4 Bento Okazu recipes


Thursday January 18, 2018


Really we have lots of snow this year, I am very much looking forward to spring.  When it is so cold outside people in Norway really get good at creating a nice and cozy and warm home.  Really life style and weather has such a strong relationship!

Last night I was spending some quality time in my kitchen, it is the nicest, coziest and warmest place in my home for me and I really enjoyed cooking our dinner and I made some vegetable dishes for my bento.

– Cucumber sweet and sour salad, soy sauce-base dressing
– Sweet and Savory Celery
– Carrot Salad

1 big cucumber is sliced thinly, I use a slicer. Put a little bit of salt and mix, leave it in fridge for 20 min.  Squeeze out water and put it in a salad bowl. Mix with this dressing :
vinegar  1 table spoon
soy sauce 1/2 table spoon
sugar 1/2 table spoon

3 stalks of celery are sliced thinly. Heat a frypan, add sesame oil and sautee celery.
when they are getting soft, put the heat higher and add this sauce and mix well.
soy sauce  1 table spoon
sugar  1/2 table spoon
mirin   1 table spoon


3 small carrots are peeled and cut into small julienne. Put some salt and mix. Leave in the fridge for 20 min.  Squeeze out water and mix with this dressing :
sesame oil   1/2 table spoon
garlic powder  1 tea spoon
white pepper and white sesame seeds
soy sauce   1 1/2 tea spoons

These keep well in your fridge for 3-4 days and make great Okazu for your bento!


The main dish in my bento today was Japanese Pork Ginger.

I used a pork loin filet, about 500g. Cut them about 1 cm thick, put salt and pepper and leave for 10 min.  Coat with flour (thinly). Heat a fry pan, add some vegetable oil. Fry them on both sides. Then add this sauce :

sugar   2 tea spoons
soy sauce   2 table spoons
mirin   1 1/2 table spoons
Sake  1 table spoons
fresh ginger   about 3/4 table spoons   if you like ginger, you can put more

Pork Ginger can be a very good dinner dish, you can make a little extra and put it in your bento next day.  These dishes with this sweet and savory sauce and dressing get better overnight, it is so helpful to have these Okazu ready at hand, you can pack your bento much faster.

Hope you can try!!

xxx Rie




Chicken + herbs = good bento okazu


Monday January 15, 2018


Now I am in the middle of busy planning phase for my new bathroom and kitchen.
Yay, it has been SO FUN! (but very busy…) In addition to choosing different drawers and cabinets, colors are also my big issue these days. It seems like gray kitchens have been so popular all over the world, I see SO MANY pictures of stylish gray kitchens on Instagram and Pinterest. Personally I think gray is a kind of tricky color. Because there are so many different tones of gray, some are darker, some have brown or even purple tone in it, and it is kind of tricky to decide after you have seen just a tiny little sample sheet of gray paint…. But if you put light gray with light white, it is so pretty! I love this combination! And since there is this ultimate beautiful counter top of marble stone in grayish color, I think gray kitchen cabinets will stay popular for a long long time.

Color combination and food pairing have similarities. It is either :
1) Ingredients enhance each other or
2) Ingredients kill each other


Many of well-known bad examples are with milk products. Milk + herbs (milk kills the fragile essence of the herbs), milk + Edamame, milk + pineapples are very well known. Wine + cucumber (did you know?), deep fried food + water melon (did you knowwww?) are also known. In Japan we have many interesting examples, we say we do not pair eel and pickled plums, crabs + persimmons, brown sugar and bamboo shoots. Funny.

There are many good combinations, and here is one example.




Chicken + herb = good bento okazu. 🙂 Here I am using fresh rosemary, salt, pepper, bacon, flour. Fry with olive oil, sautee red onion on the side. You can use maybe basil or parsley too. Adding lemon won’t be too bad either, I think.

Good luck!
xxx Rie

A snowy Saturday


Saturday November 6, 2016

It is snowing in Oslo!!


It is also blowing and I feel cold just looking at this weather from my warm living room.

On a day like this it is nice to stay at home and do something you enjoy!

There will be a Christmas market soon and I am contributing some small bags and pen cases for the craft table 🙂






I managed to make 2 today!!



I spoke with my mom today and got a new recipe for Pork Ginger.

She also got this recipe from the owner of her favorite meat shop in Kanazawa and as it sounds very good I want to share it with you, too!


Soy sauce 2 table spoons
Mirin 2 table spoons
grated onion 2 table spoons
juice from grated ginger 2 table spoons
grated apple 1 table spoon

Mix all these very well

Cur pork into a bite size and coat thinly with flour.
Sautee with salad/olive oil on hot frypan.
When the meat is cooked, pour the sauce. Lightly caramelized in the pan and serve.

It makes a good dinner as well as a tasty bento.


Sweet and savory sauce with ginger’s spiciness goes very well with rice. If you choose lean type of pork, it is a healthy meat side dish in your bento!

Bon Appetite!