What do you do when you see an anime dish you’re dying to replicate but don’t have all the ingredients on hand? Two options come to mind: Either you pop down to the nearest supermarket or you improvise. Some seriously great cooking can be directly attributed to improvisation so why not, right?
So there’s this new anime we discovered about two weeks ago called Shokugeki no Soma (Food Wars!) In a nutshell, it’s about the adventures of a skilled teenage chef sent off to an illustrious cooking academy. Cue intense cooking showdowns, hilarity, and all manner of ridiculousness. Also they liken good cooking to sex. Who can’t get behind that?! Plus, this is an anime that knows its stuff. The characters really get into the science of how and why a dish works. Need more convincing? Well, if you say so…
When the main character created this dish to compete against A5 grade Wagyu beef I knew I had to recreate it. And despite the fact that I am now out of steak I’ve been making this sauce to complement several meals since. It. Is. That. Good. This is my personal adaptation. Ready? Let’s go!
So, I’m going a little easy on the both of us this time. I could have done candied apples or caramel apples dipped in white chocolate but, let’s face it: I’ve been a busy girl this week. Plus, you’re getting two recipes today. Take your moaning elsewhere. If you’re not familiar with the Death Note manga and anime series, you’re missing out. No, really. You are quite possibly missing out on the best series to ever exist*. (Yes, I’m aware there’s a movie, too. It’s live action. Haven’t seen it, and not planning on it either. Yecch.)
For those of you not in the know, Japanese shinigami (gods of death) are featured prominently in the Death Note series. Particularly one shinigami called Ryuk who loves apples. More than love, really; it’s an addiction.
I’m a big believer in doing whatever it is you say you’re going to do. Some time ago I promised you Senzu Beans from the Dragon Ball series, but ultimately failed to deliver due to multiple repeated kitchen fiascoes. It’s been bothering me for a while that I failed you guys, actually. So, here’s a retake on the Senzu Beans in a sweet, gummy candy form. They’re fairly easy to make – your biggest challenge will be not eating them all in one sitting.
For those who don’t know, Senzu Beans are a sort of mystical bean with powerful rejuvenating properties. A single bean can fill you up for days, give you energy, and heal you of the most severe physical injuries. It is said to taste like fish and has a texture similar to a cross between a celery stalk and an uncooked bean. I briefly considered making mine like vitamin gummies using fish oil and vitamin B… but presently I’m more interested in making foods that taste as good as they look. Sorry! Maybe another time. They are made with Mountain Dew, so the energy boosting properties are there.
I’ll admit, I’ve been planning this one for a while. Like, pre-Dice Fudge a while. I just wasn’t particularly inclined to buy a pineapple since the only pineapple I’m familiar with has either been prepared or canned. I don’t know what to look for in a pineapple. I just don’t. Pineapple Pikachu went on the back burner for the moment.
This year I received a pineapple for Christmas. No, really. A whole freaking pineapple (along with some grapefruit, mango, and kiwi, but still– pineapple). My family’s a little weird.
I love fresh fruit and adding chocolate makes the dish feel fancy and decadent. With a little planning, this is a fairly simple treat to put together. Admittedly I did not plan very well, having never worked with fresh pineapple before. Expect a few ‘Chef’s Notes of Facepalm’ sprinkled in here and there to help your heads and tails turn out a little better looking than mine did. Here we go.