Crunchyroll #103: Breakfast Sandwich from “Free! Eternal Summer”

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A lot of people like Free! Eternal Summer, and the Free! franchise in general, for the fanservice specifically directed toward those who appreciate the finely sculpted muscles of a man’s chest. I, on the other hand, have started to watch if for a different reason: that sweet, sweet food porn.

 

That’s right, folks, I’m along for the pretty animation and the gorgeous color palattes, but what really roped me in was the way Rin ate his breakfast sandwich.

 

Come on, that was the sexiest finger-licking I’ve ever seen, and I’ll happily go to war to defend my position. The artists and animators didn’t have to include that beautiful gush of egg yolk, spilling out over Rin’s thumb. They didn’t have to show him sucking it off his hand in a very suggestive way. They didn’t have to do those things, but they did, and so I would personally like to say thank you to the entire team working on the show. I would also like to make this sandwich to see if the egg drip is possible, if we could recreate it, and if the sandwich was any good.

 

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Crunchyroll #102: Duck Yakisoba from “Food Wars! Third Plate”

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NENE vs SOBA vs SOMA! A battle to end all Shokugeki! Going in, we all knew what the outcome had to be- of COURSE Nene would win, she’s a master at this stuff! Right? WRONG. Soma did the impossible- beating out a Soba champ at her own game with a revolutionary and mind blowing dish- the Duck YakiSOBA!

HAH! What a concept. Well, I’m here to tell you that Soma is not the only person to have had this idea. In fact, I, your beautiful, charming, intelligent, and humble food blogger have mused the possibilities of this dish long before I saw them in an anime. I mean, it’s in the title. Yakisoba. You’d think that just meant fried soba noodles, right? Well, no.

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Crunchyroll #101: Curry from “Golden Kamuy”

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The minute I saw this curry, I knew I had to make it. I’ve never done a recipe from any earlier than the 1950s,  so I was looking forward to the experience of making something from a looong time ago (I mean, relatively). Apparently, the earliest Japanese curry recipe was published in a 1872 cookbook about Western cuisine, in which there were two curry recipes: one for beef and one for chicken. At first glance, it actually doesn’t seem much different from modern curry recipes, but I’ve never actually made a Japanese curry from scratch, as the curry roux blocks arer pretty ubiquitous.

 

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Crunchyroll #100: Tea and Cookies from “Gun Gale Online”

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I think most people weren’t expecting Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online to be anything different from Sword Art Online, but on the whole, we’ve been really surprised! For fans of the original series, it’s more feel-good content with cute characters. For people who weren’t fans of the original series, it’s been a revelation – an MMORPG anime done right. And me? Well. At the first sign of food, I was hooked. What else is new?

 

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Crunchyroll #99: Meat Bun from “Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi”

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Portable meat snacks are probably one of my favorite things to lust over… in a purely food sense, of course. Maybe it’s the secret wanderer in me, but food you can easily pack up and take on an journey has always really appealed to my sense of adventure and excitement. I mean, cut me some slack – I read a lot of the Redwall series by Brian Jacques when I was younger, and those stories were overflowing with descriptions of delectable camp food, among other things. And seriously… meat buns! You can eat them on the go, with your hands, and still have a tasty and exciting meal! That kind of stuff just makes me happy.

 

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Crunchyroll #98: Hamburger Steak from “Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family”

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Hamburger steak had become a classic Japanese dish despite being introuced to their cuisine only a short time ago. Nonetheless, it’s one of those basic recipes that appears in anime all the time, and every Japanese kid seems to know how to make. Shirou, from Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family makes this hamburger steak to serve to Kiritsugu in an attempt to make him proud. AWWWWWWW.

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Crunchyroll #97: Double Berry Crepe from “Comic Girls”

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Crepes hold a magic place in my heart, because in my family they were always a fancy breakfast food. Once a week, my mom would go all out and make us a great weekend breakfast. Bacon, sausage, fruit – you name it, we had it. And the star? Her famous tiger-stripe crepes. I can still see and smell the pat of butter sizzling in the pan, and the first ladle of batter swirling around the pan. The first crepe was always a trash crepe – too small, a little burned – but the rest would always come out with golden brown butter stripes in perfectly thin discs. They were the star of the table, and I would happily down them.

 

So, when Kaos from Comic Girls got excited about her first crepe, I could totally relate. If you haven’t seen this show, it has been an absolute treasure of anime this past season. It manages to be about cute girls doing cute things, but in a way that’s somehow refreshing and new, as it follows a main character who is trying to become a manga artist. There’s something endearing about the fact that the main character is good at almost nothing she tries to do, or, at least, that’s what she thinks. She is flabbergasted by simple things, and cowed by even the most basic tasks of her trade, yet we can’t help but love little Kaos-chan. One of her moments of awe is her first chance at eating crepes. Specifically, this double berry crepe.

 

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