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Today’s Lunch (and a little bit of leftover Halloween fun)

Due to the fact that I ended up with a lot of leftover Monster Fingers after last night’s dinner, I couldn’t resist putting some in Hisa’s lunch for today. I wonder what his co-workers will think, hehehe!

Today’s lunch: Meatloaf sandwich on homemade bread, Monster Fingers, and a mandarin orange

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November 1, 2011 at 12:21 pm Leave a comment

Today’s Lunch

I’m gonna miss my karate dojo and the people there.

They’re all pretty awesome, and we have a good time together.

Case in point: Yesterday after class, a bunch of us were standing around talking, while on the opposite side of the room, our teacher was doing some of his own training. At one point he was doing repetitions of 10 roundhouse kicks in 10 seconds. I kid you not. He’s a machine. And currently training for the world championship this November. Go Ajima-sensei! Wooo!

Anyway, at one point, some of us looked over at our teacher’s mom (also a black belt and awesome), who was punching one of the other ladies in the stomach repeatedly, before the other lady started punching her in the stomach repeatedly. We watched them briefly, looked at each other, and then started punching each other in the stomach. It went something like this:

*punch*

A: How was that?

B: Fine

*harder punch*

A: That?

B: Still okay.

*harder punch*

A: That?

B: Fine

And it pretty much continued on in that fashion for awhile until our stomachs finally did start hurting from being punched in the same spot so many times.

Maybe this is a result of growing up with no sisters and only older brothers?

Hmmm, perhaps I should ponder this…

I wonder what I should eat for lunch…

My husband says I’m easily distracted. I say I can’t imagine what he’s means by that.

Today’s lunch: Lentil loaf sandwich on homemade pumpkin yeast bread, cheese and cracker sandwiches, and trail mix (mix of almonds, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, and dried fruit)

 

September 30, 2011 at 11:47 am Leave a comment

Today’s Lunch

As a quick notice, I’ve been working a lot on some big changes for this blog. Hopefully all good changes!

Keep your eyes peeled, and when it’s done, I hope you’ll all be pleased!

Now for today’s lunch!

Turkey sausage, egg, and cheese English muffin sandwich, half a small baked sweet potato, edamame, and half a Japanese pear

September 29, 2011 at 12:49 pm Leave a comment

Today’s Lunch

Hisa and I finally picked the day to move back to the U.S. and bought our plane tickets over the weekend! We’ll be moving back on December 6th!

We had a hard time finding tickets because A) tickets in December are expensive to begin with, and B) one-way tickets are a LOT more expensive than round-trip tickets (why, I’ll never understand).

We normally fly with American Airlines, but their tickets were sooo expensive, so we thought we were going to have to go with some obscure airline with three different connections, because those were the cheapest tickets we could find.

Then we realized (okay, actually my husband realized), that we’ve both accrued a lot of frequent flyer miles the past several years, and we can just use those to purchase tickets! And so we did just that. We actually had enough miles to purchase two first class tickets, but we decided to save our miles and just get two economy class tickets. We still had to pay taxes and whatnot, so the total price for each of our tickets from Japan to the U.S. was about $50. How great is that? That’s definitely the cheapest international plane ticket I’ve ever bought!

So now the day has been set. We still have to figure a lot of other things out though, like when Hisa’s last day of work will be, when we’ll move out and go stay with Hisa’s parents, when we’re going to travel (we’re planning on traveling for about a week to somewhere in East Asia), etc. It’ll be a huge change in our lives. The next chapter as it were. I’ve been living in Japan for three years now, so I’m sure they’ll be some reverse culture shock in moving back to the U.S. I’m excited to see what the future holds though.

Today’s lunch: Two egg, sausage, cheese English muffins (with my homemade English muffins and turkey sausage), broccoli and carrot salad, and a kiwi

 

August 24, 2011 at 10:58 am Leave a comment

Today’s Lunch and Homemade Caesar Dressing

Today’s lunch: Chicken caesar pita sandwich with homemade caesar dressing and fresh pineapple

It’s quite hard to find caesar salad dressing in Japan in my experience. Plus bottled dressings always have lots of artificial ingredients in them, so I always make our salad dressings myself (super easy. trust me.). I’d never made caesar dressing myself, but I recently found this recipe on Kitchen Stewardship and had to try it out (with a few tweaks).

It’s super easy to make (just throw everything in the blender and blend), and it really does taste like normal caesar dressing!

Homemade Caesar Dressing

  • 1 raw egg yolk
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • 3/4 c. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese
  1. Add everything except the olive oil and parmesan cheese in a blender or food processor and blend.
  2. Pour in olive oil and blend until smooth and thick. Mix in parmesan cheese and serve on salads, sandwiches, etc.

