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Irrelevantly:  The fragging dogs tried to eat my butterfly pea seeds and did eat my freakin' tailor's chalk [gets very loud at dogs and very sullen in general]. No, I don't know how they reached either. Pictures of the ingrates to follow once I can get them uploaded and labelled.


Here are some of the pictures of the food I wreaked made/assembled/played with over the weekend. What you pretty much don't see due to careful staging and clever cropping is the subsequent mess....

Jyubako #3 + bento + onigiri, overview Jyubako #3, top Jyubako #3, bottom Bento and onigiri box for #3
Jyubako #3 + bento + onigiri, overview

I had food to use up, see, so Flor got all this stuff dumped on her....
Jyubako #3, top

Three-or-four-colour cauliflower/red bell pepper tsukemono (quick pickles, although the term applies for slow pickling too); two hard-boiled egg fishies - yes, the blue things - with shoyu 'carrots' and rice vinegar 'cucumbers' tucked in.
Jyubako #3, bottom

Plain rice with an egg 'pumpkin' - yeah, it looks like a chrysanthemum, not my fault. Rainbow-coloured tamagoyaki (slightly sweet rolled omelet) of inexperienced-cooking loose texture; a golden apple of Japanese 7-flavour pepper, tamari fishies and Swamp Mustard piggies.
Bento and onigiri box for #3

Bento: a plain-rice version of o-sekihan (red azuki beans and rice) re-steamed with a cup of dashi.

Onigiri: Hibiscus rice onigiri on top, mushed a bit to fit under the lid; raw carrots sprinkled with goma shio (sesame seeds and salt condiment), with a pink apple of balsamic vinegar and a carrot of shoyu.

Hibiscus rice: In the rice cooker, combine about 2 or 3 cups of washed regular Japanese rice with roughly 2 tbsp of dried roselle hibiscus calyx, a handful of organic dried cranberries, about a 1/4-cup of POM juice, a drop or 3 of yellow food colouring to balance the tint and 1/4-tsp of salt to enhance. Steam per directions with a little extra water to compensate for the cranberries. Five-spice seasoning may be dashed in before cooking to add depth of flavour.

Tamagoyaki pan Tamagoyaki pan, CU Rainbow tamagoyaki Finished rainbow
Tamagoyaki pan

Purchased at (Cost Plus) World Market. It might be a Joyce Chen, I forgot to notice *blush*.
Tamagoyaki pan, CU

A closer shot with a future victim to show proportions. It was smaller than I expected, but cooked bigger. I know, that doesn't really make sense.
Rainbow tamagoyaki

In progress. Obviously I'm up to the green layer, having started with plain, then pink, by adding a drop or two of food colouring to each ladleful of egg mixture (to the right).
Finished rainbow
The sliced product, after a bit of rolling and squeezing. You can see how separate the layers are, which means I =still= didn't do it right. At least it's better than last time....
Cross-section Sliced rainbow

Another view of the rainbow tamagoyaki.
Sliced rainbow

The portioned tamagoyaki - I got to eat the ends.



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May. 30th, 2007 01:46 pm (UTC)
"Very clever, Mistress Bond. Now you must die."
May. 30th, 2007 02:01 pm (UTC)
[stagey] D-die? [/stagey]

Didn't think I'd made the tamagoyaki that badly!
May. 30th, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)
Just Jealous.
Besides...Have you ever seen Bond battle a really cool villian? He usually loses.
May. 30th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
Until the ginormous 'splosion at the end of the movie!
May. 30th, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC)
Making me hungry, Corgi ....!
May. 30th, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
Well, come down here and lemme feed somebody other than Flor! The sked they've stuck her with makes her hard to catch, anyway.
May. 30th, 2007 10:10 pm (UTC)
Yes'm. I can think of worse reasons to visit the Gulf coastal region ....

Will there be pirates? ;]
May. 30th, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
Ummmm... only if I either put them on the laserdisk/DVD players or we go looking for the group in the Keys....
May. 30th, 2007 10:30 pm (UTC)
DVD, please. Real, historical pirates were/are icky. Wants the swashbuckling sort, not the crazed murderer sort ... please?
May. 30th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC)
Ever seen Nate & Hayes :D
May. 30th, 2007 11:26 pm (UTC)
Ah. Had to google. Never heard of it ...

(That would be a 'no'.)
May. 31st, 2007 12:10 am (UTC)
You saw that cast, right? Oooo, you're in for a treeeeaaat... (eventually).
May. 31st, 2007 12:10 am (UTC)
(It's not in the Caribbean at all, it's the South Pacific, but tropical oceans are tropical oceans.)
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May. 30th, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC)
The pan was a big help. I think I'm not flipping it wet enough, but I was also having a problem with breakage at that stage. I'm not coordinated enough to do it like in this video... [digs for video] ...here.
May. 30th, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC)
P.S. I too have fixated on miniature hollow plastic vegetables, although the piggies are the perfect Swamp Mustard containers. Right size, right opening, right amount.

Must get more carrots, though. Need kawaii carrots....
May. 30th, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
I'm so jealous. They're all just so ... PRETTY.

Teach me!

(You'll get all the tamagoyaki ends, I don't eat egg :p)
May. 30th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
I'm learning myself from Cooking Cute and ss_biggie and... well, random stuff! It was mylunch who suggested the rainbow effect, though. She's been doing blue food lately as a vote-for-her-blog challenge.

(The whole tamagoyaki is pretty much egg - I assume you wanna serve it to someone else then? *grin*)
May. 30th, 2007 10:24 pm (UTC)
Here's another tamagoyaki video here - it's less awesome-professional-looking than the one I linked in my reply to SeleneSue.
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May. 30th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
Mmmmm, little bit, but since the route to Illinois can't be all that far off the route to Indianapolis (assuming I'll be able to afford fuel, yeep) and I can't resist the lure of the Lodge Cast Iron Outlet, we might be able to arrange ONE annual delivery, at least.
May. 30th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
Woooooooow pretty food. And pretty pictures, it looks right out of a food magazine o___o. I sooooo hungry now. How did you know my favorite thing ever was bento and sweet omelets? ;_____;

- loves on your foods.
May. 30th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)
It's kinda Kaja's fault, she just kept talking about it, right on the cusp of me being foody again.

And thanks for the compliment about the pix *blush*. I kept fussing with photo adjustments trying to keep it from looking too green from the fluorescent lights....
May. 31st, 2007 12:16 am (UTC)
Wahhh! I had already decided on either Chinese or buffet for my birthday, and now you're making me crave Japanese, too!

May. 31st, 2007 12:33 am (UTC)
Wahhh! You're gonna be having a birthday party and I can't make it!
May. 31st, 2007 02:58 am (UTC)
Cooking's just applied chemistry, innit.
...wait for it...
but presentation's an Art!
::golf clap::
Erm...hey- also ::hug::
You are an artist!
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