Kindergarten bento – Happy returns (29/Jun/17) 

After two weeks of early summer holiday in Holland visiting my husband’s family, we came back to Tokyo a couple of days ago and have been suffering with inevitable jet lag. This morning our daughter went back to school, but still not totally recovered from the fatigue caused by our long journey and time difference. Since she woke up at 5:30am this morning, she continued to be grumpy at every little thing she could possibly find. Also exhausted with sleep deprivation, I had a hard time dealing with her tantrums. Great start of a school morning.

When I was preparing her bento this morning, she peaked over the kitchen counter and said,


“I don’t want salmon rice, I want omame (edamame beans) rice! I don’t like the mashed pumpkin like that, I want it with egg! I don’t like my bento today!”

This complaint never happened before. She was always very happy with whatever I cooked for her. Her comment stung my little heart. I want to blame it for her jet lag, and sincerely hope this behavior will not last going forward. I hadn’t expected it from our 4-year-old, I’m just not prepared for it….    Well, at least until she becomes a teenager. 

For this school term, bento making will continue until her school closes for the summer in mid July. Can’t wait🤣

Kindergarten bento – Busy but inevitable (8/Jun/17)

The bento preparation needs to be done everyday when the school is open, no matter how busy I am with work. I’ve been working on this subtitling work for a UFO documentary (not my field at all!), and hence very tied up. But it doesn’t really matter as far as my daughter is concerned with her kindergarten program. I just have to somehow work around it. That involves a lot of multi-tasking followed by inevitable sleep deprivation (for me). 

In an auto-pilot mode, I managed to get myself out of bed this morning after a short night of sleep, prepared a bento for my daughter in my pjs, while thinking about the extra-terrestrial activities. Oh I love my life!

Menu: Edamame rice, Tofu omelet, Grilled snapper in Moromi marinade, Stir-fried spinach & potato, Cherry tomato

Apple for dessert

Kindergarten bento – Japanese vs Italian (29 & 30 May/17)

Which bento do you prefer? Japanese bento with rice, or Italian bento with pasta?

29/May 

Pork shabu-shabu salad, Nori seaweed omelet, Stir-fried potato & spinach, Cherry tomato, Rice with furikake sprinkle. Banana & grapes for dessert
30/May

Macaroni with broccoli & tuna, Steamed pumpkin tossed with chicken soboro, Cherry tomato. Apple mousse & banana for dessert

Kindergarten bento – A bit more effort (25 & 26/May/17)

Unlike my “tenuki” bento the other day, I put some more effort in my daily bento making in the following days, using mostly freshly prepared ingredients.

The downside of this was an extremely short breakfast for me for both mornings, gulping coffee and  toast standing up still in my pyjamas, while my husband & daughter were having their breakfast calmly and gracefully at the dining table, fully dressed and all…

25/May/17 

Menu: Boiled chicken fillet flakes tossed with sautéed spinach, Steamed pumpkin, Broccoli omelet, Sliced cucumber salad, Rice with steamed carrot. Grapes for dessert

26/May/17

Menu: Simmered sword fish, Stirfried potato, spinach & bacon, Boiled okra, Cucumber sticks, Cherry tomatoes. Apple mousse & banana for dessert

Kindergarten bento – Tenuki (24/May/17)

The literal meaning of Japanese word “tenuki” is pulling your hands out (te = hand, nuki = pulling out). It means being lazy or cutting corners. A great expression for my daughter’s bento today.

There are times when you just don’t feel like doing anything. It was one of those days for me, and I fixed up this bento in haste with only the leftovers in the fridge and some stocked up food in the freezer.
Menu: Roasted sweet potato with chicken soboro, Steamed broccoli, Baba hamu kyuri, Jako (dried baby sardine) & wakame sprinkle mixed in rice

Grapes & banana for dessert


My daughter did not complain 🙂