My Geeky Valentine Bento Hop

Today me and some of my bento friends are having a “Geeky Valentine” Bento Hop. This means picking something nerdy and making it fit the valentine theme… Or something like that 🙂

So here is my bento :

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Can you tell what it is?

That’s right, it’s a Kingdom Hearts bento 🙂
It contains, blue rice with nori Sora silhouette and the Kingdom Hearts symbols. Meatless mince with mixed vegetables and hard boiled egg.

Sadly my camera wasn’t working as I’d have liked so it didn’t pick up all the details but I promise it did look good in real life 🙂

Anyway now head over to Chaos And Confections by clicking the button below to see more Geeky Valentine goodness 🙂

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A Game Of Thrones Bento

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So after months of wanting to do A Game Of Thrones bento I finally did it!!!

I love the series soo much and now I have a kindle I’m going to get the books to read! ( I already have the books but I can never get comfy to read them, kindles truly are easier to read!)

So this bento features the Direwolf of the house Stark, the Kraken of the house Greyjoy and a dragon egg.

Hope you like it!

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 🙂

Sushi set super cheap!

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Today I went to Walton Street market again, and I found these great sushi kits!
They were £1 each (about $1.54) I bought them mainly for the bamboo mat, as everywhere I see them they’re like £5+, but either way I will end up using all of the stuff anyway. I’m now thinking I maybe should have bought more than one 😦

Bento dividers and nori punches

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So here are some bento accessories I bought today a while ago 🙂
Some heart shaped cup dividers which were £1 for six from poundland.
The two punches were £2.49 each from a craft store in Prince’s quay shopping centre in Hull