I basically like bento with rice, but sometimes I go for pasta bento. It often saves time in the morning! While I boiled fusilli, I stir-fried garlic, red chili, canned tuna, eggplant, bell peppers and cabbage for the sauce. A lot of vegetables. Simple salt and pepper seasoning. Then sprinkled of parsley when mixed fusilli with the sauce. It took me less than 20 minutes to cook!
My basic bento is always quite simple. This one’s super quick. I cooked most at the same time in the frying pan. I had a leftover block of ham and I just fried the slices with eggplant and bell peppers. That is it. I also put some string beans with Katsuobushi (dried bonito shavings), and tomatoes on the side. There is something special about this bento. Eggplant and tomatoes are harvests from my small balcony garden! Umeboshi (pickled plum) is also home-made!! What a pleasure♪
This was a Monday bento. I made fried rice with leftovers with salted salmon, broccoli, mushrooms, parsley and a bit of ketchup. I like fried rice with ketchup. I also made pork cutlet. I had some breaded pork frozen so I just fried it for the bento. Some bell pepper salad, lettuce and homemade Umeboshi (pickled plums) on the side.
So, I am back. Was planning to restart with bento but I decided to post this pasta I made. This octopus was actually leftover from my sushi night. I love octopus sashimi and sushi but I know it is also good in many other dishes. This is one of them. It is quite simple. I cooked some garlic and red chill with olive oil and then added chopped boiled octopus and mushrooms. Instead of puree or canned tomatoes, I used fresh tomatoes, chopped. The tomatoes make good sauce. Some salt and pepper for seasoning, and I sprinkled some chopped parsley before adding the spaghetti. Spicy and tasty pasta for dinner!
A simple way to make use of leftovers is fried rice. This is what I made for my bento. I had some leftover salmon rice from night before but I didn’t want to use it for lunch as it was. So, I fried salmon rice with mushrooms, flat beans and chopped spring onion. Simple salt and pepper for seasoning. It became something quite different from original salmon rice and I really enjoyed it. I had chicken wings with curry powder, marinated eggplant, broccoli and tomatoes with the fried-rice.
Dried Shiitake mushrooms are common in Japanese cooking. They are good in many ways but I also like fresh ones. I came across some and had them cooked for my bento. I cooked them with my usual sake and soy sauce marinated pork I kept frozen. Simple stir-fry. I love the way Shiitake mushrooms get moist and chewy with rich flavor combined with pork. Some okra, tomatoes and homemade pickled turnip on the side.
Here we go back to pickled meat bento. I had pork marinated in miso and Sake Kasu (sake lees) for a while. I made some before like the one here. This time, I had it fried with turnip. Cooking together, you get a nice flavor of pork miso and Sake Kasu on turnip. Delicious. Some broccoli, marinated eggplant and some tomatoes on the side.