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Inarizushi Bento 6

Posted on October 18, 2011 by Debra

I think Saba Man’s favorite time of year is autumn.  Because autumn brings football!  This past Saturday, I packed this inarizushi bento for him to snack on while he cheered for the University of Washington Huskies!

This inarizushi is not your ordinary recipe, I added scrambled eggs, tuna, shiitake mushrooms and topped each bundle with a slice of avocado!

I tucked in some tomatoes, then realized that this needed something to represent the Purple and Gold…so I added purple figs!

Go Dawgs!


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Quick Fried Rice Bento 24

Posted on November 04, 2010 by Debra

Making fried rice for Saba Man.  Ham, green onion, egg, and cold rice. 

Refrigerator-cold rice is important. 

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Oyakodon Bento 5

Posted on October 13, 2010 by Debra

Another quick post… I need to call it a night!   This bento box lunch is a  simple “dry” oyakodon.

It’s just  eggs and chicken over rice.   To disguise these common ingredients, I’ve added green onion, nori, renkon, and enoki mushrooms.

Hmmm, the  splash of pickled red ginger —beni shoga, furthers the  deception don’t you think?

Adding this to “What’s for lunch Wednesday?”

Chicken and Egg Bento Box 11

Posted on February 02, 2010 by Debra

A super short post because I’m cooking  before tonight’s evening of television.  In case you haven’t heard, LOST Season 6 starts tonight and I only have 20 minutes to get all this done.  The rice cooker is switched on, the kabocha is roasting  and the chicken is marinating.  After the show is over… I pack the bentos for tomorrow’s lunches.

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Salmon Soboro Bento Box 3

Posted on December 28, 2009 by Debra

Today’s bento box features salmon soboro over rice, (yes it’s the White Rice) roasted delicata squash and shoyu wasabi boiled eggs. I almost always have a bento stash of salmon patties in the freezer. Either homemade or store bought. They are easy to reheat for immediate consumption and perfect for a bento box. For today’s lunch I crumbled one of the patties and made a soboro. 
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Lemon Chicken Bento Box 10

Posted on December 16, 2009 by Debra


Today’s featured bento box almost didn’t happen.  I had big ideas on making baked lemon chicken, similar to the  mochiko chicken recipe which was done a while back.  Read the rest of this entry →

Chicken and Egg Bento Box 5

Posted on December 10, 2009 by Debra


Today’s featured bento box features the last piece of 5 spice roasted chicken , a thigh.   Saba Man’s lunch needed more, so  additional protein is a triangle shaped fried egg.  There are 2 mini musubi, one wrapped in nori and the other with sesame/seaweed furikake.  Steamed asparagus, olives and tomatoes fill out the rest of box! 

The egg was fried then steamed in a triangle shaped cookie cutter.   I didn’t photograph using the triangle, but  I did for a heart shape!

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Basket Weave Bento Box 4

Posted on December 08, 2009 by Debra


Today’s featured bento box contains “residual ingredients” from yesterday’s bento box, The Smallest Tree.  All those egg whites I used for the “snow” left some orphaned yolks behind.  What to do ?  Custard?  Nope.   Mayonnaise?  Hell no.   I’m currently reading Julie and Julia so I have a strong hunch on that potential result.  As they say on Twitter…#fail!    Failure will never be an option if I don’t evern try, right?   I’m comfortable with that choice.    So I ponder, “Will I ever add d French cooking to my ‘to do’ list?”   Hmmm…I will answer that question after I conquer my fear of dough, and that item is  near the bottom of that list.  Procrastination can be blissful.

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