was very good....even though it probably would have been better fresh instead of having been refrigerated and reheated in the microwave at lunch. I'll have to try again one day when I can eat it fresh because it tastes like it would be the next best thing to the omelets I absolutely loved when I was in Korea.
11th-Sep-2008 03:27 pm - The Omnivore's 100
A fun little meme from Very Good Taste.

The Omnivore’s Hundred

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten. (The ones I love are in red, the ones I don't like are crossed out)
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment at Very Good Taste linking to your results.

So, here I present…

Raven's Omnivore’s Hundred

  1. Venison
  2. Nettle tea
  3. Huevos rancheros
  4. Steak tartare (Haven't actually had steak tartare, but a Korean version called yukhoe...yummy!.)
  5. Crocodile (Does alligator count?)
  6. Black pudding
  7. Cheese fondue
  8. Carp
  9. Borscht
  10. Baba ghanoush
  11. Calamari
  12. Pho
  13. PB&J sandwich
  14. Aloo gobi
  15. Hot dog from a street cart
  16. Epoisses
  17. Black truffle
  18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes (There's a winery right down the road that makes the most fabulous apple wine. Plus, an ex-bf of mine made some very yummy homemade chokecherry wine...mmmm.)
  19. Steamed pork buns
  20. Pistachio ice cream (I'm not a fan of pistachios)
  21. Heirloom tomatoes
  22. Fresh wild berries (we have wild strawberries growing in our yard)
  23. Foie gras
  24. Rice and beans
  25. Brawn, or head cheese
  26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
  27. Dulce de leche
  28. Oysters
  29. Baklava
  30. Bagna cauda
  31. Wasabi peas
  32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
  33. Salted lassi
  34. Sauerkraut
  35. Root beer float
  36. Cognac with a fat cigar (Please, a cigar is not food...ditto)
  37. Clotted cream tea
  38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
  39. Gumbo
  40. Oxtail
  41. Curried goat
  42. Whole insects
  43. Phaal
  44. Goat’s milk
  45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more (had a $60 one though...an ex-bf was into scotch)
  46. Fugu
  47. Chicken tikka masala
  48. Eel
  49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
  50. Sea urchin
  51. Prickly pear
  52. Umeboshi
  53. Abalone
  54. Paneer
  55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
  56. Spaetzle
  57. Dirty gin martini
  58. Beer above 8% ABV
  59. Poutine
  60. Carob chips
  61. S’mores
  62. Sweetbreads
  63. Kaolin (??? - the only reference I can find to this is a type of clay)
  64. Currywurst
  65. Durian
  66. Frogs’ legs
  67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake (All of the above…yyuummmm)
  68. Haggis
  69. Fried plantain
  70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
  71. Gazpacho
  72. Caviar and blini
  73. Louche absinthe
  74. Gjetost, or brunost
  75. Roadkill (not knowingly...but that squid jerky they sold from those little carts in Korea sure looked like it could've been)
  76. Baijiu (I've had the Korean version, sujo)
  77. Hostess Fruit Pie
  78. Snail
  79. Lapsang souchong
  80. Bellini
  81. Tom yum
  82. Eggs Benedict
  83. Pocky
  84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
  85. Kobe beef
  86. Hare
  87. Goulash
  88. Flowers
  89. Horse
  90. Criollo chocolate
  91. Spam
  92. Soft shell crab
  93. Rose harissa
  94. Catfish
  95. Mole poblano
  96. Bagel and lox
  97. Lobster Thermidor
  98. Polenta
  99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
  100. Snake
63%....not bad, but not as high as I thought it would be. However, there are a few adventurous things I have eaten that are not on this list...mainly when I was stationed in Korea.

Munchkin's preschool is having show 'n' tell tomorrow where they have to bring something that is yellow, square, or begins with a "b". We decided that her square fairy bento box would be ideal. So...being that I have to show off just a little ;), I planned out a nice snack box for her, using the some of the cute accessories I got in today. Since the preschool provides food, I deicded against doing a full lunch-type bento and opted instead for just a few little snack items that she could share.


Mozzerella cheese and turkey bologna on animal picks, baby carrots, baby corn, rainbow goldfish crackers, boston creme mini-cupcake, lined with spinach

And I couldn't forget myself of course. Since Munchkin doesn't like rice (!!!), I get to experiment with all the rice-related stuff myself. I used the egg mold to make the heart-shaped onigiri.


Top tier: Heart-shaped onigiri with salmon furikake, soy sauce in fish bottle
Bottom tier: Edamame, mozzerella cheese and turkey on animal picks, tropical fruit salad
 
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