Yakitate: Japanese Bread-based Anime

January 4, 2010

Stuck inside in freezing weather? Anime is the way forward. Become immersed in a world where everyone dreams of food and food elevates all. That’s kinda my world already but in this world everyone else is ACTUALLY LIKE THAT ***yay!!!!***

Yakitate is a Japanese boy who dreams of making amazing bread, and inventing Ja-pan (heheh).  There are many many episodes and in each one he makes friends/ invents new breads, and man that cheers me up on a cold day like this.

The Best Food Movie in the World Ever II: UDON

December 20, 2009

Why are Japanese food movies so good? Just when I’d come to terms with Tampopo, being haunted by dreams of a world where every place and every person has a Penangite mentality, enjoying and perfecting food with their every breath. Where food equals love, caring, unity, and everyone is entitled to a happy stomach. Udon comes along, and….. I’m never gonna be truly happy living in London!

Udon centres around a failing stand-up comedian who leaves Tokyo to return to his home town, Takamatsu, in Kagawa prefecture and to his parent’s Udon shop, to deal with his personal demons. Soon after his arrival he falls into an unexpected career; compiling an Udon column for the local rag (the town has the highest per capita ratio of Udon shops in Japan!!!).

Don’t forget the munchies cos this film will make you ravenous…..

The Best Food Movie in the World Ever I: TAMPOPO

December 4, 2009

First released in 1985, I saw a glimpse of this classic Japanese movie on tv when I was about 8yo, but was sent to bed because of the ‘rudeness’ of it…. Centring around Tampopo (“Dandelion” in English), a single mother aided by a motley crew to establish the perfect ramen shop, the movie encompasses many intertwining story lines covering all aspects of food from etiquette, to relationships, to sex….

Took me 20 years to track it down and I’ve watched it a million times since. The food, the characters, all are mesmerising.

Just watch it, and have some munch on standby as, like all good food movies, it makes you ravenously hungry…

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November 30, 2009
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On a quest to find the perfect Banana Cake recipe – last night tried an old favourites from the Friends’ Cookbook , ‘Marcel’s Banana Bread’ (yes, in honour of the super-cheesy TV series – Marcel was Ross’s monkey **ahem**).

This was made with the addition of dried cranberries, for which I have been chastened by the resident Banana Cake purist, but I think these turned out plump and juicy; I’d load up with choc chips and walnuts too if I had ’em **oink oink**.

Cake was moist, not too sweet, good subtle banana flavour

Verdict from the office: half a cake brought in , gone by lunchtime… A success, I think

Next installment: Edmond’s (NZ) cookbook recipe which I recall made for a moister and fluffier cake – possibly due to dissolving the baking powders in boiling milk prior to mixing?

The quest continues…..

NZ kicks UK’s ass #2: Watties’ Ketchup

November 27, 2009

You know those people who say that Heinz Ketchup is the best, the one and only? They know squat. The taste of cheap vinegar somehow comforts them. We’re better than that.

This shit is expensive, about ¬£4.95 per bottle (compared with about NZ$3 domestic pricing). Some people get visitors to the UK to pack their hold luggage with this stuff, it’s THAT sought after.

Available at Jumbuck’s Cafe or the New Zealand shop . I’d recommend a trip to Jumbuck’s, the staff are friendly and the thin crust pies are delish.