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
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
Menu: Sanshoku tricolour bento, Boiled cabbage & komatsuna, Cherry tomato, Cucumber sticks
Diced strawberries for dessert
In the old calendar (based on Chinese Year I believe), the 3rd of February is called “Setsubun,” which literal meaning is to divide seasons. It’s considerered to be the end of winter and the beginning of spring.
The tricolour bento always gives me an impression of flower field. I used to love opening my mum’s tricolour bento with its cheerfulness. Hope my daughter had a similar, if not the same, feeling about her bento today.
Click here for the recipe of Sanshoku tricolour bento.
Menu: Boiled egg (exploded and hence deformed while being boiled), Grilled salmon & boiled chopped spinach mixed in rice, Steamed broccoli, Steamed sweet potato mixed with chicken soboro crumble with dash of olive oil
My daughter’s favorite apple mousse for dessert
Menu: Soboro-don (with additional chives and star-shaped steamed carrot), Pumpkin & egg salad, Stirfried spinach & potato slices
Apple and bananas for dessert
My usual, ordinary looking chicken crumble soboro was nicely transformed by adding some chopped chive (thanks to a tip from my good friend Y) and two small slices of star-shaped steamed carrot. It makes a whole lot difference in its taste, texture and colour. When my daughter opened the bento for lunch today, I hope its lively appearance lifted up my daughter’s whiny state of mind from this morning a bit!
Menu: Bycolour donburi with grilled salmon & egg, Hamburger steak, Steamed broccoli, Boiled green beans
Bunny shaped apple for dessert