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Kindergarten bento – Another busy week (7-10/Nov/17)

Lately, I’ve been getting a lot more translation assignments. It’s a client driven business, so it’s highly due date sensitive. Because of that, I couldn’t post any of the bento pics last week, working my head off to meet the deadline.

I work freelance from home, primarily because I want to be flexible enough to have ample time with my daughter. She’s the only child, and I don’t want to miss a thing and don’t want to regret at a later stage of my life that I should’ve spent more time with her when it’s too late.

Having said that, I also think having a career is very important for one’s life. It is a great part of who you are, and gives you confidence as well as an independent mindset. Doing freelance was the choice I made, so that I can manage to have both.

The downside is I don’t get paid so well. The rate of freelance translation projects is not something you can brag about. But I take pride in doing this job. I hope one day my little girl will look back at this period of her life and remember her happy time she spent with her mummy, who always gazes at her computer, typing and mumbling something weird.

Tuesday 7/Nov – Bi-color bento with grilled salmon flake & scrambled egg

Wednesday 8/Nov – Onigiri for 2 (the school closed before lunch and it was raining outside, so we had a indoor picnic on the living room floor at our apartment)

Thursday 9/Nov – “Omuraisu” Omelet rice bento

Friday 10/Nov – Grilled Spanish mackerel bento

Kindergarten bento – Soboro bento (5/Oct/17)

I forgot to take the photo of my daughter’s bento at the kitchen this morning. Just for the sake of continuing to upload this to this site everyday, I got the bento out of my daughter’s school backpack, and took this photo at the entrance hall while my husband was being grumpy to be in a rush to bring her to school on his way to work.

Gomennasai.


Menu: Soboro tricolour bento, Steamed broccoli, Steamed carrot and daikon with dash of sea salt & extra virgin olive oil 

Mikan for dessert 

Kindergarten bento – Autumn colours (12/Sep/17)

Incidentally when I finished packing my daughter’s bento this morning, I realised that the colours of autumn was everywhere. Tangerine, mustard, forest green, burgundy…

Usually, I would have put a bit more green to make it brighter (afterall this is for a small child), but thought that I would keep it as it was, hoping she would get my intension to teach her the subtle expression of a changing season.

Menu: Macaroni Amatriciana with broccoli, Boiled egg, Mashed pumpkin & cucumber salad

Japanese “Mikan” orange & Kyoho grapes for dessert

Kindergarten bento – Cold pasta (15/Mar/17)

Menu: Pasta with cherry tomato, broccoli and soboro (chicken crumble), Boiled snow peas,  Pumpkin & sweet potato mash

Syrawberries for dessert


My daughter requested pasta for bento today. I asked her if she didn’t mind eating it cold (I prepare it warm in the morning of course, but it cools down by the time she eats it around noon). She said it’s ok because it is because of time as opposed to having it cooled deliberately in the fridge. Interesting observation.

* Note: There is no microwave at school.

Kindergarten bento – Macaroni with broccoli & chicken (8/Mar/17)

Menu: Macaroni with broccoli & chicken, Plain omelet, Cherry tomato, Boiled broad beans

Strawberries & banana for dessert

Cooking pasta is actually quicker than preparing Japanese style bento. 

While boiling the macaroni, in a cooking pan with extra virgin olive oil, I cooked diced chicken, broccoli (steamed ones, leftover from the previous day) and chopped celery. After a while I added some boiling pasta water to cook further without drying the ingredients. Just a minute before the pasta is ready, added salt and pepper to taste, poured the cooked pasta into the pan and tossed them all together. At the end, sprinkled grated parmiggiano for extra flavour. All of these steps took only 15 minutes. 

Viva pasta! Buonappetito! 

Kindergarten bento – Mmmm yummy! (9/Feb/17)

At the kitchen this morning, our girl cheekily peaked at her bento of the day, and she said… “Mmmm, yummy!” It made my day☺️ 

It is endearing to know that she actually looks forward to her daily bento. It is worth waking up early to prepare the bento.

Menu: Grilled salmon & sesame furikake mixed in rice, Broccoli & shirasu omelet, Steamed pumpkin, Stewed beet root & veggies (from the soup I made the evening before)

Apple mousse & banana for dessert

Kindergarten bento ending up my bento – 15/Dec/16

The morning started normally, and I prepared a bento for my daughter, woke her up, and got her dressed in the kindergarten uniform for another exciting day. We all sat at the breakfast table and started eating, but our poor girl had absolutely no appetite. Usually she is a vigorous eater especially in the morning, but she refused to touch anything, even her glass of warm milk. 

This is very rare for her, and despite her protest (she loves her kindergarten and insisted on going without eating anything) I called the school and notified them about her absence. My gut feeling told me to keep her at home…. and I was right. 

It turned out that she had gotten some minor tummy bug, and didn’t eat almost anything for the entire day, of course including my bento. It ended up to be my lunch, so at least it wasn’t wasted. Ha, the joy of motherhood!

Menu: Grilled “menuki” fish in saikyo-miso, Broccoli omelet, Steamed pumpkin mixed with stir-fried chicken teriyaki, Cherry tomato

Mandarin mikan & banana for dessert