miso and tofu

Gakuen Bungou Stray Dogs - Translations!! Part THREE

Gakuen Bungou Stray Dogs is a school AU that the official anime Twitter came up with!

Have the third and final round! Translations were made by my awesome friend Maya @erochuya (Twitter) and yours truly! Enjoy~!

The question for part three is: Describe what you had for dinner tonight.

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Plant-Based easy, affordable meals.

Some meals for the 28 day health challenge. Cheap, affordable and really easy to make. I’m lazy but i still like eating delicious food. 

- Fruit salad
- Fruit smoothies
- Overnight oats with fruit
- Breakfast smoothie bowl (Any frozen fruit with fresh fruits) topped with muesli/cereal.
- Cereal and dairy free milk
- Toast with tofu scramble
- Toast with spread (jam, peanut butter and what ever you like).
- Toast served with grilled tomatoes, mushroom, spinach and hash brown.
- Pancakes with fresh fruits

- Mixed salad with mixed beans
- Salads in general (mixed with whole grains, broccoli, pumpkin, beans, leafy salads etc.)
- Burrito wrap with beans, tomato and veggies
- Tacos, mixed beans, lettuce, tomato and baked wedges 
- Salad sandwich 
- Veggie burger with sweet potatoe wedges 
- Baked potatoe/sweet potatoe with mix salad
- Salad bowl - cous cous, mixed veggies, roasted potato and mixed beans
- Vegan pizza - tomato paste, garlic, mushrooms, onion, rocket, capsicum, olives, Italian herbs
- Cous cous salad
- Grilled veggies + tofu and hommus dip
- Rice and vegetable stir fry + tofu
- Rice, grilled tofu with mixed beans
- Hokkien noodle/rice noodle stiry fry with vegetable + tofu
- Tom yum noodles - rice noodles, vegetables + tofu
- Miso soup noodles - rice noodles, vegetables + tofu

Generally, i have a big lunch and smaller dinner but always eat till satisfied.
Simple little meals that i make on a daily basis, to which i’ll will play around with for the challenge.  And of course there will be other meals on the menu which may use a little bit more expensive ingredients, e.g. quinoa, chia seeds, mushrooms etc.  

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Miso Noodle Soup

  • 7 cups of water
  • ½ cup of miso paste
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 1 carrot, chopped into thin rounds
  • 1 cup of baby spinach
  • 1 chilli, chopped finely
  • 2 sheets of nori, sliced into small squares
  • 2 portobello mushrooms, sliced into strips
  • 100g of tofu, chopped into small cubes
  • 180 grams of soba noodles

1. In a large pot add your water (not boiled, warm at most) and miso paste and heat on medium until the paste has dissolved. Never let the water boil or it will kill the miso.
2. Add in the garlic, ginger and tamari and stir until its all combined well.
3. Add your prepped vegetables and tofu (spinach, chilli, nori and mushrooms, tofu), turn the heat down to low and put a lid on the pot for about 30 minutes, check every now and then until the veggies have cooked to your liking.
4. When you’re about to be ready to eat yo soup, add your soba noodles and stir through for a few minutes until they’re cooked (if they’re dry soba like I use, they should cook in less than 5 minutes)

Gakuen Bungou Stray Dogs 2017 Character Profile and Q&A

i’m so excited for this new anime! the visuals look great and i can’t wait uwu

(i’m not an active part of bungou fandom, but i saw this on twitter and i decided to try my hand at it! also can someone please let this grandma know how to put this all under a read more, that would be much appreciated)


Our spring is still young and a little painful! The return of Bungou Seishun Graffitti! 

Nakajima Atsushi
A very normal high school student except for the fact that his white hair stands out. He became a member of the Armed School Council (as an assistant) due to certain reasons and helps solve fights at school. According to Dazai, he’s “a man of love and justice”.

Dazai Osamu
A mysterious young man who’s tall and has disheveled hair. He’s the secretary of the Armed Student Council, but never does any paperwork. His hobby is committing suicide. Because he keeps going in and out of the hospital, his real age is unknown.

Oda Sakunosuke
A student teacher who was assigned to the school. It seems like he’s acquainted with Dazai, but the details are a mystery. His usual breakfast is Canadian bacon and scrambled eggs. His favorite food is mixed curry.

