We aren’t the kind of foodies who enjoy the craft of the food, we are the kind who like to buy in bulk and start eating before it is properly cooked. Dan has a crippling mental illness that we have named ‘food fear’, where when put in a situation of not a massive/endless amount of food he is crippled by anxiety stemmed from his worry that he will not have enough to eat. This has led to a change in diet for Jorja who has traditionally enjoyed lighter, more nourishing food and has now fallen into the cycle of eating big and heavy meals required to fill Dan’s bottomless pit. It is a journey to find compromise. The food we have been eating has been varied and interesting, we have made some terrible mistakes and held onto the accidents that worked out. In a normal day this is the current diet that has come from many a trial and error. (also whats quickest, easiest and cheapest)
We lack fruit in our diet because of the cost of fruit in Japan, an apple will set you back $3 and similar for an orange. We wish we had more chocolate and ice-cream in our diet, more pizza, and cheese and candy but those days are over. As you read through our food delights take yourself to a meadow in breaking daylight, or watching 80 year old women rice farming, or to an isolated misty mountain. This is the experience we have around our dinner table so the food might be boring, but our table is rich.
After we pack up our tent around 7am the hungriest person starts breakfast. Paired with every meal (also as snacks) we have a piece of bread with chocolate spread right to the edges. Wholemeal bread is double and sometimes triple the price in Japan, if it’s in store (I’ve only seen it twice) so we just eat white bread.
We both have baskets on the front of our bikes where we carry our shopping, the challenge of the day is to not break the eggs before breakfast the next day. Thus far, out of all the mornings we have had eggs on bread (every single morning) we have had 4 egg casualties, RIP. (Update: we lost 4 more this morning, and one is in intensive care with sticky tape holding it together)
So thats the start of our day.
Dan – 2 slices of chocolate bread
4 eggs on 3 slices of toast
Jorja- 2 slices of chocolate bread
2 eggs on 2 slices of toast
= $2.30 Aus total
Lawsons, 7-Elevens, and Family Marts are rife through Japan and have free Wifi, we usually stop there for some lunch and to make time for some more chocolate spread on bread and to pick up some pre-packaged snacks.
The sushi triangles are stylishly wrapped which took us nearly 4 weeks to realise. We have gotten into instant noodles, which are cheap in supermarkets, anywhere between 58 to 200 Yen. However it has come to light that the soups are made with pork or beef broth, so thats a bummer.
Rice triangles x 2 – $3.50
Instant noodles x 2 – $2.50
Udon! I don’t know how authentic ours is but we dig it, and have it 3ish times a week.
Bring your udon broth to a boil and boil your noodles for a couple of minutes.
Vegetarian Jorja means we use bean curd and a vegetable sauce in a fry pan and heat that bad boy up.
Then you gather a few vegetables and heat them up in the same vegetable sauce, we use the cheapest vegetables like mushrooms, bokchoy, and red onion.
Beancurd – $1.20
Sauces – $.60
Bokchoy – $2.00
Mushrooms – $1.00
Noodles (3 packets) – $ .90
Broth (2 packets) – $.85