Category Archives: School Lunch Posts

School Lunch in Okinawa October 22-31

Monday October 22 Milk, autumn rice, baked mackerel, cabbage and sesame salad, root vegetable soup Monday’s meal highlights one of the major strengths of Japanese cuisine: seasonal ingredients.  The rice was infused with flavors and vegetables that are ripe in autumn.  Along side the rice was a salad of cabbage, cucumber and other vegetables in sesame dressing, a clear broth soup with root vegetables, and a slice of baked mackerel. Tuesday October 23 Milk, Chinese rice bowl, wakame (seaweed) soup, orange This

School Lunch in Okinawa October 1-4

Monday October 1 Menu: Milk, barley rice, cabbage chanpuru, baked miso fish fillet, clear broth root vegetable soup Review: Its been about three weeks since I’ve had any of these meals.  Normally, I’d have expected two weeks of American food to wash away any true memory of the dishes.  Strangely, this trip I was disappointed by food I ate.  I went and searched out all the foods that had strong memory ties, yet they all felt flat compared to my memories,

School Lunch in Japan for Sept 10-28

Things have been interesting around here for the last few weeks.  My novel is out, we got hit with typhoon 1216 and 1217 and there was a sports festival thrown in.  Why does any of this matter in a School Lunch post?  Well in Japan, or at least on my island, all of this tends to mess with 1. my ability to get a school lunch,  2. My ability to remember to take pictures of them, and 3. My ability to actually

School Lunch in Japan September 3-7

Monday September 3 Milk, pork curry rice with pickled vegetable, fruit salad with beans Although we had school last week and lunch to go with it, the official start of the second semester began with September.  It’s common to begin and end with favorites, so today we had curry rice with thinly sliced pork worked in and a side of fruit cocktail and beans for extra protein.  It may be hard to see, but there were also a bit of

School Lunch August 27-31

School is back, and with it we return to our weekly review of lunches in Okinawan Schools.    This week was cut a bit short by Typhoon 1215 and the Kyubon holidays, but we did have two days of school. Tuesday August 28 Milk, barley rice, baked fish fillet, vegetable stir fry, clear soup with root vegetables. Today’s meal is not the one planned for the day.  Although the typhoon was well past by Tuesday, the strong winds created high

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