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User: budget_gourmet (posted by snapes_mistress)
Date: 2011-05-27 15:29
Subject: Ideas?
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Here's the deal: I need to pack enough food for myself to last from 2 a.m. Sunday morning until I return home around midnight Sunday. I'll be travelling a total of 12 hours in a car, and will need breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks for Sunday. I'll be doing pretty intense physical labor all day, so lots of protein would be nice.

I'm tired of sandwiches and onigiri (riceballs.) Last time I brought chicken fajita fixin's, and that was pretty nice. I'll have no way to refrigerate stuff, so it needs to be food that won't spoil quickly.

Also, I live in Japan, so access to things like cheese, good bread, and some other things are limited.

If it were you, what would you pack? Bonus points if you are familiar with stuff I can get easily in Japan. The only thing I really don't like is eggs. Otherwise, go wild! :D

Please and thank you!!!

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Kitty Cunningham: Yummy!
User: mary_mayhem
Date: 2011-05-27 11:27 (UTC)
Subject: Has quinoa made it to Japan, yet?
Keyword:Yummy!
A recent quick-and-easy at our house is quinoa salad with black beans, broccoli, sun dried tomatoes and Annie's sesame shitake salad dressing. Quinoa is the grain with the most protein going and the beans boost it up.

The dressing is oil based rather than creamy, so when I take it for my lunch, I don't worry about refrigerating it as I would something with dairy in it.
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snapes_mistress
User: snapes_mistress
Date: 2011-05-27 13:04 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Has quinoa made it to Japan, yet?
I'm not sure if I can get it here or not, but I'll certainly look out for it; that sounds yummy. :D Where is quinoa from? I live near a bunch of Brazilian/other South American places import shops.
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snapes_mistress
User: snapes_mistress
Date: 2011-05-27 13:57 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Has quinoa made it to Japan, yet?
Unfortunately, both cheese and cereal are hard to find in Japan. :( Nuts, though... that's a good idea. :D
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Kitty Cunningham
User: mary_mayhem
Date: 2011-05-27 14:24 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Has quinoa made it to Japan, yet?
Excellent, if you are near a South American store you should be able to find it.

Cook it like rice, give it a rinse first to remove a bitter coating and then 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water. Takes about 15 minutes to cook and looks like it's sprouting when it's done.

It is a GREAT base grain. You can do absolutely anything to it and it is very high in protein. (http://nutritiondata.com will let you see its breakdown)

My husband made some patties with it the other night. I'll get the recipe from him when I get home. That may be a good way to carry it.
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Kitty Cunningham
User: mary_mayhem
Date: 2011-05-28 00:07 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Has quinoa made it to Japan, yet?
http://www.bonappetit.com/blogsandforums/blogs/badaily/2011/05/little-quinoa-patties.html
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M.
User: seekingzen
Date: 2011-05-27 17:30 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Has quinoa made it to Japan, yet?
The obsession with dairy is a predominantly European/American thing. A lot of Asian (and Native American) people are lactose intolerant, even.
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M.
User: seekingzen
Date: 2011-05-28 15:47 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Has quinoa made it to Japan, yet?
LOL!
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User: hatsukoigirl
Date: 2011-05-27 19:40 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Has quinoa made it to Japan, yet?
http://quinua.jp/t/map.html

Here's a map for some places that sell quinoa. They don't have much places outside of tokyo, though.

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M.
User: seekingzen
Date: 2011-05-27 17:36 (UTC)
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I'm sorry, I don't know what's easily available in Japan... But if you can get ahold of a decent amount of canned beans (pinto, navy, black, etc.) in different tasty varieties, you could create an easy bean salad with some veggies and whatever type of dressing you find appealing. If you find dry beans you could cook them and then do the same. I couldn't tell you what to do with fresh. Beans and veggies in a vinaigrette-type dressing ought to keep decently well for a day without refrigeration, though cold packs would be wise.

Definitely nuts, perhaps in the form of a trail mix... And have meat jerkies come to Japan? Beef, bison, venison, and even turkey are big favs here in the States.
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