Saturday, July 17, 2010
I have a hard time resisting tai yaki anyway, but making them tiny leaves me entirely helpless before them. So light and pancakey! I went with the traditional bean, plus chocolate and vanilla cream. Carrying the paper bag of hot, fresh little fish reminded me of picking up zeppole--you have to pop at least one in your mouth right away, all warm and sweet. Then you listen to them moving lightly in the bag all the way home. If three or four make it to the rest of your family, well, that's a moral victory.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
|Lunch (below): udon noodles with fish cake, quail egg, wakame, and shitake; grilled salmon with burdock root and carrot; mixed vegetable salad; orange wedge. Snack (above left): corn. Late snack (above right): cucumber sandwich.|
|Lunch (below): sauteed chicken; wakame soup; cucumber salad; banana; overgrown madeleine. Snack (above left): rice ball with edamame. Late snack (above right):cold noodles with cucumber, ham, and egg.|
|Lunch (below): fried salmon with tomato and bean sprouts; pasta salad; miso soup with tofu and green onion; orange wedge. Snack (above left): banana cake. Late snack (above right): missing! I showed up too early.|
|Lunch (below): vegetable omelet; chicken rice; consomme with potato and carrot; wakame and cucumber salad; watermelon. Snack (above left): kinako (sweet soy powder) toast . Late snack (above right): yakisoba.|
They have cooking days once or twice a month, where the kids make something and then eat it for lunch or snack. Once it included a trip to the store, and once it was sweet potatoes they dug up on a field trip to a farm. Digging up sweet potatoes while wearing little matching hats. The agricultural cuteness is paralyzing. And they chop. With knives. At first, I worried, having seen Son of Z at his most spastic, jumping on the couch to Billy Idol. But they manage. They recently made butter, which I remember doing as a kid in school. Do they still do that? I really appreciate the fact that the kids are not only eating real food, but engaged and learning to eat well and properly. That way I can feel better about letting them eat Halloween candy on the couch for dinner.
|Lunch (below): stir-fried eggplant and pork; rice; mitsuba salad; miso soup with daikon and tofu skin; pineapple and cheese. Snack (above left): cracker and yogurt with watermelon and cherry. Late snack (above right): missing! too early again.|
|Lunch (below): simmered fish; pumpkin salad with cut vegetables; miso soup with onion and mushroom; grapefruit wedge. Snack (above left): okara cookies. Late snack (above right): inari.|
|Lunch (below): three-bean curry with sausage; tuna vegetable salad; consomme with onion and potato; watermelon. Snack (above left): french toast. Late snack (above right): okonomiyaki.|
|Lunch (below): udon noodles with cabbage, ham, egg, and cucumber; vegetable tempura with okra and pumpkin; yuba and vegetable salad; orange wedge. Snack (above left):fried rice. Late snack (above right): rusk toast.|