bento #53: pigs in blankets

Okay, so this is definately not the healthiest bento I’ve ever packed. But sometimes you just gotta indulge your craving for junkfood.

Green box:

  • Mini pigs in blankets: Beef Lil’ Smokies wrapped up in crescent roll dough and baked.
  • Catsup.

Small box bottom:

  • Teriyaki mushrooms.
  • Green olive & baby onion skewers.
  • Babybel cheese.

Small box top:

  • Ambrosia fruit salad.

Not pictured:

  • Tangerine.

and now for something completely different

I  was going to take a break from the non-stop liberal ranting to post a video of Junebug eating a spinach leaf. But some buttmunch in IT fucked with a bunch of programs I had installed when they gave me my new hard drive, and now it says I need “administrative privileges” to run Quicktime. Assholes. (My buddy in IT fixed it, so the video will be up later and my hissy fit is retracted.)

So instead, here’s a food emo macro that a LJ friend made of one of my bentos:

bento #52: sushi!

  • I made sushi! Okay so it’s tamago nigiri sushi, the easiest kind there is, and I used the ice cube tray method from Lunch in a Box. Still! I made sushi!!
  • Barely-cooked (I like ’em crunchy) green beans with rice vinegar and sea salt. Dinner leftovers.
  • Roasted chestnuts.
  • Half a tangerine.
  • White peach-flavored coconut jelly.
  • Quarter of a (double yolk) mooncake.
  • Hardboiled quail egg. Also a dinner leftover–I made udon and I like to have a whole boiled egg in it. That’s probably my Cajun influence, because we like to put whole hardboiled chicken eggs in certain types of gumbo.

bento #51: pimento cheese gyoza sammies

Top:

  • The white trashiest gyoza sammies ever: pimento cheese on white bread:
  • Green grapes.

Bottom:

  • Morningstar Farms ginger-teriyaki veggie cake.
  • Pepperoncini (on little umbrella handle picks).
  • Half a mooncake.I saw some mooncakes in the freezer section at Ranch 99 and I’m intrigued. Ice cream mooncakes? I don’t think jelly mooncakes have to be frozen, just refrigerated.

bento #50: dumplings!

This is kind of a milestone for me; because I only do one bento a week (I eat the same one M-Th, then buy my lunch on F), 50 is actually a pretty significant number. I’ve been doing them for just over a year, so as you can see I really haven’t missed any weeks. Pretty much only when I’ve been on vacation is the only time I haven’t done a bento.

Top:

  • Pork & cabbage dumplings with piggy of rice vinegar and soy sauce.
  • Sushi rice onigiri.

Bottom:

  • Hardboiled egg.
  • Hollowed-out cucumber chunks filled with crab salad left over from dinner.
  • Pear.
  • Matcha milk tea gelatine. For some reason these didn’t come cleanly out of the molds, so they aren’t as pretty as usual. Yummy, though!

stitching, hurricanes, japanese housewares, and the return of my teevee boyfriend

Except for a quick trip to Marina Foods and Daiso on Saturday, I pretty much stayed glued to MSNBC all weekend, following Gustav’s progress. Mom decided Butte La Rose was going to get too much wind, and they couldn’t risk anything happening to the motor home, because if the house got trashed they’d have to live in it. So instead they went to stay with an old family friend who lives in Alexandria. They have a standing invitation to stay with him whenever they need to evacuate, it’s where they stayed during Rita.

All appears to be well, by the time it got to Vermilion Parish it had dropped to a Category 1, and except for some trees missing some branches, there doesn’t appear to be any significant damage. (They’re still in Alexandria and probably won’t leave until tomorrow, but my cousin who’s a State Trooper already went around to everyone’s property and called them with news.)

There’s like 2 more hurricanes and another low pressure system right behind this one though, joy. Hannah looks like it’s definately going to hit Florida and the Carolinas and miss Louisiana; but Ike’s still too far out to predict where it will go. August and September are the worst months of hurricane season. Sometimes I really wish the ‘rents had stayed in California.

Anyway, like I said I did get out once, to get some groceries and a few things at Daiso:

Bento cups!

Egg sectioner thingy!

Adorable chicken-shaped kitchen timer!

More school notebooks!

All $1.50. You gotta love Japanese dollar stores, they actually sell useful items; unlike the tatty junk peddled by American dollar stores. Also a few other things I didn’t bother to take photos of, including a new bento box (it’s exactly like the square red one, except it’s blue), and a cylindrical onigiri mold. Triangle onigiri are played out, man.

Luckily by 8:00 last night the need to obsessively track the hurricane had died down, so I was able to tune in for the 4th season premiere of Prison Break, which looks like it’s going to be pretty weird. Allow me to break it down:

  • Whistler: Dead!
  • Sara: ALIVE!!! And could we please have some hot monkey lovin’ between her and Michael already?!
  • Gretchen: Dead! No wait, alive and in some Company hellhole. And this show continues its fine tradition of the female characters getting tortured horribly.
  • T-Bag: Cannibal! I told you it was weird.
  • Sona: Burned down!
  • Tattoos: Lasered off! Aww. The tattoos were my favorite character!

bento #49: shrimp salad with pecans

Top:

  • Shrimp salad with pecans.
  • Sourdough bread cut out with flower-shaped cookie cutter.
  • Edamame skewers.
  • Boiled egg. I kind of wish I hadn’t given it that face because it sort of looks like it’s in pain.

Bottom:

  • Blackberries.
  • Baby orange cauliflower.
  • More edamame.
  • Gelatine made with POM Tea.

I don’t really have a recipe for the shrimp salad. I start with about a cup of cooked and chopped shrimp, a couple of diced celery stalks, 4 oz. of neufchâtel cheese, and half a cup of finely chopped pecans. (All these measurements are estimates.) Then I add some mayo to make it spreadable, and a little catsup, mustard, garlic powder, dried minced onion, salt and pepper. I really have no idea how much, I just start with small amounts and keep tasting until it’s right.

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