Crunchyroll #110: A Human Body (thanks Full Metal Alchemist!

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As an anime food blogger, I LOVE recipes. I mean, seriously! If I see some awesome anime food, the best thing I can possibly find is a recipe to go along with it so that I don’t have to make anything totally by scratch. It’s a huge lifesaver, because it saves me a lot of time researching, and time planning on what to do and how to do it. Normally, I look for recipes for actual food items, but amazingly enough, there are some recipes out there that will produce something much greater and more interesting than any old food item.


That’s right people, I’m talking about chemical reactions: add a pinch of this and a pinch of that and then BANG! There you go, you’ve got something completely new! Did anyone else love chemistry for that reason? Science experiments always seemed like more technically inclined cooking experiments. More academic, if you will, but they’re essentially the same thing. You combine a bunch of ingredients to get a specific end product.


And hey, Ed and Al from Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood do the same thing! All they want to do is make their good ol’ mom come back to life… Or rather, make her a new human body so that she doesn’t have to be dead anymore. Same difference? As we all know, things go horribly awry (sorry, boys), but on the upshot, we get a detailed list of the specific ingredients that make up a human body: water, carbon, ammonia, lime, phosphorus, salt, glucose, sulfur, silicone, among other things. And I couldn’t help but wonder… What would it be like if I just, you know, mixed these things together?


Well, what we get is basically a human soup. I asked my good friend, Kellen Miller, a chemistry teacher, to help me out with this science experiment. He assembled all the ingredients we would need, using household items, and let me come into his classroom to film. We decided not to use some of the more difficult to obtain/ hardcore ingredients because as it turns out, you can get some pretty dangerous reactions by adding a bunch of chemicals to water. Who knew? So in order to keep it safe, since we didn’t have a super secure filming location, we tried to keep it to the most pertinent ingredients that could be easily obtained around town. Miller is a genius, and worked out the exact proportions of ingredients we’d need, and we were able to mix up our human body in a about thirty minutes. Easy, right?

Now, some things to note: I am not posting a recipe, or the specific list of ingredients we used, because you really shouldn’t be trying this at home. Some of the chemicals we used are dangerous when unbonded (that means when left in their pure form), and if we had gotten the pure form of the chemical, we would have had some incredibly dangerous reactions. Flourine and water, for example, are a very explosive when combined. So is calcium, which is why we used chlorine bicorbonate, etc. This brings into question exactly how Ed and Al, two children, got these super dangerous ingredients in the first place, and also how they managed not to blow themselves up before they even did the transmutation. We have a theory that they ACTUALLY lost their limbs/ body due to the unsafe chemical reactions, rather than as the price for opening the gate. Also, because of  the difficulty in getting all these ingredients, and the safety issues related to that, what we do in the video is not technically 100% accurate to what Ed and Al say they do when they try the transmutation. On the other hand, it clearly didn’t work for them, so, you know. The original recipe didn’t even work ANYWAY, and I’m not sure it was the lack of a soul that was the real problem… Hehehe!


So, how did it all turn out? You’ve got to watch the video below to see the results! Can I just say though that it was so much fun to do this science experiment? Miller and I had the best time putting it all together and getting all spooked by the thought of stirring up a human being in a plastic kiddie pool on the floor of a classroom. It was really fun! If you like the idea behind this, comment below with some other science experiments you’d like to see us try. In the meantime, have a great Halloween!


Check out how we made our very own human body by watching the full video down below!



I hope you enjoyed this post! Check in next week for another recipe, and to check out more anime food recipes, visit my blog. If you have any questions or comments, leave them below! I recently got a Twitter, so you can follow me at @yumpenguinsnack if you would like, and DEFINITELY feel free to send me food requests! My Tumblr is yumpenguinsnacks.tumblr.comFind me on Youtube for more video tutorials! Enjoy the food, and if you decide to recreate this dish, show me pics! 😀


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Crunchyroll #19: Beef Stew from FMA: Brotherhood!

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We all have foods we don’t like. For example, I hate eggs. This is a fact. It is known. But did you know? Just like a very famous and super cool anime protagonist, I also HATE MILK!!! Dun dun DUUUUUUN. 


True story. I’ll drink it with cereal, but that’s about it. And, somewhat coincidentally, Edward Elric, one of my all time favorite anime characters (nostalgia level = too high), hates milk too! When I saw that Crunchyroll had acquired Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, I just knew, both to satisfy my inner 12 year old and my desire to share my hatred for milk, that I would have to find a recipe to recreate for this anime. I’ve already done Winry’s Apple Pie, so I was looking for a new challenge. Luckily, my highly esteemed and most beautiful roommate suggested I make Ed and Al’s favorite dish- beef stew! 


Quintessentially, this stew boggles Ed because it contains the dreaded beverage- milk. He is flabbergasted that such a horrid liquid can be made delicious when combined with other ingredients. He uses this as a rather sophisticated metaphor for explaining alchemy to his brother Al while they were learning about it, which is really kind of impressive when you consider that Ed was a measly 9 year old kid at the time.


I always loved that Ed was so passionate about sticking up for himself and what he wants- he never drank his milk, even though he wanted to be taller, and did (somewhat stubbornly) what he wanted to do, (and sometimes against the better judgement of his friends). To me, when I watched this show as a light-hearted youth, he was the coolest guy ever- smart, ready for action, and unafraid to take on a challenge. To make things better, he was funny- easily teased about his height and easily goaded into silly challenges, resulting in amusing alchemy battles with others. (By the way, anyone remember that alchemy battle with Mustang in the original anime series? I showed that episode to my parents when they proclaimed a desire to learn about what my sister and I were watching all the time. It’s a funny episode, except that we’d forgotten about Mustang’s “Mini-Skirt Campaign”, which also appears in that episode, and that did not go over very well with my mom…).


