Friday, April 18, 2014

Elementary School Lunch: 04/18 - kinpira

 Today's lunch, though fulfilling at the time, didn't keep me full as long as usual. I was hungry again three hours later for some reason. I don't think it's because I left half the rice, either - I usually do that. Maybe roots and bamboo just don't keep hunger at bay.

The main dish was some hamburg steak (citrus and radish were used for the sauce on top), which had sauteed veggies on the side. The salad consisted of burdock, carrot, and what I assume is fried tofu with some sesame seeds mixed in. It was great, and I wish I'd had been able to grab seconds.

The soup had wakame, bamboo, tofu, spinach, onions, and mushroom. It was alright - I'm not that huge on wakame, but I do like bamboo and all the other flavors that were present there. We enjoyed it with some rice in its bentou box and of course, the milk I never drink (because that would be disastrous). Still though, a solid lunch.

Note: Tomorrow, Saturday, I'll be working but it's a bentou day. I'll post pictures of bentous we've been getting. Monday we're off, so next week's lunch updates will start on Tuesday!

Calorie count: 692

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Bite-Sized Book Reviews: Diana Wynne Jones triple feature (Chrestomanci)

In my continued quest to eventually read all of Diana Wynne Jones' works, I've started picking up the Christomanci books (thanks to my local library). As it turns out, you could pretty much jump in with any book in the series, which is nice. Although some characters pop in for cameos in other stories, the books can all pretty much stand on their own, much in the same way the Howl books do.

I started with Charmed Life since it seemed like a good basis for all the rest, and just went on from there. My thoughts are as follows:

Elementary School Lunch: 04/17 - chocolate and pasta

 Today was one of those rare days that I was served more food than I can finish, and had to take some of my lunch home with me. I skipped the cocoa bread, which I'll have with breakfast tomorrow instead, and enjoyed the rest of our meal: vegetable soup, pasta, fish, and a strawberry dessert.

The soup was spiked with pepper more generously than usual, so it tasted great. It had cabbage, celery, sausage, carrot, onion, and spinach in it. The pasta on the side was penne and it was mixed with some ground meat and onions, and the fish was Hokkaido-native fried smelt. Actually, my earlier line was misleading - I also skipped the fish since I'm trying to eat less fried things, but got some extra pasta on my plate in return. Maybe that's why I got so full?

The strawberry was one of our usual jellies, but it actually had chunks of fruit in it (sometimes they do, sometimes they don't) and a tiny bit of whipped cream on top. Yum.

Calorie count (for one serving of the entire meal, including milk): 689

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Elementary School Lunch: 04/16 - the return of hijiki

Today, lunch was rather plain. We just had a potato and seaweed bowl, rice, and salad.

The bowl had some other things in it, of course. Bits of meat, carrot, edamame, and onion accompanied the chunks of potato and bunches of hijiki seaweed. The salad was seasoned in-house with some sesame seeds added: cucumber, ham, spinach, and the noodle bits, which are actually processed fish cut into those strips.

As usual, lovely meal, though not one of my favorites or really a stand-out. Tomorrow will be more interesting.

Calorie count: 659

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Link Bits: 04/15 - Andre the Giant makes it into a biographical graphic novel

[Ooooo, two days in a row!]

Gone Girl trailer! Warning: autoplay video.

I love watching videos of funny flight attendants.

(via GeeksAreSexy)

And finally, a non-video link for today: an excerpt of the graphic novel Andre the Giant: Life and Legend by Box Brown, published by First Second.

Listen to a bestseller for $7.49 at!

[Until next time!]

Elementary School Lunch: 04/15 - corn and curry

Today was the first curry day of the new school year. We kicked it off with chicken curry, rice, and some corn salad on the side. No dessert necessary.

The curry bowl had its usual share of veggies, like potato, edamame, onion, and carrot. There were also quail eggs in there, and bits of chicken. As usual, we just had to pour it bit by bit into our rice bentou boxes. The corn salad is really just regular cabbage, carrot, and spinach salad with corn added. Well, we also had sweet corn dressing, but yeah.

As usual, curry day was a success.

Calorie count: 690

Monday, April 14, 2014

Link Bits: 04/14 - Olaf is rocking the princess outfits

[Happy Monday!]

(via BoingBoing) Olaf is dressed up like Disney Princesses and I can't stop laughing at how charming this artwork is.

Okay, Amy, you've sold me on Lumberjanes.

(h/t to Shannon for this one) This is kind of an old one, I remember seeing it a few months ago, but the beautiful gown made out of Little Golden Books cropped up again recently and I had to share. Check out pictures here, and an interview with the designer here.

[Enjoy the week!]

Elementary School Lunch: 04/14 - Meatball Monday

Who says Mondays have to be all bad? It's the beginning of a new week, and today's lunch was awesome.

The main dish today was meatball and vegetable soup (tomato base). On the side, some tuna salad and kinako age-pan (fried bread with soy flour on top), and even some orange jelly for dessert. Of course, I actually ate the doughnut-like fried bread last instead of the orange cup, because yum.

The soup had meatballs made from minced pork and chicken meat, onion, carrot, potato, and some parsley for taste. The salad was cabbage and spinach with tuna and Italian (non-creamy) dressing. The image above is actually my own tray, so the milk has been replaced with some green tea in my bear cup.

Calorie count: 692