This is a blog for people to discuss what they are eating. There is a theory that by journaling eating habits, people will eat healthier. I am trying to cook more at home and feed my family a wider variety of foods. People can just read or join as co-authors. Topics don't have to be recipes with nice photos. You can write about eating habits, special diets, culinary cultural differences, etc.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Obento: The Japanese art of leftover lunches

Looks mighty good considering it's mostly leftovers. I love Japanese food containers because they can make everything look so appeal, even last night's dinner. The picture on the left is rice sprinkled with shiso which is like a tangy plum leaf, dried and salted. On the right is some komatsuna, like a spinach, sauteed with tiny fish and fish flakes. The middle is pork sausages. The very end is cucumber and cheese wedges. I lost points for not including one cherry tomato in it to balance out the color scheme.

My mom and sister see me making them and they thought I must love doing it. I don't.Some mom take obento making very seriously. I don't. But my son went to a Japanese preschool and the school takes lunches very seriously so balanced, brightly presented meals was ingrained in me.
Still when an American mom whose son was in Reina's class said to me "Every time he says a cute bento he says 'It's like something Reina would have'. " Wow. Did that ever make my day.

Personally, I'm not a huge fan of obento because I like my meals warm, even sandwiches I liked heated. But my kids do. And even though it's leftovers, my kids seem to like Mommy lunches.

This is Reina's lunch bag. Has an extra pocket for snacks too.


Blogger Some Kinda Wonderful said...

Wow! How beautiful. I always made Thomas' lunches too when he was in public school. He hated the school made lunches. I always tried to be very careful to make things for him that were appealing to look at as well as tasted good cold, or room temp. And doesn't a little finger sandwich always taste better than the very same things on a big sandwich? I don't have those cute little bento boxes for hubby's lunches but I do tend to make "finger" foods for him and try to arrange them nicely and make them visually appealing as well as easy to eat. (since he always takes his lunch at his desk, working, finger foods are much easier for him). Thank you so much for this little glimps into your (and your family's) food life. It's inspiring.

January 14, 2009 at 10:14 AM

Blogger pamwax said...

Now that is a lunch box. Your children are very lucky...cold or not. My kids got a peanut butter sandwich, bag of chips and a rice crispy bar in a paper sack. No wonder they have such bad eating habits today.

I think the boxes are beautiful.

January 14, 2009 at 12:42 PM

Blogger snowy said...

oooh, pretty. Love Reina's lunch bag--it's so girly!

January 14, 2009 at 5:17 PM

Blogger tricia said...

Love the lunch boxes. It's also good for portion control.

You make leftovers look almost good to eat .

January 14, 2009 at 9:13 PM

Blogger chaki said...

Thanks everyone. It's all in the packaging. In a Tupperware, leftover will be leftovers. Holly, got to show us Pete's lunch too!!!!

January 15, 2009 at 1:43 AM


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