September 25th, Tuesday:
- Creamy Chestnut Stew (Pork, Chestnut, Corn, Carrot, Onion, Broccoli)
- Chinese Salad (Tuna, Daikon Radish, Cucumber, Wakame Seaweed)
- Lemon Basil Chick Bake
- Butter Bread
- Kcal: 852
Chestnuts originate from Japan and the southern part of the Korean peninsula. Chestnuts that grow wild are called shibakuri (brush chestnuts) or yamakuri (mountain chestnuts).
Today’s Chinese salad had a cool, healthy taste that was surprisingly good, but I am not sure what makes it Chinese. I have never been to China and know nothing about Chinese food, but at most the chinese-style restaurants I have been to, there have been an abundance of dishes coated with a sort of slimy sauce. (I apologise to Chinese people for making such a mean statement.) Today’s salad didn’t have a sauce like that at all, which was a good thing. Also while I don’t like meat/poultry, for being a chicken, the Lemon Basil Chicken was pretty good. Finally, the name of today’s stew is actually a sort of pun in Japanese. “Kuri” means chestnut and “kurimu” means cream: So the name of the stew was actually “kuriiiiimu stew”. Yum! Yum!
So, I grew up on an tropical island and there were no chestnuts there. I had never eaten a chestnut, never even seen a chestnut, until I came to Japan. But that is natural. The weird part is that even as a child I was fairly well acquainted with what a chestnut was. Because there is that Christmas song: “Chestnuts roasting on a open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose….” Why do I know that song? It’s about snow and cold weather. My hometown is 20 degrees away from the equator! The answer: globalization. Or colonialism. They are actually pretty similar things. The fact that I can know about chestnuts even having grown up in the tropics is pretty awesome, until I considered what sort of native culture was crushed to make room for this alien information….