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Today On The Menu…

Written by Mayhem on . Posted in Bento, General Rubbish

Well actually I have been making a bento box lunch every day apart from weekends but haven’t really taken photos of every one that I’ve made. I’m not turning this into a Bento/Food blog, but it is fun to do so why not post up pics of my bento lunches? They’re not as fancy as the Japanese ones, nor some of the US ones I’ve seen too but they’re okay and they give me ideas on what to have for lunch each day. On top of that, trying different things makes it more interesting too. Its a bit weird trying to get used to such a small lunch box, though I realise that you can add on with additional containers of stuff like snacks. I still bring other things along like a yoghurt or dried fruit in packets or even a muesli bar of sorts so its not like I completely stick to just whats in the box. Bento Lunch No 3This was a bento lunch from last week. In the container on the far left is a pasta salad. Its mainly just curly pasta that has been cooked with a bit of bacon and onion. I added some cheese on top which I melted a little when it came to lunch time. There’s also a little container you can see at the top right corner of the screen which is basically salad dressing (light of course). That gave it a little zing! The middle container is grape tomatoes, cucumber, and some beef and potato slices. Essentially its some left over beef mince mixed in with potato and crumbed then lightly fried. It looks a bit icky but it tastes pretty good :p And I also had a packet of semi-dried apricots. Bento Lunch no 5!This was a lunch I had a couple of days after the one above. Its fairly simple and not a lot to it really but it was still reasonably filling just for lunch. The left container is vegetable frittatas. We made one big one and then sliced it up. I could only fit three pieces in but that was okay. The frittatas were potato, egg, capsicums, onion, tomatoes and I think that was all. I heated them up a little at lunch time and I added a little bit of salt for extra flavour. The right container is a fruit salad that I made. At the bottom (you can’t see them) are orange slices. Then on top of them are kiwifruit, sliced strawberries and diced rockmelon. I also had a yoghurt at work which I poured half of it onto the fruit salad. Yummy! Bento Lunch no 7!As you can see, its a different bento box! It actually arrived today from Japan. I ordered a special deal which was this bento box, along with three little bottles, two wax cups and a packet of grass dividers. I also bought some shakers specifically for the furikake sprinkles to add to the rice whenever I make it. They’re pretty cute! So I thought that I’d use this bento for something different. Its way smaller but there’s more compartments as you can see. One thing that is noticeable is the lack of greenery. Not that I meant it on purpose, its just that this is payweek, so obviously we’re starting to scrape around the back of the cupboard and fridge for stuff to make up. Anyway this looks pretty interesting so we’ll see how it goes tomorrow. The far left container has tamagoyaki (rolled omelette). This one is way better than the first one I made and I think I felt more confident in making it. Its actually got some interesting mixture in that I’ve added in bacon pieces, garlic and some mixed herbs. I cut the ends off and ate those lol, they were tasty! The middle container is couscous. I wasn’t sure if you do eat it hot or cold, but apparently you can have it either so I cooked it up. Actually I didn’t cook it, I just poured hot water on it and ‘fluffed’ it with a fork lol. Its got a lot of dried herbs and spices and many vegies so it should taste good. The little bear bottle in the top of the dish contains some rice oil. I didn’t have any olive oil unfortunately but apparently this oil is pretty much just as good. In the last container on the right, its just plain chicken lol. We had a roast on Sunday and I used some of this chicken today and am using the last of it for lunch tomorrow. Its essentially to go with the couscous. So anyway that’s my bento so far. I will probably run out of ideas soon even though there are many recipes and ideas on the web. The problem for me is the lack of things that I like outweigh the things I like. Most of the things I don’t like are actually stuff that most people will eat and are the main ingredient for a Japanese or Asian dish. So I only have a small amount of asian cooking that I actually like lol. However, I’ve done various bits and pieces not just solely based on asian dishes and they’ve worked fine for me. So far…

My First Bento!

