June 27th, Wednesday:
- Veggie Fritter on Rice
- Miso Soup (Cabbage, Carrot, Aburaage)
- Cut Konbu and Lotus Root Stirfry (Konbu Seaweed, Pork, Lotus Root, Green Onion)
- Tempura Sauce
Konbu is the bounty of Mother Ocean. Although low calorie, it has minerals and dietary fiber in abundance. It also includes a great amount of iodine that makes up the thyroid.
Today, I overheard a teacher hoping for more summer-like foods for kyuushoku. I’m from a tropical island, so I am not well acquainted with the seasonality of food, but I assume he meant that he hoped for lighter dishes, rather than the oily foods such as served today. Summer foods that immediately come to my head are warabi mochi, somen, and pineapple. However my school lunch menu exhorts me to eat lots of “summer vegetables”, that is tomatoes, eggplants, corn, squash, and cucumbers, because they help cool down the body.