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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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National Sushi Day Bento 7

Posted on November 01, 2010 by Debra

Saba Man wishes everyday is National Sushi Day as he loves when his bento is  filled with inarizushi. 

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Inarizushi with Carrots and Konbu 1

Posted on November 01, 2010 by Debra

We’re having another #twitterfoodparty today…a special one to celebrate National Sushi Day!  Really!

Today’s the day to celebrate eating sushi!

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A Bento for Sharing 18

Posted on August 21, 2010 by Debra

Saba Man fields comments and questions about his bentos daily so he asked me to pack an extra large bento so he could share it with co-workers.  I honored his kind gesture with this creation.

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Another In-Flight Bento 17

Posted on August 12, 2010 by Debra

Taking a pause between my “back-to-school” bentos…here’s an in-flight lunch that I packed for a departing house guest using produce we found while sightseeing!

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Back-To-School Bento #1 30

Posted on August 02, 2010 by Debra


Here’s the first of our series of  back-to-school bento lunches!  But before we jump into the foods and fillers there are some guidelines that may be helpful for those who are new to packing bento box lunches. There’s also a special surprise!

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Elph’s Bento Box 14

Posted on April 13, 2010 by Debra

Look what arrived in the mail today!  This awesomely cute “Elph’s Circus” bento box from Japanistic!

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Superbowl Snack Hijiki Inarizushi Bento 6

Posted on February 07, 2010 by Debra

Saba Man and I hit the stores this early Superbowl Sunday morning to get all the errands done so we could  r e l a x  for the remainder of the day.  Costco first, right as the doors opened and the line was very long,  then the “Clean Water” car wash, next was Sears followed by the Nordstrom Rack, and finally Trader Joe’s… and it was packed with shoppers!  Who knew that “Trader’s” would be  the mecca for Superbowl snacks?    But a word about why we went to Sears.  We are in the market for a new refrigerator as our current one is on it’s last wheezing breath.  It’s an old relic of the 1980′s that needs to be retired. 

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Inarizushi Bento Box for the Seahawk Game 2

Posted on October 17, 2009 by Debra

In recent posts I’ve remarked on the signals that the summer was gone and fall was here. The temperature drops along with leaves… and so forth. The least poetic proof of autumn’s arrival is of course FOOTBALL, both the NFL and all those college conferences. And each weekend, until late in December, we are either on the Interstate 5 shuttling to and from the stadium, or glued to the television set. I must confess that I’m just the driver and do not personally attend the games. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy watching the game, just in the comfort of my home. The cold air and I do not get along. Saba Man is both a football and a bento fan so when his backpack contains a snack box full of his favorites, he a very happy Seahawk 12th Man!
The actual box for the game is a reused container; one of many commercial take-out boxes that I refuse to recycle just yet. Coincidental, this box did contain some sort of take-out sushi combo so I’m glad for my decision to stash it. Okay, now Saba Man is very trustworthy and has never lost or damaged an “empty”, but given that a crowd of rabid Seahawk fans could care less about a kawaii bento box, let’s not risk it. So we’ll lighten the load and his responsibility. He can simly drop this “empty” into one of the many recycle bins that Qwest Field provides.
What’s in the box?
Tamagoyaki with green onions and a sports event favorite: inarizushi!
This inarizushi is made with hapa rice (mixed brown and white rice). More on this concept later. What I found exciting about this sushi version is a recipe I found on Maki’s JustBento site. I love her idea and tried improvising by mixing the hijiki salad that I bought yesterday with the rice. The flavors worked well! Best of all, it saved some time and it looks pretty. By all means, not traditional but hey, it’s hapa bento.

hapa rice with hijiki anc carrots

Ballpark Bento Comments Off

Posted on October 05, 2009 by Debra

The gigantic picnic bento made it intact to the ballpark and lasted through the day; 9 innings and the traffic jam. We won the game, so the wait to get out of the parking lot was not as irritating. And if you are wondering if I supplemented with peanuts… nope, but I confess that I couldn’t resist the famous Safeco Field garlic fries which are smoothered with garlic and herbs. Crazy delicious!

Baseball Bento Box 6

Posted on October 04, 2009 by Debra
A bento box for the last Mariner baseball game of the season. It’s huge. Plenty to share. I’ve never packed such a large bento box before and I got scared that I would run out of items. I kept filling and filling. There’s so much in there that I’m sure it will last through the entire game and we’ll munch on leftovers in the car while waiting to get out of the parking lot after the game. That’s the worst part of sporting events I think, especially if we lose. Hopefully having some yummy snacks will tide us over until we can hit the freeway.
Inside this 2 tier box are salmon patties wrapped in lettuce, wasabi stuffed eggs, sauteed tofu with onions and garlic, sweet potatoes, inarizushi and edamame. I’m hoping that the edamame will keep me from buying peanuts. But I doubt it.
Here’s how I made the wasabi stuffed eggs. Hard boil some eggs, cut in half, and scoop out the yolks into a separate bowl. (like deviled eggs). Mix the yolks with mayo (I like Kewpie), salt and wasabi paste. The measurements are flexible based on how many eggs are boiled and how much sting is wanted with the wasabi. After thoroughly mixing, refill the egg halves and stick them back together. It won’t be exact and they will look a little lumpy, but it’s okay because then they are wrapped nori. The nori part is optional but I like the way it tastes. That’s it.
Here’s a close up of the sweet potato slices with nori details.

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