1 egg tamagoyaki (Japanese omelette)... part of Bento box...

Recently I'm FASCINATED by Japanese 'art' (yes, that's a kind of art for me :) ) lunch box - BENTO. I love those different kind of bento boxes (still have to buy one, but have no idea where!?), those little pieces of meat, fish, different shapes of rice, salads with dressings in those cute bottles etc. and what's more - I don't think you can make healthier, more balanced and prettier lunch box than bento :) I know that I'm on maternity leave now - so you may ask what's the point, but... I can make bento for my Hubby or just learn how to prepare it for the future (as I know that eventually, someday I'll have to go back to work :/ ....). So today one of the simplest things to put into your bento.

How to make it...

- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce (regular or light-colored)
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon bonito flakes (optional, I didn't have them)
- vegetable oil for cooking

Mix all the ingredients together well. Heat up a small (15cm) non-stick frying pan and spread thinly with oil. Once the pan is hot pour in the egg. Stir gently with a fork until you see it’s half-set. Fold in half with a spatula. Tidy up the other side a bit (folding a little as well). Fold the one third (top part) of the egg over with the spatula. Press down. Fold the other end of the egg over. Press the whole thing down. Flip over and press again. Remove from the heat before it browns too much. A 1-egg tamagoyaki is only about 100 calories and is great as a secondary protein portion in your bento box.

I know that my omlette isn't as perfectly square and/or as fluffy as it should but it was my first try ;) In the room temperature tastes great! Nice part of a lunch box.

P.S. If you want to know more about that great Japanese tradition of lunch boxes those are few pages I found very interesting:
- Just Bento : lots of great recipes
- Bento & Co : all 'equipment' you need for your bento from boxes to sauce bottles and sticks
- Soul Soup Soap : blog with new bento box everyday
- Lunch in a Box: Building a better bento
- Bento on Wikipedia : little history on bento, different types of Japanese lunch boxes etc.