Menu: Stewed chicken & veggies, Spinach & ham omelet, Cucumber sticks, Cherry tomato, Rice with furikake
Banana & kiwi for dessert
I had some extra chicken breast, so I made chicken soup with it along with some veggies (onion, carrot, daikon radish & potato). I put the fillings to my daughter’s bento (they are tasty even without the soup, so why not?), and this evening I added milk to the soup upon her request. It came out as nice, warm white stew that is perfect for a cold autumn day.
Menu: Grilled Menuki fish marinated in saikyo miso, Pumpkin & egg salad, Spinach & bacon sautée, Cherry tomato, Rice with goma-konbu
Mandarin mikan for dessert
Pumpkin & egg salad is something I put in a bento box on a regular basis. I usually steam half a pumpkin (here in Japan, we always see pumpkins sold in half or a quarter, hardly ever a whole one. Wonder why), mash it once soft, divide them in an ice cube dish and store them in the freezer. Whenever I need one extra dish or want to add a bright yellow orange into a bento box, this becomes very handy.
Having said that, today’s pumpkin was freshly made and was extra delicious. It was the salad for lunch, and my daughter asked me to make soup out of it for dinner. So be it – I added chicken stock I happened to be cooking, and turned the salad into warm and tasty pumpkin soup.