A bit of a mess (Bento #204)



This bento looks a bit messy but it’s going to taste fantastic! The salad has some amazing parmesan and the broccoli and cauliflower were sauteed with sesame seeds and some nanami togarashi (a spicy Japanese chili pepper spice with orange peel and other flavors). To go with those amazing flavors we have grilled kielbasa and smashed sweet potato.

The bad part is that when I packed this up in Hubs’ bag I forgot the apple. Oops! I think I forgot the salad dressing too, lol!

I’m very forgetful and day-dreamy today. I think because I had such a productive day yesterday my brain took a vacation. :) Hopefully it comes back soon... and with a tan!

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Exploring India (Bento #203)



I’ve cooked a ton of Chinese and Japanese inspired foods and I’m pretty familiar with most of the ingredients and techniques. I decided it was time to expand my culinary adventures and try out making some Indian dishes.

I blame it all on Natakiya from Bento Anarchy! She makes some of the most delicious looking curry. I was always intimidated and didn’t know where to even begin with curry but she kindly posted her instructions for us and I’ve managed to make some pretty decent curry, if I do say so myself. ;)

I’m still not to the point where I want to attempt making any Indian inspired sauces on my own. I like to get very familiar with the taste “as it should be” before I go changing things and attempting my own version. For dinner last night, and today’s bento, I made a dish using a jar of Calcutta Masala. Oooooohhhhh myyyyyyyy! It was delicious!

I sauteed chicken pieces, onions, and carrots until they were about 3/4 of the way done. Then I threw in zucchini, and roughly chopped cauliflower. I meant to add chickpeas but totally forgot them at the last minute (they’re still sitting on the counter, lol). I tossed everything around a bit then poured the jar of masala on top and let it all simmer until cooked but with the vegees still a little crunchy. We ate it with a side of cous-cous and it was wonderful.

I don’t know what my next India inspired adventure will be but I’m looking forward to it! What are your favorite Indian dishes? Any suggestions for must-try foods?

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Protein, protein, and more protein (Bento #202)



This is a seriously protein packed bento. I didn’t mean for it to be, it just turned out that way. We had soboro for dinner so I packed it on a thin bed of rice with scrambled egg, apple slices, cucumber slices, some nuts for snacking, and a baby spinach salad with some amazing aged parmesan.

I made the soboro pretty basic but tasty by cooking the ground beef with tons of onion, garlic, and lotus root. The lotus root doesn’t add much of anything in the way of flavor but the texture is unbeatable. It was all cooked and seasoned with soy sauce, mirin, and a bunch of fresh ground pepper.

The official ribbon cutting ceremony for our new science building is tomorrow. There’s even going to be a tour and I think I might get to show off our lab. Speaking of which... I need to go clean the lab!

Before I go, I wanted to show off the new picks I put up in the store. I’ve never had the opportunity to have a good bento pick selection so I’m really excited about these. I hope you enjoy!



Have a great week!

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Green food rocks! (Bento #201)



This week has been crazy busy and I don’t think it’s going to slow down for a while. It seems that everything I need to do happens all at the same time. The good news is that I’m almost finished writing my dissertation proposal! Yay! It’ll probably need to be edited and revised a few times but at least the first draft is almost done.

After Hubs left this morning I decided to make myself some lunch to bring to school. Since I was only cooking for myself I didn’t make any meat. Nor did I pay too much attention to making it a balanced meal (it was 5AM, at that hour I’m excused from making healthy choices, lol) I sauteed some lotus root with mushrooms and seasoned it with a little leftover homemade teriyaki sauce I had in the fridge. The yu choy was steamed and tossed with a little soy sauce and sesame seeds. The rest of the bento was easily thrown together: edamame, kiwi, grapes, and carrots.

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Where did the time go?!?! (Bento #200)



I didn’t realize I was at 200 bentos! Wow, where does the time go? I started looking back through my old photos and... oh my. Some of them are really pretty, but others? Well, lets just hope that they get lost in cyberspace, lol!

Usually I take a picture of Hubs’ bento because it’s a little bigger and I have more room to play (I pack his in the Lunchbots Eco and usually take the Uno for myself). But last night I just couldn’t figure out how to pack it nicely without adding a lot of random things. Sometimes bigger is not better. So, I decided to take a picture of mine instead. I packed rice, a pickled plum, BBQ chicken, steamed snow peas, sweet potato medallions, kiwi, and grapes. I managed to control myself with the grapes this time! -_^

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New bento boxes on sale

Both of the new bento boxes are on sale for 10% off!

These 2-tier bento boxes measures 6" long X 3" wide X 3.5" tall. The top tier will hold 330ml of food and the bottom tier will hold 250ml. The box is microwave safe after the lids are removed. One of the nice features of this box is that, when empty, the smaller tier fits inside of the larger tier for easier storage. These boxes do not come with chopsticks or elastic straps.



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Mini sub and snacks (Bento #199)



Putting this bento together was less about making a pretty bento and more about cleaning out the fridge. I used the last of the ham, mini sub rolls, cherries, cucumber, and carrots. It wasn’t quite enough to fill the box so I added some salami rolls and red sweet peppers to pack everything tight.

I’m so happy today is Friday! It’s been a tough week and ended with me having to stay home today because I was sick. Nothing serious, just some tummy issues. I think I needed the break mentally as well. I’m looking forward to a long weekend of relaxation, friends, crafts, and lots and lots of sleep.

Have a great weekend!

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Spaghetti Napolitan (Bento #198)



Shirley from Lovely Lanvin posted a recipe for a Japanese pasta dish called Spaghetti Napolitan. It looked simple enough to make and the flavor combinations intrigued me enough to give it a try. I have to say it was pretty good. It’s definitely a nice break from regular spaghetti. Give Shirley’s recipe a try, you won’t be disappointed.

