Category Archives: bento

Kindergarten bento – Sandwiches (19/Apr/18)

My daughter asked for sandwiches for bento, so I made them. It’s easier to get a request like that, I don’t have to think about the menu.

She must’ve liked the sandwiches, looking at her empty bento box after we came home. Even if it is not such a big deal, it still makes me happy and puts a smile on my face. I asked her how her bento was, whether she liked it or not, just to get a reassurance that she really liked it as I had assumed. I wanted to hear it directly from her.

Then she told me she actually wanted to eat tortilla wraps instead.

Kindergarten bento – How many ingredients? (17/Apr/18)

Here is the list of ingredients in the bento today, not including the seasonings such as salt, soy sauce, etc.

11 ingredients in total, with a good variety of veggies. Protein from chicken, egg and broad beans, carbo from rice, and vitamins from fruits. Iron from broccoli. I guess it’s not too bad from a nutrition point of view.

  1. Rice
  2. Furikake sprinkle (to be precise there are a few in there, but let’s say this is just one)
  3. Corn
  4. Egg
  5. Chicken thigh
  6. Pumpkin
  7. Broccoli
  8. Cherry tomato
  9. Borad beans
  10. Strawberries
  11. Kiwi

Kindergarten bento – Where happiness lies (16/Apr/18)

What makes me happy about making bento is making my daughter happy. This morning she came up to the kitchen counter, stretched herself up and looked over at what was prepared for her for the day, and said “Wow!” with a huge smile on her face in the most genuine manner.

This – is worth more than anything.

Kindergarten bento – a new school year starts (11/Apr/18)

A new, and the last school year for our daughter started at kindergarten on Monday, and today my daily bento making resumed as well.

Proud to be one of the oldest kids at school, our daughter prepared almost everything on her own in the morning, from getting dressed, preparing for breakfast, and to wrapping her own bento in her new furoshiki* fabric.

Being the oldest kids at school and to prepare for an elementary school, they are encouraged to do this on their own – another great tip from her school to help the kids become more independent in the cutest manner.

* Furoshiki is this square shaped cotton fabric that is used for wrapping almost anything, mainly for transportation. In Japan it is quite common to wrap a gift with it, to protect the gift from bumps as well as to conceal what’s in it.