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My mornings have been extremely busy lately because I’m trying to force Mr. Pikko to eat healthier, so I cook breakfast for everyone now instead of settling for cereal in a bag in the car. I’ve also been making him bentos too, so that he eats smaller meals, but I don’t always take pictures. I was cooking for over an hour this morning! Agh!

Mummy Bento

Today I have a little mummy all wrapped up in my lunch. I showed it to Mr. Pikko and he laughed. He’s made out of a brown rice (Gen Ji Mai) onigiri and wrapped with usuyaki tamago bandages. Someone commented yesterday to ask about how I do the egg. Basically, you beat the egg, strain it in a sieve to remove clumps, then add a slurry of potato starch and water. I flavor it with a bit of dashi sprinkles diluted in some water and a sprinkle of salt too. Cook it in a heated pan on low heat, wiping the pan down with oil first.

For the mummy, I had to separate the yolk from the white and mix them up separately. Today I used a little too much starch and not enough water, so it actually came out a little rubbery. I was so mad when I tried to flip it because some parts of the white stuck like crazy to the pan and I ripped up the little omelet. It turned out fine though, I just cut the strips a certain way to hide the tears.

I used some of the yellow for his eyes and I’ll have to figure out some other use for the rest of the egg. I cut his mouth out with a scissors. After I did the egg I cooked two eggs for breakfast, then realized that I had no eggs for the tonkatsu. Nice job, me! I ended up using 3 quail eggs for one huge cutlet and that worked out well. It was just enough food for mine and Mr. Pikko’s bentos. On the side, I have broccoli, baby carrot sticks, a baby Roma tomato, and three slices of persimmon.

When I was a kid, sometimes my dad would tell me that he got a box of persimmons from his aunty and uncle on Maui. I don’t know why, but I never ate them. I just didn’t like persimmons and I have no clue what was wrong with me because now I know they’re totally delicious!

Any Halloween requests for the next two days? I was going to do candy corn, but then Susan Yuen did one. I guess me and her daughter are on the same brain waves! 🙂

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  • The mummy is so cute, he looks scared! I don’t know that I’ve ever tried a persimmon but I will have to keep my eyes open for one!

  • javapot

    ha ha ha…really like this one!

  • LOL, the mummy is so cute. I like the usuyaki tamago, I’ve been meaning to try it out. The mummy and Frankenstein are my favorites and I think that you should still do the candy corn. You always have a great take on things!

  • Adri

    Wow, so adorable! Hmm…what about bats or a vampire maybe for a halloween theme?

  • Wow … I’m so amaze with the cute mummy there :o)

  • This is so cute! I love how you used the entire egg to make the mummy 🙂

  • It looks like you have a 50’s horror movie theme going here: Frankenstein, The Mummy… is the wolfman up next?

    Great work — it all looks so tasty!

  • Jamie

    Your bentos are so cute! Checking out your website always makes me happy.

    Random question, how do you prepare the persimmon? I’ve cut into one and it was just a big gooey mess. I’m guessing I had a bad one or I don’t know what I’m doing.

  • Jamie, I’m not sure. All the persimmons I’ve eaten have been firm and when I cut them open, they hold up like a crispy peach.

  • Jamie / Pikko–
    I just learned a tiny bit about persimmons at the Farmers’ Market this past weekend.

    There are 2 types of persimmons–the peach-like type Pikko mentions, and the jam-like type Jamie mentions.

    The stall owner said with the jam-like type, one should wait until they look almost rotten, then eat them with a spoon.

    The crispy type you can eat or cook, much like peaches.

    Hope this helps

  • Jamie

    Big thanks Toro and Pikko! Glad to have the info and to know that the persimmon I ate wasn’t rotten! 🙂

    Have a happy Halloween!


  • Mer

    This is just great 🙂

  • Hahaha, really like this mummy, he’s so funny ! And very well done, he really looks like a mummy (not very scary though, rather friendly ! :-))