the title suggests, the (unintentional) theme for this
lunch is stickiness. It started out normally enough
with ham cut into thin strips to mix with the steamed pole beans.
That came out nicely; I liked how the flavors mingled.
Then there's sweet
potato casserole, which I knew was going to be sticky,
but after eating couscous with chopsticks nothing
intimidates me. There are a few roasted chestnuts,
which were quite easy to handle. However... the dessert
is anko-filled onigiri,
and that's where this lunch became messy. I cooked the
rice with some sugar, and somehow it ended up quite
sticky, almost gooey. (I didn't put that much
sugar in, did I?) To keep the onigiri from sticking
to the box I rolled them in katakuriko as if they were
daifuku, and that more or less did the trick.