Crunchyroll #46: Cherry Lemon Martini from “The Eccentric Family 2”

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One of my very favorite anime every is The Eccentric Family, so it stands to reason that The Eccentric Family 2, the second season, is my favorite anime of the Spring 2017 season. I can’t say enough good things about it- the art is fantastic, the script is funny and clever, the music is subtle at times, and bold when it needs to be. The plot is original and complex, and each character has a story that lurks just outside the main plot, waiting to be told.

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Crunchyroll #43: Manju from “Sakura Quest”

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Manju! Who would have expected that these little sweets would show up in Sakura Quest? Koharu, the main character, has been summoned out to a village that has been left behind by the times. Her job is to be their new Queen in the hopes of bringing tourism to the area. The village is a little old-fashioned and quaint, so I guess it makes sense that manju are featured as opposed to, say, a more trendy dessert, like pancakes or crepes. Manju are definitely a more traditional kind of sweet, typically filled with red bean paste. I actually haven’t tried manju in real life, as I’m not a huge fan of red bean paste. However, red bean paste is a traditional sweet in Japan and is commonly found in a lot of confections like mochi, anpan, taiyaki, and manju. 


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Crunchyroll #42: Scones from Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor

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There is a lot of food you commonly see in anime – curry, rice, ramen, crepes. These things are ubiquitous. All well and good, but I have to confess, from a professional cook’s standpoint, you can only make curry so many different ways before you get bored. In part, this is what makes anime great – not all anime takes place in Japan, so not all food is strictly Japanese. Thus, a lot of food from around the world comes into play with some semblance of regularity! Unfortunately, while these instances aren’t rare, they certainly aren’t common in anime in the way the favored foods of Japan are. 

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Crunchyroll #27: Pirozhki from Yuri!! on Ice

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Where do I even begin to talk about this show? Should I start with the awesome opening song? The impressively not horrible incorporation of CGI into the ice skating routines? The great character development? No, no, let’s instead start with Russian Yuri’s grandfather, Grandpa Plisetsky. That guy has some serious cooking skills, because his Katsu Pirozhki is both delicious and kinda difficult to master.

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Crunchyroll #25: FOOD CHALLENGE: A JAPANESE THANKSGIVING

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Thanksgiving! That magical time of year when families and friends come together to put on fancy clothes for about 1.5 hours in order to stuff their faces full of food, and then retreat back into pajamas soon after as they lie in wait for Black Friday shopping to start so that they can stop giving thanks for what they have, and start shelling out cash for what they don’t. It’s truly a special time of year.

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Gohei Mochi from Sweetness and Lightning

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Have you ever wanted to play around with open flames? No? Just me? When I was little, I used to be fascinated with fire. I still kind of am. I have a bit of a history with fires. I remember trying to set leaves on fire with magnifying glasses, but I was always very careful (Hi, Mom) to not let open flames get out of hand. Once I made muffins and one of them accidentally set on fire in the oven (Hi, Mom). Then, at a party a few years ago, we actually did set a cupboard on fire (Hi, Mom). We caught it before it got out of hand. The cupboard is still charred to this day. Good times. So, when I saw this week’s recipe in sweetness & lightning, I was fascinated! I could use an open flame to make this dish? Perfect. Right up my alley.

 

Fortunately, this recipe factors nicely into my current life. The struggle bus now has a card carying member (me) because apparently I can’t stop riding it. If last week wasn’t enough with starting work and teaching full time, this week I had to move apartments, throwing my entire life into shambles. Cue the crying, sweating, and groaning of frustration as I packed everything up, struggled to move it across town, and then had to clean both my old and new apartment. My roommate’s desk got stolen, I had to scrub mold, and, perhaps worst of all… I had to carry my KitchenAid stand mixer up a flight of stairs. Do you know how heavy those things are??? CRIPPLINGLY heavy. 

 

Anyway, I was desperately in need of a simple recipe to put together this week, using minimal kitchen tools and appliances and, preferably, with few ingredients. So, I settled on a recipe that I’d never made before, but was easy to recreate with few kitchen tools- Gohei Mochi from sweetness & lightning. When I saw them making this recipe, I was really intrigued! I’d always thought about making s’mores over the kitchen stove burner, but, not being a huge fan of marshmallow, never got around to it. I’d never thought about roasting anything over the open flame, though, and it seemed appropriately simplistic for my desperate circumstances, so I decided to give it a go. 

