Furano Omucurry

December 30th, Wednesday:


  • Furano Omucurry (Pork, Potato, Carrot, Onion)
  • Milk
  • Omelet
  • Furano Milk Julee(Acerola Julee, Pineapple, Tangerine, Peach, Nata de Coco)
  • Kcal: 941

In Hokkaido for School Lunch Week, we are having “Let’s eat local curry!” So this year we’ve had Furano Omucurry twice! For dessert, we have a jelly made of Furano milk, an original dish from Furano School Lunch Centre.

Today was an all day ski class, so I didn’t eat school lunch. But I just found out occasionally they can order school lunch even at the Board of Education! So I couldn’t eat school lunch, but at least I could take a lovely picture of it for you!


Hayashi Rice

December 5th, Wednesday:


  • Hayashi Rice (Pork, Carrot, Onion, Shimeji Mushroom)
  • Milk
  • Mixed Fruit Jelly (Jelly, Pinapple, Mandarin Orange, Nata de Coco)
  • Pork Weiner
  • Kcal: 965

Everyday milk is served with school lunch. It supplies us with a nutrient which our daily eat habits lacks called calcium, which builds strong teeth and bones.


Bean Curry and Rice

September 12th, Wednesday:

  • Mame Curry Rice (Soybean, Chickpea, Pork, Edamame, Mushroom, Carrot, Onion)
  • Milk
  • Nata de Coco Mixed Jelly (Pineapple, Peach, Apple, Coconut Milk)
  • Almonds and Fish
  • Kcal: 922

Let’s eat beans! Many people don’t like beans. Beans are the plant for extending the life of the next generation. Because the plants have an abundance of nutrition, they are very good for your body.

Apples were a nice addition to the jelly today. I am not overly fond of the tiny niboshi style fish (are they niboshi?) in the “Almonds and Fish” despite the charming baseball cap its wearing on the front of the package. So I pawned off my package to one of my students. I really like the bean curry. For some reason beyond my comprehension, a lot people don’t seem to like beans. This seems to be true both here and in the West. Really, beans are like miniature potatoes, and who doesn’t like potatoes? But I must confess I have unusual tastes.

  • ビーンズカレーライス
  • 牛乳
  • ナタデココ入りまぜまぜゼリー
  • アーモンドフィッシュ

Vegetable Curry Rice

June 6th, Wednesday:

  • Vegetable Curry Rice (Potato, Eggplant, Carrot, Onion, Green Bean)
  • Milk
  • Mixed Fruit Jello (Block Jelly, Pineapple, Mandarin Orange, Jello, Nata de coco)
  • Spinach Omelet

Nata de coco is made from solidified coconut milk and is a traditional food of the Philippines. By sight, it resembles kanten gelatin, but you can easily tell it’s not by the characteristic gummy texture.

Although my beloved hometown is in the tropics and coconuts were bounteous throughout my childhood, I ate nata de coco for the first time in Japan. From what I understand, it first become very popular in Japan, and nowhere else, in 1993. Today, it is no longer a fad, but has an established placed as a dessert in Japan. Nata de coco is really quite delicious and I enjoy the texture, although I could see how some people might not. It seems to be made by fermenting the coconut milk. The name comes from Spanish, meaning “cream of Coconut”.

While, I didn’t eat nata de coco as a child, I did eat my fair share of coconut pudding. They don’t resemble each other in texture at all, but they are both desserts made from coconut, so I think it counts. Coconut pudding, which is made from coconut milk, water, and sugar and thickened with starch, is far better than it’s milk-based sister for two reasons. One is that it doesn’t leave that gross residue that milk-based products do in your mouth, and the other is of course that lactose intolerant people can eat it.

Curry Rice

April 20th, Friday:

  • Curry Rice (Pork, Potato, Carrot, Onion)
  • Milk
  • Mixed Fruit Jello (Jello, Pineapple, Mandarin Orange, Coconut Milk)
  • Shaped Cheese

Notes: During the first term of school, it is easy to get conditions like stiff shoulders from being nervous. In that case, curry which includes lots of spicy ingredients is useful. Warming up the body from the inside, it heals the stiffness of the muscles.