Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Bento No. 11 - Burrito Casserole

I absolutely love Mexican food, especially burritos. It started with the Kenan and Kel show way back in the 90's. Kenan (or probably Kel) ate this humongous burrito and they got sick to their stomachs. I was so curious! The fast forward to the early two-thousands, I see Ron Stoppable ALWAYS eating at their local taco joint! It's official! I must try eating a burrito! And when I did! BAM! It was love at first taste! Now I can eat two Taco Bell burritos in one go, no problem!

I'm sure some of you experience this annoying (yet gratifying) moments in your life; you're craving for burritos and you want them now! You want them later, you want them for tomorrow! Heck! you'll eat it the whole week. We all have those moments, right?

This bento is inspired from this kind of moment. I can't count the number of times I made this just to satiate my extreme craving for burritos!

Carrot and cucumber daisy tutorial coming soon!

No Fuss Burrito Caserole

An easy to cook burrito casserole that is bursting with flavors


1 Can Chilli Con Carne / Chilli Beans
1 - 2 bulbs of red onions (depends on how spicy you want it), diced
Cooked Rice / Fried Rice / Flavored Rice
Strips of cooked beef (optional)
Grated quick-melt cheese


1. Pre-heat oven to 150C
2. In a casserole dish, layer the chilli, rice, beef, onions and cheese. Make sure that the topmost layer is cheese (and lots of it), and below it is either beans or rice.
3. Pop the casserole in the oven for 10 minutes or until all the cheese melts

Monday, February 11, 2013

Bento No. 10 - Cold Soba Noodles with Herbed Tuna and Tamago-Nori-Yaki

As I make more bentos, I guess, I become more creative in pairing my food. I also want to experiment more and try making Japanese food that I haven't tasted yet. I also tend to experiment on different container size and shapes to make my bentos more appealing. Today's Bento Menu:
  1. Cold Soba Noodles
  2. Herbed Tuna
  3. Tamagoyaki with Nori

Cold Soba Noodles Recipe

For this recipe, you can check out this post where I have the procedure for making Cold Soba, and listed all the ingredients and where to buy them.

Herbed Tuna

This herbed tuna recipe can be done in under 5 minutes!

1 Can Tuna Chunks

Your choice of herbs. Mine was Thyme

  1. Open the can of tuna and drain
  2. Combine your herbs and rub gently on the tuna
  3. To thoroughly infuse the flavor, microwave on low for 1 minute

Tamagoyaki with Nori

This is actually the most challenging to prepare. If it's the first time you're making this, it will take some patience. Actually, I don't have patience for this, that's why I asked my Kitty to do it for me! He's so great with it! For this, you'll need the following:

2 Eggs

1 Tbsp Sweet Soy Sauce

1 tsp Shallot Sauce (optional)

2 Nori strips
  1. In a bowl, beat together eggs, sweet soy sauce and shallot sauce. If you want striations or streaks on your tamagoyaki, just beat it enough to break the yolks
  2. Heat your tamagoyaki pan in low heat. Make sure to grease the pan
  3. Pour a bit of the mixture, just enough to cover the pan and form a thin layer of egg. Let the egg cook for a bit, and while the top is still a bit wet (but cooked),gently roll the egg layer
  4. Grease the part of the pan without the egg roll and then pour another layer of egg mixture. While it is cooking, place the nori strips on top of egg layer
  5. Gently roll the eggs again. You can add another layer of egg or leave it at that
  6. let the tamagoyaki oool and then slice