Half of the student body of the school I work at is absent because of the flu or other illnesses. What that means for the staff is more stress as everyone tries to get all their curriculum in before the end of the year. Additionally, the teachers don't get to take time off along with their students, who are mostly going to be out until Monday, so the staff room was way more crowded today than it typically is.
Today's main item at lunch was some fish (a type of mackerel), which was seasoned with miso and grilled: a style called saikyo-miso, which a co-worker tells me comes from Kyoto. It came with some salad, which was just cabbage, carrots, spinach, and cucumbers, boiled, and seasoned in the kitchen. Besides that, we enjoyed some soup and rice, and two strawberries for dessert.
The soup is called noppei, which had potato, onions, tofu, bits of pork, mushroom, radish, and bamboo. It had a thicker consistency than the usual miso soups, probably because it also incorporated bean curd.
p.s. please don't mind the improper dish placement on this tray - we weren't finished serving yet when I took this. (the rice should be to the left of the soup)
Calorie count: 628