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Eat my Kimchi heart

Eat my Kimchi heart
Happy Valentine’s day Lovelies! …or not? :catexclam:
Valentine’s day has never been a big thing for me but it’s an excuse to make kitschy things, so yay!
The idea was to make a Luna (you know, the smart black cat with a moon-shaped sign on her forehead from Sailor moon) Bento but I failed miserbaly. I had seen a pic of it somewhere on tumblr but it’s actually from here. After finishing her with all the details like the eyes, ears and even the moon sign, I somehow didn’t like it because it looked too comic-like so I cut her in half and made two strange onigiri out of it. No hard feelings Luna! I’m just not good enough in making Kyaraben.


When I showed the Bento to my boyfriend he first didn’t recognize the kimchi heart but only saw the juiciness… (but you can see it, right? ..right?!) Kimchi is has become a popular filling for rice balls in Japan and we’re both head over heels in love with it. The other one has the typical pickled Japanese plum (umeboshi) in the center and heart-shaped, pickled ginger. I had some left over roast veal from my mum which I heated up in the pan with some mirin, soy sauce and suagr to make it teriyaki style.


It’s not the most romantic Valetine’s treat but at least I stayed true to my style. If you want to have a look at more lovey-dovey entries check these:

The box I used is new and it’s the first time I use it! The wood smells divinely and I love how fresh the colors look with the wooden background. I got the box from a very special place in Fukuoka and I’m looking forward to tell you a little bit more about it in a future entry!
Do you have any special plans for Valentine’s day? We’re not doing anything special today but we’re going to spend the weekend in Italy to get some fresh air, hard work and maybe some decent sleep?
I wish you all a happy day with lots of chocolate or other things and people you love! :iida:



PS: you can still see Luna’s cat ears in the corners of the bento box! :oh:

Picnic with Kumamon

Picnic with Kumamon
Konnichiwa Lovelies! :rabukuma:
Kumamon (くまモン) is a mascot from the Kumamoto prefecture located on the island of Kyushu. He is relatively young and was created only four years ago to draw tourists to the region. Be it in crane games, on drinking bottles or commercials, while travelling through the different regions of Japan we often encountered him. First, I didn’t like him that much but over time he became so familiar that I even got him as keychain from the shop on the ferry from Osaka to Kitakyushu. Yeah, merchandising works!

Kyushu is well known for their natural wooden bento boxes and I’ve been patiently waiting for ages to get one. They are expensive when you buy them online and the same when you get them in Japan. I tried several places but there weren’t so many stores who sold them because even in Japan they’re quite special because artisans make them. I always loved the woven ones but the plain wooden ones are even more elegant.


I spotted this exemplar in a friendly shop in Fukuoka, after I had tried to convince the lady from the department store nearby to give me the last one of their really fancy artisan boxes for less, and immediately liked it. I got it for a reasonable price and I think it’s from China. It may not be the ultimate traditional Japanese box but I haven’t seen one like this befor so I’m totally happy with it.


Kumamon is filled with rice and tuna-mayo so basically it’s a tuna-mayo onigiri. I love tuna-mayo and my bf does too so I made this one for him. Then there’s green beans wrapped in bacon, sausages, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and half an egg. If you wonder how I did the Kumamon face I can post a tutorial but it’s pretty simple. You just need a red bell pepper or tomato for the cheeks and some fishcake. Many people use cheese but that’s so not according to my taste and if you use white fishcake (Kamaboko) instead, the white of the eyes will be much more shiny than with yellowish cheese!


That was my Kumamon Bento! I don’t usually do Kyaraben (character bento) but this one is really easy because you don’t need special ingredients or techniques and it didn’t take me too long to finish it.
What do you think? Do you like my wooden bento box?
I have two more wooden boxes but I’ll show them to you in a later entry.
Take care and have an awesome and productive week guys!


Kiiroitori and the Bunnies

Kiiroitori and the Bunnies
Hey there Bunnies! :hirabbit:
Happy Easter or spring or whatever!
I’m finally on holiday and enjoying it a lot but not for too long since I need to start writing papers on monday. :jupp: Today when I woke up and looked outside the window, I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was snowing again and it still is! It’s freezing cold again and time to snuggle up in a blanket and drink warm tea. This morning however I felt I needed to do something creative and made a Bento.

I can’t remember the last time I did a kyaraben (character bento) but it must have been a long time ago because I literally went crazy with cutting out the tiny face for the onigiri and eggs. Nyaaa… kyaraben definitely dont belong to my favourite productions. Anyway, there’s broccoli, teriyaki chicken, shiitake mushrooms, renkon (lotus root) and radishes in one and onigiri bunnies and usagiringo (apples) in the other one.
Do you celebrate, paint eggs or do anything else special on easter? I loved easter as a child because we got to search baskets filled with chocolate and eggs and even small presents. This year however it wouldn’t be difficult to find the colorful eggs since everything is covered in snow. I don’t know about you but I definitely had enough snow for now and would like so much to see the lovely spring flowers and sunbeams.

The “thing” with the yellow face is supposed to be Kiiroitori, Rilakkuma’s little fellow birdie in a bunny suit but my patience didn’t last long enough to make the ears of the suit.. :sigh: and the chicken egg, well I would call it a bento classic. Since for me a Bento is first and foremost food, I packed in some glossy pieces of teriyaki and healthy veggies so that there’s still the “deliciousness factor” to it and not just the cute food factor.

That’s it for now Cuties!
I wish you all a nice day with lots of chocolate eggs, tulips and cute fluffy bunnies~ :jumpingrabbit: