Character Bento キャラ弁

Character Bento (Charaben) are bento with theme based on characters in books, comics, cartoon, games, TV or Movie.

Kid’s Charaben

The hair and headband of the character rice balls are made with ham and fish sausage.

Prenatal Pesticide Exposure Tied to Lower IQ in Children

In a new study suggesting pesticides may be associated with the health and development of children, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Public Health have found that prenatal exposure to organophosphate pesticides – widely used on food crops – is related to lower intelligence scores at age 7.

The researchers found that every tenfold increase in measures of organophosphates detected during a mother’s pregnancy corresponded to a 5.5 point drop in overall IQ scores in the 7-year-olds. Children in the study with the highest levels of prenatal pesticide exposure scored seven points lower on a standardized measure of intelligence compared with children who had the lowest levels of exposure.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, people are exposed to OP pesticides through eating foods from crops treated with these chemicals. Farm workers, gardeners, florists, pesticide applicators and manufacturers of these insecticides may have greater exposure than the general population.

The researchers recommended that consumers reduce their home use of pesticides, noting that most home and garden pests can be controlled without those chemicals. If pesticides are needed, they said bait stations should be used instead of sprays.

They also said that consumers should thoroughly wash fruits and vegetables; go beyond a quick rinse and use a soft brush, if practical. Consumers could also consider buying organic produce when possible as a way to reduce pesticide exposure from food, they said.


Beef Steak Stuffed with Crab Meat


Compound Butter

1/4 lb salted butter
1 Tbsp fresh thyme
zest of one lemon


2 beef tenderloin fillets (about 6 oz each)
6 oz Alaskan king crab meat
salt and pepper to taste
kitchen string


2 large potatoes, peeled and finely sliced
2 parsnips, peeled and finely sliced
1/4 cup grated Gruyere cheese
2 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
1/8 cup potato flour
1 tsp minced onion
1 tsp minced garlic
2 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup whipping cream
salt and pepper to taste


Compound Butter

In food processor, mix ingredients on high for 1 min. Place butter in a Line on wax paper, and roll paper to create tube shape. Refrigerate.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cut a vertical slit halfway through each fillet. To form pocket, slice horizontally into incision, careful not to cut through side of steak.
  3. Stuff each steak equally with crab meat and a small slice of compound butter. Tie steaks with string to keep crab in place. Season outside with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat cast iron pan over medium-high heat. Sear steaks for 1 min on each side. Place slice of compound butter on top of each steak and bake until desired doneness (approx. 10 to 15 mins for medium-rare).


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. In pan on low heat, add butter, cream and potato flour. Stir until roux forms. Add 1/8 cup Gruyere, parmesan and salt and pepper.
  3. Add potatoes and parsnips to roux and mix well. Place mixture in 8″x11″ cake pan and top with remaining Gruyere. Cover with foil and bake for 20 mins. Remove foil and continue baking for 10-15 mins until top is golden brown.
  4. Once cooled, use round cookie cutter to make portions.

Yield 2 servings

Source: ciao!