 

 

By the way, who else thought that Tsumugi was so cute in this episode? Her poor dad was so worried when he found her, but I LOVED her little song about sharks. Absolutely adorable. And let me tell you, if anything can mend a relationship between father and daughter, making gohei mochi and eating it together will certainly go a long way to doing this. The recipe is really simple, and is actually a great thing to make with kids, since it’s simple and hands-on. Better yet, the only thing you REALLY need to make this recipe is a gas stove that can produce a flame. I took the recipe directly from the manga, so what’s below is just what you can see there, but modified to make a smaller amount. Let’s get cooking! 

 



The Ingredients


 

  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 100 grams walnuts
  • 1/2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp mirin
  • 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp white miso paste
  • 1 tbs sugar
 
You will also need some disposable chopsticks and an open flame to cook over. I used a gas stove. Makes about 2.5 sticks. Double for 5-6 sticks. 
 


Making the Gohei Mochi! 

 

Pour walnuts and sesame seeds into either a food processor or a mortar. I recommend the latter, or a bowl and a blunt bashing object if you don’t have a mortar. It does a better job of releasing walnut and seed oils, making the end product more tasty. However, either method will do. Crush nuts up into fine crumbs. You really want to avoid big chunks of walnuts. 

 

 

Then, add in the miso, mirin, soy sauce, and sugar. Keep grinding until you have a paste. 

 

  

Scoop this out and set aside. Then, put the rice in the mortar and smash that up until it’s really, really sticky. I mean it, it should be obnoxiously sticky. It needs to be this way to stick to the chopsticks properly. I had to rework the rice because I didn’t pound it enough at first to develop the stickiness. 

 

  

Then, form your rice into patties. Pack them together tightly! 

 

 

Then, spear rice patties through with chopsticks, and pack the rice around the stick, making sure it sticks well. Wrap foil around the end to make sure iti doesn’t burn over the open flame.

 

 

Then, the fun part! Turn on your gas stove to a high flame. Lightly toast each side, about 30 seconds to 1 minute per side, or until you see toasty brown/charred bits. If you don’t pack the rice on tightly enough, it will fall off at this stage, potentially causing severe fire damage. Do not recommend. Make sure it’s securely on before you do this! 

 

 

Then, taking the paste you made earlier, spread a thin layer over the surface of the rice. You might have to use your hands to spread it out. Like the rice, don’t be afraid to pack this in tight around the rice ball/stick. Make sure you get full coverage. I have no excuse here- I just got really lazy and left some parts uncovered. 

 

 

Then, again, toast this coating over the open flame, a few minutes on each side. I thought it would melt or slide off, but it stayed put surprisingly well! When done, plate up and get ready to eat.

 

 

That’s it! Very easy to make, you don’t need a lot of tools, and most of the ingredients needed are easy to find around the house (if you’re used to cooking Japanese recipes).

 

 

This is really tasty. The paste on the outside is salty-sweet, and the walnuts provide a nice mellow undertone that ties everything together, and elevates the rice so that it’s a nice combination of flavors. I was really surprised at how easy this was to make by hand, and even if you don’t have a mortar and pestle, I think this could still be accomplished with a bowl and something to pound the nuts and rice. I once used a hatchet to make something, so I’m all for being creative in your cooking tools. 


I hope you enjoyed this post! To check out more anime food recipes, visit my blog for more anime and manga themed food. If you have any questions or comments, leave them below! I recently got a twitter, so you can follow me at @yumpenguinsnack if you would like, and DEFINITELY feel free to send me food requests! My tumblr is yumpenguinsnacks.tumblr.com. Enjoy the food, and if you decide to recreate this dish, show me pics! 😀 

 

In case you missed it, check out our last dish: Strawberry Milk from “Gintama”What other famous anime dishes would you like to see Emily make on COOKING WITH ANIME?

Crunchyroll Post #11: Strawberry Milk from Gintama

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Well, well, well. This week I was riding what is colloquially known as “the struggle bus”. I had an entire list of things I could possibly make…lasagna from Mob Psycho 100, gohei mochi from Sweetness and Lightning, PANCAKES from 91 Days!!! I even asked Twitter for some suggestions and got some good ideas for yummy foods to make (thanks @Necara and @thefakiakomis). And yet, I just wasn’t feeling any of them. Too much work to make, or too many ingredients, or too hot to turn on the oven, or too bored to get out of bed…the usual troubles. 