Akutagawa Ryuunosuke
Known as “Prince of the Infirmary”. He wears a frilly piece of cloth around his neck, but even he doesn’t know what it’s called. Since he coughs often, he’s frequently in the infirmary.

Nakahara Chuuya
A delinquent transfer student who wears a black hat and knows about Dazai’s past. His hat was confiscated on the first day of his transfer because it was against the school’s dress code. Short.

Sakaguchi Ango
A prefect who’s trademark is his glasses. He doubts if Atsushi’s white hair is natural. Known as “Professor[-like] Glasses”.


Question 1 - Please introduce yourself.

Atsushi: My name is Nakajima Atsushi. Other than the fact that my white hair stands out, I’m just another normal high schooler. I became a member of the Armed Student Council because of certain reasons. My favorite food is chazuke! Being alive is such a wonderful thing. It’s another new day after you sleep and wake up, and you get to eat! 

… Um, my hair is actually natural?

Dazai: Introduce myself? A self introduction… what do you want to know about me? My name? It’s Dazai Osamu. I’m the secretary of the Armed Student Council, though paperwork is rather annoying. I spend my days looking for good ways to commit suicide. Since I’m always in and out of the hospital, I’ve had to repeat the school year for a number of times… 

Hmm? What is it? So… you’re curious about my age. I’ll leave that to your imagination.

Akutagawa: I am Akutagawa. I am a mere high school student who learns at school and lives on the streets. I suffer from a respiratorial disease, so I unwittingly spend half of my time at the school infirmary. I know more about the arrangement of the medicine cabinet than the school nurse. I am greatly troubled by the fact that someone has started calling me by the nickname “Prince of the Infirmary”. I would like to ruthlessly get rid of useless hindrances and people who create needless havoc, but at this point in time there are no such people for me to get rid of at school.

… That frilly thing on my lapel? I know not of it’s name.

Chuuya: Aa? Why the hell do I have to introduce myself. It’s damn annoying. 

… Ugh! Fine! I just gotta do it, right?! I’m Nakahara Chuuya. It pains me to say this, but I have something like an unfortunate acquintance with that asshole Dazai. That hat that I like… is at home right now. Like hell I’m letting the school confiscate it because it goes against the dress code!

My height…? If you treasure your life then you sure as hell better not say any more than that.

Ango: I’m Sakaguchi Ango from Class 3B. My height is 178cm, and my weight is 62kg. I am currently appointed as a school prefect. It seems like the recent transfer student has a very striking hair color. He claims that it’s natural, but whether or not that’s true…

Pardon me? … Wait, this is a mole. It’s not dirt.

Odasaku: A self-introduction? My name’s Oda Sakunosuke. My friends call me Odasaku. I’ve been assigned to this school as a student teacher, and I teach Literature. I don’t think it’s anything particularly worth mentioning… Is this enough [for a self-introduction]? Ah right, I eat curry rice three times a week. It’s not that I like it specifically, it’s just a habit of mine. The curry rice that I eat has vegtables that would melt in your mouth and beef tendon that’s been stir-fried with garlic. It tastes light. I cook that with an excellent blend of spices, then mix it all up with a lot of rice. I eat it with eggs and sauce.

… Hmm? Dazai? Dazai is… 

Aa, sorry looks like it’s time for the staff meeting. We’ll talk more about that later.

Question 2 - Tell us your favorite class.

Atsushi: My best subject is Physical Education! Today we had a joint-PE class with Dazai-san and the others, but Akutagawa had to leave for the infirmary in the middle, and Nakahara-san picked a fight with Dazai-san, then Dazai-san disappeared all of a sudden… It’s a pity it didn’t seem like a Physical Education class anymore. It’d be great if I could do sports properly next time…

My favorite subject is probably Literature. I don’t really understand some of the more difficult things, but I’m happy that I get to read a lot of books!

Dazai: I don’t particularly like class. I already know these things without having to be taught, so why do I have to go out of my way to be locked up in a small room just for that. It’s not even a good way to kill time. Especially Physical Education, since it’s still so cold during this time of the year that I’d rather sleep in the infirmary. But Akutagawa-kun’s there in the infirmary… and Yosano-sensei would find out that I’m skipping class. Kunikida-kun would start nagging at me too.

