Elementary School Lunch: 09/02 - holy frijoles

Food, JapanKristina PinoComment

School's back in, which means that my regular lunch posts are also now back on. We started off this term on a good note, and I've even got a bonus photo for you and some tidbits about food arrangement in Japan.

Today's tray had a bowl of veggies with small bits of pork, a side salad, milk bread, and pear jelly for dessert. Real quickly I should remind you (and let new readers know) that a carton of milk is part of the lunch here, but I can't drink it so it doesn't always come up in my pictures. It's included in the calorie counts, though.

The bowl had potato, onion, carrot, edamame, and soy beans. The base was a tomato puree, which was exactly what the veggies needed for a taste kick, since they weren't salted or seasoned or anything else. The salad had crunchy greens and corn today, and the dressing was sweet corn. The dressing wasn't creamy at all, which is nice. The milk bread went great with the steaming bowl, and the jelly had been frozen at some point in the morning, so it still had a great texture/consistency to it. And it tasted like... well, pears. The perfect treat on a hot day.

Calorie count: 664

The bonus picture is of some of the tomatoes growing in the school yard that were picked by my principal today. There was a big meeting held at our school in the afternoon, so he picked a bunch to serve to our guests. Aren't they pretty? He planted enough to serve the entire school (over 600 students and staff) one yellow and one red tomato each at some point or another with their lunches. That's a lot of tomatoes.

Today's random trivia tidbit: I have a co-worker who, when she's around during food prep in the staff room, usually fusses over what position things are on the trays. Today, as I lay the soup bowls down, she kept rearranging them right behind me, and added that the soup should always go on the right, and the rice bowl (if there is one) to the left. I asked why, and she made the finger-slicing-the-neck motion while explaining that getting it wrong could bring death upon the person enjoying their meal. It's just a superstition, but actually, you'll come to notice that pretty much anywhere you go in Japan you'll be served your soup to the right side of your food arrangement.