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)
Homemade Japanese curry recipe is below.
Add any protein of your choice.
I added left over bbq chicken and my husband liked it:)
45g Canola oil
10g Curry powder
1tbs Shio Koji, or 1tsp Salt
*See the older post about Shio Koji
Ginger, same size as a clove of garlic
1 chicken breast
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"
Posted by Mayumi at Friday, August 01, 2014
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"
Posted by Mayumi at Monday, July 28, 2014
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!!!!
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
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♪
Posted by Mayumi at Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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.
2tsp Baking powder
6tbs Milk ( I used soy milk)
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:)
Posted by Mayumi at Thursday, July 17, 2014
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.
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
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:)
Eyes and Nose : Sliced cheese, Nori seaweed
Tofu Chciken Hamburger
250g Ground chiken
250g Silken Tofu
40g Panko bread crumbs
1/2 tsp Black pepper
*2tbs Soy sauce
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.
Posted by Mayumi at Tuesday, July 01, 2014