Just a good, colorful bento guest that, though I have never tasted, is enjoyed very well by my husband!
Tips and tricks
I've done this many times without mirin and I think it was fine. I have no idea between the difference in taste, anyway. ^_^;
Another version of tamagoyaki that earned a voluntary "the egg today was delicious" comment from my husband was when I used small bits of eggplant (instead of carrot and bell pepper), a bit of milk (instead of mirin) and cheese slice (instead of nori).
I've had better days with tamagoyaki rolling but I didn't have a chance to do a pictorial aside from when they were already in my husband's bento box:
This is my husband's recipe. He said this is very delicious (and I saw it was true while watching him eat), but unfortunately, I don't like egg and natto so I will have to take a photo of my own version next time-- which means I need to prepare my recipe an hour before I get hungry next time just so I can have a food pictorial.
But while waiting for my version, I suggest you give this a try!
**Natto・納豆・なっとう is a Japanese food which means fermented soybeans. It can be bought in packs of three and each pack has an accompanying sachet of sauce, usually with dashi or soup stock made from fish and other things. So if you're a vegetarian, you'll have to use soy sauce instead of that sauce pack.
**Udon・うどん is thick Japanese wheat noodles usually used in soups, and dry and fried noodle dishes.
Tips and tricks
The frozen udon I used is ready after one minute of boiling. You may use other kinds of udon but my husband's favorite kind of udon is the frozen type, and it lasts in the freezer for long so we can just pull it out anytime and quickly cook udon whenever we want.
Eggy Eggplant. Egg-Plant. Egg and the Plant. Stir-fried Egg and Eggplant. Mother and Egg.
One time my older brother mocked me for my choice of password for my laptop. My password then was "password". But after a few months, my younger sister started overusing my laptop when I'm not home, without my permission. So I decided to change my password. After some time, my brother borrowed my laptop and asked me my new password. I whispered to him "new password". He said verbatim, "for a sister of such creativity, you suck at passwords".
Yeah, I have very poor naming ability too. I named my bicycle Kicchan because it was given to me by a Kida-san. There are still a few examples on my poorly-named list but let's just go back to the dish.
I didn't want to turn you off with a poor dish name, as it did when I reread my candidates above. So I decided to call it "nasu omelet".
Nasu・茄子 is Japanese for "eggplant". I thought this name gives this very simple dish a bit of curiosity, enough to make you try it (and now you know another Japanese word ^_~). This dish is really worth a try-- my husband assures you. I also like running to this dish when I'm out of bento ideas.
Tips and Tricks
If you want it looking meaty like the one on the picture above, stir-fry it a bit longer.
Otherwise, transfer immediately to a plate to decrease after-cooking heat from the pan.
Well, here we go to two great recipes that I learned from my husband and from his mother.
This peppered pumpkin is one the my husband's favorite way of eating pumpkin. I've never seen pumpkin prepared this way until he cooked it, and I instantly fell in love as much as I fell for him. Uhm... maybe I'd choose the pumpkin. *evil laugh*
I've heard about tofu burgers before but my first time to cook it was after I actually watched my mother-in-law prepare her own version. Which was also her first time. It was good and I loved it but it was quite thick (about an inch) so the non-vegs in the house didn't appreciate it as much as I did.
Then the next day, before lunchtime, I was looking for it. And found out that my sister-in-law ate all the remaining 3 and a half burgers while drinking non-alcoholic beer the previous midnight.
So I guess this dish passed with flying colors! ^_^
For the peppered pumpkin, I'd like to mention a very important comment from my husband: sweet pumpkins work wonders in this recipe.
I made my own version of ramen once, and of course since my husband grew up in the Land of Ramen, I expected he wouldn't like my ramen. I don't remember why he suddenly wanted to taste my ramen that night, but when he tasted it, he said it was really delicious. He asked if I cooked a lot because, although he had just eaten a full dinner, he wanted to eat my ramen too. However, he didn't order a serving, so I cooked for only one. But seeing him very excited to eat MY cooking (yes, it's one of the greatest feeling when his eyes spark, asking for more of my cooking), I said the usual lie-- "I'm quite full/I didn't really want to eat" (plus some more reasoning so that he'll believe that I'm totally fine if he eats it). So he ended up eating mine and I had bread for dinner instead. hahahaha
My stomach felt more full while watching him enjoy my cooking than when I eat my own cooking, so, I didn't actually lie, did I? ^_^
Egg noodles are normally used for ramen. But ever since I was born, I have never benn a fan of egg. So I've tried using different kinds of noodles-- eggless noodles, vermicelli noodles, spaghetti. For me, they all tasted much better than egg noodles! Try it for yourselves!
Okonomiyaki, also called "Japanese pizza", literally means "stir-fried (yaki) choice or preference (okonomi)". So, be creative and mix up your matching favorite veggies!
Well, my husband didn't like this (particularly because the avocado I used wasn't delicious, according to him). But many people on SnapDish have been replicating this dish so many many times and I assume it's really yummy-- my husband's tongue is just quite over sensitive. ^_~
But I cannot say much about this because I don't eat egg. So, I dare you to try for yourselves! ^_~
Tips and Tricks
You may cook the yolk thoroughly like I did in the picture but you might also want to leave it quite raw for a juicy sauce especially if you're eating it with salad instead of bread. ^_^
Since I don't eat egg (except in cakes and pastries) and salad dressings with anything from the onion family, I don't have idea on how this salad tastes all together. I just saw it from a Japanese SnapDisher, tried it at home using a deep roasted sesame dressing my husband bought at a supermarket and it received a quickly-emptied-plate ovation from my husband, and I had to prepare this dish again. And again.
The version by がぁが (masumi0706), from which I took this idea from, used mayonnaise with oyster sauce.
A vegetarian for 12 years and a kitchen warrior since I moved in to Japan, my favorite battle has been winning over my husband's interestingly complicated taste buds.