cheating a little here. I'm actually on vacation all
this week (my birthday present to myself) and thus don't
really need to pack my lunches into boxes. However,
all this free time means I can experiment with new dishes,
which leads to recipes I want to share, so I'm bento-ing
Today's lunch (in the scary blue container) features
oden, which is a hearty fishcake
and vegetable stew traditionally served on "blustery
evenings," as Winnie the Pooh might say. In this
photo you can see egg, shiitake mushrooms, lotus root,
tofu, potato, chikuwa, fish balls, and naruto maki coins.
The latter item are the gearlike items with the pink
swirlies in the center. I'd seen these peculiar things
in manga like Ranma 1/2, so when I saw it in
stick form in real life I had to snag some.
Then, in counterclockwise (or Goofy-watch-wise) order,
yellow squash which is more seared than stir-fried,
teriyaki squid (which
I actually put in with the oden when I ate it, it being
seafoody and all), kinoko no yama (mushroom-shaped cookies
with chocolate caps), and blood orange segments.