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Posted By Biggie On June 26, 2007 @ 6:45 pm In bento, eggs, fish or seafood, for kids, lactose free, onigiri or sushi, rice | 12 Comments
Contents: Cucumber, cherry tomatoes, homemade takoyaki (octopus balls) and sauce,  dashimaki tamago (Japanese rolled egg with dashi stock), whole apricot, rice mixed with shiso furikake, and umeboshi.
Morning prep time: 5 minutes, using leftovers. This morning I cut sliced the cucumbers and tomatoes, microwaved leftover cold rice and mixed in some furikake. The takoyaki was leftover from the previous night’s dinner ( recipe and full tutorial here), and the rolled egg was also leftover from the previous day (I’m putting together a  tamagoyaki tutorial).
Packing: Because takoyaki is best sauced right before you eat it, I packed the takoyaki sauce in the little green sauce container, put the takoyaki in a silicone-coated oblong paper cup to contain the sauce when eating, and threw in a long pick to eat them with. All packed in my new  500ml Leaflet box from  Irving Housewares in San Francisco.
Contents of Bug’s lunch: Mixed berries (raspberries, blueberries and strawberries), dashimaki tamago (Japanese rolled egg with dashi stock), cucumber slice, and onigiri made with rice mixed with salmon furikake, decorated with  pre-cut nori. Bug is crazy for tamago, so the more I stuff in the happier he is…
Morning prep time: 5 minutes, using leftovers. This morning I cut sliced the cucumber, microwaved leftover cold rice, mixed in some furikake, and shaped it into round onigiri using the  plastic wrap method I used to make  scrambled egg purses. The dashimaki tamago (rolled egg) was leftover from the previous day (I’m putting together a full tamagoyaki tutorial).
Packing: This was a kid-friendly meal, with all finger foods. The fixed dividers in this box (350ml Lock & Lock box from  this lunch set) meant I could pack delicate fruit like raspberries without worrying that they’d get crushed in transit. Reminder: fragile fruit makes a lousy  gap filler unless you’re fond of fruit goo.
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URL to article: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/06/26/tamago-lunches/
URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lunchinabox/634964174/
 dashimaki tamago: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/07/10/making-tamagoyaki-or-dashimaki-tamago-omelettes/
 recipe and full tutorial here: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/06/27/making-takoyaki/
 500ml Leaflet box: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lunchinabox/634050895/
 Irving Housewares: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/04/09/award-nomination-sf-bay-area-shopping-guide/
 Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lunchinabox/634092699/
 pre-cut nori: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/03/15/speed-bento-tip-store-pre-cut-nori-in-freezer-bag/
 plastic wrap method: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/03/08/speed-bento-scrambled-egg-purses/
 this lunch set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lunchinabox/479632981/in/set-72157594150632817/
 gap filler: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/06/11/guide-to-bento-packing-and-gap-fillers/
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 Need for speed: A mommy’s lunch manifesto: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/04/23/need-for-speed-a-mommys-lunch-manifesto/
 Choosing the right size bento box: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/03/07/guide-to-choosing-the-right-size-bento-box/
 Packed lunch food safety: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/05/08/food-safety-for-packed-lunches-updated/
 Biggieâ€™s list of top speed tips, tutorials and equipment reviews: http://lunchinabox.net/top-tips/
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