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Uh, hi guys! I know it's been a while since I last posted. =x I dropped a class or two which freed up enough lunch time that I haven't had to pack anything in ages. I've still been cooking though, so I figured I'd post a quick recipe for a hijiki-edamame side dish I made earlier for dinner 8D

A little history about hijiki and me. I first read about hijiki when justhungry posted up her introduction to seaweed. It looked and sounded intriguing, but I wasn't quite sold on if it would be worth it to buy some. I've learned to curb my buy-it-to-try-it tendencies a bit, especially since I'll be moving soon (don't want to have to deal with too many foodstuffs during packing).

I finally got to try it a few weeks back when my roommates and I ate at O Chamé, and it was absolutely delicious! Totally worth buying a pack and trying out at home.

That hurdle cleared, I was ready to push up my sleeves, dig out an apron and begin battle hijiki. But, I have to admit to you guys, hunting it down was a bit tricky, and that's said by someone who has a lot of Asian ingredient resources. I tried 99 Ranch first, but to no immediate avail. Safeway was obviously not going to happen, and my first few trips to Berkeley Bowl left me bereft as well. Hijiki craving hit its peak earlier today, and out of desperation, I tried Berkeley Bowl again. After asking a stockman there, I finally unearthed it on a side display a bit removed from the rest of the Japanese foods (btw, Berkeley Bowl carries Benkyodo mochi too! I'm convinced that place carries everything under the sun).

After purchasing it, I was struck by the fact that I didn't really know of many recipes to use it in. O Chamé had made a simple garnish with it, and it tasted as if it had been stewed in soy sauce and dashi for a while. I wanted my hijiki dish to be a little more substantial than that though, especially since I wasn't planning on making many other dishes to eat with dinner. Justhungry had made a pasta with it, and offered up a furikake recipe, and while both dishes sound delicious, they just weren't what I was in the mood for.

I decided to wing it.




hijiki stir fry/salad (it's not really stir fried, but it's not really a salad either. I'm at a loss for how to describe it lol)

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2 lightly pan-toasted yaki onigiri (scroll down), ham negimayaki, tamagoyaki and a couple of grape tomatoes.

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I really didn't feel up for making a bento so I just threw together some onigiri: 1 flaked smoked salmon, 1 umeboshi-mixed and 1 salmon-umeboshi combo. Small cherry tomato on the side.
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Zucchini and sweet corn tamale bought at Berkeley Bowl. Garnished with some of those delicious mini roma tomatoes, salsa in the silicon cup.



Quinoa salad balls, some onigiri and some veggie meat. Baran separates all that from slices of tangelo.

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Ham and lettuce sandwich "gyoza" with some baby roma tomatoes acting as stabilizers. To the right, some sweet tamagoyaki and ham negimayaki.

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Roasted brussel sprouts with Romano cheese, roasted Japanese yam, a mini sweet pepper, some 紅燒肉 and a delicious-looking strawberry.

Rice, furikake and green tea candy in the sidecar:

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A while back, there were a lot of 'breakfast-for-lunch' posts at bentolunch. I told myself if I ever made pancakes, I'd be sure to make some mini ones for bento. So...
3 mini blueberry buttermilk pancakes, two messy egg, ham and lettuce wraps, a couple of mini roma tomatoes and syrup in the yellow clickety click container. I'm a bit worried about leakage -- I'll have to be extra careful walking to and from class, lol.

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Rotini tossed with quartered mini roma tomatoes, minced basil, olive oil, cucumber, fresh mozzarella and shredded romano cheese. Making my way through my tea eggs...

more pasta salad
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I'm really loving how easy pasta salad is to make. Bento no. 60 has rotini tossed with diced tomatoes, broccoli, ham, red bell pepper, olive oil and shaved romano cheese. Tea egg (comfort food, lol) on the side.

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Sandwich lunch tomorrow for the break during my six hour long interview event. Oh boy, I am exhausted just thinking about it, haha :(
Romaine lettuce, sliced tomato and lean pork and scallion patties in yummy Asian white bread.
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