Saturday, March 24, 2012

Bento #68

I woke up and wanted to cook something, because I've been eating frozen dinners at work for a while. I've just been so tired, and I hate it.

My mom gave me a bag of chicken strips - she had found a whole bunch of frozen breaded chicken on sale, so she stocked up.
I decided to make easy chicken tonkatsu with them. Since I've never made tonkatsu before, I had no sauce in the house. I used this recipe minus the allspice, because I don't have any of that either.

I made a bento for my cousin as well - he got hired at the same office as me a few weeks ago, and we're working the same shift tonight.

Bento #068

We each get:
Chicken tonkatsu (2 chicken strips with sauce)
Deviled egg
Carrot sticks

I had some leftover rice, and I made 2 more chicken stirips than what I needed, so I threw a bit of food together for my husband to eat later. Instead of just plain rice though, I gave him bonito flavoured onigiri. I had already decided to make a deviled egg for him, because he loves them.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Bento #67

Bento #067

Today I had ...
2 onigiri with furikake (plum and salmon)
deviled egg
marinated mushrooms
coleslaw with mandarin orange sesame dressing

smaller today, but delicious :D

Monday, March 5, 2012

Bento #66

I'm working the late shift at work this week - 3pm to 11pm!
My bentos will be a little larger this week, because they are for dinner instead of lunch.

Bento #066

Today's Bento is

Chicken caraage (I cooked it a little too long, so please excuse the burnt bits - but the chicken was still juicy and delicious!)
Gomae (spinach salad with sesame sauce)
Onigiri with plum furikake
Coleslaw mix with mandarin orange sesame dressing
Carrots and snow peas

The chicken and spinach were from the Just Bento Cookbook. I had to make the sesame sauce from scratch, following the recipe in the book - and even then I had to improvise. I really need to invest in a mortar and pestle.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Bento #64

Bento #064

Chow mein with snow peas
Cheesy Spinach (from Kawaii Bento Boxes Cookbook)
Hot Dog Octopi and Crabs with Dijon mustard (underneath in a blue container)
Deviled egg

This was from Monday - I threw it together in the morning before I left for work.
The Chow mein sauce was just chicken stock, oyster sauce, soy sauce and a bit of corn starch to thicken it.

Bento #65

Bento #065

This one is another Ramen bento.
There is a layer of noodles lightly dressed with sesame oil (to prevent them from sticking, and to add flavour)
Then Frozen Corn, Frozen Peas, half a hard boiled egg (sliced) and two mini smoked sausages cut into fish and an octopus. Topped off with green onion and a dash of shichimi tōgarashi
The orange container has dashi granules in it and the bunny has soy sauce, to make the broth.

This is for today - I threw it together this morning. I'm working the late shift at work this week and next week, so I will have time most mornings to make my lunch.

Thursday, February 9, 2012


I totally forgot to take a photo of today's bento, and I don't have a camera with me now ...

I used my usual 2-tier blue URARA dragonfly bento box

Bottom Tier is:
3 onigiri (egg furikake, veggie furikake and a 'sushi rice' one topped with black sesame seeds)
a hot dog cut into fish shapes

Top Tier is:
3 tuna patties (recipe below)
Cheesy Spinach (from the kawaii bento box cookbook)

Mini Tuna Patties:
(makes 6 or 7)

1 can tuna drained
1 tbsp breadcrumbs
1/2 tsp dijon mustard
1/2 tsp hot sauce
1 tbsp and 1 tsp mayo
1 tsp parsley
salt & pepper to taste

mix all ingredients well. Mold patties with your hands, pressing firmly to keep the tuna from falling apart. Place on parchment paper.
Heat up about 1tsp olive oil in a frying pan, cook patties until golden brown on both sides.