It has been a looong time. Not quite sure what happened, but somewhere along the line, blogging had to take a backseat. I started a new job at the beginning of September, the week after coming back from the UK with the children. In retrospect, not the best timing, but it’s done now, and I will quite possibly do the same thing again at a later date due to the fact that my brain seems to have turned to mush and my memory looks to be going the same way. I am teaching a bilingual programme at a fancy kindergarten. I go in three days a week, 9-9:40 and 3-3:40, which is low on the working hours, but a right royal pain. I am out of the house for four hours total on those working days, commuting time and prep. time accounted for, and I teach very bouncy 4 – 6 year olds. It’s a lot of fun, but then I come home to very bouncy 2 – 8 year olds wanting their dinner and it’s bloody exhausting!
So from this week, I have begun yet another culinary experiment. I was getting fed up of deciding what to cook, making meal plans, not making enough food, not making food that everyone liked, being told things like, “Mummy, this doesn’t look very yummy”…umm thanks, L…it’s not a lie if you keep some things to yourself, you know…
Anyway, I decided I would start using Yoshikei, which is a food delivery service. Don’t worry, I don’t work for them. This is not a sales post. They have a few options, including cooked meal delivery, but I am doing a two week discount trial (6,000yen per five days) of their “puchimama” plan. This is Japanese English for “petite mama”…wait that’s not English either and I am by no means petite, but that’s what it’s called any road up. Every week, a charming, but rather clumsy lady who has fallen down my steps not once, but twice, brings me a recipe book, and every day, a polystyrene box full of ingredients. I have a little locked cabinet outside that she can put it in when I’m not home. It’s a set menu, and every day has two courses. I get to cook the meal and serve it with rice, that they don’t supply. They also expect you to have store cupboard essentials to make the sauces/soup, like salt; sugar; soy sauce; cooking sake; fish stock powder; garlic; pepper; margarine. I chose the 4 people option, which is the biggest amount they do, but I figured since one of us is tiny, it should be enough. Actually, I was a bit worried it wouldn’t be, because Y eats like a horse, and H is close behind, but I don’t eat a vast amount, really, and there is rice too.
Okay, rambling. So Monday was Day One. A super-typhoon day. But my woman, let’s call her Beryl, made it for her delivery. Of course she did. This is Japan, after all. No need to let a little natural disaster get in the way of work.
On the menu was:
Pork and Ketchup and Spaghetti and crabstick salad.
I was a bit dubious about this one, to be honest. Looked a bit odd. It was technically supposed to be served with mushrooms, but I have a mushroom intolerance, so Y cooked those up later and put them in his bento the following couple of days. Win!
They claim that the prep. and cooking time is 30 minutes. This took me 35 minutes, so pretty accurate. I should mention though, that I spent the weekend translating the recipes into English so I wouldn’t get stuck on silly things like how to cut my cabbage into “chunky squares”. I didn’t translate the ingredient list though, which I should have done, because there’s a lot of “mix b with 2” palaver going on, and I have messed up a bit with putting the wrong sauce on the wrong thing.
Here is the recipe:
Anyway, this was the box of ingredients, which didn’t look anywhere NEAR enough:
Obviously I have a bad imagination, because it was plenty. And the cooked result was:
Plenty for me and for everyone else. The pork and Ketchup was surprisingly yummy. The salad, not so much. But it wasn’t bad. L wasn’t keen, but I told him to leave it if he didn’t want it. I didn’t feel bad, he didn’t hate me. All good. Day One, a success!
Off to bed now, will post Tuesday’s meal next time 😉
Thanks for reading