Milk Maid

February 26th, Tuesday:

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  • Consomme Soup(Chinese Cabbage, Onion, Carrot, Ham)
  • Cod Roe Spaghetti (Spaghetti, Shrimp, Bell Pepper, Cod Roe)
  • Breaded Bean Patty
  • Milk Make (Chocolate)
  • Butter Bread
  • Milk
  • Kcal: 815

“Milk Make” makes its appearance. Squeeze it into the milk carton through the straw hole, but before you do this, take a sip of the milk first to prevent extra milk from spilling out. Then put in the milk make, mix it well, and drink it up.

Today’s breaded bean patty had a slightly sweet taste. It wasn’t overly popular with the boys. Previously, when we have had cod roe spaghetti, there were more eggs I felt. I don’t know where the name for the chocolate milk syrups comes from: literally it is “Mirumeiku” so I thought that sounded like “milk make”. But I don’t know. It comes in a tube that looks just like the tubes of chocolate you can buy for cake decorating. In fact, I wonder if it isn’t practically the same thing. That said, I can’t drink milk, and thus I gave my milk make away, and didn’t drink it.

Speaking of milk and its derivatives, yesterday I ate a sweet. It looked like it was sweet potato sweet, but actually under the sweet potato was a great deal of whipped cream. I should have just thrown the whole sweet out when I discovered this, but no: I still ate it. So  last night and today I have a very unhappy stomach ache. WHY DO COMPANIES MAKE INEDIBLE CREAM SWEETS SO DELICIOUS LOOKING!!!! ~(>_<~)

Today's Chocolate Milk "Milk Make"

Today’s Chocolate Milk “Milk Make”

Cod Roe Spaghetti

Cod Roe Spaghetti

A picture from where I sat at the foot of the table.

A picture from where I sat at the foot of the table.

  • コンソメスープ
  • たらこスパゲッティ
  • 豆いっぱいフライ
  • ミルメイク(ココア)
  • バターパン
  • 牛乳

Chocolate Feelings

February 14th, Thursday:
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  • Shoyu Veggie Ramen (Ramen Noodles, Pork, Bean Sprout, Chinese Cabbage, Bamboo Shoot, Green Onion, Carrot)
  • Milk
  • Veggieburger
  • Chocolate Feelings
  • Kcal: 799
Chocolate is made from the seed of the cocoa plant (cocoa beans). Slab chocolate like we eat nowadays was first introduced in 1847, before that chocolate was drunk.
The name of today’s dessert is “Chocotto kimochi”, which literally means “a little bit of emotion”. But “choco” and “mochi” are written in katakana, which read together means, of course, “chocolate mochi”. So itis assorted of pun.
Today is St. Valentine’s Day and I received some chocolate. One was from one of my students (pictured) and the other was from the head of the Rokugo Post Office. Yeah for living in a small town!
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There were a couple characters I wasn’t sure about in yesterday’s translation of the curry recipe, so today I was able to ask the Japanese teacher at Rokugo about it. It turns out two were abbreviated characters (トキ and コト) and the other is apparently not understandable even to experts. So thank you Rokugo!
しょうゆ野菜ラーメン
牛乳
野菜のハンバーグ
チョコっときモチ

Goa’uld Salad

January 28th, Monday:

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  • Miso Soup (Onion, Carrot, Cabbage)
  • Spinache and Jaco Salmon Salad (Salmon, Spinach, Chinese Cabbage)
  • Japanese-style Meatball
  • Rice
  • Milk
  • Kcal: 694

Meat contains lots of protein which we need to build our muscles and bones. It cannot be done without to make a healthy body while we are growing. It also is useful for recovering from fatigue and preventing anemia.

I don’t really eat meat (outside of school lunch), so obviously I don’t really see its necessity in one’s diet. In fact I grew up not eating meat (pork and beef, but we ate chicken), and haven’t suffered worse for it. Actually, I am a little short for a haole person, but that is a fact which ① I am immensely grateful for and ② is probably genetic because my grandmother and aunt are both shorter than I. That said, some source of protein is important.

