Finally got around to making another bento - have been having too much fun with the Crock Pot Food Warmer and a sandwich maker I also brought in. Note to self: when it's time to remove the sandwich ignore EVERYTHING else including water delivery or mailman or sandwich will burn.
But I still love bento and often put myself to sleep imagining the next bento I'll be making. This one looks tasty. The mini meatballs were on sale and I could not resist (many bentos include mini "burgers" and this way I don't have to make my own). Bonus points - they are fully cooked and require only reheating in sauce!
So today's bento includes leftover Jasmine rice, pan fried in the pan after making my favorite one-egg tamagoyaki; mini meatballs & mini sausages glazed in a mixture of soy sauce, mirin, sake, sesame oil, a little ketchup and a pinch of hot pepper flakes; carrot & gobo kinpiri simmered with onion, soy sauce, sesame oil, mirin and a pinch of sugar. Gobo is burdock root and is a classic kinpira - we'll have to see if I like it. It looks like an extremely long, extremely thin parsnip.
Also included is instant cabbage pickle (massage a chopped cabbage leaf or two with salt and squeeze a bit of lime juice over) with some red radish. Tucked in between the tamagoyaki and the pickle is a daifuku - a sort of sweet rice cake with a dab of strawberry flavored filling. I like them.
Sorry the picture is so bad - my camera has been giving me problems and this was taken with my less than ideal phone camera. You get the idea.
Quotable quotes; in the category You Don't Have To Worry With Bento - It's Still Beautifully Arranged But They Use Chopsticks Instead Of Fingers!
"It's so beautifully arranged on the plate - you know someone's fingers have been all over it." Julia Child