8/01/2014

Japanese Curry Rice Bento


Made Japanese curry last night! My husband said that curry is better on the next day....
I put the leftover curry in a bento box. Let's see if it tastes better that last night!


We had annual passes for Universal Studio Hollywood when their new minions ride was open!
We both loved the ride:) I'd love to try it again!

Today's bento menu

Minion Curry (eyes: purple potatoes, cheese and nori seaweed / mouth: cheese, nori seaweed)
Haiga rice

Homemade Japanese curry recipe is below.
Add any protein of your choice.
I added left over bbq chicken and my husband liked it:)

うちの旦那は同じものを二日連続で食べるのを嫌がります。。(めんどくせ!w)
なので、今日ごはんだったら明日はパスタとか色々考えてメニュー作り★
しかし、カレーだけは二日でも三日でも続けて食べてくれるんですー!!!!
ちょっと寝かした次の日の方が美味しいからって★
でもスーパーで売っている箱入りのカレーは使いたくないので、ルーは手作り♪

一昨年の会社のクリスマスパーティーで旦那がユニバーサルスタジオの年パスをペアでもらってきたので、4回ほど行きました。
最初にStudio Tourを体験したときは感動~!日本から家族や友達が来たら連れていきたいなー。
でもおススメは新しいミニオンズの乗り物!トランスフォーマーと同じぐらい楽しかったです♪

Ingredients

60g flour
45g Canola oil
10g Curry powder
1tbs Shio Koji, or 1tsp Salt
*See the older post about Shio Koji

1clove Garlic
Ginger, same size as a clove of garlic
1 Onion
1 Potato
1/2 Carrot
1 chicken breast
800ml Water


1tbs Sugar
1tbs Honey
1tbs Ketchup
2tbs Miso
1/2can Diced tomato

Soy sauce to taste


1. Mix flour, oil, curry powder, shio koji or salt together and set aside.
2. Mince garlic and ginger. Cut vegetables and meat into small pieces.
3. Heat a little oil in a pot and add garlic and ginger.
4. Add vegetables and chicken. Cook until the veges get soft.
5. Add water, sugar, honey, ketchup, miso and canned tomato. Cook over low heat about 15 mins.
6. Add the curry paste from step1 and mix well.
7. Taste it and add a little soy sauce if you need.
8. Cook about another 10min over low-heat.


Want to make bear curry? Go to "Homemade Japanese Curry Roux"
      

7/28/2014

Weekly LALALA



My interview article was published last week on a Japanese free paper, Weekly LALALA!
It's distributed to Los Angeles, Orange County, Las Vegas, San Diego, Phoenix, San Jose, San Francisco, Texas, Denver and New Orleans.
My husband's parents asked me to translate it into English, so here you go!

Character bento is a lunch box that features food decorated to look like animals and characters from tv.
Mayumi Johnston has self-published a book of cute character bento collection "Fun Japanese Bento Styling".
She is a character bento decorator who makes fun and healthy food.

She went to UC Davis as an exchange student from Waseda University. That's when she started being interested in food she said. "UC Davis is known for agriculture and has some farms on their campus. By taking agriculture classes, I naturally became interested in what you eat"

After graduating Waseda, she moved to LA in 2008 to work for a Japanese free paper in sales.
She worked from early morning to late night every day, but what kept her energetic is bento making.

In 2012, she got a food coordinator certification in Japan. She also started attending macrobiotic diet workshops to learn about food more deeply. " The test to become a food coordinator consists of history, science and art of food as well as economics/management. I was able to learn about food in different ways."

She got married last year and has been living in Orange County.
While working at Whole Foods Market, She has been creating more character bento.
One of her recent works is for a game company. " I designed and created bento of characters of their new game. It was used for their promotion."

"Not only the visual affect of the bento but I also think about nutrient balance. By using colorful ingredients, you can get a variety of nutrients from different colors of vegetables."

Her husband inspires her in her bento making.
"It brings smile to his face. That's one of the thing I like about character bento. I would like to do workshops for local people in English to spread Japanese bento culture" 


今週号のららら、「ロサンゼルスで暮らす人々」にインタビュー記事を載せてもらいました!
はい、私らららの営業でしたよーwらららでは4年間お世話になりました。
でも決して自分から記事掲載は頼んだわけではございません笑
インタビューの依頼があったときに、「え?本当に私でいいんですか?!」って何度も聞きましたから、、、
でもこういう形でまたらららと関わりを持つとは想像もしていませんでした。なんか嬉しい♪

フェイスブックに載せたら旦那のパパから英訳してくれと頼まれたので簡単に英訳してみました。
旦那の家族の前だといつも無口な私。完璧な英語を喋らなくてはいけないというプレッシャーを感じてなぜか喋れなくなってしまうんです(;_;)
なのできっと、私のことをもっと知りたいって思ってくれてるんだろうなー、パパとママ。
嬉しい限りです。もっと積極的にコミュニケーションをとるように頑張らなきゃ!!

7/23/2014

Potato Porcini Soup with Shio Koji


Went to my husband's hometown, Oregon over the weekend.
It was my 3rd time there, but 1st time in summer!
It's very beautiful this time of the year.

We stayed at Wine Country Farm B&B in Dayton.
Such a beautiful place!!!!


breakfast room




We grabbed pizza and soup at a nearby market for dinner and ate at their yard.
This soup.....potato porcini soup....it was sooooooo yummy!!!!!!!
I had a package of dried porcini that I bought in Italy at home, so I looked for a recipe of this soup as soon as I got home!
I made it for dinner tonight and it was really good.
I used 4cup of water + 3tbs of shio koji ( see this post ) instead of chicken stock.

