bento: week of july 6, 2010

Bottom tier:

  • Fake sushi! I have no patience for the real thing, this is essentially just a rice ball wrapped in mamenori (soy paper) and topped with tobiko (the pale green tobiko has wasabi in it!) and a squirt of Kewpie mayo.
  • Crab balls. Basically a stuffed crab without the shell.

Top tier:

  • Pickled baby carrots. These are Mezzetta brand and SUPER yummy. They’re very vinegary with just a little heat.
  • Edamame with sea salt.

For dessert in the sidecar:

  • Black plumcot.
  • Lychee jelly.
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Saturday has become miscellaneous errand day since I’m working again. Today I went to the library to renew Hearts in Atlantis — working also means less time to read — and turn in Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenét and the City of Boulder. That one was interesting, because Lawrence Schiller wasn’t trying to sell his personal pet theory of the murder, just presenting the facts. Which means I still have no fucking clue who killed JonBenét Ramsey. I guess it will never be solved. If it was Patsy Ramsey (there is no single case on record of a mother garrotting her child, ever), she’s already dead.

I also checked out an awesome commemorative edition of pretty much every story H.P. Lovecraft ever wrote, it’s called (of course) The Necronomicon and has a leather cover with a be-tentacled Cthulhu stamped in silver. The librarian gave me the hairy eyeball, because everyone who works at that library is Super Catholic and also dumber than a sack of hair. The Necronomicon isn’t a real thing, people! It’s just a word that Lovecraft made up and that every writer/filmmaker has been ripping off since in homage!!

What was funny is there was a deeply weird poster hanging right behind her. It was your standard “Make waves!” slogan, exorting kids to read during their summer vacay; but the illustration was this like, robed, fiercesome Ram Wizard God, with cryptic symbols all over his enourmous curly horns and blank black eyes, standing upright and being pulled through a stormy ocean by tethered killer whales. Which looked like tadpoles, so he was also GIANT. I AM NOT EVEN KIDDING, YOU GUYS. Oh man, I wanted to take a cell cam photo so bad, but my battery was dead! Maybe I’ll try again the next time I’m there; if some parent (or nun) doesn’t wig out, it will probably be hanging all summer.

Then after that I went to Lafayette. I went to S&P Oriental Grocery again — that name used to make me wince, then I remembered it’s not politically incorrect to refer to things as “Oriental”, just people. This time I found lychee jellies, wasabi furikake, and dashi soup stock. Which means I can make chawan mushi.

Then I went to Target for new sunglasses, where I also got a new pea soup green purse, because it was on clearance for $17.48, and pea soup green is a color sadly lacking in my wardrobe.

THEN I went to Rouses for bento stuff. They not only have tobiko, they have the kind DYED GREEN WITH WASABI WHAT. They also had the black squid ink tobiko, but I don’t care for that. Squid ink has a taste like white paper to me. It’s faint but unpleasant. I also got pickled baby carrots, because a true Japanese bento always has a pickle course. I’m going to make mini sushi rolls for my next one. It will be awesome.

The ‘rents are going to some party in Breaux Bridge later this afternoon. I was invited and probably would have gone, but it’s OUTSIDE. NO THANK YOU. So instead I’m going to settle down with a 6-pack of Honey Moon and watch On Demand every episode of this season of Leverage. I watched the season premiere this morning and realized how much I missed it when Eliot “the Hitter” paused in the middle of beating the shit out of a crooked prison guard, growled “Look at me”, then continued to beat the shit out him. Oh, Christian Kane. I’ve almost forgotten you played Lindsey “Evil Hand!” McDonald way back when on Angel.

bento# 59: mamenori/crab rolls

bento 59

I ❤ this bento box. So easy to pack.

So I’ve had these imitation crab sticks in the freezer for a few weeks now, trying to think of an interesting way to use them. The most obvious use is California rolls; but as previously stated, I don’t like sushi enough to go through the headache of making it.

So this is kind of weird, but what I wound up doing was spreading a thin layer of whipped cream cheese on a mamenori sheet, rolling a stick up in it, and cutting it into quarters. I also have tobiko to top it with, but I didn’t want to put it on when I packed it, so I have it on the side. (Since I don’t drive, between the bicycle and the bus my bentos can knocked around pretty hard before I get to work, and I figured the tobiko would slide off.)

I also have:

  • 2 sushi rice onigiri
  • Veggie potstickers
  • Honey tangerine
  • Instant miso soup
  • Cookies. I think they’re like Hello Panda, except they’re koalas.

bento #58: tamagoyaki & tobiko

I got my bento mojo back! And I seem to have an orange-and-blue theme here. Also this is the new box I bought on Saturday.

Left to right:

  • Tamagoyaki, a Japanese “rolled” omelette. This is my first attemt and I’m pleasantly surprised at the result. Also, a non-stick loaf pan will work just fine if you don’t have a rectangular omelette pan — kind of an item that only has one use. I added a teaspoon of soy sauce and a pinch of sugar to the eggs.
  • Sweet corn croquettes.
  • Chive and onion cream cheese.
  • Tobiko, flying fish roe. I’m happy to report that freezing tobiko alters neither the taste nor the delightful little *pop!* texture. Mom and Jamie and I used to lick our fingers and pick up every tiny egg whenever we had sushi that was coated in tobiko, because we loved the way the eggs popped between our teeth. A while back I asked for non-sushi uses for tobiko in my LJ bento community and got some good ones; but in the end decided to just throw them on a cracker with some cream cheese.
  • Satsuma.
  • Roasted peas.
  • Sidecar (also new) has some green onion crackers.
  • Instant miso soup, which I got 2 10-packs for $5 at Marina Foods. That’s like 25 cents a bowl! And the concentrate is a paste, not a powder, so it’s fresher-tasting. Also they must use some kind of astronaut technology to dehydrate the add-ins; I had a bowl of the seaweed miso (they’re variety packs) yesterday, and from the texture you’d never know it had been dried.
  • And finally, we have a variety of Pocky.