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Bento No.48

What a cheery Friday today. Over here, the weather is mild, I had an amazing lunch, and I’m going to be doing something even more amazing this weekend (more on that on Monday!)


The main in my bento today was amazing! I said yesterdayย that I was going to make myself some sushi rice for today, and make it I did! I mixed it with rice vinegar, a little salt and sugar and sprinkled it with store bought furikake. The rest of the bento is filled with leftover roasted vegetables (in a cool stripe pattern!). The leftover vegetables were sweet potato, green peppers (capsicum for you guys and girls across the pond), yellow and red peppers and courgette (zucchini).Yummy!


For snacks I had cherry tomatoes, a satsuma, grapes and a couple of Fox’s Crunch Creams (so good!!). I snacked on these throughout the afternoon.

Oooh, have you noticed?? This bento is in a new bento box!!! I got it the other week but have been trying out different ways of packing it before showing it off to you guys and girls. I bought a 2 pack of the Sistema sandwich boxes when they were on offer for ยฃ2.50 at my local supermarket (below is a picture of a paxk of three in slightly different colours). The colours that I got were purple with orange clips and pink with blue clips ๐Ÿ™‚ They are quite small but perfect for the size of lunch I eat. I will look into doing a bigger review for these soon.


And, as todays Friday, here’s anย awfulย bonus picture. As I had made sushi rice the night before, I fancied having a japanese breakfast this morning! I had sushi rice, sprinkled with furikake, sushi ginger, vegetables, mackerel in tomato sauce, nori, and soy sauce. It was so yummy!!


What is your favourite style of breakfast? Western, Asian or Continental?

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Bento No.46

Still feel rotten, so here’s another bento from the other week.

To start off, I love vegetables. They are amazing and I prefer them over meat/carbs anytime. So in this bento, it is mainly vegetables ๐Ÿ™‚


In the main part I packed half a cheese sandwich (as I thought there were too many vegetables, haha, silly me!), a packet of soy sauce, rice vinegar and sesame, and vegetables! The vegetables I have in this bento are carrots, mini courgettes (zucchini), mushrooms, broccoli, peppers and tomatoes ๐Ÿ™‚


For sides I had grapes, ham wrapped dates, a nest cake, a pack of almonds (from my foodie penpal parcel) and a pot of sweets ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope everyones weekend is sunny and lovely!

How do you make yourself feel better when you have a cold?

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Bento No.36



Had to root through my bento ‘archives’ for todays picture. My lunch today was fantastically flavoursome, but would have made for a disgusting picture. I had homemade vegetable soup made with homemade stock (gammon and vegetable), miso, and leftover roast veg. As you can imagine, it was mainly brown, but so yummy!


So for todays Bento picture, here is my sushi bento from a few weeks back. It contains homemade sushi (cucumber maki), sandwich ham, tomatoes and olives, satsuma and grapes and a little fish of soy sauce. I’m pretty sure on that day I also had soup (one half of my Aladdin bento box is hiding in the top left corner of the above picture), which I’m sure was a lot prettier than my one today.

What’s the tastiest thing you’ve ever eaten, that really didn’t look good?

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Bento No.32



This bento was made with the super amounts of sushi that I rustled up ๐Ÿ™‚


On the side though, we have a small pot of nuts and seeds, satsuma, grapes, choccy chip cookies and a mix of dried fruit (apple rings, dates and banana chips).


And for the main, 14 rolls of cucumber maki (this was for the bf!), cherry tomatoes, black olives and cubes of cheese. There is also a fish of soy sauce in there too.

Happy tummies all round ๐Ÿ™‚

Who else is following the JustBentoย course at the moment? If anyone is looking to go into bento making, head over there for all the tips you’ll need!

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Firecracker Rice Yo Sushi Recipe

As promised, here is the recipe for Firecracker Rice from the Yo Sushi Cookbook. It is so good!

Firecracker Rice

Serves 4


3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 onion, finely chopped

1 carrot, peeled and finely diced

1 red pepper, deseeded and diced

1 yellow pepper, deseeded and diced

2 garlic cloves, crushed

4 tablespoons frozen edamame (details at end of article), cooked for 5 minutes and shelled (you can substitute 4 tablespoons cooked green peas)

1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

600g cold, cooked rice

4 tablespoons light soy sauce

ยฝ teaspoon freshly ground white pepper

ยฝ teaspoon shichimi togarashi (Japanese seven-spice

chilli powder available in oriental stores)

4 teaspoons spring onions, finely chopped, to garnish


Heat a large wok or non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.

