Food and Drink

How to: Make a furoshiki and matching bento belt

(A terrific tutorial from the Just Bento forum!)

Furoshiki are a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth. They come in lots of sizes and are used for wrapping gifts, treasures, and bentos. As a bento wrapping they are extremely handy, because in addition to keeping your bento together (if you don’t have a belt), and mopping up any small spills of wet stuff that may escape your box on the way to work, they transform into a small tablecloth or napkin when you unwrap your lunch.

Furoshiki come in various fabrics, including silk, but for wrapping my lunch I like cotton. It’s absorbent (for mopping up those wee spills) and I can chuck it in the washing machine when I get home from work. It doesn’t need any special care.

I get fabric for making furoshiki from the quilting supplies shop; they sell 100% cotton fabric in 50cm x 50cm (20” x 20”) squares called fat quarters that are a perfect size for bento furoshiki. They also have amazing patterns! [Note: Our fat quarters are a quarter of a metre. In America they are quarter of a yard, so will be the same width but an inch and a half or so shorter.]

Fold your fabric diagonally and trim it up so its sides are straight. Traditionally furoshiki are slightly rectangular rather than square, so don’t fret about the sides being the same length. You need to cut off a piece about 4 cm (1.5”) wide (or 3 x the width of some elastic you have) from one side to make the matching belt.


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Question about tamagoyaki pans


I've been thinking about buying a tamagoyaki pan... the problem is I have vitro in my kitchen and I'm not sure about if it'll be safe (both for me and my kitchen)... Is there any vitro-safe tamagoyaki pan or brand? :)


Spanish omelette recipe for bento

Hi people this is my first post.

I've decided to go bento since i need to save some money due to financial crisis ._.
So I've been lurking lots of bento-friendly recipes through the Internet when I realized that the most traditional recipe here in Madrid can be easily used for bentos!
I'm writing the recipe below... no photos, sorry. I'll made some next time i cook another omelette!
Please note this is not diet food at all!

This is a little tricky to do but it tastes greatly either cold or just made and will last a few days in the fridge.

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Challenge Week 5 (sniff) Wrapup Reports (sniff, sob)

This is it! The end of the official Five Week Getting Started Bento Challenge. Or should that be the inaugural Five Week Challenge? Time will tell.

In addition to telling us about your final week's successes and (hopefully few) failures, let us know how you see yourself using the forum in the future. Do people still want to post once a week to an [insert date here] wrapup/roundup/chat type of post? Do you have other ideas? Please let us know.

Has anyone seen this? An onigiri maker that allows you to microwave unboiled rice into the right shape.....

I was cruising Ebay looking at the things I can't afford to get (but my birthday is in March..) and found this for the microwave!!!

It is some gadget that makes onigiris from unboiled rice!!!

Anyone see this before???

New Zealand supplies

I thought I'd make a posting here so that we few Kiwis can exchange shopping hints.

I have just bought a 700 ml microwavable thermal lunch container from Kathmandu. It was 30% off, down to $12.50. Here it is with its lid off and sitting beside it.


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Barley onigiri

I tried making onigiri from barley rather than rice and I was happy with the results. It's not that I don't like rice, but barley is much better for me because it helps lower cholesterol. I made the barley and followed the onigiri method where you wet your hands and form the onigiri that way, although I found I had to let the barley cool just a bit first. I found that it was sticky enough to hold together and it was also able to hold onto the nori. I didn't try stuffing them with anything but I'm sure it would have been possible.

Vegetarian/Vegan Sandwich Options

I have packed numerous vegetarian/vegan sandwiches in the past with any number of variations on cheese and vegetable sandwiches in addition to the ever present peanut butter and/or jelly sandwich.

I was wondering if anyone had any other ideas for vegetarian/vegan sandwich fillers that pack well?