But during joint-PE class today I passed by Odasaku. That wasn’t bad.

Akutagawa: Due to the fact that I spend half of the school year in the infirmary, I lack enough information to form a proper opinion of my likes and dislikes of the classes. In general, I don’t dislike any of the classes. Though I’m rather stumped over the calculation of definite integrals [in mathematics], I’m satisfied with the classes overall. 

I would like to join swimming classes once.

Chuuya: … Class? Not interested. It’s just that I can’t stand to be worse than that asshole Dazai. Even though that jerk’s literally just a bandage attachment, his brains piss me off…

That’s why it’s not a matter of liking or disliking it. This is a showdown between me and Dazai. And if it’s a fight then there’s no way I’m falling behind. That’s all there is to it.

Ango: I don’t really understand the point of this question. To like or dislike it, I’ve never thought of class from that point of view. It’s because class is something you’re always supposed to attend. It’d be troublesome to constantly skip class the way Dazai does. Ah yes… to be good or bad at it, if it’s from that perspective then I understand. Anyone would have a tendency to score well or score badly in particular subjects.

Naturally I don’t have any subjects that I’m bad at.

Odasaku: My favorite class? I’ve never thought about it. I don’t decide to do things based on whether I like something or not. For most things in general at least. I’m a teacher, and since teaching is a job where it’s required for me to conduct classes, then that applies even more. If we’re just talking about likes and dislikes, then I don’t dislike my job as a teacher. Though I don’t look like it.

Speaking of, I passed by Dazai on campus today. It seemed like he’s actually attending class for once, though I wonder how long he intends on staying a high schooler.

Question 3 - Please tell us what you had for dinner tonight.

Atsushi: I had chicken chazuke today! Umeboshi topped with shredded nori, and also yesterday’s leftover chicken. When you take a bite of that together with hot soup and the little strips of konbu floating on top… that’s the best! Every day I get to eat, go to school, and work for the Armed Student Council even though it’s a little tough. I’ll work hard tomorrow as well!

Ah… um, I really have to go talk to Sakaguchi-san… He probably won’t believe me even if I tell him that my hair’s natural. I’ll go ask Dazai-san for advice…

Dazai: Hm…. How annoying. If Odasaku’s there then I’ll have to properly go to school, so I might as well go to sleep. But I’m hungry… But since we had Physical Education today I’m exhausted… And I hate having to boil water. I want my food to come to me…

Hey fooooood – cooooooome –

Akutagawa: Western-style food. I designed a menu that considers nuitritional value and prioritizes nourishment to the respiratorial system. However, as I do not have a large appetite, I do not consume very much.

I hate mikans, but I occasionally crave some after meals.

Chuuya: Boiled spinach with mitsuba and miso soup. The ingredients [for the miso soup] are tofu and green onion. And grilled fish. And rice. Then I might as well make the side dishes for tomorrow’s bento. That fucking Dazai always steals from my bento…

I’ll definitely make him cry tomorrow.

Ango: Since I have to prepare the paperwork that’s due for submission, I don’t really have time to cook. When this happens I eat energy bars that I bought from the drugstore with other nuitritional suppliments… 

Haa… I’d like to have a warm meal.

Also, Nakajima Atsushi-kun. Let’s have a proper talk tomorrow.

Odasaku: I was gonna go with curry but I’ve already had that yesterday. I made nikujaga today. I was thinking about things while making it so I made a bit too much. There are a lot of things to think about in this world, and whatever you think about wouldn’t necessarily come to a good conclusion. Since it can’t be helped, I brought the extras to Dazai’s place. He probably thought that preparing a meal was too troublesome and was rolling around on his bed anyway. Dazai’s been living next door for a while now. Hopefully he found the food before it got cold.

I’ll see you tomorrow then. Don’t be late because you stayed up all night.


if you thought akutagawa’s answers sound weird, it was deliberate because he is literally an old man and hey, it’s april fool’s. hope y’all enjoyed this and lmk if i messed up anything o/

Foodie Friday: 18th Century Apple Fritters

Image credit to James Townsend and Son - Video for recipe can be found here!

