Greetings from Michigan!

kumo
Bento-ing from: › Michigan › USA
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Greetings All!

I am a homeschooling mother of two boys. Their interest in manga has led to our family learning about Japanese culture and food. When my older son began riding his bicycle to his first job as a sacker at our local grocery store, I bought him a Mr. Bento from Zojirushi for him to carry his lunches in. I felt that the metal thermos design might survive his bicycle rides to work better than plastic. Now that he is making some of his own lunches, and his brother is also learning to cook, I recently bought a copy of Just Bento for the house and a second one for a manga-crazed friend of his.

I am also an avid gardener and have added several Asian fruits and vegetables to our garden and yard, so I will be very interested in hearing from other 'grow your own' enthusiasts. Recipes and growing tips are always welcome.

Looking forward to learning,

Kumo

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bronwyncarlisle
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Bento-ing from: Dunedin › New Zealand
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Re: Greetings from Michigan!

Welcome to Just Bento.
I also grow some of my own food, although I would not call myself an avid gardener by any means. Most of my garden is full of weeds! But I do grow my own herbs (thyme, sage, parsley, more parsley, yet more parsley, french tarragon, rosemary, chives, etc - things that look after themselves) plus some citrus (which is a bit of a mission where I live), berry fruit, rhubarb, some veges. That sort of thing. I've been growing my own wasabi and horseradish too - they seem to do very well in my garden, and it was quite neat being the only person I know who has real wasabi to play with. Now I've given bits of it away though, so a few of my friends are also growing it.

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Bronwyn

My blog is Food and Shoes

kumo
Bento-ing from: › Michigan › USA
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Re: Greetings from Michigan!

I've harvested wild horseradish, but I'm not sure I have anywhere I could grow wasabi. Doesn't wasabi like very damp/wet conditions?

Is wasabi also like horseradish in that, when you are pureeing it in your blender, you should wear swimming goggles? I found that out the hard way the first time!

Kumo

bronwyncarlisle
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Re: Greetings from Michigan!

Goodness! I've never used such large quantities of either horseradish or wasabi that I'd put it in the blender. I imagine that if you did, yes you would. My wasabi grows behind my glasshouse in a fairly damp spot, not wet wet though The best wasabi, I believe, grows in running water, mine is pretty good though. Good enough that my Japanese friends were very impressed and are now growing their own from bits I gave them.

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