Digging out from under the mess

In case you don’t follow the sister site, Just Hungry, last week we got home from attending my father’s memorial service in New York to find out we had been burgled in our absence. Among other things, they took most of our ‘temporary’ kitchen equipment (we are still in the middle of renovations…) including the working hotplate, the microwave oven (which was also a convection oven…so handy), not to mention my food processor, KitchenAid mixer, even my stick blender.

As for my bento supplies…I had them stored in several plastic containers, all organized…and they overturned many of those containers and threw the contents all over the floor. I would have taken pictures, but I was too upset. Luckily, they only broke one box, though they did take the 2 thermal mugs that look like camera lenses (I had one of each, the Nikon and the Canon) - I guess they were so realistic they thought they were actually lenses! (Of course they took the one camera we’d left behind…they took most electronic stuff, even our bathroom exhaust fan. Ugh.)

Anyway, I am getting myself back together again. I have to figure out how I’m going to cook anything, let alone make bentos. They left the kitchen area in a mess too…they even tossed out stuff from the refrigerator and just left the food on the floor to rot). They did leave my Japanese-brand rice cooker behind thankfully, and we have been doing some cooking in there. (Polenta in the rice cooker totally works.) In the meantime though, I have some exciting products to review in the next couple of weeks (none of the products got pawed over by the burglars thankfully, because I had them with me in my suitcase to familiarize myself with them).

So, I am semi-back I guess…and thank you for your patience. In the meantime, here’s a bento my mom made - just some leftover fried chicken, leftover broccoli, and rice (in this case, osekihan or red rice and beans, also leftovers). I’m not sure about the cold French fries, but otherwise it looks great! She said she’s been packing bentos for herself recently too, because she hurt her leg and doesn’t want to spend extra time in the kitchen. She just packs one up after breakfast in the morning and she’s all set until dinnertime.

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I will be getting back to bento-making very soon too. Fingers crossed.

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Re: Digging out from under the mess

That is absolutely horrible! I hope your insurance can at least cover the missing electronics, but having been burglarized myself (and by a person we called a friend!) I know that feeling safe and trustful is something that will be hard and insurance can't cover.

Although, it is a little funny the took the thermoses. They really do look like high value lenses! It is also strange that they took the bathroom fan. I didn't know that they where so valuable. A plain old bath fan in my part of the country costs only 25$(US) brand new.

Anyway, I wish you all blessings of safety, healing, health and happiness from here on out and thank you for keeping us all updated with your life and also your cooking passion!

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Oh, that's so horrible! I'm really sorry for you guys! Your bento book just arrived in the post today. I'd ordered 2 by mistake so the spare copy is going to make a yet-to-be-selected friend of mine very happy. All the best wishes for getting your home sorted again! I look forward to trying the recipes in the book out!

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Bad karma is definitely coming their way! Glad that you are safe though and best wishes to getting everything back in order.

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Oh I'm a firm believer of KARMA and they will get whats coming to them suckers! BTW, the make do bento looks great! Yummy! :) Hang in there Maki! Aloha!

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So sorry to hear about that! It's horrible. Wishing you healing.

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So sorry to hear about your break in. I know how horrible it is and especially during a stressful time. Hope insurance will let you get nice shiny replacements and nothing of sentimental value was lost xxx

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Hi, I follow both of your blogs. I was very sorry to hear about your father and then to hear about your burglarized home. You seem to have a little sense of humor about this so I know you will make it thru this. I'm glad you and your family were gone when they came and I'm also glad all they took was stuff. I'm just hungry now so just bento when you get the chance. :)

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So sorry to hear that! That's just awful - hope you are getting through everything ok and know people out there are rooting for you.

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Some people are so selfish, never thinking of others. I'm so sorry that happened to you.

To change the subject to something more pleasant, could you make a post on making polenta in a rice cooker, when you're feeling up to it? I've been wanting to try making "grits," which is basically the Southern US equivalent. I thought maybe it would require too much stirring to do in a rice cooker and that I might as well do it on the stove in that case.

Thanks for everything you do. Take care of yourself.

Grits!

You can totally make grits in your rice cooker! In fact, I use my rice cooker more for grits than I do rice (usually just make that on the stove). I have a cheap rice cooker that has only one setting, but I follow the package measurement for grits and turn the cooker on (I suppose it would be a normal or regular white rice setting on a fancier one ^_^). After it's done I let them sit for a few minutes with the lid on to thicken up.

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You can also do oatmeal in the crockpot by using steel-cut oats and lots of liquid and setting it for overnight. So I'm sure you can do grits in much the same way, though perhaps not cooking it so long.

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I'm so sorry to hear about your incident. I had one myself a few months ago, where a burglar kicked in the front door of my apartment while I was napping in the next room. I heard the noise, came out to see what was going on, and was a few feet away from the door when it came shattering inward. The guy saw me and ran. I think it was the scariest thing in my life!

Hopefully your insurance can help you through this mess. Blessings to you and your family. Namaste.

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How awful. :( I follow both sites but I hadn't had a chance to read in almost two weeks, so I hadn't heard. I hope you have insurance that can cover the big stuff at least? At least no one was hurt, but I can't imagine having to deal with that kind of thing.

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sorry to hear about your dad and about your burglarized home

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I am so sorry that happened, especially after you had been gone for such a sad thing! People are sometimes jerks. I will say a prayer for you and yours. I love reading your blogs, and I should have a certain cookbook in my mail tomorrow : )

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Getting Burgled sucks. On a brighter note, your Mom's bento looks great! I've been a fan of cold french fries ever since I was little. We don't always eat all the fries we get at restaurants so we bring them home a lot. I sometimes throw them in breakfast tacos the next morning.

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I'm sorry to hear that your house was burgled! That's the last thing you needed; I'm sure. They are just things; the important thing is that you and your husband are fine. Still, it is the violation that hurts the most. I hope that your insurance helps out with the big things like the KitchenAid mixer. I know they can be expensive.

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I'm glad you guys were not home so you are safe. But still, this is a horrible experience. I've been there once and it took me weeks before I could get myself to clean the mess...
Hang in there!!!

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Burglars.....grrrr... We've had that experience with our car, but stealing someone's kitchen equipment??? That's sooo wrong >:( I really appreciate how you still make time for your blog even though everything's happening at the moment.. I've just received your cookbook in the mail and am totally excited to have an actual copy. It's like you're a bento celebrity!! Keep up the wonderful work - cause it's what got me into bento in the first place!

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How horrible, I'm so sorry! Seriously they took the exhaust fan?? Thank goodness no one was hurt and they left the rice cooker.

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I'm so sorry to hear that Maki-san! It's not fair that you have had so many trials to overcome in such a short time, but I know you and your family will make it through these tough times. The fact that you can always find something to laugh about, even a little, is a testament to your strength and kind but strong attitude--you are totally my role model. The best thing the tough can do is get going again and you have lots of family, friends, and fans that are right there with you in our thoughts and prayers!

Hang in there Maki-san!

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