Jiji and Baba sent over a new bento box after hearing I had inadvertently snapped off the handles to my daughter’s pink lunch box.
“I can’t wait!” she exclaimed, and bounded out of bed.
Tuesday’s bento box debut was a hit.
Baked chicken wingette, steamed multi-grain rice with sesame seed and katsuobushi furikake, roasted beet hearts, homemade turnip slice pickles (soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and a little beet juice for color) and left over (conventional) dry-sauteed string beans from an earlier dinner.
All was well, I thought.
Until I was running around today, the once-every-4-year visit of the 29th of February, when I couldn’t find the little black band that locked the bento box together.
As you can see in the picture below, the bento box consists of two stacked layers, with a middle insert separating the two. The box is held together and “locked” shut with a black band…. that my younger daughter evidently pilfered and hid somewhere in the house.
Papa had picked the girls up, and had taken care of the evening routine, as I had to unexpectedly attend a wake for my daughter’s teacher’s son.
I should have realized the perils of having “loose” pieces that seem to grow legs and disappear through the house…
Hence today, I was back to the substitute tupperware until: A) the little one produces the coveted black band or B) I can come up with a viable alternative that is more than simply a rubber band.
Today’s bento included:
Chicken drumette and wingette
Sliced cucumber and carrot sticks
Turnip slice pickles
Leftover (conventional) chicken lo mein
I have to admit – my little one was extremely jealous of her older sister’s package that arrived from Japan.
“Where’s MINE???” she insisted over Skype.
“We’ll bring it with us when we come to visit, ” promised Jiji and Baba – but at this point, my little one was shaking her head, and stomping a socked foot.
“I want a bento box too!!” she announced.
“You can hold mine,” my older one offered – the little one grabbing the new bento box, shaking it, and saying, “Me too, me too, me too.”
This evening’s project will be to track down the missing band…