Bento 40: Up, up & away!
It’s been a mighty long time since I posted here…two weeks and counting to be precise. I got back from NYC (faaab time!) last Sunday, but this week at work have been maniac as it’s my last week at work as well, equating in a number of lunches with colleagues. That plus the huge amount of sleep that I have been piling on due to missing a whole night’s of sleep during my transatlantic flight on Sunday had minimized my bento-making adventures. Next week (tomorrow!) I am starting a new job, and after an initial few days would probably be bentoing as usual again.
However, I did make one last bento before I left for the States. I do quite a lot of long-distance flights, and this usually means that I am subjected to economy-class gloop that they serve out without second though. I hate the food, but I always end up finishing it anyway as I am always concerned that I get hungry before the next meal meal is served. That means hard, tasteless rolls and reheated overcooked chicken with limp vegetables. Ugh.
So this time around I decided I was going to bring lunch! We left the UK at 11am, which meant I had to leave my house around 7-ish in the morning. Usually, by the time they serve the first meal at around 1ish, I would be absolutely starving anyway that anything would had tasted nice. Well, I’m not falling for that trick again! This time I would dictate when I eat, what I eat and how much. With a little pre-planning the night before, it is surprising how well you can eat in-flight without forking out for first class fares.
The husband’s bento contains: Onigiris with noritama furikake, octodogs, checkered apple, and in the plastic wrap, miso egg. I replaced the noritama furikake with hijiki and chirimenjako furikake for my bento. All packed in disposable recycled takeaway boxes.
It was nothing spectacular, a normal bento, really. However, compare that with this gloop that I got for lunch abroad Continental:
Hmm. Iceberg salad (with ONE measly olive) , chicken and rice that looks like it’s all been microwaved with some salt and ketchup and a cold stale roll. I picked at the chicken, but did not finish anything else – I knew I had my bento ready when I do actually get hungry! And when they came around with stale sandwiches an hour before we landed in Newark, I did not even eat it, choosing instead to nibble on my miso egg.
I think this bento went down really well – the husband finished his even before we boarded. Will most definitely make one again for our next transatlantic flight, proves that bento lunches are not only for work or school!