Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tuesdays Lunch

I'm really tired today. We finally had the windows open last night but all the crazy sounds, even the small ones wake me up. So I'm trying to explain why I'm being brief on this one, I'm tired and lazy! Three homemade onigiri, flavored rice balls, tomatoes, carrots, and two little containers of sunflower seeds. That's all folks!

Monday, April 22, 2013

The Forest Where The Wild Things Are

For some reason, the carrot and cheese trees in the top tier made me think of Where the Wild Things Are. I loved the movie adaptation even if it was panned. Cried through most of it, but like the girls say, that's nothing new. Underneath the trees is leftover turkey mushroom stroganoff, yum! The other tier is just some oranges, dilled cucumber slices, and carrot rounds. Annie's still loving the new school, yippee!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Tamale Too

Just for fun, here's Nissa's snack. She's got a tamale too as well as oranges and strawberries.

Hot Tamales

The main item in this bento are Norby's homemade roasted corn tamales. In-cred-ible! I'd give the recipe if I knew it but I was doing laundry when he made them. I think that was his plan all along! Anyway, they are decorated with carrots and noried cheese shapes. The other side has oranges, dilled cucumber slices, and turkey pieces decorated with cheese birdies.

Week 2 at the new school and alls well!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Annie loves her new school! The kids are awesome and she loves her teachers. Yay! A simple but still fun bento to celebrate. Tiny oranges, crackers, and carrots with a cheese/nori stamped heart are on the top. On the bottom are nori decorated tomatoes, sugar snaps, and leftover creamy potato turkey bake. I cannot say how excited I am for Annie!!

Monday, April 15, 2013


Nissa's snacks just got a whole lot better since Annie gets bentos again! It's the extra sobas from Annie's lunch and some oranges. She's happy!

A New Start

Annie starts a new school today. We already knew we were going to switch schools next year but were worried since we were on the wait list for the new school. Low and behold, a space opened and she was able to start immediately. This all happened in the span of three days and Annie couldn't be happier if not a but nervous too. So today called for a "real" bento meaning some old Asian inspired standbys and decorations.

Soba Noodles
-Cook Soba Noodles according to package. I throw in carrot strips I've peeled with a potato peeler to add more flavor and color.
-Rinse noodles/carrots with cold water until the gooeyness (it's a real word) is gone. I really have to wrestle it with my fingers for a while until their just smooth.
-In a bowl, blend 2 parts soy sauce (or alternative) and 1 part toasted sesame oil until they've emulsified. Mostly my parts are tablespoons unless its a huge batch of sobas. I usually use a chopstick to emulsify but I think that's only because I saw a video of this somewhere and that's what they did or maybe that was a dream?
-Toss the noodle carrots until they are coated. Here, I usually like to add some chopped scallions but I don't always have them on hand so I sadly couldn't do it this time. It's still delicious though, I promise.

Dill Tamagoyaki
Really this is just a sort of rolled omelet. The Japanese version calls for some dashi and sweetener (usually sugar) to be added but I'm pretty sure there are tons of variations. My kids get enough sugar elsewhere so I usually don't add it.
-blend one egg thoroughly until its smooth.
-add a tiny amount of salt, 1 teaspoon dill, and pepper to taste.
-heat a pan (I have a rectangular Tamagoyaki pan but I just used any old pan before) to just above medium heat.
-add a generous amount of your oil of choice to pan and "mop" with a paper towel. You will use this paper towel inbetween rolls to oil the pan so keep it handy.
-pour 1/4 of the mixture into pan and spread around thinly
-when it us nearly cooked through, fold it over on itself twice. If it breaks a little, you can cover it the next roll.
-pour another 1/4 into the pan and be sure to lift your folded egg enough to flow the new pour under it. Once it's nearly cooked, fold the old folded egg twice and repeat.
-It took me a while to begin to do this and I still struggle with it but the girls love it!

The other foods in this bento are sugar snap peas, orange/apple slices, and cheese shapes decorated with seaweed (nori).

Good luck sweet girl! Can't wait to watch your spirit grow!