Written by Mayhem on . Posted in General Rubbish, Japan

My First Bento!So I’m going through another weird phase and this time its all about bento and creating a bento. Bento are, of course, Japanese lunchboxes though you can get these from any store who sells a lunchbox with dividers and just say that its a bento box! Anyway I went to a local store here in Adelaide called “Little Tokyo”. They sell a lot of Japanese items even though its such a small shop. They also sell Japanese grocery items too, as I’ve often bought pocky from them 🙂 So the other day I looked at their bento boxes and bought a set that was a two tier lacquared type with some chopsticks that come with their own plastic container and a little tote bag. It was pretty cute! Then it was time to fill the bento box up over the weekend. I had also bought myself a bamboo steamer and used it over the weekend to make some manju (Steamed buns) which I also added some nice filling to. Unfortunately they’re too big to fit in the bento box so they were left out lol. My main problem with Japanese food is their love of seafood. Unfortunately I’m kind of allergic to most kinds of seafood which is really weird considering my own heritage, nevertheless its a bit difficult to get things like sushi unless its not got any seafood in it. Then again, I’m not all that fond of nori either so that puts about 80% of their dishes out the door lol. However, the bento can be filled with anything its just up to your imagination. I tend to pick at food all day so for me just having the bento and a couple of other items was a better way of keeping my weight in check (I need to lose some!) So, in my first bento box is rice – which is the usual thing you would find – though I used Jasmin instead of the Japanese rice. I’ll be using the Japanese rice next time as it doesn’t go all over the place lol. The rice has got some peas, onions and a bit of egg leftover from my tamagoyaki. Yes that yellow thing at the top of the tray is tamagoyaki. I was actually pleased with myself that I could do that as I’ve never really been good at making a normal omelette let alone a rolled one! It turned out okay though and it tasted fine. Then theres some carrot sticks and some grape tomatoes. Doesn’t seem like a lot but it was filling. I also had a little plastic pot that had some soy sauce in it for flavouring the rice, and I had a small pack of sultanas and an apple. I ended up going back over to Little Tokyo at lunch time today to see if they had any furikake (rice seasoning) which they did. Funnily enough most of the seasonings had nori in it (nori is seaweed if you didn’t know), however I thought I’d give them a try so I bought a few different kinds – egg and seaweed, black poppyseed and salt, wasabi (also contains seaweed) and sukiyaki. I used the wasabi as it came in a container whereas the others were all packets. It tasted pretty good – granted I could taste the seaweed but the other flavours (almost) drowned it out lol. (My problem is that I have oversensitive taste buds, and I can tell if there’s something in my food that I don’t like! Mum always tried to sneak something in that might look like something that I would eat but I could always taste it and would go “No you’ve got *** in there and I’m not going to eat it!!” :p) Anyway I’ve made tomorrow’s bento lol. Its just salad which sounds a bit boring but I’m going out for dinner with some friends tomorrow night so I didn’t want anything too fancy for lunch. I’ve also just bought a new bento box plus some accessories via eBay. I’d forgotten I still had an account even though the last thing I bought was back in 2003! The bento box is a special deal, its smaller than the one I have but its 3 tiers plus some extra space under the top lid. It also has a band to keep it together (unlike mine) and includes some extras such as some cups, some bento grass (plastic stuff to separate food) and some little bottles for putting soy sauce into. The plastic tub that I used today is really only good for thicker stuff like the mayonnaise-type salad dressing that I’ve got for my lunch tomorrow, but these little bottles are specifically for the thinner sauces. And they’re cute too! I also bought some little shakers which I’ll put my rice seasonings into. There really are heaps of bento things you can get online which just amazed me. Its funny, but you see all these fancy made bentos where the lunch is turned into a picture of sorts and you go “Wow how did they do that?” and then when you visit eBay stores that sell Bento items, you see all the stuff that these people would probably have used! Moulds, cutters, even stencils to put fancy faces onto the rice! Its pretty cool, though I’m not sure if I really want to go that far lol.

It's Finished!!!!

Written by Mayhem on . Posted in General Rubbish, ReBoot, Websites

The new ReBoot Mayhem website is finally up and running! Huzzah!! Welp, I didn’t finish it all but I got the bulk of it up and running which is better than nothing. Time was still a problem in terms of there was very little of it available for me to be able to really work on the site. That and the fact that I was always buggered after work and never really in the mood to try and concentrate on doing something like this. However, it was at the stage where it was complete enough to be uploaded and available. Now I wonder how many people will come back? Do they remember the site even exists? I could go over to a couple of sites and say “Hey we’re back!” but that’s like someone from one store going into their rival store and announcing at the top of their voices “Come over to our store! Its much better!” lol. Of course advertising on other sites is the way to bring people back so its kind of a catch22. I’ll just see how things go, it’ll probably be quiet anyway since everyone is still unsure as to what is happening with the whole ReBoot ReBorn thingy. Anyway surprise surprise, on top of getting that site up and running I also did a quick revamp of Animay. Its really changed quite a bit in that its not the harsh site it was before (not that it was really harsh, its just that I always used light colours on top of dark colours so it gave it a bit of a harsh look and feel to the site). Its now pastel green, pastel blue and white and I’ve given the mascot a break (DN Angel characters) and added a bit of a romantic, mooshy feel to it lol. Its something different anyway. The movie clips section there is the only thing that isn’t working yet. I’m going to start archiving the movie clips and just have the current years clips on the ftp server. This will keep the space free (hopefully) and its a good housekeeping tip. I’m going to be working on that during this week. Whew its been quite a weekend. I’ve had very little sleep (watching the Worl Cup Rugby Union too which is on late here) working on websites and trying to get everything updated before the end of the weekend. Monday I’ll be taking a break though I’ll probably have to do a bit of fixing since people may have spotted errors on the site. I’ve just thought of one, I haven’t put on the site about where the Fan Fics are going! I’ll put that on my “To do” list…

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Chris Johnson

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I’ve been through more music devices than I can count, and I’ve always been happiest with the Apple line, especially now that the drives are all flash! Glad to hear you’re happy with your purchases. 😀

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