Long time no blog! I’ve been working on something other than kyaraben recently, and there have been many very late nights. I do miss making kyaraben, and I will start making them again, hopefully soon!
While I was working on my other project, I started thinking about iconic food in anime and manga. I think food in anime and manga has a big influence on Japanese culture. Most of those food actually exist, and there is even a cook book where they try to recreate the food from anime and manga. (which I ordered and is on the way to my house!)
I’ve made a bento of “that meat” (a.k.a. ano niku / manga meat) before, but I just made food that looks like “that meat” and it wasn’t actually “that meat.” (A lot of people actually tried to re-create “that meat” and some companies even sell them too.) I always wanted to cook the food I’ve dreamed of eating when I was little and actually eat it, and my boyfriend being a food lover and an anime fan couldn’t be more excited about this idea.
The theme was of course, food in Miyazaki films. (I’m sure you guessed it from the title of this post.) It’s no fun to just make a couple of dishes, so we decided to have a feast! We went full-out on this. Our main focus was to make the food as close as possible to the original, and tried to make most of them from scratch, and we were going to eat the food as we watched the films.
We picked 8 films for this feast. Originally we wanted to do a marathon, but it’s a LOT of food, so we decided to split it into three days.
1st night (Saturday)
- poached salmon with Bechamel sauce with a side of glazed carrots and white wine
- pasta with bacon and red wine
- rice porridge
2nd day (Sunday)
Laputa: Castle in the Sky
- toast with sunny side egg and an apple
Kiki’s Delivery Service
- Pancake with sausage and tomatoes
- Herring and pumpkin pie
My Neighbor Totoro
- Mei’s bento
- Chiko nuts
3rd night (Monday)
- steamed bun with sweet red bean
- rice balls
- candy (Makkurokurosuke’s food)
The Castle of Cagliostro
- spaghetti & meatballs
I’ll start posting about each meal, starting with Porco Rosso! And I’ll be posting daily for this feast, so check back often!