November 21st, Wednesday:
- Furano Wine and Cheese Curry Rice (Pork, Potato, Carrot, Onion)
- Boiled Vegetables Salad (Broccoli, Cauliflower, Red and Yellow Bell Pepper)
The third and last entry in the Pride of the School Lunch Centre’s Curry Rice Contest is “Furano Wine and Cheese Curry Rice” from Furano City. Please savour this curry we are proud of.
Two main agricultural enterprises of Furano city are wine and dairy products, you I am sure you can see where this curry’s inspiration comes from. That said, I didn’t actually eat school lunch today. Instead, I went to an elementary school. The 老人クラブ (Grandparent’s Club) was invited to the school and everyone made soba, inari sushi, and tsukemono together. You can see the soba made pictured above. The soba used was grown by the students at school, so over all it was a culmination of a project began last spring. The student I worked with was a tiny boy in third grade, but was very enthusiastic. When I asked him if he might want to become a soba chef, he said he would like that. He also remarked how soba was rather hard to make, but very easy to eat. So it made me happy that he understood how much work and effort goes into the food we so carelessly consume everyday.
Oh also, if you didn’t know, the origin of the term “inari sushi”. Obviously, sushi is the vinegared rice stuffed inside the bean curd pocket. Inari is the name an agricultural kami (god) whose servants are said to be foxes. Foxes (and thus Inari-sama himself) are said to be very fond of bean curd. Thus dishes which are characterized by their use of bean curd often use the word “Inari” or “Kitsune (Fox)”.