 

To make an troubling situation even more dire, I just started teaching full-time again, which means that I am absolutely SLAMMED with work to do. I already have 105 essays to grade (yes, I 100% am avoiding that by working on this instead) and a slew of start-of-the-year duties to attend to.

 

LET ME JUST INTERJECT HERE TO SAY: Day 4 of school and the secret anime fan students have started to come out of the woodwork to talk to me about anime MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA. It’s so sweet how they think they’re more knowledgeable than I am about anime. An honest exchange between me and one of my students:

 

Student: So, what’s your favorite anime?

Me: I think a better question is, how deep are you down the anime hole?

Student: Pretty, yeah, pretty far. *too cool for you head nods and shoulder shrugs*

Me: Are you sure? I’m pretty experienced with anime. 

Student: Oh yeah, hit me, I know tons. 

Me: Ok. My favorite anime is Mawaru Penguindrum. (Note: One of my favorites. I have favorites spanning genres.) 

Student: *sputters* Well, that’s, that’s….why couldn’t you just say Naruto? *starts to walk off* Sharingan! *is almost out the door* Believe it! 

 

Anyway, back on track. By the time I get home, I can barely think straight let alone cook in an orderly and mindful manner. To tell you the truth, I’ve been so busy I forgot to eat breakfast AND lunch yesterday. Then, so determined to stick to my routine, I went out for a run immediately after I got home and almost fell over halfway through from sheer exhaustion and low blood sugar. 

 

Which made me think. Low blood sugar…what other anime character shares the same health condition as me? None other than Gintoki from Gintama! Yes! This is it! This was the answer I was looking for! I’ve already tackled his parfait over on my blog, but I had yet to try his strawberry milk. It was decided I needed to make this milk, and make it now. 

 

So, as some of you may or may not know, I really hate eggs. However, I ALSO really, really hate milk! Kuma-shocking? When I was little, my mom made us drink milk with every meal…but we refused to drink it so she had to flavor it with a little bit of chocolate. But, I’ve never really had just a plain glass of milk, so I was a little nervous to try strawberry milk. I knew it wouldn’t just be milk on its own, but still- besides the time in elementary school when they had strawberry milk once- I’d never tried it before. 

 

Luckily for us all, strawberry milk, made at home, is really yummy and surprisingly healthy tasting, but in a good way. It’s a simple flavor, not overly sweet, not processed tasting- just very fresh and delicious. A serious blend of strawberries and cream. Let’s do this.

 

 


 

Ingredients


AHHHHH!!! No picture this week. I think I accidentally deleted it? No matter, the recipe is beyond simple.

 

-4 cups whole milk

-1 lb strawberries

-1/2 cup sugar

 


 

To Make the Strawberry Milk


In a bowl: Slice strawberries, dust with sugar, stir and let sit for 1 hour.

 

In your blender, or a food processor: Slice strawberries, pour sugar over top, and pulse together together and pulse a few times to mix. Let sit for 1 hour. 

 

 

Then, when berries are nice and juicy, blend well until the strawberries aren’t chunky and are a nice strawberry liquid. If you don’t have a blender/food processor, dump your berries out on a cutting board and run your knife through them repeatedly until there aren’t many big chunks and it’s mostly a mass of liquidy-berry mush. Pour this all back into your bowl, including juices. 

 

Then, either blend or stir together with your milk.

 

 

Be careful! It gets really frothy if you food process it. 

 

 

Pour into a glass, and you are done! 

 

 

 

Hopefully you can fully appreciate the absolute deliciousness of this milky drink. I can truly appreciate why Gintoki would drink it all the time. It’s fun, a little childish, a little silly, but very, very delicious. Also, surprisingly smoothie-like. I highly recommend as a morning smoothie alternative. 

 

I hope you enjoyed this post! To check out more anime food recipes, visit my blog for more anime and manga themed food. If you have any questions or comments, leave them below! I recently got a twitter, so you can follow me at @yumpenguinsnack if you would like, and DEFINITELY feel free to send me food requests! My tumblr is yumpenguinsnacks.tumblr.com. Enjoy the food, and if you decide to recreate this dish, show me pics! 😀 


In case you missed it, check out our last dish: Curry Bread Bowl from “Comet Lucifer”What other famous anime dishes would you like to see Emily make on COOKING WITH ANIME?