Yuru Camp’s Hearty Sweet-Meets-Sour Beet and Beef Borscht!

Borscht with a caramel macchiato! From Yuru Camp, Episode 4

Sometimes an anime showcases delicious food that really grabs me in a way that just won’t let go… Usually it’s just a single dish here or there, but in the case of this season’s adorably outdoorsy Yuru Camp, I’ve been getting the urge to jump into the kitchen and try out new recipes over and over again. Last week we had camping-inspired Creamy Soup-Style Pasta with Bacon, Mushrooms, and Asparagus, and this week we’re continuing the camping goodness with a hearty meal of sweet-meets-sour beefy, beety borscht! Continue reading


Yuru Camp’s Creamy Soup-Style Pasta with Bacon, Mushrooms, and Asparagus: Perfect for some Laid-back Camping or the Comforts of Home

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Rin’s soup-style pasta from Yuru Camp!

I love camping and spending time outdoors in nature, so of course my favorite series this winter anime season is the relaxing Yuru Camp… Cute girls going camping while finding friendship and enjoying nature along the way? Yes, please! Sign me up! And, as a bonus, they also happen to eat all sorts of yummy-looking food while on their excursions!

Today’s recipe is from episode 5 of Yuru Camp, in which Rin tries her hand at cooking while camping. She’s not very experienced at cooking on the trail (usually opting for cup noodles) and decides to make a simple, creamy one pot soup-style pasta dish with bacon, mushrooms, and asparagus that can easily be recreated on the trail or at home. Continue reading

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

Hazelnuts Meet Dark Chocolate to Create the Enchanting Italian Cookie, Baci di Dama (Lady’s Kisses)

Baci di Dama - Arcana Fagmilia 03 - 01When I first saw these adorable little cookies on an episode of Arcana Famiglia, I knew I just had to make them… Made of two hazelnut cookies with a smear of dark chocolate to hold it all together, these bite sized sandwich cookies offer plenty of crunch, texture, and a subtle sweetness that pairs wonderfully with tea and coffee.

Called baci di dama, or lady’s kisses, because they resemble pursed lips ready for a kiss, these cookies originate from Italy… making them an appropriate little treat to be featured in the Italian-inspired anime of the Arcana Famiglia. Continue reading

Bringing Balance to Every Meal with Classic Potato Salad

Potato Salad - Mirai Nikki 15Let me preface this post with the confession that I’ve never really loved potato salad. When I see it at summer barbecues, beach parties, or cafeterias, I avoid it like nothing else. There’s something about lumpy potatoes smothered in gloppy mayonnaise that just doesn’t appeal to me, which is why I’ve been avoiding making this dish for so long, despite the fact that it is so commonly found in anime…

But, after seeing it so often in such anime as Mirai Nikki, Noragami, Kill la Kill, and Psycho-Pass (among others), I decided to make it…. and, guess what? It was actually very tasty and surprisingly addictive! This version of potato salad contains plenty of vegetables, including corn, peas, and carrots. Thinly sliced cucumber provides a nice crunch, which compliments the smooth and creamy potatoes. Add sliced ham, bacon, or hard boiled eggs to the mix, and you have yourself a filling side dish! Continue reading

Bringing Home the Holiday Cheer with a Batch of Gingerbread

Gingerbread - Yumeiro Patisserie 07 - ResizeOne of my traditions at Christmas that I make sure to do every year without fail is to make and decorate gingerbread cookies. Crisp and sweet, with a ginger and cinnamon flavour that melds with the syrupy taste of rich molasses, for me, gingerbread signifies Christmas just as much as falling snow, brightly decorated trees, and striped candy canes…

In anime, gingerbread isn’t something that is often seen, and its absence from the anime Christmas landscape seems to indicate that its consumption is not so widespread in Japan…. Instead, something like the infamous Christmas cake is far more popular. That said, gingerbread does show up, though often in the most unlikely places, including Bobobo-Bo-Bo-Bobo, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Yumeiro Patissiere. Continue reading

Whether it’s “McRonalds” or “Max Burger”, There’s Always Time for a Hamburger with Friends

Hamburgers - Hataraku Maou Sama 10 - 02I can’t even begin to count the number of times I have seen “McRonalds”, “WcRonalds” (or some equivalent) or “Max Burger” (a play on Mos Burger, a popular fast food hamburger chain in Japan) featured in anime… All those scenes of cute high school girls, groups of best friends, and the just plain hungry hanging out in burger joints and eating big, delectable looking hamburgers full of cheese, tomato, lettuce, and smothered in all sorts of yummy sauces never fails me make me hungry….

Most recently, I caught some really great scenes involving hamburgers in K-On!, Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika, and Paprika, but the funniest use of hamburgers in recent memory can be found in Hataraku Maou-sama, episode 10, where the size of a giant double patty burger and flat single patty burger are used to compare Emi and Chiho’s breast sizes for maximum comedic effect…. Continue reading