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Thursday, June 17, 2010

End of the School Year Slump

I am getting sick of getting up at 5:30-6:00 to make bento. Don't get me wrong, making them isn't the trouble, just the waking up part. I got to sleep in until 6:30 today though because this bento was a "what can I scrounge up" sort of lunch. We had some leftovers, so I decided to work with that. We also have a ton of Japanese foods that I wanted to try on Paige. One of those things was cucumber pickles which are not like American pickles as they are very salty and I think meant to eat with the bland rice. She didn't like them the first time she tried them, but I am giving it another try because the first time she ate them without the rice. We also have mango pickles that I have yet to try. Catherine didn't like them very much, but again, this was without rice. I also have sweet bean paste that Catherine likes but Paige doesn't care for, though I may make a little something for her lunch box tomorrow with it.

Mr. Man was sweet enough to make me rice, but I told him not to and now I have four servings of rice for two more school days. Maybe Paige will eat it up, even though she didn't go for it this morning as she often does with leftover rice.

The typical rice is on top with an Umeboshi that I tried to make look like a heart. On the bottom is left over tofu stir fry made with tofu, asparagus and the last of the baby corn. Don't laugh, she ate the asparagus at dinner. Then I sliced up some cucumber and laid that in with a bottle of the teriyaki sauce in a heart shaped bottle. In the blue cup are the pickled cucumbers that I am hoping she will try again and then the rest is filled in with my abundance of blueberries.


  1. Do you get the nori in sheets, too? I have made hand rolls with the leftover cucumbers from salad, the last of the "crab" salad I got for sandwiches, leftover rice, and a dab of mayo for glue. :) They were not bad.

  2. I have had nori for a while since Catherine started making onigiri. I also bought some soy wrappers a whille ago. I just haven't had anything that Paige likes to wrap it all in. Sometimes I do stuff the onigiri with left over meat and vegetables though.