Carrots and Self-Sufficiency

March 18th, Monday:

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  • Pork Soup (Pork, Potato, Tofu, Carrot, Onion, Burdock, Garlic)
  • Dressed Spinach and Tuna (Spinach, Tuna)
  • Sesame Teriyaki Chicken
  • Rice
  • Milk
  • Kcal: 937

Pork contains lots of vitamin B, which we need for producing energy. We want to eat it especially when we will be exercising a lot or when we tire easily.

Through a sort of confusion of the schedule, I had classes today, but didn’t eat school lunch. But above is a photo of the school lunches in the teacher’s room, kindly already served into dishes by Higashi’s office lady.

Japan is pretty good about labelling where food products come from. For example, at my market, the prefecture where the fresh vegetables and fruits are grown is listed on the same tag as the price. With processed products, many of them are labeled with the prefecture or country their ingredients come from. This is very nice for a variety of reasons. If you are concerned about GMOs, chemical fertilizers, radiation, or food self-sufficiency, this information is useful for making educated decisions.

Just knowing the prefecture the food is from is nice, but on some vegetables they actually have a bar code. Going to the bar code’s URL, you can see all sorts of information about the food you are buying. You can see the page for some carrots I bought here. It includes pretty much everything I could want to know about those carrots. It gives the type of carrot, where they were grown, what fertilizer was used and how often, pesticides used and how much and often, when they were planted and harvested, who packed and transported the carrots, and more. It even includes pictures of the carrot field and the family that grew the carrots. It’s really amazing!

These are the people that grew my carrots!

These are the people that grew my carrots!

Technology is a really wonderful thing. I feel we should always keep working to improve and uncover new technology. The hard part though is having the wisdom to use technology for good things and not bad things. Maybe this is rather insignificant, but I feel my bar coded carrots are an example of the wonderful good things with which technology can help us.

The bento I ate today instead of school lunch

The bento I ate today instead of school lunch. On the left is rice and mixed grains topped in cucumber and daikon pickles. To the right is kinpira burdock and simmered sweet potato.

豚汁
小松菜とツナ和え物
若鶏のごま照り焼き
ごはん
牛乳

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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