For the first time, I packed mashed potato in lieu of rice for our daughter’s bento today. All the dishes in the bento are the leftover from the previous evening’s dinner, except for the boiled egg.
As Japanese, it required a bit of contemplation to do so – we simply don’t eat potato as much and are not accustomed to it. For me, potatoes are vegetables, and not staple food. But my half Dutch daughter didn’t seem to care at all, and the bento box came back empty without any complaints.
“Soboro” chicken crumble (here is the recipe) mixed in rice with Wakana sprinkle & sesame, Cucumber & carrot salad, Tofu omelet, Stir-fried potato & spinach
Kyoho grapes for dessert
Last night for dinner, I cooked beef steak with pan-fried potatoes, carrot & chicken filet soup, stir-fried komatsuna & corns, and boiled broccoli.
The leftover ingredients have been transformed into the bento for my daughter today.
- Rice mixed with boiled chicken filet (from the soup) & green furikake sprinkle (with goma-konbu on the side)
- Potato salad (from the pan-fried potatoes) with boiled carrot (from the soup)
- Corn omelet
- Boiled broccoli
- Stir-fried komatsuna
Although I was quite happy with the makeover, my daughter claimed yet again that the chicken (well she thought it was fish) was too dry.
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
Menu: Stirfried potato & spinach (with some bacon), Grilled salmon mixed in rice, Boiled edamame, Corn Omelet
Kyoho grapes & pear for dessert
As I was preparing the bento in the morning, my daughter peeked up at my kitchen counter and told me she really liked the potato stirfries I was making. Lately she started giving me her feedbacks on bento, which is totally new. She used to be completely passive, but now she is developing her own preference. My job now is, I believe, that I guide her in a way so that she always likes to have a well balanced meal. What a challenge!
Menu: Stirfried potato slices with spinach & bacon, Soboro chicken crumble on rice, Boiled egg, Cherry tomato, Cucumber sticks
Strawberries for dessert