I’ve been watching Natsume Yuujinchou lately, and have been absolutely loving the series. It’s calming, gentle, and tinged with a bit of sadness. It has a wonderful cast that I have grown to really love over the course of its 4 seasons. As a homage to the series, I really wanted to showcase a recipe from the anime, but I wasn’t sure what to do… that was until I saw episode 9 of Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou and I just knew I had to share with you the recipe for deliciously heartwarming chicken and shrimp gratin! Continue reading
Haven’t done one of these in a while, so here we go… I’ll be looking at 9 shows this time around (it would have been 10 with Joker Game, but it was so tedious to watch that I gave up on it…), all from the recently completed 2016 spring anime season. Overall, I enjoyed this season a lot while it was happening, but I have doubts that many will have any real staying power.
So, what did you think of spring anime season? What shows did you most enjoy or hate? And, is there anything I missed that I definitely have to check out? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below! Continue reading
Tender pieces of fish meets soft, juicy rounds of daikon in this sweet soy sauce based simmered dish that is perfect for those unexpectedly cool nights during the year. It’s especially perfect in the winter when all you want to do is sit inside with a steaming bowl of delicious food. Warm, flavorful, and comforting, with the taste of the mild fish is tempered wonderfully by a bit of ginger, buri daikon is an ultimate comfort food. Continue reading
It’s always a fun time going to a yakitori restaurant or izakaya and trying out a ton of interesting little dishes. I mean, meat on a stick is usually a good sign a meal is going to be delicious. And, while grilled chicken skin, barbecued liver, and pieces of cartilage might be fun to sample, what I really love to eat is a little known dish called tsukune.
Tsukune is basically seasoned ground chicken that is coated in a sweet soy sauce-based sauce, grilled, and served hot with a raw egg yolk. It’s tender, flavorful, and, when paired with the egg yolk, rich as well. Did I mention it’s also meat on a stick?? Continue reading
When I first heard of cream stew, I will admit that I wasn’t very enthusiastic about trying it out. A stew made with milk really didn’t sound too appealing to me… Maybe I was just dismissing this plain looking stew because I was skeptical about its ultra white and creamy color, or because it was always being out-shined in my eyes by curry rice, another prominent stew-like dish.
But, then my sister-in-law made cream stew for dinner one night while I was visiting, and I was hooked! The stew was unexpectedly delicious, with the flavors of all the vegetables and meat coming to the forefront in a tasty, creamy stew that was rich, satisfying, and hearty. It wasn’t overly creamy or rich, and was so easy to eat. Of course, I had seconds! Continue reading
Happy New Year! (Better late than never… right??)
Another year has flown by, and it’s time to look back and remember some of our favorite (and not so favorite) series from all the anime that aired in 2015… There were a lot of shows to choose from last year, both good and bad, and I always find it fun to go back and relive some of my top moments from the year. In all honesty, I wasn’t blown away by the pickings this year, but of course, I haven’t seen every single anime, so perhaps I have yet to experience the best (and worst) of 2015.
On a personal note, 2015 was a year of huge changes for me, involving the stressful completion of my husband’s doctorate degree, packing up and selling off all our stuff in Chicago, road tripping it across the country in a tent back to my hometown of Vancouver, and then jumping on a plane and moving all the way to Tokyo.
And, of course, if you have any of your own favorite picks, I’d love to hear them! Suggestions on what I should watch, but missed, in 2015 are also very welcome (for your reference, here’s my MAL profile and my Hummingbird library)!