Bento #8: Chicken Wings Don't Fit in Small Boxes

Today I learned that chicken wings are hard to put in a small space. They're awkwardly shaped, unforgiving, and frankly provide a very low ratio of edible food to volume ratio. I really ought to have used a big square tupperware for today's lunch, but only realized that after I'd packed in everything else. But buy viagra online in canada man are chicken wings a pain.

Today we have:

  • Leftover Atomic Wings
  • Rice
  • Some bizarre pseudo-maki I made in an attempt to use some leftover veggies. Two are rice and zucchini rolled in nori. One is avacado and zucchini rolled in nori, without rice. I admit this may not be the most appetizing thing I've ever created. I was tired and in a hurry.
  • Sliced bananas 
  • Sliced carrots
  • The omnipresent baby spinach

As you can see, I really need to go to the grocery store. My bento vegetable collection is dwindling, and we've been out of dessert foods for a while. On the flip side I'm proud of myself for putting together a balanced if not interesting lunch in ~10 minutes given the limited foods in our fridge.


Lunch #2: Un-bento

Chris stayed home today, so I didn't pack him a lunch. I still made him one, I just served it on a plate instead of cuddling it natural viagra pills all up in a box.

In what I'm sure is an affront to all japanese cooking, I made something that can best be described as hot dog sushi.

The lunch consists of:

  • Fresh red pepper slices
  • hot dog sushi: slices of hot dog on heart shaped rice balls wrapped in nori (seaweed)
  • baby spinach
  • a brownie

Chris said the hot dog sushi was good, and unlike anything he'd eaten before. The texture of sushi doesn't generally anticipate the flavor of hot dog. But after the surprise wore off it was indeed delicious.

I made Japanese rice for the first time today. Actually, I'm pretty sure it's the first time I've successfully made rice of any kind. I washed it yesterday evening and let it soak overnight.

I don't have any official rice molds, but I do have a silicone ice cube tray I got from Ikea.

I greased half of them with some vegetable oil as an experiment. Definitely do this, it makes it much easier to get the rice out and maintain the shape. You can tell in the picture below which ones had sticking problems. I'll probably get some nonstick spray next time I'm at the grocery store, they're kind of a pain to grease by hand.

I started packing with a wooden spatula, but eventually just pushed the rice in with my hands. Make sure your hands are wet or the rice will just stick to them hopelessly. I kept a bowl with a little water in it nearby.

Oh, and what did I eat today? Yesterday's bento. After sending Chris off to work with his and blogging about it, I forgot mine at home.