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Disclaimer: The Uryu school district mostly provides fairly tasty meals in relatively generous portions. And their chicken curry is excellent.

That said: Today's main dish was cream gratin baked in a crab shell.

Firstly, I don't like cream gratin to begin with. It's a sort of...bland gooey white fat-gravy glop with bits of whatever mixed in. They scatter cheese over the top and bake it. The results taste like...gooey fat-gravy glop, with melted cheese on top.

Secondly, they served the meals really early today in the teacher's room, and by the time I'd brought mine to the first-year classroom and waited for the kids to get their act together and dish up their own meals, my fat-gravy glop had cooled and coagulated.

Thirdly, it was BAKED IN A CRAB SHELL. An actual crab shell, with the eyeballs still attached. To understand the full import of this, you must consider that I was raised on the Pacific Northwest coast. The beaches down there are often scattered liberally in summertime with legs-up crab carcasses, reeking colorfully in the sun. I played amongst these as a tot, picking them up by the legs when I felt daring and squealing with horrified glee when they fell apart in a stinking mess. I do not associate crab shells with the containment of anything edible except crab, and that only when there is no other alternative.

So there I was, trying lamely to scoop congealed white fat-glop full of random chewy bits (mostly corn and fragments of imitation crab) out of a whole crab shell, with chopsticks in whose wake the stuff disintegrated like, well, rotting crabmeat.

While my kids giggled.

Did I mention the side dishes were a whole fried fish that spilled over with eggs when I split it with my chopsticks, and watery soup with mushrooms in it? And broccoli boiled with fish flakes (the only part I enjoyed, but come to think of it, there's always fish flakes or bits of ham in with the veggies--it must suck to be a vegetarian in Japan). About the only way they could have made it worse would be if they served it with natto and shirako.

I'm still hungry. ;_;

Date: 2008-04-25 05:07 am (UTC)
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Ick. That sounds perfectly horrid.

Date: 2008-05-17 09:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, I've been becoming slightly more vegetarian, but I'm still eating the school lunches, so it ends up not being very vegetarian at all while at school.

It would be sad to be a vegetarian working at a JHS, since you wouldn't be able to eat the school lunches at all and they don't, I hear, let you eat bentos with the students cuz they'll be jealous.

Date: 2008-05-19 01:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, flecks of flesh in everything. I guess if I was vegetarian, I could bring an extra-big tupperware of rice with some umeboshi and vegetarian furikake on it, and then try and cull whatever I could from the school lunch. They let you get some leeway on the bring-your-own-rice rule pretty freely.


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