So, the best thing we can do is to honor Ed’s hatred of milk by making it delicious! Not having a lot of ingredients to go off of, I went for a basic beef stew recipe. I’d never made this dish before, so I wanted to start off with a basic recipe that was both easy to make, and as tasty as I could possibly make it. The good news here is that if you can chop veggies, measure out ingredients, and stir a pot of food, this is the recipe for you.


This picture demonstrates Ed and Pinako yelling while Al and Winry try to eat their stew.




The Ingredients


Recipe adapted from this recipe for beef stew.


DISCLAIMER: There are many ways you can make beef stew! A few people have mentioned that browning the meat beforehand will produce a better stew. The great thing about this recipe is that there is not a specific recipe to follow from the manga or anime. You can do whatever you want, as long as it tastes good to you! I thought this tasted amazing, and my friends agreed, but you can really do whatever you want. That’s the great thing about cooking at home- you can adapt recipes as much as you want to suit your preferences. 


-2 carrots
-2 stalks celery
-1 onion
-1 tsp dried thyme
-1 bay leaf
-Salt and pepper
-1 1/2 lbs. stewing beef
-2 cups beef broth
-1/8 cup tomato paste
-1 tbsp red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar
-1/8 cup all-purpose flour
-1 cup milk, divided
-1 lbs potatoes

Making the Stew! 

Start by chopping your celery, onion, and carrots to bite sized pieces. 
In a large pot, heat some oil or butter over medium high heat. When melty and the pot is warm, saute onions, carrot, and celery with bay leaf, thyme, salt, and pepper for about 10 minutes, until onion is soft. 
While that’s softening, take out stew meat and cut down any larger chunks so they’re more bite-sized. 
In a measuring cup, measure out your beef broth, water, and buillion. Add vinegar to this broth. Open tomato paste and measure out. Set aside. 
When onion is soft, dump beef into the pot and toss around until all pieces are separated and slightly browned. Season again with salt and pepper. 
Pour in your beef broth and vinegar mixture, as well as the tomato paste. Mix together until tomato paste is dissolved into the broth. Cover with a lid, and reduce heat to low. Stir on and off for the next 45 minutes.

While you wait, tidy up and prepare the milk. Whisk 1/4 cup milk with the flour and set aside. Don’t whisk the flour into all the milk- you’ll get lumps and the milk might sieze when you pour it all into the hot stew. Measure out the rest of the milk and set aside. 
Peel and chop the potatoes into 1 inch pieces, and set aside. 
When the stew is ready- beef is starting to get tender- raise the heat and add in the potatoes. 
Quickly microwave the larger portion of milk so that it’s steaming- it’s important that you do this so that when you add it to the stew, the milk doesn’t curdle due to the heat differences. This took me about 45 seconds in the microwave.
Add in the milk/flour mixture to the stew, and stir through.
Then, add in the milk and stir everything to combine. Lower heat to low, and allow to simmer, uncovered, for another 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until potatoes are softened. 

Perform final taste tests for salt, and remove the bay leaf. And now it’s done! 
This recipe is incredibly hearty and delicious. I’d honestly recommend doubling the ingredients to make an extra large batch so that you have leftovers. I have a hunch this would freeze well too, so you can have leftovers forever, if you wanted. I served mine up to my friend and roommate, and had to fight my roommate off the leftovers so that I could pack them up for lunch. According to her, a 9-star Food critic, this dish was “Hella good” and “10/10, would eat again.” I really think this stew would be even better in a breadbowl, or with a slice of bread to mop up the delicious sauce, at the very least. Ed sure knew what he was talking about when he waxed poetic about the merits of beef stew. 
I hope you enjoyed this post! To check out more anime food recipes, visit my blog for more anime and manga themed food. If you have any questions or comments, leave them below! I recently got a twitter, so you can follow me at @yumpenguinsnack if you would like, and DEFINITELY feel free to send me food requests! My tumblr is Enjoy the food, and if you decide to recreate this dish, show me pics! 😀 


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Gracia’s Quiche from Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Everybody, just take a moment to look at this gif. Let it all sink in. Appreciate how delectable this quiche looks.


Does that not look SO GOOD?? Even Al dreams about it later in the episode, asking Ed how it tasted. (BTW, what do you think Al does at night, since he can’t technically sleep? Like…how boring must it be to just watch Ed sleep all night long?). I love Full Metal Alchemist, it was one of the first anime I watched, and the story is just so heart-wrenchingly good. I remember crying at the end of FMA, and being overjoyed to learn that they were gonna make FMA: Brotherhood. (I like both, btw. They are equally great in different ways.) And guys, I started watching the dub first, and you know Vic Mignogna? (Minoganog? Minurganurg? How do you even say his last name?) I love his voice. I don’t care if he tries to sell me his audio-book Bible, I will never stop liking his voice. Basically, I love everything about this anime, including the delectable looking food.

Only problem is, I hate eggs. I really do. Have I said this yet on this blog? Eggs are really kind of gross, but this quiche looked so good that I decided to give it a try anyway. To make it edible, and to try to mimic the green coloring on the top of the quiche in the anime, I decided to make a bacon, swiss, and spinach quiche. Quiches, though fancy looking, are actually really easy to make, so this is a good recipe to try out if you are a cooking noob.

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