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Soup Bentos

1 Dec

Portuguese Bean Soup

The universal question for anyone that has hosted Thanksgiving lunch or dinner is “what am I suppose to do with all my Thanksgiving leftovers?”  For my family, it is always SOUP.  Jook is an after-Thanksgiving staple, and in the last few years we’ve added Portuguese Bean Soup.  For those of you who are not familiar with jook, it’s a rice porridge that is made with turkey leftovers.

Unfortunately, we don’t have a sacred family recipe to pull out of our recipe box, so we rely on Google.  🙂  The past few years I’ve used a recipe by The Tasty Island Honolulu Food Blog. It’s not too difficult and makes really good jook.  The Portuguese Bean Soup recipe has been a trial and error experiment for my husband and I.  But I think we’ve narrowed it down to: 1) don’t overcook the potatoes, and 2) don’t add the macaroni until you are ready to eat it because if you let it sit in the soup, it drinks all your soup and leaves you with a thick mess.  🙂

A Not So Pretty Picture of My Jook Bento



Mickey Mouse Bento

10 Nov

Mickey (Minnie) Mouse Bento

In October our family took a trip to Disneyland. Our first in many years. The kids had a blast, and by the end of the week, we were all exhausted. To celebrate our recent trip, I thought I’d make Ms. Little Bubbles a Mickey Mouse onigiri. Shaping the rice was easy, as I had a onigiri rice mold. The nori facial features were made using a nori punch, so again, it was easy. But the ears were not so easy. I had to free form that and I’m not exactly the best artist. I wish they were a bit bigger so they would cover the entire ear, and the big nori part that is supposed to frame the face isn’t perfect (thus the bow and transformation into Minnie Mouse), but I think we all get the gist of who this is supposed to be. 🙂

In the small dish is some leftover chili, with some cheese hearts for accents.

Contents: onigiri with nori accents, chili, grapes and a cutie

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