When I made Hubs’ bento he asked for extra ham on the top which is why you can’t see very many noodles. I promise they’re in there. The Napolitan turned out to be quite rich so I paired it with crisp cucumbers and carrots and some nice fresh mango and a cherry all packed in the Lunchbots Eco.

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Simple stir-fry (Bento #197)



I had a bit of a rough day yesterday. Nothing serious, just a little frustrated, but it was enough to make me not want to cook. But, the idea of leaving the house to get some take-out was worse than actually cooking, so I cooked. Maybe we’ll have take-out tonight :)

The easiest thing for me to whip up is stir-fry. While the rice cooker did it’s job I sauteed onions and mushrooms and marinated the beef in some Dale’s. Then got the pan wicked hot and threw in broccoli, cauliflower, and the beef. A few tosses later and... dinner! For lunch all I did was add some mango chunks and a little salad.

Added to What’s for Lunch Wednesday!

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With a little help from Hubs (Bento #196)



I blame the randomness of this bento on Hubs! He came in the kitchen while I was making it for him... the extra block of cheese and olives? Yeah, they’re his fault, lol! Truth be told, I had some extra space in front of the pork chops and asked him what he would like to fill it with. Some of those grapes are his fault too. ;)

This bento wasn’t supposed to be so random. It started with just the mashed potatoes, pork chop, field peas, raspberries, and salami wrapped cheese. Then I went all wild and threw grapes into every hole I could find. Beware of the great grape temptation, it may get you one day! I’m still blaming the olives and cheese on Hubs though.

On top of the mashed potatoes is my absolute favorite new-to-me thing! Branston pickles. Oh wow, this stuff is amazing! It’s big chunks of pickled vegees in a thick balsamic vinegar sauce. I like them straight (bear in mind I’m one of those crazy people who likes to drink dill pickle juice) but they’re perhaps the best when paired with creamy mashed potatoes. Yum!

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A few new products... and a few on clearance!

A few new products have been added to the Ohayo Bento Store today. We have 2 new bento boxes, a set of 3 triangle silicon cups, and a few new accessories including a food drawing pen.

The food drawing pen is so cool that I decided to put it on sale.

You can use it to decorate just about anything. It even comes with two different tip sizes!

I also put two bento boxes and an awesome small square onigiri mold on clearance. I had to open the packages to take the photos but they have never been used. The only reason I didn’t keep them is because I already have them in my personal collection ;) There is only one of each and they go pretty fast!

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Curry love (Bento #195)



Happy Friday!

I decided to make some curry for dinner last night because I had the sauce and it was easy. What I didn’t realize was that I was craving it! As soon as the sauce started getting fragrant I was starving for it! Wow! I almost couldn’t wait for it to finish.

Hubs isn’t the biggest rice fan so I made some spaghetti noodles to eat it with. For lunch I packed the pasta, curry, cherries, sweet pepper slices, sugar snaps, and a fruit cup with plum and dragon fruit pieces.

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With a little help from Mom (Bento #194)



Hubs and I went to my parents’ house for dinner last night because we have some of our favorite family members visiting from North Florida. We ate a huge Southern dinner of ham, fried corn bread, garden peas, green beans, homemade potato salad, sliced tomatoes, corn on the cob, and some of my Aunt Bonnie’s world famous sour cream pound cake for dessert. I think I’m still full!

My mom can never let me leave the house without taking a bag full of food and I probably wouldn’t have had a bento today if she hadn’t. Mom’s contributions are brown rice California roll sushi, cherries, and the orange sweet pepper. I added celery, sugar snaps, and that amazingly colored dragon fruit from my stash.

Today was the first day to smell like Fall this year. The temp was in the low 70’s this morning and felt fantastic. I can’t wait until the evenings are cool so I can leave the windows open. Plus, the open windows make the kitty happy :) She’ll sit in front of them all day barking at squirrels and lizards and just watching the world pass by.

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Man food (Bento #193)



Hubs actually requested sausage and potatoes for dinner last night. I gave in to his “man food” cravings but made him eat a big salad first and a corn on the cob.

For lunch I packed us matching bentos but didn’t take photos mine. We both get a big box containing salad with green goddess dressing and a Lunchbots with sausage and potatoes, corn on the cob, an overripe nectarine, some celery sticks, and a tomato. I know we have tomatoes in the salad but I couldn’t find anything else to fill up that little space.

A little bit of store update: the insanely popular bright Color Life bento boxes are back in stock as of today! Yay! There are also a few brand new products that I’ll post up as soon as I get good photos of them. Once the new stuff is up I’ll change the sale item. Don’t forget, you can request an item to go on sale, just email or comment about it and I’ll put it on sale ASAP.

Things are finally settling down a bit in the new physics building. The lab is starting to run smoothly again and we even have our own desks outside of the lab! I’m going to spend the morning setting mine up. I’ve been really looking forward to having a quiet space, there are way too many distractions in the lab, to finish writing my dissertation proposal. Hopefully I’ll be able to make a lot of progress pretty quickly.

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Mini Kabobs for Finger Food Friday (Bento #192)



It’s Friday again! Yay! To top it off, it’s a 3-day weekend too! I’m only a smidgen excited, lol.

This week’s Finger Food Friday was my Mom’s idea. I called her for inspiration because I had “bento block” and she suggested kabobs. Brilliant! We had big kabobs for dinner and I made some small ones for lunch. They have chicken, tomatoes, zucchini, and yellow squash. I also made some grape kabobs and 2-bite rice cups with pickled plums. The sauce in the middle is a quick dipping sauce for the kabobs: sour cream, salsa, and chopped cilantro.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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