Joker Ramen

Hey folks, it’s recipe time again but, this month, I’m doing something that I haven’t done in a while – Reviewing someone else’s recipe.

You see, as I mentioned at the beginning of the year, I’ve had plans for ramen for quite a while. Yet my dreams of fiery tonkotsu were scuppered at the very start.

As it turns out, that milky-looking pork bone broth comes not just from making your own stock but from boiling the hell out of it for hours and hours on end. From getting every single ounce of fat and flavour out of the meat, which neither you, nor I, are likely to have the time for.

So I was all set to move on and make something else. Until I saw this:

JokerBowl

A dark bowl of coffee curry ramen made by Pixel Tea, as part of his “Gourmet Smash Ultimate” series of Super Smash Bros. inspired dishes.

It caught my attention with its theming – Derived from the favourite food and drink pairing of Persona 5’s protagonist – but also provided a fresh spin on japanese noodle stew and just enough spice that I could make it a feature.

In fact, Pixel’s overview alone was enough to sell me on this one. But the fact that his dish makes use of a custom spice blend, rather than a custom stock, is nothing short of a godsend.

It doesn’t make this a quick meal but it still cuts down the cooking time considerably. From most of a day to around two hours, all prep included.

So let’s see how it works out, shall we?

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Winter Anime

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.

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