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A Bento Tragedy and Two Salmon Bentos

This morning a terrible thing happened. I made my bento for the day and was putting the strap around the box when suddenly the lunch, clearly distraught and sick of its rather short life, launched itself out of my hands and plummeted down three feet to the kitchen floor below. I feel terrible, like I should have done more. Would therapy have helped? Add to that, my tummy is rumbling…

Salmon Bento

Naturally, I was pretty pissed at myself. I managed to shriek and scoop up the rice, salmon, and one asparagus spear within a few seconds, but the rest I had to let go. I angrily shoved my salvaged food into a Ziploc bag and took it to work in my purse, muttering under my breath.

I have to be honest though, it was my own fault. This box is very similar to this one on Amazon and it is two tiers with a cover. The cover completely covers the top tier, which means that it is also held in place by that tier. I did not have time to fill the top tier and the corn wasn’t fitting. Late as it is, I didn’t have time to take out the corn and slice the bottom off, so I just tried to pack the cover on without the top tier. This made the cover slip right off and the bottom tier suffered its tragic fall.

I went out and bought some miso soup to help make up for the loss of veggies, but I’m still upset over it. Poor box choice, poor packing, sigh.

Before it met its end, the box consisted of salmon pan fried in olive oil, salt, and pepper. I used some nuked frozen Gen-Ji-Mai rice, garlic asparagus, corn slice, sweet potato, and baby Roma tomato for the rest. What I learned from this is that I should cut the salmon before I fry it because the cuts looked terrible when I cut it cooked. I managed it hide it by arranging the pieces a certain way.

Going back to the rice, I tried out the Gen-Ji-Mai rice last week in a musubi.

Salmon Patty Bento

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but I despise brown rice. I find it nasty, course, and generally “not white rice”. Gen-Ji-Mai rice, however, is actually tolerable for me, enough where I’ve actually cooked entire pots of it to go with stew or other saucy foods. The bag boasts that it’s “quick cooking”, which is something I also hate about brown rice, how LONG it takes to cook. I made this in my rice cooker on the quick cook setting and shockingly, at the end of the 20 minutes, my rice was done. It was soft and fluffy enough to make a good musubi and tasted pretty good.

Besides the musubi, I have 1 1/2 fish patties that my sis-in-law bought from a market for dinner along with some broccoli, Okinawan sweet potato, leftover potato salad, yellow tomato, and a strawberry. I ended up pretty stuffed, so I think next time I’ll only take 1 patty and add more veggies or fruit.

If you’re interested in the box I used, there’s a similar one available on Amazon. Mine is a Doraemon box and I can’t recall where I got it. I recently looked through my bento box collection and I really have a serious addiction problem with boxes. I haven’t counted them, but I’m pretty sure I have over a hundred by now and I haven’t used maybe 10 of them yet. I’ll take a picture of all of them eventually to scare all of you.

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    It was such a lovely bento…hopefully your day only got better from such an ignoble beginning.

  • Love your bento, the food color combination is very attractive :o)

  • Oh no! What a pity! It can’t be real. Why had such a thing must happen? But before the accident it was a great bento.
    The second shown is special to me too 😉 I like how you put the ingredients together^^

  • what a tragedy! Hope the rest of the day was better

  • 2popoki

    my family LOVES gen-ji-mai rice!!! even my 3 year old and 1 year old love it, and that says a LOT. i think it makes edamame rice taste even better. a teeny tiny bit of nuttiness, and not as mushy. don’t tell them that it is WAY healthier. glad you like it.

  • I can’t wait to see the pictures of your bento box collection!

  • LOL. Whenever I think I have too many bentos, I just refer to those of you who have 4x as man as I do…and I make sure my husband notices, so he can appreciate that I’m “not as bad as I could be!”

    I like brown rice cut 1/2 and 1/2 with white rice. I’ll only use straight brown rice with a stew or rice & beans, but never plain.

  • Amber

    Aww sorry to hear about your bento tragedy, funny enough though I actually have that bento box so now I’m scared that I may drop mine the same way… guess I’ll have to be careful.

    I would love to see your bento collection! Do it!

  • lesliemommy

    I would LOVE to see your collection. YOur bento was very yummy looking before it hit the floor.

  • love your blog! I bought a bento box and it is so cute but unfortunately i didn’t realise how small it was 🙁
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  • nicole

    poor bento box, I actually have the box that you posted as similar to your bento box.
    x__x It made me fear for the well-being of my bento box, since it’s one of my favorites.