32 years of imagining, and then converting into one of my hobbies... I hope you'll enjoy it... (^.^)/ , by Marina

February 26, 2012

Mango and Oyster Mushrooms Soba Noodles

Aaah....Sunday. If there's a day when I have time to cook, it's Sunday. Saturday - too busy resting :D.
Sunday - perfect (^. ^)

So here's today's lunch - a blend of vegetables and fruits, with just a taste of ginger to give it a hot surprise. The mango gives it a fresh taste and mixed with other vegetables it's a nice, light and easy lunch. Just the type for a busy, active day.

February 21, 2012

A Shinobi's delicacy

This one is served in reaaaly small portions :)
As I mentioned yesterday my Totoro Cream Puff went wrong :) So I ended up having extra cream I had no usage for.
After a quick look around, and I notice my containers full of nuts - something I always have available. Some quick thinking and here it is! I bet you will lick your fingers! But beware, this is a true Shinobi's weapon - it's an energy bomb! (o^ . ^o)

February 20, 2012

Bento Bento....

Woke up this morning...with one thought in my head - use the failed Totoro Cream Puffs in todays bento!

As you can see, I got an urge this weekend - an urge to make Totoro Cream Puffs!
I saw them some time ago on Anna's blog, and this Saturday i ran off to the store, literally driving like crazy just to make it in time! Got there 5 minutes before closing time and managed to get out with my portion of eggs. :)

Got home, tucked in my sleeves and here we go! Hajimeru! After 20 minutes they were in the oven....and...the trial was a failure! :D No puffy Totoro, no puff at all. Hmmm let's try it again.....tututu...done!
Looking through the oven glass like a child gazing at a puppy..... 5 minutes... few puffs....10 minutes...still the same...15 minutes....nothing changed. Second trial- FAIL!

Ou well, at least i got myself some nice Totoro bread :).

And this is how i used it in todays bento...

February 19, 2012

Back again...

Dear Luka :)

(since you seem to be the last one checking this) I'm back!
After a 3 years pause i decided it's to be no more! I'm back and kicking and hope to update it more regularly with new cooking tips, tricks and ideas :)

Sooo, in the past 3 years a lot has happened.

First of all, the culinary show. Let me update you on this one ;).
It was 5 days of cooking and serving, 4 different meals and one day of barkeeping. Had quite some fun i must admit, even a small fight on the screen :D. Naughty boys were stealing my spring rolls, and you know they ought to be served hot :D. The five of us in the show were competing for a small money prize and a weekend for two, by serving each day a different dish to 15 strangers who then voted for the best. I didn't win the main prize, but i did succeed to win with my Main Dish - "Turkey in a honey pot", bringing home a nice bottle of wine.

At the beggining of 2010 I started working,my student days were over, free time decreased and therefor my cooking suffered as well. However... it got more inventive too :D and with the standard full fat, low gastronomy, bad cooking brunches we were being delivered i entered more and more the world of Bento.

Today, i enjoy searching for Bento ideas over the web, trying out different recipes,buying all those small and crazy Bento Accessories one can find on Ebay, with one goal: making lunch a special time for yourself!

Stay tuned,
you just might be surprised :)

At least i will give my best