-Peeled and cubed fresh apple
-Mild brown ale or hard cider
-Raisins or Currants
-Frying oil or clarified butter
-Confectioners’ Sugar (for garnish)

Note: This dish can be either pan fried or deep fried. Please take all necessary safety precautions, including tying back hair and not wearing dangling jewelry while cooking. If the oil catches flame, do not throw water over it under any circumstances! Simply cover the pan with a lid and allow the flame to choke out.

1) In a bowl, gradually mix flour with ale or cider until the mixture reaches a consistency of thick batter.

2) Mix in fruit and/or spices if desired, until well distributed.

3) Carefully drop small spoonfuls of batter into the hot oil/butter and fry, turning to cook evenly, until done (golden brown and crispy).

4) Garnish with a dusting of powdered sugar, and serve hot!

Chef’s Note: Like many of these historical recipes, these fritters may be less sweet or more bland than suits today’s palate. Feel free to add spices and/or sugar to the batter to suit your tastes!

Magical Ingredient!

One of the most enjoyable parts of my career is learning new recipes and trying my hand at different cuisines. Easily one of the most fascinating ways of doing this is exploring historical recipes and getting as close a taste as we can to the culinary lifestyle of our past. In some ways, we will never be able to experience the food our ancestors enjoyed. But we can approximate it as much as possible.

Perhaps one of the most prolific forms of cooking available today is frying. Cooking a wide variety of foods in hot fat or oil tends to bring out flavors that can’t be unlocked in any other way, and sometimes can completely transform a food. Think of the difference between roasted potatoes and fries from the nearest fast food joint. This practice is fairly old, and many culinary professionals will clarify butter, save rendered fats, or keep a jug of oil on hand specifically for frying foods.

In witchcraft, oils are easily one of the most versatile and varied ingredients. From essential oils and fragrance oils to the olive, vegetable, and grapeseed oils that we keep in our kitchens, there seems to be a use for every type of oil under the moon. It sometimes surprises me that these oils on their own don’t get more attention in the community - often, it’s what we add to the oils that gets attention.

For many of us, infused oils are part and parcel to our craft - war water, fire oil, crystal oils, and herbal infusions. In most recipes, we focus on what we’re adding and make mention of using a “neutral” or “carrier” oil to suspend them in - usually something like soybean (vegetable) or grapeseed oil, which rarely has a scent or flavor.

It’s these carrier oils which we also tend to use in cooking. In magic, they are often considered energetically neutral - like their physical purpose, they merely carry or distribute energy throughout the dish to either mix or change the purpose or energy. But for me personally, the type of carrier oil may have a specific role to play in the magic that you’re using.

First, is olive oil. This is up there with vegetable oil in popularity and ease of acquisition. It has a very long history, being used for cooking, cosmetics, and fuel (olive oil can be used in making homemade oil candles - something I may cover in a future article!) and can be traced back to as early as 2400 BC. As its importance grew throughout the Mediterranean, olive oil began to take on a religious role in Minoan civilization. Like many staple crops, olives are associated with prosperity and wealth, as can be seen by the economic significance the oil had - ancient Egypt imported oil from Crete, and the oil was also traded by the Celts to Southern Gaul.

Today, olive oil is vaunted for its health benefits, as it may help lower the risk of heart disease, reducing harmful cholesterol, and potentially with lowering the risk of developing cancer.

It should come as no surprise, then, that olive oil can be used to encourage health, prosperity, and wealth in magic!

Soybean oil is another fairly common oil - in my experience, many bottles labeled as vegetable oil in the grocery store list soybean oil as the sole ingredient. Like olive oil, soybean oil has a long history - soy has varying uses, from oils to fermented foods like miso, tofu, and tempeh. It is frequently used in moisturizers and massage oils, and therefore can be attributed to beauty and wealth, as well as health.

We’ve covered coconuts before, in my article on pina coladas. The very same properties of the coconut can be carried over into the oil and incorporated into the spell or dish!

When creating an infused oil blend, or cooking your next magical meal, consider the different types of oil being used. What are their origins? What is the core ingredient that is used to make that oil? How can those properties be carried over and infused into the dish being made? Every ingredient has a role to play, has its own power and properties, making the process that much more enjoyable!

May all your meals be blessed! )O(