Bacon Bento

After reading this post on Just Bento about bacon furikake I decided I really, really wanted some bacon in my bento 🙂

I didn’t follow the recipe on Just Bento mainly because I can’t get hold of Japanese products that easily and bacon tastes pretty good cooked as is anyway. So here is my bacon bento:

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It contains salted rice, bacon pieces, radish, mixed veg and scrambled egg soboro.

The bacon was delicious, I cut off the fat before cooking and instead of frying with oil I just added a small amount of water mixed with some chilli for a kick.
The bento was really simple and delicious!

Due to forward planning and preparation this bento took just over 15 minutes to make 🙂

* I forgot to put in my instant tsukemono pickles that I made last night 😦

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5 for Friday 24/08/12

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Sorry it’s late!
I forgot to upload my 5 for Friday bento yesterday 😦

But here it is!

It has three chicken kievs, white rice with my homemade furikake, sweetcorn and mixed peppers.

It also includes my handmade bento picks 🙂

Homemade salmon furikake tutorial

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Here it is!
My homemade, frugal furikake. I checked on eBay and the cheapest pot of furikake was about £5/£6 with delivery, this cost £2.56. I was slightly worried as I’m not a huge fan of salmon and recently I have gone off nori too but I have to admit this tastes pretty good!!

Now for the tutorial!!

What you need:
salmon ( I used smoked salmon trimmings, 90p from Tesco for 120g)
sesame seeds ( I used half a cup but I would suggest a slightly smaller amount)
Nori seaweed ( You only need half a sheet!)

What to do:
• Put the salmon in a nonstick pan and pour in half a cup of water, put on medium heat with the lid on until salmon is cooked and water has evaporated. ( you can use mirin etc for more flavour )
• Once cooked remove salmon from heat and begin flaking with forks/chopsticks/hands. Put the pan back onto the heat and cook until the flakes are as dry as you’d like, being careful not to burn. ( dryer flakes will keep longer ) Put salmon into a bowl or similar container.
• Wipe pan dry and pour in half a cup ( less may be better) of sesame seeds, cook on low heat until fragrant and slightly browned. Pour into container with salmon.
• Take half a sheet of nori and cut into 1 inch strips, lay all strips on top of each other and cut into very think strips, you can give a quick dry fry in the pan with some spices for more flavour.
• Now mix all ingredients in a bowl and store in an airtight container. Should keep for at least a week with dryer flakes keeping for longer sometimes upto two weeks.

I hope you enjoy and please let me know if you make a batch and maybe share a picture too!

Homemade furikake coming soon!!!

I have been hunting for furikake for a long time, but sadly have never found any. I could buy online but I don’t know how I feel about buying food products online. So today I decided ( while having a day out in Scarborough ) that I would make my own. When I arrived back in Hull I managed to find some salmon for 90p in Tesco, it was only a small amount but that is all I wanted. Along with some sesame seeds for 66p, also from Tesco.

I salted the salmon and put it in the fridge so that tomorrow I can get started on the making!!

I will upload a tutorial on how to make furikake too 🙂