Tag Archives: nimono

Kindergarten bento – Sword fish (8/Sep/17)

Menu: Simmered sword fish, Omelet, Boiled okra, Cherry tomato, Chopped boiled spinach mixed in rice

Kyoho grapes for dessert

I love the simmered sword fish my mum used to make (actually, I believe she still does, but haven’t come across it for a very long time). I remember my mum pouring the sauce over the fish in the pan on the stove so that the sauce gets covered evenly, and taking out the fish carefully onto a plate once done. Now I kind of copy her method when I cook this, which I was never been properly taught, but it always turns out pretty much the same. It’s not a complex dish, but it always makes me happy when it does. 

Kindergarten bento – Fresh start (Monday, 15/May/17)

Menu: Kajiki sword fish nimono, Boiled green beans, Sliced cucumber salad, Cherry tomato, Rice with scrambled egg on top


After having a super busy weekend participating in a “kimono” presentation show with my daughter this past Sunday, I was looking forward to going back to our normal routine and having a good, fresh kickstart of a week. But the life usually doesn’t turn around the way you plan – our daughter woke up super grumpy, presumably because of fatigue and hunger, and it so happens that it’s very gloomy outside with thick layers of grey crowds this morning. 

We’ll never mind, I’ll treat myself another cup of coffee before starting  to work today. 

Have a good week!

Kindergarten bento – Meaty kajiki (28/Feb/17)

Menu: Simmered Kajiki (sword fish) on rice, Broccoli omelet, Stewed hakusai cabbage & daikon, Cucumber sticks

Strawberries & kiwi for dessert


The meat look alike kajiki is one of my daughter’s favorite dishes for her bento. Its texture is like chicken filet, and it tastes a bit like tuna but with less iron in its aftertaste. It goes very well with rice even when it cools down. 

Here is my mum’s recipe for the simmered kajiki.

Kindergarten bento – Bunny apple (23/Jan/17)

Menu: Kajiki nimono (simmered sword fish), Cucumber sticks, Sautéed spinach & bacon, Cherry tomato, Boiled egg

Bunny shaped apple for dessert 

After the bento today, my clever daughter asked me not to cut out the apple in bunny shape anymore, because the apple skin contains a lot of vitamin c and very healthy. 

Where did she get such information? It wasn’t from me and certainly not from my nutrition-oblivious husband. She is developing her own world view it seems!

Kindergarten bento – Nothing wrong with leftovers (8/Dec/16)

Menu: Simmered “kajikisword fish, Hijiki, Boiled broccoli and egg, Rice with sesame sprinkle

Apple for dessert


I cooked the simmered sword fish and hijiki last evening for dinner along with a couple of other dishes. When my daughter sat down at the dining table and had one look at what I prepared she said crossly, “Why do you always give me the same food as bento? Why do you always use leftovers for dinner?” 😳

Of course I intended to reuse the fish and hijiki for her bento the next day, but didn’t realise that my clever 4 year old was quite aware of what I put in her bento and feed her for dinner. She got the order wrong, but still she’s right, usually there is at least one dish duplicated between lunch and dinner within the same day.

Being a little miffed I asked, “Is there something wrong with the leftovers? Do you not like what I cook for you? Do you want me to stop making you bento????? (yes, I was getting more childish at this point against my 4 year old daughter) ” – and her response blew my mind away and stunned me.

“I love it! You are the best chef in the world, Mama!”

This, made my day 🙂