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Teddy Bear Bento (340)

Mr. Pikko and I spent the night vegetating on the couch catching up on Celebrity Apprentice until like 1:30 AM, so when I woke up this morning I just tossed stuff together and was able to make this bento in less than 20 minutes.

I’m proud to say that I’m finally using one of the cute teddy bear baking cups Jenn sent me a while back. I’ve had them sitting around moping for months, begging in silence to be used. I’m actually pretty happy with the little joke I managed to put in as well. Notice that he’s filled with stuffing? A teddy bear with stuffing! Heehee!
On the left I have some rice topped with a nori bear cutout. Next to it is a piece of the oven baked chicken I made last night, topped with some grated parmesan cheese this morning. Below the rice is a piece of broccoflower, microwaved for about 30 seconds. Below the chicken I have three slices of mandarin orange. Underneath teddy’s head is a Babybel cheese and some grapes leftover from class on Saturday.

Yesterday I made a shocking discovery about my rice cooker. Well actually, I guess this morning would be when I made the discovery. The rice cooker that I have is the Panasonic SR-NA10 Rice Cooker/Warmerand the one thing that’s always driven me mad about it is the fact that it yellows my rice within a few hours and when I cook small amounts like a single cup of rice, it singes the bottom of the rice and leaves me with a crusty bottom. I’ve always wondered why my in-laws cook the exact same rice but theirs comes out so much whiter than mine.

This problem has apparently been my fault from the beginning… sorta. I always use the Quick Cook setting because to me, rice taking 20 minutes to cook vs 50 minutes is a no brainer. But since I had a lot of time on Saturday morning and it was a huge batch of rice, I just pressed cook instead. When I got home from class, the leftover rice was plugged back in and I hoped to use it for dinner. When I looked at it that night, it still looked white. I was puzzled.

Suspecting the cooking method may have had something to do with the quality of my rice, I used the regular cook button again yesterday when I put the chicken in the oven. This morning the rice was still a nice, pristine white color and there was no crusty bottom. So after 5+ years of owning this rice cooker, I’ve finally solved the Mystery of the Crusty Yellow Rice. Man, what a relief. Sheesh!

Someone suggested to me that I start doing bento podcasts and that got me to thinking about doing some kind of YouTube segment, but I have no idea how I’d film it. The OOT folks at Allakhazam said that one of the Food Network hosts got started that way and I just had to laugh. I’m not nearly as good a cook as people seem to think I am. I mean look at me, it took me five years to figure out how to use my rice cooker. I suppose I could pitch a show where I take recipe challenges and they film me dorking up the recipe before figuring out some way to put it in a bento, but that doesn’t sound like something they’d go for. LOL!

I got my A Shirt for Sawyer bento picture back from Evangeline Lilly!!! Woohoo!!! I’ll post a pic on Wednesday. She sent the autographed bento picture and included something for my awesome Aunty C “for her kindness”, which places Ms. Lilly on my Supremely Cool Actors/Actresses list. How fitting that it arrived on the day I posted my 6th Lost bento! =)

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  • Misty

    I love that the bear is filled with stuffing!! =)

    I think reacting to a situation, even if it’s one that you dorked up in the first place, and being able to pull off a great meal or bento is pretty impressive, actually. I’d watch, for sure!

  • I would totally love to see some bentomaking videos! What an awesome idea!

  • Samantha

    Bento making videos would be so awesome! I’m not really sure how it’s done other than someone taping you, but BentoTV.com had a pretty long lasting string of videos, so maybe you could get some ideas on how to shoot it from there.

    I love the bear cup! It’s so cute, and the stuffing makes it look like a fuzzy tummy. The only thing I would be worried about would be the arms and legs sticking out over the sides, I don’t think I’d be able to close the bento. Unless you can sorta squish the edges together, which I could see possible since it’s silicone. :p

  • Kaihri

    I had problems with my old rice cooker doing the same thing. Browning the rice at the bottom. I went out on Black Friday last year and got the Zojirushi NS-LAC05. It’s much easier to use and has an awesome setting. I can clean my rice the night before and set it in there with the water and it will be ready for me at 7:30 nice and fresh. The timer feature is nice. Easy to clean too.

    I also think it would be awesome if you did some podcasts. Include some FFXI stuff in there too ^.~ hehe.
    I watch your blog and none of my bentos come out as nice as yours. I’ll keep trying tho. Love the blog and keep it up!

  • single bento boy

    When I saw that bear cupcake mold I thought you were going for a “Lost” theme again with a polar bear with its middle blown away. Silly me, polar bears are white not brown.

    You write and take photos of your bentos so well that wonder what a podcast could possible add.

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    Ruth