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Shiso Leaves – A Nice Alternative To Lettuce

1 Sep

Three Tiny Little Spam Musubis

I have to admit, this bento did take me longer than a usual bento.  🙂  Today was Ms. Little Bubbles first day of school, and I wanted to give her something special.  She loves spam musubi and I thought I’d let her have this bento as a treat.  We usually don’t eat spam (if you are not from Hawaii, don’t gross out! LOL!), but as a special treat, I thought why not.  I planned on prepping all the food last night and just assemble this morning, but I was so tired, I fell asleep.  So, I was summoned by the alarm clock at 5 a.m. to fry the spam and make the tamagoyaki.  Now, the tamagoyaki gave me some problems (notice you are not seeing a side shot).  I definitely think I need a new pan.

Last week I picked up some shiso leaves and didn’t have a chance to use them until today.  I usually use lettuce leaves as garnish, but I wanted to venture off and try something different.  Shiso leaves are typically used in sushi dishes and is commonly found in Japanese food.

Contents:  Spam musubi, shiso leaves, tamagoyaki, crackers, strawberries and plutos

Another Must For Me – A Quail Egg Nori Punch

31 Aug

Family of Happy Sandwiches

I think this is an easy bento that anyone can do.  I made simple sandwiches and used a sandwich cutter to make them into flowers.  I then cut a small circle of cheese and put happy little faces on them.  However, the challenge of this bento is the facial features.  I searched high and low for a nori punch that had small enough features that would fit just right when I made this type of bento.  And you’d never guess what I found – a quail egg nori punch! 

 

I won’t include a link to this as it’s hard to find, but do a search online for “quail egg nori punch” and a listing of possible sellers will pop up.  But this is a punch that I love and use all the time.  So, in my opinion, it is a must.

Contents: Sandwich, raisins, strawberries, crackers, carrots, cheese, nori

 

 

 

Miss Musubi

25 Jul

Musubi Girl

This is another bento I made for the magazine that will be published in August.  I made these bentos the day after I arrived back from vacation, so I didn’t have any leftovers in the house.  Therefore, the chicken in this bento is from Trader Joe’s.  Which by the way, is a really good stand-in for my usual teriyaki chicken.

The musubi girl is made from rice that I hand molded.  The eyes and mouth are nori, but the eye lashes are black sesame seeds.  I cut the flower carrot with the new cutters that I got from Marukai.  LOVE them!!! They come in two sizes and are awesome.

Given I just returned from vacation, I didn’t have a lot of fruit in the house either.  So, the cantaloupe is from Trader Joe’s too – pre-cut, making it so easy to use.

I usually like to use a colorful background for my bentos, and also take the photos in my kitchen.  But to ensure the best light, I decided to take these photos outside.  But, much to my dismay, it was an overcast morning, so the natural light wasn’t so great.  Although, using my black sweater as a backdrop did work out quite well.  Who knew… 😉

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