January 31st, Thursday:
- Yakiudon (Pork, Squid, Shrimp, Cabbage, Carrot, Onion)
- Scallop Dumpling
- Hassaku Fresh
- Kcal: 701
In winter, we can notice many types of oranges. “Hassaku” is one type. The peel is very thick, so it’s hard to remove, but the fruit is tender and very delicious.
December 18th, Friday:
- Miso Soup (Winter Mushroom, Tofu, Green Onion)
- Curry Miso Oden (Squid Surimi, Quail Egg, Daikon, Konnyaku, Carrot)
- Salt-Broiled Dull Mackerel
- Kcal: 860
Oden is a type of simmered dish. The ingredients differ depening on the place and household, but include daikon, bamboo surimi, and boiled eggs. What do you like in your oden?
Francois Launet is a french artist whose internet name is “Goomi” (塵), whose Cthulhian art I’ve been a fan of since high school. Here is a comic of his I always bringing to mind when eating. Unfortunately, only
But I really honestly do love miso oden.
July 13th, Friday:
- Miso Soup (Onion, Cabbage, Pearl Crouton)
- Chop Suey (Pork, Shrimp, Squid, Bell Pepper, Chinese Cabbage, Cloud Ear Mushroom, Bamboo Shoort, Carrot, Quail Egg)
- Deep-Fried Tofu
Chop Suey (lit. Eight Treasures of Ingredients) is a chinese dish made by frying many types of meat, fish, and vegetables and then thickening it with potato starch. If you put sauce from the chop suey on top of today’s tofu, it tastes delicious.
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June 14th, Thursday:
- Fried Udon (Udon Noodle, Pork, Squid, Shrimp, Cabbage, Carrot, Onion)
- Steamed Dumpling
- Sweet Potato Sticks
One of the promises of good table manners is to not chew with your mouth open, because the very unpleasant “kuchakucha” sound. On the internet, this sound is described as “kucharaa”.
Today, I didn’t have school lunch, so I made a bento instead. What is pictured is the steam rice and takuan pickles that I packed. As okazu (side dishes) I packed last night’s chikuwa-jaga, ie: potatoes and chikuwa simmered in shoyu and mirin, and a daifuku mochi. I love daifuku mochi. They were on sale last night, so a package of eight cost a little about 60 yen. So cheap!
April 12th, Thursday:
- Fried Udon (Udon Noodles, Pork, Squid, Shrimp, Cabbage, Carrots, Onion)
- Breaded Corn
- Chocolate Gateau
Notes: Corn has plenty of vitamin B1 and B2 which is useful in making energy. It also has to characteristic that it doesn’t lose that nutrition when cooked.
April 9th, Monday:
- Midakusan Soup (Sweet Potato, Tofu, Fettuccine Konnyaku, Carrot, Onion, Burdock)
- Simmered Squid and Daikon Radish (Squid, White Radish)
- White Fish Fry
Notes: Squid has zinc which prevents a loss of taste. Squid ink, which is also delicious to eat, was used in olden times as writing ink. The sepia in “sepia-coloured” comes from squid.