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Bento No.29

This is Fridays Bento (as today is a fasting day), and this was definitely done in a hurry!

I made super quick Pitta-Pizzas, which were defrosted Pitta pockets, spread with tomato puree, topped with tomatoes, pepper, ham, and cheese, then heated in the microwave for a minute to melt the cheese. I had 3 slice of that, a small cupcake ย case of miso-quinoa with the last of my Umeboshi (oh I love them!), sliced cucumber, pepper and cherry tomatoes.


I may have had two halves of different cookies for pudding ๐Ÿ˜› the half on the left is smartie cookie, and the half on the right is raspberry and white chocolate.

What super quick meal ideas do you have and go to when time is short?

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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.6

I took this simple Bento to work for lunch the other week. It just shows how something simple can be so yummy!!

So colourful!

This Bento included leftover plain rice, green beans, tomato, veggie sausage, avocado, and leftover stir fry brown sushi rice (under the avocado). I added umeboshi and a soy sauce container to add to the rice at lunchtime ๐Ÿ™‚

I love colourful and healthy lunches, they make the day that little bit brighter.

What did you have for lunch today? Did you save money by making and bringing your own to work, or did you have leftovers?

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Bento No.4

This isn’t todays Bento, it’s actually from last week. I thought I’d share it with you, even though it’s nothing cute, it contains yummy Japanese inspired food ๐Ÿ™‚


I used my Aladdin Bento box ๐Ÿ˜€ and I had rice noodles, quorn mince stir fry with veg, sliced tomato, and umeboshi and sweet cucumber pickle.

The quorn mince stir fry was seasoned with sushi vinegar, soy sauce, garlic and ginger ๐Ÿ™‚ and had added shelled hemp in, for added protein.

Oooh I like Bento Posts!! I think I need to start experimenting with kyaraben bentos (picture bentos)soon, I’ve just got to get my art groove on ๐Ÿ˜›

What do you reckon would be a nice easy kyarabenย bento theme to start off with?

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Bento No.3

Lets have a Bento Post to start off the week ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is todays Bento:


Today, I didn’t use any of my Bento boxes D: shock horror!

But, I had a YUMMY! Bento ๐Ÿ˜€

I had 2 brown rice star shaped onigiri (and extra brown rice) with soy sauce in fish container.
Leftover white rice and roasted pumpkin.
All on a bed of lettuce with sushi pickled ginger, umeboshi and sliced avocado.
For snacks and pudding is Half a pomegranate, and orange/satsuma and a cupcake case full of cacao nib no-egg cookie dough ๐Ÿ™‚
I feel like I’ve spoilt myself today!!
Can’t wait to do it again ๐Ÿ˜€
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Thursday Bento fun!

I know this post is a bit late, sorry!! I’ve been mucho busy at work D:

Anyways ๐Ÿ™‚ You will forgive me when you see my scrumptious bento creations ๐Ÿ˜€

In Thursdays Bentos, I used Wednesday nights leftovers of sushi rice, steamed veg (with soy sauce and sushi vinegar) and pickled beetroot. I love using leftovers ๐Ÿ™‚ makes me happy. And it also allows for the eating of a lighter dinner on the Thursday night (we had miso-noodle soup :D)

First is the bf’s bento. I used his blue MASPRO lunchbox (full review to come later). In the main part (which is perfectly sized for a reasonable amount of food – more akin to a dinner sized portion really), he had sushi rice with steamed veg and pickled beetroot. I also cut up some green peppers for the top part. We are upping the veg at the moment (as less fruit = less sugar) so the more the merrier ๐Ÿ˜€ He also had some fruit and malt loaf to complete his yummy lunch, lucky him!


I love the colour – nice and bright but not too neon ๐Ÿ™‚



There’s more in there than you think, pictures make things smaller :O

For my bento, I used the fabulous Aladdin 0.95L bento box (for the first time!). I have had this bento box since last Christmas (I know, bad me!) and I cant believe it hadn’t even been out of its box!

I had sushi rice in the bottom compartment with furikake and umeboshiย (I love them!!), and steamed veg and pickled beetroot. The smaller compartment was filled with cucumber, raspberries (from my garden) and grapes. I love this bento box, I can’t wait to use it for soups and food that can be heated (at work).



Hello feet!!

I will most definitely be using my Aladdin bento box a lot more, and eating a lot more umeboshi ๐Ÿ˜€

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Umeboshi (Japanese Pickled Plums)

Today is the day I will declare my love for Umeboshi.

Japanese Pickled Plums are amazing, and it is such a shame that I did not try them as soon as I started trying out Japanese recipes and creating bentos.

Umeboshi are Japanese Pickled Ume Plums and the name literally means dried Ume (fruit). They are usually served as side dishes to rice or used as fillings or accompaniments for rice balls. They look very wrinkled and ‘pickled’ ๐Ÿ˜› and taste very salty (umeboshi is also translated as salted plums) and quite sour.


Use in Bentos:

As part of aย bentoย (Japanese lunchbox), a single umeboshi is often placed in the centre of the rice to recreate theย flag of Japan, theย Hinomaruย Bento. Umeboshi is claimed to fight bacteria. It is claimed that placing an umeboshi on the rice will inhibit bacteria (umeboshi are over 20% salt and salt acts as a preservative). The sour and salty umeboshi is also claimed to help digestion.

It is also a common ingredient inย onigiri, rice balls wrapped inย nori, and they may also be used inย makizushi.ย Makizushiย made with umeboshi may be made with either pitted umeboshi or umeboshi paste (which is cheaper), often in conjunction with slivered fresh greenย perillaย (shiso) leaves.


But back to why I love them ๐Ÿ˜€

They are just divine with sushi rice. Perfect for bentos (see above) and so good for you!!! They are a superior pickle and a joy to eat. I’m sure a lot of other people will not share my love for Umeboshi but I do urge you to try them. They should be found in most asian supermarkets, or, if you are like me and are miles from the nearest asian supermarket :(, you can order them from the many online sushi, asian and japanese stores.

As you may have guessed, I had some in my lunch today ๐Ÿ˜€ and they were so good! (Todays bento post to come)

Also, I’d like to tell all you people about a lovely blog that includes most things I love about life in it ๐Ÿ™‚ Please visit JustHungryย (the link is a post about Umeboshi too!!) ๐Ÿ˜€

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