Recipe: Porcini Farro Soup from Italian Food Forever

旦那の実家、オレゴンへ行ってきましたー。パパとママがフロリダに引っ越すので、彼が家の片付けをするためです。今まで冬にしか行ったことなかったけど、夏のオレゴンはいい!!緑がいっぱいですがすがしい。ワイナリーにも行ってきましたよー。正直、ナパとかソノマよりも良かったです!観光客が少ないから♪
そしてこの写真見て下さい。。。なんとも素敵なホテル!!!今回泊まったWine Country Farm。料金も150ドルぐらいでバカ高くないし、とてもおススメです♪
夜は近くのマーケットでピザとスープを買って、お庭で頂きました。
このPotato Porciniスープがとても美味しかったので家に帰ってからすぐレシピを検索!!
なかなかこれぞ!というのが見つからなかったのですが、このレシピ↑はなかなかオレゴンで食べたスープに近かったです。
ちなみに朝食は目の前のブドウ畑で取れたブドウのジュースと、ワッフルに手作りホイップとブルーベリージャムが出ました。これまたとても美味しかった!!



7/17/2014

Steamed Pork Buns


I know I know...I should have put more effort to their beaks...
I just mixed curry powder to the extra dough and .....overcooked:(

These Donald and Daisy are made with steamed pork buns!
I tried the recipe that I found on a Japanese recipe site.
My husband liked the bread part, but not much the meat inside.....
Will try an different recipe next time!!!
Here is the recipe for the bun.

260g Flour
3tbs Sugar
Pinch, Salt
2tsp Baking powder
6tbs Milk ( I used soy milk)
4tbs Water
2tsp Oil

1. Mix the dry ingredients.
2. Add the wet ingredients and knead.
3. Make a ball and wrap with plastic wrap. Let is sit for 30mins.
4. Divide into 2~4 and roll out each dough.
5. Put pork mix inside and shape.
6. Steam for about 10 mins over medium heat.

I like this buns better without meat. Great snacks:)


7月の毎週火曜日に近くの公園でライブコンサートがあるので、その日はピクニック弁当を作って近所の人と見にいっています。昨日は肉まんドナルドとデイジー!!日本にいる妹にこの写真を送ったら”口がテキトー”とか言われたけどw。
豚挽きなかったからニジヤのニクの日に買った豚こまをチョップして使いました。。。そのせいか、ちょっと肉がドライだと旦那に言われましたが。。。でもこの皮は美味しかった!!
ごぼうがいっぱい残ってたのでごぼうも混ぜてみた。

簡単手作り☆本格味の肉まん

ちなみに旦那がチキンをBBQグリルで焼いてスイートチリソースをかけて食べるのが好きなので、スイートチリソースを作り置きしてます。
そのソースでエビチリを作りました。これは冷めても美味しくてお弁当にいい!!!

7/09/2014

Karaage Bento ~Mickey and Minnie Rice Balls~


There are concerts in a nearby park every Tuesday in July.
We went there last week with bear sliders bento.
This week, I made Mickey and Minnie karaage bento.
I think I enjoy making picnic bento than regular lunch bento because I can go big!
I took some process picture of Mickey and Minnie rice balls, so will update soon.
Stay tuned!!!!


4th and 7th of July Bento


Happy late 4th of July :p !!!
Celebrated with this fireworks bento:)
It's fried rice and fireworks are made with ham, egg, and colorful peppers.


July 7th is Tanabata, a star festival in Japan.

 It celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented by the stars Vega and Altair respectively). According to legend, the Milky Way separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar.(Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanabata

People write their wishes on strips of colorful paper and hang them on bamboo:)


A lot of people eat soumen (noodle) or chirashi sushi on Tanabata, so I made chirashi sushi bento.
Bamboo: Green beans
Milky way: Eggs
Orihime & Hikoboshi: Sliced cheese and nori seaweed


7/01/2014

Picnic Sliders


Happy 4th of July!
There is a concert at a park near our place tonight!!!
Made this slider bears to eat while watching the show:)
This would be great for parties!

I recommend avoiding beef patties for picnic.( if you can't heat them up before you eat)
Beef fat is hard to be melt in our mouth and not that tasty when you eat them cold.
I made tofu chicken patties this time. It was really good even when it's cold! :)


I made 2 big patties and a couple of small ones.
I used the big ones for this sliders and froze the small ones for bento!
*Wait for patties to cool before freeze:)

Bear
Eyes and Nose : Sliced cheese, Nori seaweed

Tofu Chciken Hamburger 

250g Ground chiken
250g Silken Tofu
125g Onion
1 Egg
40g Panko bread crumbs
1/2tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Black pepper
*2tbs Soy sauce
*2tbs Sake
*1tbs Sugar
*1/2tbs Vinegar

1. Mince onion and saute until transparent.
2. Mix the onion, tofu, egg, panko, salt and pepper in a bowl by hands.
3. Divide into 6-8 egg shapes.
4. Heat oil in a pan and cook the patties for 1~2 minutes over medium heat. (with a lid on)
5. Turn down to low heat and cook for 3~4 minutes.
6. Flip the patties and cook for another 3 minutes. ( no lid)
7. Mix * ingredients and pour over the patties.