The Flavor of Ginko’s Love: Honey Ginger Milk

Honey ginger milk - Yuri Kuma Arashi 07 - 03I love honey, ginger, and milk separately, but for some reason or another, I never thought to combine all three together into one crazy simple but very comforting drink… that is until I saw an episode of Yuri Kuma Arashi in which Lulu tends to Ginko, who is sick with a fever (and other injuries), and whips up a pot of her best friend’s favorite honey ginger milk!

Warm and gentle, the spicy heat of the ginger is tempered slightly by the sweet honey and hot milk… It’s a flavor that Ginko holds dear, as Lulu tells Kureha:

You know, the flavor of Ginko’s love is honey ginger milk. It’s the flavor that tells her she’s not alone in the world; the taste of a twinkling star… Continue reading

Kabocha Nimono: Another Delicious Staple to Add to Your Bento Recipe Repertoire

Bento kabocha - Shirobako 09

In a previous post, we looked at the Japanese cooking technique referred to as nimono, where vegetables, seafood, tofu, and meats (together or separately) are simmered in a stock flavored with soy sauce, sake, and some sweetening. The resulting dish is light, moist, and succulent, highlighting the flavor of the ingredients rather than smothering them with sauce. So, here we are again, returning to this cooking technique once again, this time with a simple but delicious recipe for kabocha nimono.

In anime, kabocha-ni (the ni is short for nimono) is seen every now and then, usually tucked into a corner of a bento. Some anime that have featured kabocha-ni include Shirobako, Garden of Words (movie), and Koufuku Graffiti! Continue reading

Anime Food Samples: For the Week of February 15, 2015

What kinds of foods have our favorite anime characters been eating recently? In this special weekly feature, we sample just a few of the many dishes that have popped up during the last week of the currently airing anime season… Would you like rice with that?

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