i bought the score

Okay but can we take the “asexuals would rather eat cake than get it on” thing and apply it to film scores:

Ace: “OMG I bought a new surround-sound speaker set and last night I set it all up and played the Martian soundtrack and it was SO AWESOME and I’m definitely going to try out some Hans Zimmer when I get off of work…”

Bi coworker: “…okay, when I asked ‘are you interested in anyone’ I didn’t mean film composers–”

Ace: “…and THEN I think I’ll listen to Star Wars, oh man but the Sherlock soundtrack gets me every time and I just bought series 4… IMAGINE THE STRINGS ON THAT LAST SONG…”

*two cubicles over, another Ace swoons and drops their plate of leftover birthday cake*

I don’t listen to metal that much. I play it, I do like it, and I do listen to it sometimes, but I usually listen to more chill music. Last night I bought the Titanic soundtrack. Not the songs, but the score. I like to chill to that kind of music. People would probably be surprised by that.
—  Brian Head Welch
Episode 6-7: Yukihira Style Chaliapin Steak Don

I’m slowly making it through the episodes.  I’m going to be on a little bit of a hiatus depending on the next day I find time to cook Shokugeki food.  I’m combining the episodes since Soma figured out the dish in episode 6 but finalized it in episode 7.  

In these episodes, Soma is fighting Mito Ikumi in a Shokugeki [a food competition in which two people wager something of equal value] to keep Don RS from being destroyed by Nakiri Erina.  They have to use beef and the theme is a don.  Soma creates a Chaliapin steak don while Ikumi makes a roasted beef don.

Ingredients:

  • Rib eye steak [I know I was supposed to use a cheap cut, but this was the only cut I could find that wasn’t already cubed or sliced paper thin]
  • Onions
  • Rice
  • Red wine
  • Soy sauce
  • Corn starch
  • Pickled plum paste [I love having a Japanese roommate, it’s like she knew I needed it.  She bought it for something else like a week ago, thank you!]

I minced a couple onions and set them aside.  They do say minced in the episode but thinking about it now it probably would’ve been more effective to grate the onion instead.  Help it release juices and whatnot.  I gotta practice my knife skills anyways.

I couldn’t find sirloin or rump steak so I used a cheaper ribeye cut at least, not choice or prime. Maybe I should’ve bought a flank steak or something.  Anyway, I scored the meat (a little too deeply) and pounded it out with a meat tenderizer.  

Then covered the piece of ribeye with all the onions on a sheet tray and covered it with plastic wrap. I let it sit for 45 minutes at room temp. And while I was waiting for the steak, I made some rice.

I wiped off all the onions. Got a pan really hot and threw some bacon fat in there because why not?  And seared the steak.  Since it was really thin, it only took a few minutes to cook.  

I set it on a wire rack to let it rest and so it wouldn’t steam itself.  If you don’t let steak rest and slice into it right off the heat, it will bleed juices everywhere and we don’t want that.  I think Soma cooked his all the way through but I don’t like well done anything so I try to hit medium/medium rare.  

I made a slurry which is corn starch mixed with a little water.  Refer to the Mackerel Hamburg post if you want to know a little more about that.

I threw some of the minced onions covering the steak into the pan.  I added red wine, soy sauce, and the slurry.  I accidentally reduced it down too much and kind of made red wine braised onions instead. Oops.  So not really a sauce, but I gotta eat it anyways.

I set the red wine onions aside and cooked the rest of the “steak” onions with some soy sauce to get the nice golden brown color to use as the topping.

The rice was mixed with a tiny amount of the pickled plum paste because it is very sour and was afraid it would turn my rice pink.  It was enough to get a hint of acidity. Then it was assembly time!

The rice….

Steak.  Which was a decent medium, yay!

Red wine braised onion “sauce”

And done!

Did I spill sautéed onions everywhere as I was eating this? Of course.  Should I have cut the steak into bite sized pieces first? Of course I should’ve.  But aside from that, this dish was pretty good!  The steak was tender, naturally because of the cut (I will experiment with a sirloin or rump cut one day!).  The rice had a touch of acidity and sour notes from the pickled plum.  The onions and “sauce” were delicious on their own.  It was nice having various textures and flavors which all worked really well together!  I have some leftover so I know what I’m gonna eat for dinner tomorrow too! Noms!

We’ll see when I get to the next dish! I am excited because I rarely get to work with duck.  And the ingredients will be fun to find and play with! Until next time! Cheers!

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Light Gun Collection as of March 29, 2015

I apologize for the lighting of this set. I am not in Osaka anymore so I have less space to be able to take pictures of collections like this. 

These are all my boxed Light Guns or Limited Edition Light Gun sets. These are all 100% complete (minus one of the Virtua Cop doubles). The bottom picture is what a complete Sega Saturn Light Gun collection looks like. I am very proud to have all of those and it is definitely one of the highlights. When I get my own permanent place I will have those front and center.

The Lethal Enforcers set above is without a doubt the rarest. The 2nd player (pink) Justifier was a mail away and is extremely hard to come by now days. I lucked out and found it at a Hard-off when I first moved to Japan. I bought that set for myself as a reward for scoring my first tutoring position. I didn’t realize how lucky I was picking them up for 1,000 yen.

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Lane debuted her latest Disney outfit this weekend at Disney World. I created her little Dapper inspired ensemble out of mostly upcycled materials. The skirt, bow tie, and armbands were made from two second-hand scrub tops I bought at Goodwill. The hat was another goodwill score for a couple bucks. The stripe fabric was a scrap I got off Etsy. I built a little petticoat underneath the skirt to give it some oomph. All in all a pretty easy and inexpensive outfit and she had a ball running around the park as a little Dapper Ann (or Daniella which she was also called.) ;)  (Special Thanks to Dapper Zak for the inspiration! You are adorable and I wish we were on the other coast to play at Disneyland with you!)

Fun fact: my wife and I bought our first house without a credit score. You don’t need to get a credit card to prove you’re financially stabile.

The average credit card balance in America (only counting those carrying debt) is $15,000. (From Nerdwallet)

Many of those people were convinced that getting a credit card would put them in a more secure financial position.

Now they’re drowning.

Don’t do it.

Ok guys I saw Cinderella today and iT WAS WONDERFUL:

  • visually one of the most stunning movies I have ever seen (the costumes, the cinematography, the locations, UGH)
  • Lily is gorgeous and was an amazing cinderella
  • DONT GET ME STARTED ON RICHARD MADDEN WHAT A BABE
  • THE SCORE THE SCORE THE SCORE i came home and bought it immediatey
  • there isn’t a ton of dialouge, its very true to the original movie but they did an awesome job at giving the characters more depth
  • I WANT TO SEE IT AGAIN
  • ALSO I CRIED, MANY MANY TIMES

A bunch of people are asking how my wife and I bought our first house without a credit score or ever getting a credit card.

We used Churchill Mortgage who specialize in manual underwriting. Basically a long process of submitting proof of your income and bill payment history.

I’m a self employed business owner, and so that made it even more difficult.

BUT IT CAN BE DONE!

Churchill Mortgage. Google them.

It’s pretty likely that my wife and I will never get a credit card. Our only payment will be on the house, and we’re trying to pay that off asap.