A big junior high school sports festival for all the students in Akita city was held last weekend and into Monday. Making “Bento (a type of Japanese picnic lunch or lunchbox) was one of my tasks for the event. Since we had to leave the house very early in the morning for each of the three days, I prepared enough food to in advance to be ready to go.
Grilled asparagus with potatoes, cheese, and heavy cream. You should eat this as hot as possible so it’s not really for bento. I happened to get 2 kg of asparagus, so I tried to create new recipes in order not to get bored of eating all of it. Asparagus with sweet sesame sauce was another great one.
These are shiratama dumplings in black bean syrup. It should be chilled. It’s not really for bento, either. My mom simmered the black beans, froze them, and gave them to me. With the white chewy dumplings they became a nutritious dessert for young athletes.