Allow the oil to heat up before adding the chopped onion. Stir-fry for two to three minutes, then add the carrot, red and yellow peppers, garlic and edamame (or peas if you have substituted them). Cook for three minutes, then remove the vegetables with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Add the remaining vegetable oil, if required, together with the sesame oil. Add the rice, separating the grains with a wooden spatula so that there are no large lumps, and stir-fry for two to three minutes.

Return the vegetables to the pan, tossing and stirring to mix them thoroughly with the rice. Pour the soy sauce along the edge of the wok or pan, season with the white pepper and shichimi togarashi and stir to mix well.

Remove from the heat, divide the rice into four equal portions, garnish with the chopped spring onion and serve.

YO! Sushi tip

It’s best to use light soy sauce so as not to discolour the vegetables and rice. If you only have the dark variety, you may need to add a pinch of salt.

Edamame are actually green soya beans and are available from Birdseye. They can be found in most leading supermarkets.

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Bento No.24



Super compact lunch today! For the bf, along with a flask of hot bean soup.



In the bento is a cheese, ham and salad wrap, small cup of sushi rice with sesame seeds and soy sauce, sugarsnap peas,love hearts, malt loaf, almonds, half a cookie and grapes.

It’s making me hungry looking at that!

Excuse the bad picture. What light is best to take food photos in?

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Bento No.22


Happy Snow Day UK! It’s snowing ๐Ÿ™‚ yay!

I was so happy with yesterdays Bento and how perfect the portion size was for me after a fast, I decided to use the same portion size for today too!
IMG00167I have sushi rice with black sesame seeds and a soy sauce fish, sugar snap peas standing up in taramasalata (again), grapes with cheese, smoked and wasabi almonds and half a cookie, a single raspberry ruffle and a mini packet of love hearts.

What a perfect lunch. A bit on the sweet side, but I do normally overdo it on the veg side of things usually.

Hows the weather where you are?


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Bento No.21

I feel so much better for packing this size lunch today! I said yesterdayย that I feel bloated the day after a fast, so I took the steps to prevent that today and had a smaller lunch ๐Ÿ˜€ It was packed in my Hello Kitty lunchbox, which is almost half the size of the Sistema Lunch Cube.


Today for lunch, I had sushi rice, sprinkled with Japanese 7 spice, black sesame seeds and there is a small smear of wasabi on it too (soy sauce fish is next to the rice). I also had diced pan choi and sugar snap peas with taramasalata on top (bottom left), satsuma and grapes, with a few almonds tucked down the side. In the little green lidded boxย I had placed some treats for after lunch, which included a few pink smarties and a small sweetie bracelet.

Currently I do not feel bloated, even though I’ve had a couple of biscuits too!

Success I feel!

What things do you do to prevent or reduce bloating? (if you get it)

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Bento No.11

Wooh, more Bento posts!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m impressed at my ability to remember to photograph them, as well as make them with this stinker of a cold ๐Ÿ˜ฆ



Vague Christmassy feel to this one. Sushi rice with a green Christmas Tree ๐Ÿ™‚ Can you see it?? I used my new Food cutters that my mum bought me the other day! I also had pickled sushi ginger, umeboshi, soy sauce (in two mini containers – there was a lot of rice!) and a mix of tomatoes, pak choi and yellow peppers ๐Ÿ™‚ yummy!

The bf had the same but with a bell shape (green rice).

I’m not so good at kyaraben so this is one of my better attempts at something cute/picturey.

What Christmas things have you guys been up too? I am doing a lot of baking this weekend, expect lots of pics and yummy bentos next week with the produce!!

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Bento No.9

Excuse the side-on picture, the bf took it XD.


The BF’s Bento contained good old filling brown rice and soya protein pieces in a tomato sauce. Soy sauce for the rice; the tomato and protein pieces are on a salad base and I also sprinkled some japanese 7 spice on the tomato concoction ๐Ÿ˜› yummy!

I had the same, so I didn’t need to take a picture ๐Ÿ™‚

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