August 18, 2011 at 1:14 pm Leave a comment

Today’s Lunch

Today’s lunch: Chicken caesar pita sandwich with homemade caesar dressing and fresh pineapple

It’s quite hard to find caesar salad dressing in Japan in my experience. Plus bottled dressings always have lots of artificial ingredients in them, so I always make our salad dressings myself (super easy. trust me.). I’d never made caesar dressing myself, but I recently found this recipe on Kitchen Stewardship and had to try it out (with a few tweaks).

It’s super easy to make (just throw everything in the blender and blend), and it really does taste like normal caesar dressing!

Homemade Caesar Dressing

  • 1 raw egg yolk
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • 3/4 c. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese
  1. Add everything except the olive oil and parmesan cheese in a blender or food processor and blend.
  2. Pour in olive oil and blend until smooth and thick. Mix in parmesan cheese and serve on salads, sandwiches, etc.

August 18, 2011 at 1:14 pm Leave a comment

A New Endeavor: Packing Lunch

I’ve begun a new culinary endeavor this week.

I’ve decided to start packing my husband a lunch for work.

As a quick disclaimer, let me just say I don’t know if this will be an every day thing, an every other day thing, or a just when I feel like/have time thing. My husband only works Mon, Tues, Wed this week, so I’m trying it out this week to see how it goes. It’s a sort of trial week as it were.

Now, I’ve been cooking/baking in some capacity since I was a little kid, but packing a lunch is a new thing for me. I’ve never packed a lunch every day. When I was working in Yokohama, I sometimes packed a lunch, but it was always the same thing, and I didn’t take my lunch every day. So packing a different lunch each day, and making sure it’s interesting, healthy, and tastes good is something completely new to me.

My husband asked me what made me decide to start making him a lunch. His work place has a cafeteria, so eats lunch there every day. It’s not really expensive, but the food is infamously mediocre. I know my husband got tired of the food there a long long time ago, and although he’s never pushed me about making him lunch (he said he doesn’t want me to feel pressured into doing it, and he doesn’t mind if I don’t make him lunch. Isn’t he sweet?!), I honestly just thought it would be something nice I could do for him. Plus it’s an interesting new endeavor for me.

So after I decided to give packing lunches a go, I started doing some research for recipe ideas. Even though it’s a packed lunch, I still want it to be healthy, so I don’t want to buy a bunch of pre-packaged processed foods to throw in a lunch box. It’s quite a bit harder though, finding ideas for foods that can handle the lunch box treatment, and be eaten cold or at room temperature. I did find a bunch of good ideas though for healthy homemade lunch foods. [Note: Although we live in Japan and my husband is Japanese, I’m not making a Japanese style bento lunch. Although they’re good, and look amazing, I’m not willing to spend two hours every morning to make a lunch that is a work of art. I think the people that do this are amazing and I admire them, but that’s not me. That’s not to say I won’t include Japanese food in his lunch, it just won’t be the elaborate Japanese bento style. End of note]

After I gathered a bunch of food ideas, I got a container and stuff for a lunch box. I really wanted to get one of the Laptop Lunches bento boxes, because I think they’re awesome, but they’re not available in Japan, Amazon won’t ship them to Japan, and other online stores charge a lot for shipping. Sooooo, I decided to get something cheap and temporary that we can just throw away when we leave Japan this winter. I ended up getting a plastic container (of a similar size to the laptop lunches boxes I think) and a bunch of smaller little plastic containers that can fit inside it. I also got some bento chopsticks and a gel pack to freeze and pack with the lunch when it needs to be cold. Total price? Five dollars. Go me. The one thing I splurged on (and it really wasn’t much of a splurge to be honest) was a nice thermos. It’s shorter and fatter than a typical thermos, because it’s meant to hold food (soups, stews, etc.) instead of drinks. I can’t wait to try it out!

By the time I’d gathered plenty of ideas and the necessary supplies, I’d gotten quite excited about the whole thing. What can I say? I’m easily excited. This morning I made my husband’s first packed lunch, and despite being sleepy (my husband teases me about how I’m ALWAYS sleepy in the morning and walk around like a zombie), I assembled his lunch quite quickly. The only mishap was I cut my finger open while slicing cheese… but that’s I story for another day!! *cough*

Here’s today’s lunch.

Ham, cheese, and veggie sandwich (lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, cucumber, and green pepper) on my homemade whole wheat bread; a small container of vinaigrette dressing for the sandwich, a bunch of mini grapes, and a homemade granola bar.

Hopefully I’ll be bringing you more lunch pictures from now on, so for those who pack lunches (whether their own, their significant other’s, or their kid’s) I hope you’ll enjoy these lunch ideas!

August 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm Leave a comment


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My name is Rachel. I'm a small-town girl born and raised in Oklahoma, currently living in Japan, who likes cooking, baking, reading, working out, and traveling. Join me in my culinary adventures, my domestic doings, and the story of my life, one day at a time.

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