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

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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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Anime Food Samples: For the Week of February 8, 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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Anime Food Samples: For the Weeks of January 25 and February 1, 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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Azusa’s Valentine’s Day Chocolate Cake

K-On Valentines Day 02It’s almost February 14, which means it’s that time of year again where we’re all supposed to go and confess to the one we love through a shyly proffered box of handmade chocolates…

But, Valentine’s Day doesn’t always have to be about romantic love, as Azusa from K-On!! shows us in her heartfelt gift of a delectable chocolate cake to her treasured senpai and fellow band members of the light music club! Her strong feelings of gratitude and friendship are baked into her cake, making her handmade Valentine’s Day gift to her friends all that more sweet…. Continue reading