Japanamania continues apace Chez Jessica. I made bento number two this afternoon, which was enlightening in many ways.
First of all, I realized that those onigiri (rice balls) are really quite filling, so one is plenty for me for lunch. I had nori seaweed to wrap around my onigiri today, which not only added a nice flavor but also made the rice ball much easier to eat. I added shredded nori and spring onions to my tamagoyaki (omelette) as well, which turned out better and even tastier today.
I also decided that I’ve probably been making too much food for myself, because I was really full after lunch both yesterday and today. Though it doesn’t look like a lot of food at all, just the starchy rice and the small omelette alone are pretty hefty. So while I like the compartmentalized box I bought yesterday, I think it’s a better size for Jeremy than for me; I’ll look for a slightly smaller box for myself over the next few days.
For the past two days, I’ve put together my bento box in the afternoon, right before eating it. But tomorrow will be my first attempt at making up bento boxes in the morning for both Jeremy and myself to eat several hours later. This is definitely going to be a learning experience, since I don’t yet know exactly what will hold up well for the hours between breakfast and lunch, what will taste really good at room temperature, or indeed, what I can really be bothered to make for lunch before I’ve even had breakfast. I hope Jeremy doesn’t mind being a guinea pig too much—though I suspect that if it gets him out of eating yet another cheese sandwich, he’ll happily acquiesce to my culinary experimentation.
On a different but related note, I have (with Relly’s encouragement) subscribed to JapanesePod101.com in anticipation of a potential trip to Japan sometime in the perhaps-not-too-distant future. I don’t know if I have any chance of getting a grasp on a language as complex as Japanese using a website alone, but it can’t hurt to try. And if I can at least learn to ask for all the yummy Japanese foods I want to try, I figure I’ll be doing okay.