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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Bento box help? on: February 16, 2009 09:49:06 AM
If you want my honest opinion, the bento stuff at Ichibankan is kind of hit or miss. I live near one of the actual stores. If I was going to have to pay international shipping for it, I wouldn't bother.

If you don't mind Sanrio/Hello Kitty stuff, you're better off trying to find a company that would ship that stuff internationally. Sanrio does make character themed Bento boxes that are a better quality.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do you save patterns for future sizes? on: November 15, 2008 09:02:30 AM
On patterns I know I'll use and reuse, I trace it onto pattern ease.
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Sushi Tips, anyone? on: August 25, 2008 08:06:51 PM
Use a Calrose or Koshihikari rice. Typical brand names here in the US for such a rice are Botan, Kokuho Rose and Nishiki.

Sushi rice is seasoned with a seasoned rice vinegar called sushi-zu. You can buy it ready made in bottles (I get mine at Trader Joes), use a powder that comes in a packet (called sushi no ko), or [urlhttp://japanesefood.about.com/od/sushiforbeginner/r/sushirice.htm]make your own[/url].

The most important part, IMO, is that you need to cool the rice quickly as you're adding the seasoned vinegar. Most people I know use a hand fan for this, but I've been known to cheat and use a small electric desk fan for it.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Renaissance Festival on: August 24, 2008 12:38:41 AM
It's a nice costume all things considered, but UnicornQueen is right, it's neither historically accurate or authentic.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: the "it looks like you made it" bag on: August 20, 2008 11:36:19 AM
I think it does look like you made it, but in a good way. I think it's a fabulous bag.
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Recipes for a broken kitchen? on: August 07, 2008 12:41:45 AM
You need to tell the super/landlord/property manager to fix the stove if it was already there when you moved in.

You might want to consider spending $20-$40 on a one or two burner hot plate, and see if you can get yourself a toaster oven.
7  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Soda + cake mix = ? on: August 02, 2008 11:23:33 PM
Oh, I used this method for cupcakes when my oldest child was allergic to eggs. If you don't want the added sweetness from the soda, you can just club soda or seltzer water and it still turns out fine.
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: For Bento-enthusiasts and newbies! (kind of long + now with pics!) on: August 02, 2008 11:21:09 PM
About the rice... if you're using a microwaveable bento box, you CAN refrigerate the rice. When you're ready to eat it, just sprinkle it with a little water, cover with a damp paper towel and nuke. I've been doing this for years, and it turns out ok.

If you have a programmable rice cooker, you can load it with water and rice the night before and wake up to fresh rice.

My rice cooker can make a couple of cups of rice in 15-20 minutes, and it's pretty ancient.

I have cute little bento boxes, and a knock off of the Mr. Bento, but I prefer Lock and Lock and Snapware for adult bentos.
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: What's your weird guilty pleasure? on: August 02, 2008 11:10:45 PM
Umeboshi vinegar on steak... just a little splash. Oh, and french fries dipped in milkshakes.
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: !0nigiri! h0w 2 make...includes way 2 many pics ;) on: August 02, 2008 11:09:02 PM
The 0's are annoying, but your technique is pretty much spot on what my grandma and mother taught me. My "cheat" when I don't want to mess with having to wet my hands between musubi (that's what my family calls them) is to use plastic wrap to form the musubi.

If you're packing nigiri/musubi in a bento, it's better to pack the nori separately and stick it on just before you eat it.
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