Hanami Bento and Giveaway
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This is what I made for our Hanami bento: Inarizushi (seasoned rice in seasoned soybean curd), karaage (japanese fried chicken), simmered spinach with sesame seeds, kabocha simmered in soy sauce, Harumaki (spring rolls), and for dessert we had dango (pink, white and green dumplings skewered on bamboo sticks) and mochi (rice dumplings filled with bean paste). The recipes are at the bottom of this post.
I bought pink and white fish cakes (kamaboko), quail eggs, and seasoned tuna cakes and some mochi (rice dumplings with red bean filling and matcha/ green tea mochi). Since JShinobi was under 18 we had Ramune (Japanese lemonade), Calpico and soy milk for our drinks.
The delicate sakura blossom is the symbol of the samurai. It embodies the spirit of “bushido” or the way of the samurai that combines bravery, valor and stoicism. Hanami is a reminder of the fleeting nature of life and this brings out a peculiar Japanese strength, stoicism and willingness to rebuild and rise above tragedy.
Most of the recipes I used are from The Just Bento Cookbook so I am also doing a giveaway of this must have cookbook by Makiko Itoh.Please comment to enter the giveaway. Random.org will be used to choose a winner and this will be announced on April 22, 2011.
Green onion sauce for karaage
Simmered kabocha squash
Blanched spinach with sesame sauce
Harumaki spring rolls
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