Food and Drink

Things that get better over night

I like to prepare my lunch the night before, but some dishes are not suitable for that. I am looking for more ideas for things that don't suffer from a night in the refrigerator, or, better, that even need to be made a night ahead. Anything that is marinated for example.

I just made leek: Chop, cook in bullion, not too soft, then add some olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, parsley, mustard and chopped gherkin. Cover and keep cool for a night. continue reading...

do you take sushirolls in your bento?

I have been bento-ing for a year now (and still loving it!) and I have some favourites now. One of them is sushirolls, mainly because they are easy to make, they freeze well (and then keep well in my bento till lunch) and I love them!
Of course I don't make them with raw fish, that would be dangerous, but with cucumber, surimi, tinned tuna (or other fish) made into a sort of mousse with mayo and wasabi or chilisauce.... great!!

I was wondering if you take sushirolls in your bento too, and if so, what filling(s) dou you use? I'm looking for new things to try!

Crazy Tupperware lady

I went to visit a lady that sells tupperware in hopes she had something that would keep my wet food off of my dry food, and she did, however I specifically said I needed something that that would fit into "these" and pulled out my bento boxes. At which point she gaped and said "those are tiny how do you expect to put enough lunch in those?"

I replied, my children don't eat huge lunches. And she came back with some weird comment about them playing hard and needing calories and I just blurted back "perhaps that mentality is why we have a pediatric obesity epidemic in the United States" continue reading...

cooking grains in a rice cooker

I just received my new rice cooker, a 3-cup Zojirushi (the European model: NS-LAQ05) and am extremely happy with it. However, I was wondering whether it would be possible to use it to cook grains as well, such as millet, quinoa, bulgur, barley... But I am not sure about how much water I should use and what programme would be best. This rice cooker has 5 settings: white/mixed rice, sushi, quick, porridge and brown rice. So far I have tried only the white/mixed and brown rice setting.

Bento Beginner- Box Confusion!

Hello! I'm new to the board and also very new to Bentos. It looks like a great idea and a lot of fun! I'm always on the hunt for fun, different, healthy lunches so this just seems perfect.
Anyway, I've been searching the internet for the past few days just looking at supplies, trying to figure out what I should get for starters. But when it comes to boxes, I'm overwhelmed! There are so many sizes, styles, brands, I just don't know where to start or what I would need. continue reading...

food identification?


I figured I might try asking this here, since some of you seem like seasoned food people (no pun intended)

There was this vietnamese dish I about 6 years ago from an old friend's parents. It was this yellow pancakey like thing that had vegetables (like green onion) and shrimp incorporated into it, and it was i supposed fried. It resembled egg in my opinion, as it was fluffy and dark yellow though all together in one piece. They served it with fish sauce on the side, and rice noodles.

It was oh so good! but I have no idea what it was haha.

Wellington New Zealand - New sushi/bento takeaway!

Friends of mine are opening a take out shop in Featherston St, Wellington (New Zealand) on Tuesday 17th August. It's called Yoshi's Sushi and Bento, which is great, because a lot of sushi places here sell 'bento' but there is not a lot of variety. Yoshi is a Japanese chef who has worked in several great Japanese restaurants in Wellington, so the food will defintely be authentic. If you're from Wellington or passing through (New Zealand is a great holiday destination) check it out. continue reading...

How long can you keep meat in the freezer?

I've always wondered how long can it really stay in there without giving me a tummy ache when I decide to cook it