Happy thursday again, everyone. It’s been a while, I know, and I’d love to say that that was just a lack of content to focus on but, truth be told, it wasn’t. The fact of the matter is that my time and effort has been going elsewhere.
You’ve probably noticed, already, that my video uploads have increased in frequency and that I’ve started what will hopefully become a series of feeding celebrities at conventions.
Well, editing takes time, celebrity interviews take research and more of them say “no” than “yes”. Combine that with learning a new editor that doesn’t limit my output quality and trying frantically to get my new camera to take video of a decent length and you can see where much of my time has gone.
Alongside, of course, my usual quest for interesting chilli items and the writing about such.
It is, in fact, only because I fell ill recently that I had to put everything else on hold and found the time to read a book:
The Hero and His Elf Bride Open a Pizza Parlour in Another World or, as it rather unsubtly names itself in chapter 6, “Pizzero”. The same chapter where it more tastefully name-drops Tabasco.
And yes, that single name-drop is the only acknowledgement of spice in the entire book but it’s still the story of a young man becoming a passionate chef and it came highly recommended. I gave it a go and I really hope that you’ll at least read what I have to say about it.
It’s thursday again, folks, and this time my post’s a big one.
You see, all the way back in october, I got in touch with a company called “Edible Ornamentals”, who you might know from my reviews of the “Nutty Professor” Peanut Butter or their tea infused “Nagalicious” marmalade.
Me, though, I didn’t. Back then, those two were still in the post, ordered as my way of checking out the company.
All I actually knew about Edible Ornamentals at the time was that they grew the peppers for some of my favourite producers. And, as it turns out, for the Screaming Chimp.
As growers, though, their main business stops for the winter months and their growing season was already coming to a close by the time that I spoke to them. There was little point in me making this post when it was fresh in my mind.
Now, however, the pepper plants are in bloom and we can finally take a look at how I came to know the company properly. A journey that all started with their “Pod Packs”.
Konnichiwa again, fellow spice lovers. It’s been a little while since I’ve done a thursday post and a lot longer since I’ve greeted you in japanese but, at least for the second of those, that’s because it’s been a fair while since I’ve felt the need to.
I’m a massive nerd and, as I’m sure you’ve seen from my youtube channel, many of my friends come from the local anime community. I watch a tonne of the stuff myself, alongside my (board, card and video) gaming, but it’s rare that it ever crosses over into my main hobby. My sauce tasting.
Shokugeki no Souma (AKA Food Wars) was an exception. A glorious blend of absurdity and inspirational cooking that was so visually impressive and well described that I simply had to try my own hand at it in recipes. And I had to share my love of it with you.
Nothing since has quite captured the same thrill of culinary experimentation or tackled that crazy combination of Shōnen and cooking show genres.
Nothing has showcased the same burning passion of teenage chefs under pressure but the winter of 2017 and 2018 has given us plenty of food related anime all the same. One of which in particular I got very passionate about.
So, now that it’s finally stopped snowing and it’s starting to feel like summer, I’d like to look back at the winter anime season and discuss which foodie shows will and won’t be inspiring my cooking in coming months.