Something I am concerned about is the unsustainablity of the modern world’s eating habits. This includes eating so much meat, over eating in general, eating non local/out of season foods, and throwing away uneaten but still perfectly good foods.

For this reason, I feel really bad that not only did I leave half my rice uneaten as usual (for I really can’t eat that much food!) but also hardly touched my Spinach Jaco Salad, for the merely selfish reason of I hate Jaco. Now, Jaco look weird and have a strong taste, but that would not be enough of a detest them as I do. The true reason I hate Jaco–and I think this is a very good reason and one that fully justifies my reluctance to put them anywhere near my mouth–is that they look like goa’uld.

Goa’uld are lovely little parasite aliens that enter their hosts through the mouth or neck and burrow themselves into the brain. My Japanese students may be innocently unaware of these malicious creatures and therefore able to stomach mouthfuls of goa’uld like Jaco… but I cannot. The psychological strain is simply too much. And if you compare the photoes below, you too will begin to wonder how long the Japanese will remain free from the Goa’ulds parasitic control.

Goa'uld Parasite

Goa’uld Parasite

Goa'uld Babies

Goa’uld Babies

Actually, I have a theory. The Japanese started eating Jaco goa’uld babies long ago in order to develop a resistance against full grown goa’uld parasitism, and that is reason the host of the only Japanese-ish goa’uld overlord is clearly not of Japanese descent:

Goa'uld Overlord "Amaterasu"

Goa’uld Overlord “Amaterasu”

みそ汁
小松菜とジャコの鮭そぼろあえ
和風肉団子
ごはん
牛乳

Baked Chestnut Croquette

November 29th, Thursday:

  • Veggie Shoyu Ramen (Pork, Bean Sprout, Chinese Cabbage, Bamboo Shoot, Green Onion, Carrot)
  • Milk
  • Baked Chestnut Croquette
  • Japanese Pear Jelly
  • Kcal: 791

The chestnut croquette was made using chestnuts, which are a symbol of Autumn. Besides sweet chestnuts, we used potatoes and sweet potatoes  to give it a slightly sweet taste. Also, since it is shaped like a chestnut, it makes  a very cute croquette.

I think I have talked about this before, but Japanese pears and western pears (La France Pears) are very different, the former somewhat resembling an apple in taste and appearance. But they are still delicious.

  • しょうゆ野菜ラーメン
  • 牛乳
  • 焼き栗コロッケ
  • 和なしゼリー

Stonehunt Soup

November 19th, Monday:

  • Ishikari Soup (Salmon, Daikon Radish, Tofu, Carrot, Burdock, Chinese Cabbage)
  • Simmered Hijiki and Bean Curd (Hijiki Seaweed, BeanCurd, Carrot, Konnyaku, Green Bean)
  • Shore Fried Chikuwa
  • Rice
  • Milk
  • Kcal: 860

Stonehunt (Ishikari) Soup is a traditional dish of Hokkaido made with salmon. Threeflats (Sanpei) Soup is another Hokkaido dish. The difference is that threeflats soup is a salt based broth and stonehunt soup is a miso based broth.

I like ishikari soup and hijiki so much. They are both very tasty. Yum! Yum! I like chikuwa a lot, but it was a little bit oily today. Speaking of chikuwa, lately I’ve been buying this chikuwa with Furano onions mixed in with the fish and it is extremely delicious, straight or on rice. Besides this, it is very low in fat and pretty cheap comparatively speaking.

By the way, I always mispronounce the word “salmon”. Most people do not pronounce the “l”, but since all my knowledge comes from books, I tend to pronounce the “l”. Anyway, I reading the other day that reason salmon has an l is due to my beloved Latin! The word “salmon” comes from Latin word “Salmo”.

