The Place Where You Belong: Chicken and Shrimp Gratin from Natsume Yuujinchou

Gratin - Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou 09 - 01I’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

Home (and Buri Daikon) is Where the Heart is…

Buri daikon - Koufuku Graffiti 12 - 08Tender 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

Cream Stew: An Underrated Anime Classic

Cream stew - Log Horizon S2 16 - 02When 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

A Taste of Home: Making Wonton and Finding Your Family

Wonton - Ping Pong 06The moment I saw this episode of Ping Pong: The Animation, I just knew I had to share this amazing recipe with everyone who reads my little recipe blog… Not only is episode 6 my favorite of this little sports series that stole so many hearts in the spring 2014 anime season, but it also features one of my favorite meals: homemade wonton! Continue reading

“Super Spicy Mapo Tofu That No One Dares Order”

Mapo Tofu - Angel Beats 06 - 01So, after some thought, I’ve decided to revisit the post that kicked off this little anime food blog in the first place, launching me into the community of blogging, food, and anime… It’s been over 2 years since I wrote up a recipe for the “Super Spicy Mapo Tofu That No One Dares Order” featured in Angel Beats!, and while I was pleased with my work then, I like to think that I’ve improved maybe a little bit over the years when it comes to crafting recipes, cooking, and writing.

Looking back on my original mapo tofu recipe, I have come to realize that it’s just not up to snuff. The recipe is for more of a general mapo tofu dish, and it simply suggests optional ingredients such as chili oil, chili peppers, and hot sauce to make it spicy. How can a recipe that’s supposed to be “super spicy” merely suggest adding spicy ingredients? To that end, I’ve designed this new recipe using several ingredients (chili oil, hot pepper paste, fresh chilies, and even a dusting of freshly ground Szechuan peppercorn) to build up the spiciness in layers, lending more depth and flavor to this newly crafted recipe for the “Super Spicy Mapo Tofu That No One Dares Order”! Continue reading

Mapo Tofu! (The Plain, Non-Spicy Version)

Mabo tofu spicy - Log Horizon S2 17Mapo tofu (also called mabo tofu) is a popular Chinese dish that originates from the Szechuan province. These days, it can be found in a variety of Asian countries, including Japan. While growing up, it was one of my household’s staple recipes. It’s very simple to make, doesn’t take too many unusual ingredients, and can be whipped up quickly.

In anime, mapo tofu is seen every so often, though its most famous appearance is probably remembered from episode 6 of Angel Beats!. Continue reading

The 8th Item on Yukihira Diner’s Secret Menu: Rice with Transforming Seasoning (Furikake Gohan)!

Furikake gohan Transforming seasoning - Shokugeki no Souma 02 - 08With all its complicated and creative dishes, I never really thought I would actually make anything from the currently airing anime series, Shokugeki no Souma…. But, in an unexpected twist while watching episode 2, a particular dish caught my eye and made me think that maybe, just maybe, the impossible was possible. And so, today we’ll be tackling what is known as the 8th item on Yukihira Diner’s secret menu: rice with transforming seasoning (furikake gohan)! Continue reading