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So, back to bentos! I've been looking for some "adult" bento boxes and found this one. It's plain plastic but I think it's good enough for salads :D continue reading...



Yesterday I went to the supermarket and found... Fresh green soy beans! I thought "hey, isn't this edamame?"

I was about to buy some, but then I realized I don't actually know how to cook them. They are sold in a plastic container, and without the pods. I can't tell wether they are already boiled or not (i think they are not). But anyway...

Hoy do I cook them? Should I boil them? And for how long?
And the most important thing: How long will they last in my fridge once boiled???

I truly love edamame and i wouldn't mind to eat them on a regular basis... any help?

Thanks! :D


Heeeello everyone!!

it seems that everyone is on a diet here and they are asking me (their healthy food reference, lol) for some original salad recipes. I told them some recipes I had but I came out to notice that I do not know that much recipes more than the chickpeas salad, and this one that I think has not been posted yet. If it has, just ignore it, lol (one serving):

- 1 tomato for salad
- 1 french onion
- canned tuna
- olive oil
- vinegar
- a pinch of salt. continue reading...

Where to buy in Japan?


We're on a trip to Japan on May (yes... maybe I post this too soon but I'm oh-so-excited about this!! yay!) we're probably going to tokyo and kyoto and somewhere else we are still discussing.

I'd love to know if I can buy bento gear anywhere (i mean combinis) or if there are specific places to buy, like malls or places like that.
By bento gear i mean things different than the ones appearing on on-line shops or e-bay. I'm very sick of anime-decorated or childish bentos, I'd love to buy cute yet "adult" boxes.

Any advice will be very appreciated :D

Thanks in advance!!! *n_n*


Hi people!! :)
the doctor told my husband the other day to stop eating so much fat and greasy meat so I started buying tofu and soy based products.
But I have to dwell with the fact that my husband does not like tofu (except when having miso) so I need easy and tasty recipes to "catch" him.

Something like deep fried tofu seems a good way to start but I have no idea how to do it :(
Is it ok to use olive oil? Can it be eaten raw on salads? Argghhh!
I saw maki's bacon+tofu recipe but i guess it's of no use for us since bacon is greasy meat :(

Please help! >_<
Thanks :D

Potato & Tuna Pudding

Another recipe from my mother. Yeah, she is a GREAT cook!

This can be eaten during the whole year: you can eat it either cold or ready made. But it's perfect for summer and you can have it in your bento :) And it's also easily made. This recipe goes to taste, you can add more tuna or more garlic if you want.
You'll need:

- 3 or 4 big size potatoes
- 1 can of tuna
- 1 garlic clove
- olive oil
- Mayo
- 1 egg, beaten

- 1 oven pot (better if it's not metallic).
- your oven!

- Preheat the oven (like 180º will be ok)
- Boil and peel the potatoes.
- Grat the garlic. continue reading...

Hummus ideas!

Hi everyone!

It's been a long time... My job can be so stupidly absorbing sometimes...
Anyway I hope I'll be back to bentoing soon (or at least I'll be able to have lunch at home everyday until summer) so I'm thinking about heat-friendly recipes... then hummus came to my mind.

I know it can be eaten with pita bread but I find it kind of boring. So, some ideas anyone?

Also, I need to know how long would hummus last in my fridge. I prepare it with chickpeas, some olive oil and lemon juice. (other hummus recipes are also welcome! ^^)

Ideas for olives!

Good afternoon to all!! :D

I thought it would be a nice idea to have a mini-resource of bento-friendly recipes for olives, even if they are good on their own. There are lots of different ways for prepairing olives so i thought it'd be cool so we don't get tired of them! :)

Here's an idea:

- 1 can/bag of black olives
- 1/2 french onion
- mild paprika (pimentón)
- olive oil

1.- drain the olives
2.- cut the onion in small pieces
3.- mix with the olives with the onion
4.- add olive oil to taste
5.- add paprika to taste. continue reading...