This is why I don’t prepare bentos the night before. Last night, I packed leftover corned beef in one of my bento compartments only to discover some critter residing in one of the empty compartments this morning. It tried to bite me and refused to leave! Luckily, it acquiesced and we arrived at an uneasy truce as I fed it flower-bananas. She let me fill up the rest of the compartments, but she still refuses to leave. I’m naming her Nana (after bananas and not after the anime character). Let’s see if she can manage to live through the day. *evil grin*
New bento box bought at a recent Food Expo, for a super cheap 50 PHP (a little less than a dollar). I love the compartments, and its Mondrian-ish looks. Contents, clockwise from upper left:
Corned Beef Hash with potato flowers, peach slices, umeboshi rice, and Nana the BananaMouse protectively guarding her stash of flower-bananas. A lot of people refuse to believe me, but trust me, bananas are fantastic with corned beef. It’s one of the few times I actually eat bananas. Plus a bottle of Aloe Vera juice to wash it all down. Tasted the Aloe Vera juice at the said food expo, ended up buying a couple of bottles since I liked it.
Corned Beef Hash v. 10 August 2006
1 can corned beef
(I prefer using stringy brands like Palm, Ox & Palm, and Hereford Extra Chunky)
1 Tbsp oil
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped / minced
1 small onion, chopped
1 small tomato, diced
1 small to medium potato, diced
sea salt / table salt to taste
1. Saute the garlic and onions in a little oil.
2. When the onions have softened, add tomatoes and saute until quite mushy.
3. Add the corned beef, then work it in the sauteed vegetables until blended.
4. Using the corned beef can as your measuring cup, add water equivalent to 1 can. Let boil.
5. When boiling, add the potatoes, and let simmer until the potatoes are done.
6. Add salt to taste.
Bento Note: If you’re adding cute potato shapes, add them at the same time as the diced potatoes. I usually just pick them out after cooking then lay them on top to make them noticeable. 😀 Also, if including this in a bento, make sure you place it in a thermal container, or at least, microwave before eating, since it the natural oils of the corned beef tends to solidify, making it icky when cold. ^_^;;