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Edamame

Hi! 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
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Salads

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.
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Where to buy in Japan?

Hi~~ 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*
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Tofu!

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 :( Aww Please help! >_< Thanks :D
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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.
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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! ^^)
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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.
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