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Old 11-28-2011, 07:26 PM   #451
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Be sure that the rest of us get that report too!
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Old 12-02-2011, 07:43 PM   #452
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1. white miso soup with tofu, wakame seaweed and scallion
2. onigiri & a link of sweet Chinese sausage
3. various cold leftovers from pot of oden
4. saki-ika snack
5. hot green tea


Onigiri are individually plastic-wrapped, frozen, and zapped for 20 seconds in microwave to pack for lunch. Some are mixed with shiso furikake (dried, salted, citrusy leaves of beafsteak plant), Another furikake has dried salmon flakes, nori, sesame seed and other stuff. And my third onigiri has a topping of dried baby anchovies. Yum, I had some of them for breakfast.

Oden is a common street food in Japan, often served as skewers of stuff like winter root veggies simmering in a broth. You pay by the number of skewers left on your plate. Here's the wiki entry: Oden - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia My broth was chicken/dashi about 2:1, soy sauce & sake & sugar to taste, usually stronger than a soup. I have potato, mountain yam, carrot, pork shoulder, gobo-maki (burdock root wrapped in surimi fishcake), and chrysanthemum leaves. I forgot to pack some pungent Chinese mustard to go with my oden. Saki-ika (this one spiced mildly hot) is dried strips of squid. Love 'em! They're like the beef jerky of Asia. Great snacks because chewing them is a natural hunger suppressant.
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Old 12-02-2011, 08:38 PM   #453
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I'm busy eating and that just made me slobber all over the screen! Beautiful!
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Old 12-02-2011, 08:55 PM   #454
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Spork, that looks fantastic. You are the bento-sensei, I think!
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I still have to get a picture up of my wonderful little Bento Box that showed up on my doorstep!

I still haven't been sleeping well and my eating habits have been not very good either. Thursday morning, after a particularly bad night, I woke up to a foil wrapped package on my night stand. Beside it was my water thermos with juice in it. DH leaves the house at 5 am to go to work and I woke around 8. Unwrapping the foil I found my little Bento and opened it. Inside was some still warm fried rice with egg, peas and green onion (which he made up then from some leftover rice), sesame crackers, and a pre-made vegetable spring roll which was still warm and crisp!

An awesome Bento breakfast in bed!
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I still have to get a picture up of my wonderful little Bento Box that showed up on my doorstep!

I still haven't been sleeping well and my eating habits have been not very good either. Thursday morning, after a particularly bad night, I woke up to a foil wrapped package on my night stand. Beside it was my water thermos with juice in it. DH leaves the house at 5 am to go to work and I woke around 8. Unwrapping the foil I found my little Bento and opened it. Inside was some still warm fried rice with egg, peas and green onion (which he made up then from some leftover rice), sesame crackers, and a pre-made vegetable spring roll which was still warm and crisp!

An awesome Bento breakfast in bed!
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Old 12-03-2011, 07:23 PM   #457
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Good to hear from you, LB! Not that I would wish to be in your shoes, but it felt good for the duration of your nice post. Great sounding breakfast. No need to stress on pics, we get just as much enjoyment from food descriptions. Sleep well, eat well, move and think well.
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Old 12-03-2011, 07:39 PM   #458
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I still have to get a picture up of my wonderful little Bento Box that showed up on my doorstep!

I still haven't been sleeping well and my eating habits have been not very good either. Thursday morning, after a particularly bad night, I woke up to a foil wrapped package on my night stand. Beside it was my water thermos with juice in it. DH leaves the house at 5 am to go to work and I woke around 8. Unwrapping the foil I found my little Bento and opened it. Inside was some still warm fried rice with egg, peas and green onion (which he made up then from some leftover rice), sesame crackers, and a pre-made vegetable spring roll which was still warm and crisp!

An awesome Bento breakfast in bed!
That is so sweet, LB! What a nice thing to have there when you wake.

What I love about my Bento box lunches is that they make me feel like I felt when I was very young and my mother packed my lunch. It feels special to have a pretty lunch waiting for me. Silly since I make it, but whatever works.
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Spork.. I've never seen what you describe. I'll keep an eye out though. Most places I've seen just use plastic wrap to keep the cleanup minimal and non-stick.
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Hey spork, I've never seen anything like what you want either. There is a lady at a local restaurant that uses a dish cloth to roll with. It's the weirdest thing I've seen yet. The dish cloth is folded into quarters and damp. she makes the roll by hand and then, when she flips it to tighten the roll, she lays this cloth across the roll and uses that to firm the roll. It's really weird and awesome to watch.

I'll keep my eyes open for you. If I see any cool roll making gadgets, I'll let you know.
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While making some rolls the other night, I found that my bamboo mat will fit just right into a gallon baggie. When I was finished, I just wiped the baggie clean and rolled up the mat.

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