石狩汁
ひじきと厚揚げの煮物
ちくわの磯辺揚げ
ごはん
牛乳

Mabudofu

November 16th, Friday:

  • Miso Soup (Carrot, Chinese Cabbage, Wakame Seaweed)
  • Mabudofu (Tofu, Pork, Green Onion, Shiitake)
  • Pork Dumpling
  • Rice
  • Milk
  • Kcal: 782

Mabudofu and dumplings (shuumai) are both a type of Chinese dim sum (tenshin). Dim sum are foods that accompany the soup and main dish. Sweets, snacks and various light dishes are also called dim sum.

I was sick. 😦 I like this style Chinese food, at least in school lunch. Last month, I bought some mabudofu at the convenience store. It was so spicy, I felt unwell for two days after eating it.

みそ汁
麻婆豆腐
ポーク焼売
ごはん
牛乳

Root Veggie Croquette

November 6th, Tuesday:

  • Consommé (Chinese Cabbage, Onion, Carrot, Pork)
  • Spaghetti Napolitan (Spaghetti, Pork, Sausage, Onion, Green Pepper)
  • Root Veggie Croquette
  • Brown Sugar Bread
  • Milk
  • Kcal: 766

How many types of vegetables are there? Also, upon eating it, what vegetable is it? Now here’s a question: What root vegetables were used in today’s croquette?

My guess is: A base of potato with carrots, burdock, and lotsu root. However, it is slightly frightening having to guess what is in my food…

コンソメスープ
スパゲッティナポリタン
根菜コロッケ
黒糖パン
牛乳

Pork Kimchee Bowl

November 2nd, Friday:

  • Pork Kimchee Bowl (Pork, Egg, Chinese Cabbage, Carrot, Green Onion)
  • Milk
  • Miso Soup  (Bean Curd, Daikon Radish, Carrot)
  • Teriyaki Trout
  • Kcal: 853

Pork Kimchee and Bibimbap are in the upper ranks of popular rice bowl dishes. What do you like? It is good to pass the lunch chatting about this sort of thing.

Actually, talking about which food you like better is a very common kyuushoku topic. The most popular and safe question  is “Which ramen do you like?” The choices are of course from shoyu, shio (salt), or miso. I like shoyu the best. By the way, I’m sick. Again. 😦

豚キムチ丼
牛乳
みそ汁
ますの照り焼き

Miso Veggie Ramen

October 18th, Thursday:

  • Miso Vegetable Ramen (Pork, Bean Sprout, Bamboo Shoot, Chinese Cabbage, Carrot, Onion)
  • Garlic and Herb Dumplings
  • Baked Custard Tart
  • Milk
  • Kcal: 810

The beautiful orange color of carrots comes from carotene. It makes it difficult for us to catch a cold by taking away excess and raising our immunity.

In English, pudding is a very general word. It can mean a soft milk based sweet or even just a sweet thing at the end of meal in general (in England). However, in Japan, people always use the word pudding to refer to custard pudding or flan. I feel so irritated when people think I should know they mean custard, when the word they are using doesn’t mean custard in most standard English dialects. Hrmph.

  • みそ野菜ラーメン
  • 牛乳
  • ハーブにんにく入り餃子
  • 焼きプリンタルト

Duetzia Patty

October  15th, Monday:

  • Miso Soup (Gluten Croutons, Chinese Cabbage)
  • Chinese Style Meat and Potatoes (Potato, Pork, Onion, Shimeji Mushroom, Konnyaku)
  • Duetzia Patty
  • Rice
  • Milk
  • Kcal: 910

Nikujaga (meat and potatoes) is a Japanese dish that everyone knows.  Actually, it is said is started as an imitation of beef stew.

Unohana is literally the duetzia flower, but in this case it refers to a type of dish made with okara (soy bean lees).

  • みそ汁
  • 中華風肉じゃが
  • 卯の花コロッケ
  • ごはん
  • 牛乳