Smelt and Shiso Rolls

Hosomaki – Thin Sushi Rolls

Siblings can be so similar and yet so different. This is true also of maki (sushi rolls). You have met Futomaki, the fat younger brother. Today, you will get to meet the thinner elder brother, Hosomaki. They both have the same nori (seaweed) wrapping on the outside and a layer of vinegared rice on the…

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Lox, Avocado, and Cucumber Rolls

Futomaki – Thick Sushi Rolls

In the last decade, sushi has successfully penetrated American food culture. It has appeared in potlucks, picnics, buffets, and all manner of social gatherings. It has also taken its place in the deli section of many grocery stores in providing a gluten-free and healthy option. In short, sushi has come of age in America.

Spam Musubi

Spam Musubi

A ubiquitous snack and lunch food in Hawaii comprising of a slice of Spam and a slab of rice wrapped together with nori or dried seaweed.

Wonton Bento

Wonton Bento

Wontons are a small Chinese dumplings with a thin dough wrapper and a meaty filling. They are commonly boiled and served in soup or sometimes deep fried. The soup version makes an elegant starter while the deep fried version is popular as finger food. They come in various shapes, the most common being the globular…

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Onigiri and Strawberry Salad Bento

The weekday mornings are always busy for me as I have to pack three lunches and prepare breakfast all at the same time. It is a little easier in the summer months when the boys are home and I only need to concentrate on one lunch for Ro-Ri San. I am not so much into…

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Meatballs and Rice Cake Bento

Meatballs and rice cakes are bento staples. These can be made in large quantities and kept frozen. When needed, they should be heated through and packed into the lunch boxes. I prefer to cut the fruits in the morning so that they remain fresh. It normally takes me around 10 to 15 minutes to pack…

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Pancake and Rice Cake Bento

For today’s bento I packed some of the Chinese Savory Pancakes that I made yesterday. I made a little extra so that I have enough for the bentos. These pancakes, brown rice cakes, and inari sushi taste pretty good at room temperature. As there isn’t much in the way of vegetables, I added a lot…

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Tuna Sandwich and Molded Egg Bento

Happy Friday! We all look forward to the weekends and the excitement starts on Friday. The Ro-Ri boys seem a little more cheerful than usual. In place of the usual bento, I decided to make tuna sandwiches instead. Just for the fun of it, I molded the hard boiled eggs and cut out checkered apples….

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Pork Chops and Gyoza Bento

It was a fun weekend for the Ro-Ri family. That one extra day made a lot of difference. Three day weekends are really great! . I found some MSG-free gyoza at the Asian market and they are yummy! Home cooked dishes include brown sauce pork chops (recipe to follow) and some vegetable stir-fry. Ro-Taro and…

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Stuffed Roast Bento

I saved some of the apple stuffed sirloin roast from yesterday for this morning’s bento. This should keep the Ro-Taro and R-Jiro happy as they like meaty bentos. The rice is a mix of brown and white. I cook them together in the rice cooker on a 1:1 ratio. The combination of the two gives…

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Oden Bento

There is a little more variety in today’s bento box. As a treat for Ro-Taro and Ro-Jiro who love crunchy fried stuff, I bought a pack of fried chicken from the grocery store. Both were very appreciative of it. Not always healthy, but certainly very tasty! Ro-Ri’s kitchen is not big into deep fried goodies….

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Spam Musubi Bento

I was a little more “inspired” last evening and so I made some spam musubi for the lunchboxes. I used a rectangular rice mold to press the rice into shape and then cut it into smaller pieces. Topped it with a slice of ham and tied a nori ribbon round it. The kids love spam…

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Minced Beef and Vegetable Stir Fry Bento

This is my first bento of 2010 as it is time for kids and hubby to head back to school and work. What I call “regular” bentos are normally packed into glass containers in the evening and stored in the fridge. Fruit cups are prepared in the morning and everything is then put into insulated…

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