A Cooking Class in the evening in Oslo, May 29, 2017







There will be another cooking class in Oslo on Monday May 29:

May Cooking Class 
“Bento 弁当 and useful Tare たれ”

The May Japan-Norway Society Cooking Class focusing on Bento and Tare will be taught in English. We will learn the art of cooking tasty Bento (Japanese style box) dishes and pack them into a box which can be ideal lunch for your work and school.
Tare means sauce, dipping sauce or marinade in Japanese. Having good Tare recipes at hand is very useful. You will learn several versatile Tare recipes during the class as well.



The deadline for signup has passed, it was last Monday, and I was informed that this class will be for a group of 5 people who love cooking. 🙂  It is a smaller group than last time, but I am looking forward to spending more time with each one of the participants and I hope everyone will enjoy the cooking evening with me. If you have missed this chance, I hope you will be able to come our next cooking class.  If you are living in Oslo, I recommend you to follow the Japan-Norway Society’s facebook group or their web site. They also send news by email.
Please check out here : http://www.j-ns.no    I may have a private cooking class on my own, then it will be announced on my Facebook page.

The class will start at 17:00 and the program looks like this :


17:00   Welcome and registration 

17:30   Cooking class starts  

            – Bento lecture part 

            – Tare recipe part 

            – Cooking part 

            – Bento packing part 

20:00   We will eat together  🙂  

            Something to drink and a dessert will be provided 

21:00   End of the class


I brought some gifts from Japan and like to have a little give-away during the class. It is something you use for cooking and making your bento 🙂

Looking forward to Monday May 29!!

xxx Rie

A cooking class in the evening on February 20, 2017




The next cooking class of the J-NS (Japan-Norway Society) is coming up, this time it will be an evening class at my house.


Here is the announcement and the menu for the class in February :


With popular request, J-NS will continue to organize Cooking Classes with leading Japanese food blogger resident in Oslo to learn the art of Japanese cooking using local ingredients.

The February Class will be taught by Ms. Rie Melhoos who has long had Bento and Food Blog-site with followers all over the world.

WHEN: 20 February (Mon) 2017 18:00 – 21:00 (Cooking demonstration, participation and savoring dinner together)
WHERE: A residence of Ms. Rie Melhoos in Jar. The way to her home will be shared once your reservation is confirmed.
WHAT: Please see the proposed recipe below.

FEE: 650 Kr for Members, 700 Kr for Non-members including dinner.
REGISTRATION: Please register at event@j-ns.no indicating your wish to participate in the cooking class. We only have limited space (8) and it would be on first-registered, first-reserved basis.




The proposed menu for the evening cooking class is:

1. Chicken Nanban with 3 different sauce (tartar sauce, Oroshi sauce and Japanese tomato salsa)
2. Kombu steamed Norwegian Skrei, with simmered vegetables, Kombu soya sauce and lime
3. Norwegian baby leaf with fried garlic, Japanese salad dressing
4. Japanese pickles, different Norwegian root vegetables

Rice and Miso soup, tea


This will be a dinner experience and the key point is to be able to make Japanese (seasonal) dish from ingredients which can be bought from local supermarket.

I hope you will be able to join us.

Thank you,




Publishing a bento book in Japan this year!





January 3, 2017

A Happy New Year!!

I hope 2016 was a good year for you and your loved ones and this new year 2017 will bring you many more happy days and yummy bentos 🙂   To me it was another busy year in 2016, brought many bento creations and took more than 8600 photos last year.  My beloved Nikon camera was screaming but she became much better after a major overhaul in 2016.


My blog project in Japan celebrated its 2nd anniversary in 2016 and I am very well integrated in the Japanese bento blogger’s world. Today I came into 2nd place in the bento bloggers’ ranking in Japan for the first time!  It has been taking a lot of time and work but I am glad I have come this far. I enjoy communicating with fellow bento bloggers and meeting new people who are as passionate about bento as myself.

A Japanese publishing company in Tokyo found my blog and I got an offer from them to publish a bento book. It will be published in Japan in March this year and I am very happy. It will be a collaboration book together with several Japanese bento bloggers who are super popular on Instagram and it is a very exciting special bento book. I will show you when the book is finished!! It will be only in Japanese (sorry!) but the publisher says it might be translated into Korean and Chinese later. I hope it will be also translated into English/French/German at one point in the near future.

Just sharing this good news with you today!!
A very happy new year to you.

PS  My Bento today was a sandwich bento 🙂
Let´s enjoy bento and cooking together in 2017!


xxx Rie