Guy Does Bento no. 1: Salmon furikake sushi bento

It’s been quite a long time since I last posted a complete bento…but if you’ve read my previous posts, you know that I have a good excuse ^_^;. Well, I am not feeling too chipper, and on top of that I don’t have a real kitchen. STILL. Those two situations combined have made me very reluctant to attempt any kind of cooking. My appetite is not too good either to be honest.

While I’ve been sidelined as the main cook in the house, The Guy (aka…the spouse, who occasionally posts around here as Guruman) has been taking care of the food supply chain, manfully. Now, The Guy is not exactly a born cook. He never really learned how to cook when he was growing up. (He was a precious and coddled only son of a couple who had him fairly late in life, in Switzerland, a nation where women only got the right to vote in 1971. Of course they’ve made great strides in women’s suffrage since. But I digress.) He does love to eat though, and did pick up some recipes after he left graduate school and struck out on his own. He has a repertoire of about 5 or 6 dishes, which he makes very well - and often. But normally, he’s in charge of doing the dishes - a critical job in any kitchen workflow.

Attempting new stuff is a bit of an issue though. Being an engineer, he can follow recipes, though the process is very laborious. He has to read and re-read a recipe several times, as if they were machine operating instructions or something, before he’s comfortable enough to try it. Despite that, he has bravely decided to take on the challenge of making bentos for us for lunch at least once or twice a week. We’re sliding back into the sandwiches-or-fast-food rut during my time on the kitchen disabled list, and that’s not good for either of is.

So, here is The Guy’s very first attempt at a bento made all by himself. The components of the bento was suggested by me.

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For his first bento, I figured that a really no-fuss approach was best. So we went for the bed-of-rice-with-stuff-on-it style, which is really the easiest to prepare and pack. Only 3 elements are in this bento (plus a decorative lemon slice), but it’s still fairly well balanced I think. The taste? Not bad, not bad at all.

His was packed in his favorite plain black bento box, while mine was in a white box. Despite my lack of appetite, I gobbled up the whole thing.

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So, the contents:

  • a bed of sushi rice (that’s rice flavored with sushi vinegar). White rice yes, because at the moment one of my medications is making me not want a lot of fiber, if you know what I mean. >.< The Guy got creative and added a bit of lemon juice to the vinegar mix, which was very nice.
  • Topped by lots of Salmon furikake or salmon soboro. We made it a less salty than the recipe, since the sushi rice has some salt in it too.
  • Chopped up cucumber and tomato salad. Since the salmon and sushi rice was fairly salty, this was left plain, and that worked pretty well when everything was all mixed up.

The Guy only had two small pieces of salmon to work with, but he now sees that salmon furikake can be made in quantity, and he vows to do that and stick the excess in the freezer.

A very promising start I believe. It did take him a rather long time (due to the engineer-tendencies thing) but he seemed happy with the results, and I was too.

I am hoping that he will feel encouraged enough to continue. Homemade bentos are so much better in all ways that takeout or fast food. Stay tuned!

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Re: Guy Does Bento no. 1: Salmon furikake sushi bento

Welcome back!

We engineers read recipes all the way through, several times, because:
Recipe writers wax on lyrically about the ingredients and how wonderful they are etc. etc.
Then 3/4's of the way through the instructions up pops "of course you did do (usually something horrible) to the potato before you do this to it"

Manies the time I have "mix all together" only to find several prep stages later instructions on how to prepare the item to be prepared, before "mix all together"
That's when engineering inventiveness comes into play.
When necessary we can unscramble an egg....eventually!

Keep your chin up kiddo.

David
Mechanical Engineer (retired)

Re: Guy Does Bento no. 1: Salmon furikake sushi bento

Yep, still fighting against the entropy…

Recipes are among the most demanding pieces of technical writing out there…

Re: Guy Does Bento no. 1: Salmon furikake sushi bento

Good Job Guy!
That looks a lot better than my first one! Keep going!

Re: Guy Does Bento no. 1: Salmon furikake sushi bento

Love it! yay for The Guy!

Cooking Engineers

Hehe, my dad is an engineer too, loves to cook and tends to be very technical about it.
He pointed me to this helpful and funny cooking site:

Cooking for Engineers
(note the technical Table/overview (or whatever these thingies are called in english) attached to every recipe)

Re: Guy Does Bento no. 1: Salmon furikake sushi bento

So much better than my first bento! And I'm the same way about recipes, though I'm a mathematician, not an engineer. Must be the mindset.

May your kitchen be ready soon and your health troubles go away, or at least ease.

Re: Guy Does Bento no. 1: Salmon furikake sushi bento

Success for The Guy! And continued positive thoughts for you, dear.

Re: Guy Does Bento no. 1: Salmon furikake sushi bento

It looks quite similar to the bento I made for lunch tonight. I work 12 hour night shifts, and on night 3 of 3 I'm not looking for pretty, only easy. I spread my rice out and broke up some smoked salmon. Some blueberries, carrots and snap peas. Not fancy but yummy and filling.

My best to you both.

Re: Guy Does Bento no. 1: Salmon furikake sushi bento

Simple and nice, it look delicious and I thinkq it's the main advantage.
Now I need to find a bento guy myself and sit him in front of the website.
Cheers to the both of you!

Re: Guy Does Bento no. 1: Salmon furikake sushi bento

Way to go, Guy. :) There is hope for my Guy I see ;)

Re: Guy Does Bento no. 1: Salmon furikake sushi bento

Brilliant! I am thouroughly enjoying this theme :) I am a scientist and I also read the entire recipe several times, I even write down . I simply cannot improvise when it comes to cooking, that´s why I love your detailed pictures and explanations :)
Well done to The Guy for this fantastic effort. For someone out of his comfort zone, he did amazingly well.
I look forward to the next post!

Re: Guy Does Bento no. 1: Salmon furikake sushi bento

You're so brave!

It must sound like a pretty cliche thing to say, but I just recently started following your blogs and when I read about recent events, my heart went out to you. I felt a pang after reading that you were in hospital and I was even more upset after reading why. My thoughts and well wishes go out to you and your Guy. He did wonderfully well on the bentos. My husband cooks really well but his presentation leaves something to be desired... That's where I come in. Speedy recovery!

Re: Guy Does Bento no. 1: Salmon furikake sushi bento

G -- That's an impressive bento, first or fiftieth; one that i'd like to try to make and to eat. M -- Just bought your book on Amazon, but i'm still reading it -- Must have some engineer in me, too!

So glad you're working together on everything. Here's hoping to success in all of your endeavours!

Re: Guy Does Bento no. 1: Salmon furikake sushi bento

That bento looks delicious! Hopefully the Guy will feel more comfortable the more he creates great bentos for you two. :D

Re: Guy Does Bento no. 1: Salmon furikake sushi bento

Well Done! That looks delicious :)

Re: Guy Does Bento no. 1: Salmon furikake sushi bento

That is a great bento! Way to go Guy!
My brother is an engineer too and he tends to be... erm.. obsessively thecnical about the food he makes, when he makes any. But he does try his best everytime, as I am sure the Guy does; to cook while thinking about the person who is going to eat it is what I love to do the most, it feeds ones heart for sure.

My best wishes for both of you! :D

Re: Guy Does Bento no. 1: Salmon furikake sushi bento

As written above, welcome back! And being a female engineer (still student tho), part of me tends to read everything at least once before doing, the other part just improvises on the spot. I do sympathize with the engineering guys above, though ^_^

I'm eagerly waiting for other Guy-made bentos :)

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