My daughter and her class had a so-called “Picnic Expedition” today. Basically, they left school during school hours and had a walk to a nearby public playground, where they played a bit and had picnic with their bento.
It sounds nothing special for us grown-ups, but it’s a big deal for the kids who usually only stay within the kindergarten property. They walked hand in hand with their designated partner, going through a small path they would never take with their parents. There was even a special instruction to the bento for the expedition – something “easy-to -eat”. Her class teacher reminded all the parents yesterday to pack finger food for lunch for the expedition, as the kids would be eating on a picnic mat instead of a table. Very hands-on adventure, but never mind, it is a wonderful concept for small children.
My daughter asked for onigiri (rice ball) for her special day, so here they are.
* The bento cloth in courtesy of Atelier Garaya
Just so my 5-year-old daughter eats more green, I sometimes put chopped spinach or komatsuna greens in omelet. She usually eats it all, but I was a bit unsure about this time since I might have added too much komatsuna.
When she came home, as expected, there was a few strings of komatsuna left. I just wanted to tease her a bit and asked her why she didn’t finish it all. She frowned at my interrogation, and whether trying to avoid getting into trouble or not, she said, “I don’t like this omelet with spicy green, but I always eat it because you made it with love”.
She left me there speechless.
Menu: Onigiri with grilled salmon, Spinach omelet, Colourful cherry tomatoes, Steamed cabbage
Apple & steamed potato for dessert
My daughter loves onigiri, especially when nori seaweed is packed separately from the riceballs so that she can do it all on her own and enjoy its crispy texture. I hardly ever makes onigiri now for her kindergarten bento, primarily because it’s much easier and takes less time to just pack rice in the bento box instead of having to go through the trouble of putting rice in shape. But this morning I needed an onigiri for myself to bring it with me to work, so I made them for her also. The result? A happy & satisfied girl with a big smile 🙂