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Kindergarten bento – Last bento for the next 40 days (19/Jul/17)

Summer holiday starts at the end of this week (usually 21st of July) in most of the public schools in Tokyo. Our daughter’s school is one of them, and today is the last day for me to prepare a bento for the next 40 days. Despite the joy of bento making for my dearest daughter, it is such a relief not having to do so every day for a while. 

Menu: Onigiri with grilled salmon filling, Omelet, Boiled edamame, Boiled vegetables in chicken stock

Kiwi & banana for dessert


The daily bento making will resume in September. Until then, I will try to write some essays on cultural topics I’ve meant to write for a while…

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Kindergarten bento – Grilled salmon again (13/Feb/17)

We had a busy weekend with no time for grocery shopping, and I had to reply on my freezer in a busy Monday morning. A frozen filet of salted salmon is very useful for this type of occasion, just chuck the frozen filet in the fish grill for 8 minutes or so.

Menu: Grilled salmon on rice, Goma-konbu, Corn omelet, Steamed broccoli, Cherry tomato

Diced strawberries & banana for dessert

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

Kindergarten bento – Artwork (2/Dec/16)

Today, there was an “art exhibition” at our daughter’s school first thing in the morning, presenting all the artwork made by the children for the past ten months. In our daughter’s class, there were a number of mushroom-shaped paper canvas on the wall with colourful dots and hearts painted by the children, their pictures of a large decoration cake with their own illustration (our girl painted the cake pink, purple & yellow, drew 3 candles on it and above the cake 3 people with smiling faces, representing her family. *sigh*), etcetera, etcetera…

Among all of their hard work, the biggest achievement of all was….THIS.


They each made a bento box. It had two onigiri balls, tamagoyaki (omelet), cherry tomatoes and some lettus leaves. My daughter made her onigiri balls triangle. Some of her friends made round ones or even square ones, but she made triangle onigiri balls, because I always make them triangle. Because that’s what she knows and what she eats. In the classroom, Miss N thoughtfully prepared a table with a pretend table cloth and pretend chopsticks so that the children can “eat” their own bento artwork with their mummies and daddies. The table was immediately occupied, with the children so proud of their own achievement and thrilled to share their great creation with their touchy-feely parents. My daughter also excitedly pulled my hand to her bento art and presented it to me. I picked up an omelet and pretended to eat, while my little girl was anxiously waiting to hear what I’d have to say. I opened my eyes wide and said, “Oishii!! (Good)!”, which of course brought her a shy but very large smile on her face.

After the art exhibition (lasted only half an hour or so), the parents were excused, and the children resumed their routine of another normal day. I wonder what my little girl thought, at today’s lunch time, about today’s bento I prepared for her after sharing her art bento with me. Coincidentally it contained omelet and cherry tomatoes (well, I put them almost everyday actually), with the same colour codes. I wonder whether it came across to her mind that the tiny detail of her bento resembles mine, just like my bento appear to resemble my mum’s. After all, she looks at it, tastes it every single day at school. The colours, taste, smell, ingredients, presentation… all of these must affect all of her senses although it is not very obvious right now. I remember my mum’s bentos she made when I was a little girl. I was always proud of her bento, because it was not only tasty but also beautiful with cheerful colours, the type of colours reminding me of flower fields. I hope that my daughter also looks forward to opening her bento everyday, feels happy every time she opens the lid and has the first bite. The joy of bento making is the expectation of making someone happy. I’m sure one day my daughter will also prepare a bento for someone else, and I hope she will remember my bentos fondly, just like I do my mum’s.

Menu: Shirasu (baby sardine) donburi, Corn omelet, Stewed potato/hakusai cabbage/chicken in milk, Boiled green beans, Cherry tomatoes

Kaki persimmon for dessert

Spy any resemblance?

Kindergarten bento – Tofu omelet (17/Nov/16)

Menu: Tofu omelet, Tori-soboro & veggies, Steamed cabbage, Salted cucumber slices, Rice with sesame furikake

Bunny shaped apples for dessert


Egg is a very handy ingredient for packed lunches. I always boil it or make omelet or scrambled egg out of it. I usually improvise with whatever there is in the fridge. Today’s omelet recipe is with healthy & nutritious tofu.

An egg with a bit of mashed tofu. No need to mash it completely, just mix it with egg with chopsticks or fork.For seasoning, I used a pinch of salt and this powdered nori seaweed called “Aonori.” It gives the egg a bit of sea flavour as well as good nutrients as also indicated in the package (high in protein, calcium and iron).

Add aonori like this,Cook it on a heated pan with a bit of cooking oil (very important to heat up the pan before pouring the egg mixture),Roll, roll, roll, and voila! 

Kindergarten bento – Mixed omelet (28/Jun/16)

Menu: Mixed omelet (sausage, broccoli & cherry tomato), Curry flavored chicken, Sweet potato & cucumber salad, Jako rice, Konbu

Apple mousse for dessert (freshly made but frozen right after. Still frozen in the pic)

 
Omelet (or sort of like Spanish frittata) is not the type of dish we’d typically eat with rice (except for omu-rice), but I ran out of ingredients in the fridge and ended up making it anyway. Actually our girl seemed to have liked it and came back with an empty bento box. Hurray!