Last night before going to bed, I realised there was no rice left in my pantry. I totally forgot to replenish the stock, which is an absolute shock in a normal Japanese household (thankfully it is not that hardcore at our place). Anyway, I had to think quickly to come up with an alternative. Since there was some cooked rice kept in the freezer, I decided to whip up fried rice in the morning. (Just so you know, rice defrosted in microwave is not ideal for packed lunches, becauae it gets too dry and hard as it cools down. It may work if you steam it once again before packing, but I can’t imagine doing it in my busy morning!)
Menu: Fried rice (with egg, spring onion & dried ‘jako‘ baby sardine), Pumpkin with chicken soboro, Cucumber & cherry tomato salad, Boiled green beans
Kiwi & Nashi pear for dessert
After a long, hot & humid summer, there is finally a sense of autumn in the air. The temperature at night time has cooled down, which makes us sleep better and hence gives us more appetite.
As dessert, I packed one of the seasonal fruits in our daughter’s bento – Kyoho grapes. The flesh is very juicy and sweet, but the skin is quite thick and bitter. I usually peal it off before eating, but left it on this morning partly because I am always in a rush in the morning, and that she can now do it on her own, but mostly because of this beautiful colour of elegant dark purple that I wanted my daughter to see and remember as part of our autumnal delicacy.
Menu: Chicken soboro & scrambled egg on rice, Stir-fried potato & spinach, Boiled green beans, Cherry tomato
Kyoho grapes for dessert
Menu: Chicken soboro (frozen) & sliced green beans (leftover) donburi with flower-shaped carrot (frozen), Corn (leftover) omelet, Daikon & cucumber salad (leftover)
Apple mousse (frozen) & mashed sweet potato (frozen) with raisins for dessert
Menu: Chicken soboro & egg crumble donburi, Baba hamu kyuri, Okra mixed with sesame, “katsuobushi” bonito flakes & dashi soy sauce, Cherry tomato
Red grapes & banana for dessert
This morning, I seemed to have heated up the frying pan too much before pouring beaten egg in it. As soon as the egg landed on the pan, it started to give brownish colour in the bright yellow, and as I mixed the egg with my cooking chopsticks, it crumbled and looked as if I had added some other ingredient in the egg mixture.
No worries, it tastes the same. Another good reminder to not overheat the pan.
Menu: “Soboro” chicken crumble donburi, Corn omelet, Green beans goma-ae, Edamame beans, Cherry tomato
Banana & Apple salad for dessert
Every morning I tried to come up with a bento that is different both in appearance and taste from the previous day, in order for our ever growing girl to enjoy a variety as well as a daily small surprise of opening this treasure-box like bento container. Despite my effort however, the bentos yesterday and today look quite alike, which I noticed after looking at their pictures.
Grilled fish bento on 11/May/17
Chicken soboro bento on 12/May/17)
Tastewise they are different, but because of the combination of four colours (brown, bright orange yellow, bright red and bright green) they both look pretty much the same… Next time I’ll omit the bright red and see what happens.
Spring is a great season in Japan. Despite the limited access to nature in Tokyo, we still see many plants and flowers growing at every corner on our way to kindergarten. Everyday we find the signs of small life around us, as if they strive to occupy every single tiny space with soil among the paved streets. I love this season, and today made a bento with a flower field in mind.
Menu: Grilled salmon flakes & scrambled egg on rice, Mashed pumpkin & sweet potato with chicken soboro, Steamed broccoli, Cherry tomato
Apple bunnies for dessert